Atlas Obscura, an online community committed to exploring the world’s odd places and regular places from a new, modern (science mixed with dry humor?) perspective, has programmed another International Obscura Day. This year, Mexico is included in this creative, virtual, and physical exploration.
Specifically, two very different spaces will be explored, by curious minds from around the world – here, in the Mayan Riviera. First, a very bright corner of the Riviera will be toured on foot: Akumal. This walk will be led by biologist and author, David Nuñez, who will further illuminate this little slice of paradise, surrounded by water and mangroves . Stops will be made to learn about the Mayan custom of meat and fish preparation, to sample Mayan cuisine at La Lunita, to have a private viewing and conversation with Mexican, magical-realist painter, Enrique Alcaraz, and to snorkel both Yal-ku Lagoon and Half Moon Bay.
Later that evening, starting at 9 p.m., a nighttime space – full of secret corners, art, and mysterious lighting and sound – will be described by the architect himself: Alejandro Alarcón. From the school of emergent architecture, Alejandro consistently explores the relationship between architecture and violence and/or sexuality. He will share his experiences and realizations with the Obscura community and use as examples various aspects of his science fiction-driven creation: the hotel, Reina Roja.
Both Alejandro and his opus are striking contrasts to the sun and beach worshipping city (Playa del Carmen) that they are set in. However, they all share one common characteristic. They embrace a party. Alejandro’s intellect will guide us smoothly through the clashing and clanking of conflicting cultures, ideas, and spaces to an aesthetic experience accompanied by spirits, music, dance, and lecture – all hosted by the Red Queen.
Nighttime event is free and starts at 9 p.m. in Playa del Carmen. Daytime event costs $50. U.S. and starts at La Lunita, in Akumal, at 10 a.m.