Let Me Help You Better Understand How the Yucatan Functions So That You Can Make the Most Out of Your Life and Travels in the Yucatan

Workshop Offered Online or at the Casa Los Dos Gallos in Merida

A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans thought of millions and the Hindus billions.”
Carl Sagan

The Yucatan is quite different from the rest of Mexico. For a short period, the Yucatan was its own country. In addition, until about sixty years ago, it was much easier (because Mexico is so mountainous) to go from Merida to Havana than from Merida to Mexico City. As a result, the Yucatan has its own regional dialect, cuisine, and society. (Pictured here is the Yucatan Republic flag. By Nestor Solís – Own work, CC BY 3.0, Wikipedia)

Ready to Sign Up for the Introduction to Yucatecan Society Workshop?

You Can Also Enjoy a Rustic, Home Cooked Yucatan Meal Prepared by Juan Carlos Cab, One of the Yucatan’s Best Home Cooks, for Only $15 More

Partake in both experiences together in our Yucatecan Experience package for only $45 (900 pesos). Both experiences are held in the beautiful Casa Los Dos Gallos in Central Merida. (The Yucatan Culture and Society Workshop can be taken online).

Want to Discuss or Ready to Schedule a Yucatan Experience?

Contact us via Phone (from outside Mexico: 011-52) + (Merida) (999) 611-0154 or via WhatsApp or phone at (Merida) (999) 388-8821 or through our Contact Form

What Makes the Yucatan So Unique?

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Have You Ever Wondered Why?

Every day; I see or hear these questions (and comments) from expats and tourists in Merida:

  • Why do workers show up late or never at all?
  • Why do friends show up unexpectedly?
  • Why don’t servers bring the check to the table? Why won’t servers issue separate checks?
  • Why do Yucatecans put so much attention on parties and family gatherings? Why do the parties last so long?
  • How should I behave when greeting locals?
  • What makes Yucatecans so charming?

The answer to these questions, on one level, is that things are different in the Yucatan than in the US:

However, at a deeper level, the answer to the question lies deep within Yucatan history and culture, and these behaviors make a lot of sense if you look at life through the locals’ eyes.

Understanding the answers to these questions has been vital to my success as an expat in Merida. As I get to know life here better, I now have problems accepting many aspects of life in the US and Canada when I go back “home.”

I treasure my Yucatecan friends’ kindness, hospitality, and loyalty. I respect their gentility and humility. I often feel bad when I realize I did not act as I should in their culture.

I know several expats in the Yucatan who feel the same way, and so can you.

Introduction to Yucatan Society Workshop Online or in Merida

Fifty Plus Nomad offers the three-hour, one-on-one Introduction to Yucatan Society Workshop designed for:

  • Tourists that want to get a basic idea about how Yucatecan culture functions and how to behave during their stay in the Yucatan.
  • Expats in the Yucatan want to understand a bit more about how to behave in daily situations.
  • Anyone who wants to learn a little about the Yucatan’s history, cultural influence, and culinary traditions
  • Expats and tourists who want to know how Yucatecan culture differs from other parts of Mexico and the US and Canadian culture.
  • Anyone who wants a sample of what they could learn in the Fifty Plus Nomad Living and Traveling in Mexico Workshop before investing the time and money for the full workshop.

I will personalize the workshop to meet your interests, needs, and background.

More About Paul Heller, the Introduction to Yucatan Society and Culture Workshop Teacher

Photo of Paul Heller, your teacher for Introduction to Yucatan Society, Successfully Living and Travel in Mexico, Extended Round-the-World Travel, and Intensive Spanish workshops.
Above is a photo of me in the garden of my house, Casa Los Dos Gallos, in Merida, Mexico. I can help you learn Spanish over 50 in Personalized 1-on-1 Classes, discover all my secrets for successfully living and traveling in Mexico and the Yucatan, and show you how to make your dream of extended, round-the-world travel come true. Classes are available at the beautiful Casa Los Dos Gallos in Merida or online.

I (Paul Heller) love Merida and have:

  • Lived in Merida for more than six years.
  • Talked to hundreds of Yucatan expats as part of my research for my seminars.
  • Read over a hundred books about Mexican society, economics, politics, history, and culture and have taken many classes about Mexico.
  • I studied Spanish for many years.

Fifty Plus Nomad offers personalized workshops and courses in Spanish, English, Living and Traveling in Mexico, and Long-Term Travel Book a Two-hour Free Sample Introductory Session

Our Workshop and Rustic Yucatecan Meals are Held In the Beautiful Casa Los Dos Gallos In Merida Centro

The Main House


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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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