During your last visit to Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, did you lose anything? An Alux may have been responsible!

Aluxes (pronounced “alooshays”) are Mayan mythological spirits who are responsible for a lot of mischief. You may not be able to see them, as they are believed to be invisible, however they can take physical form if they chose. When they do, they appear as knee high beings resembling and dressed in the manner of the ancient Maya. They live in the jungle, caves or cenotes and near towns and maize fields or “milpas”.

Native residents of the Yucatan peninsula blame Aluxes for all kinds of things, most often a failed project or lost item. However, shhhh, they try to be quiet about it because to name the Alux aloud is to summon them from their home.

The most important thing to remember about Aluxes is that if your treat them with the respect they deserve, they can be very helpful, however if you make the mistake of defying the Alux, they will wreak havoc on your life.

The most famous story about Aluxes has to do with a bridge that was built to connect the Cancun Hotel Zone to the airport. While the bridge was being constructed it collapsed over and over. The workers were notified by a Mayan man that the Aluxes had been angered and unless the workers built them a shelter, they would continue to wreak havoc on the project. If you drive under that bridge today, the Aluxes’ house is still there. However, we don’t know if the workers eventually sealed the doors and windows of the house, sealing the Aluxes inside, so that they will not run wild and continue playing tricks on humans. Maybe we’d better think twice about driving over that bridge until we find out for sure.

The next time you visit the Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya are all located on the Yucatan) ask a hotel employee where they Alux house is and leave them a little treat. Maybe you won’t lose your sunglasses during you’re vacation!

Have Aluxes ever played a trick on you?

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Is an American expat who has been living in Cancun, Mexico since 2001. A mother, singer, salsa dancer and now writer and community manager, she has worked in many different industries but is currently enjoying exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and sharing her expertise and experience with readers around the world. Follow Kristin on Twitter


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