A small miracle with a big impact happened this year in Akumal.
More than 90 world-renowned street artists, muralists, musicians, and performing artists from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, and Europe came to Akumal in November to collaborate with local artists to develop a series of creative projects designed to highlight the natural beauty and rich culture of the Akumal Pueblo.
The result was an array of intricate, bold murals of Aztec superheroes, mermaids swimming just beneath the imaginary surface, folklore heroes, and traditional Mexican spirits lined across the Akumal bridge uniting the beach and Pueblo sides and decorating buildings throughout the community.
With more than 100 newly-painted murals, Akumal is poised to have the most paintings per square mile than anywhere in the world.
See it for yourself as part of the Akumal Street Art Tour.
The two-hour tour offered by Jean Marie, a local artist, in English and German begins at the center of the Akumal Pueblo at the famous turtle statue and travels throughout the town. You’ll see the newly painted murals and hear personal stories about the artists, amusing anecdotes, and insights into the symbolism and meaning behind the fantastic works.
As part of the Akumal Arts Festival and Residency, visiting and local artists explored themes of nature, protest, and social responsibility and the connective tissue that bound them to the rich history of Mexican Muralism – from the Aztecs to Diego Riviera, to the current generation of environmentally and socially conscious street artists.
You will also learn some fascinating local history about Akumal, whose name means “Land of the Turtles” and stop in for drinks at local businesses to support the community.
Cost of the tour is $21USD. Proceeds will benefit the annual Akumal Arts Festival.
Please bring comfortable shoes, cash, environmentally-friendly sunscreen, and an umbrella or hat in case of sun/heat.
The size of the tour group will be up to 10 people. Guests of all ages are invited. There will be alcohol served to those of legal drinking age during the tour.
For more information, contact Jean Marie at [email protected] or call +1 (914) 522-2224.