My First Alux Encounter

11 Jan

When I first moved to Mexico, I was fascinated by all the stories about run-ins with ghosts, hauntings and mythical creatures. Being the skeptical American that I am, I brushed it off as a cultural difference for several years.

But now… I’m starting to realize that Mexico is just filled with some crazy, crazy stuff.

Long-time readers may remember the stories about the mythical Yucatan alux (pronounced “ah-LOOSH”) that friends and family had told me. The stories made me start to think, “Maybe there’s some truth to this.”

And then on New Years Eve, I’m pretty sure I saw one.

Jorge and I were riding in a 15-person van from Cancun to Chabihau for his cousin’s wedding. During the 4-hour drive along the highway, we pass through mostly jungle with a few small villages along the way.

Around 7 pm, it was already dark. We were just leaving one small Yucatan village and entering the jungle again, going slowly because of the village’s speedbumps. Up near the driver, I saw the head of a black figure standing right by the van, in the middle of the road. From the height, the shape of the head and the way it moved, I immediately thought it was a child, except it was … blacker than black? As in I couldn’t even make out features or anything, just an outline filled in with entirely black. I was unsettled and wasn’t sure why.

As we passed the thing, I turned back and saw that the figure was actually hunched over and huge. It was shaped more like a dog than a child, but at the same time the street dogs in the Yucatan aren’t giant or black (at least none that I’ve seen!) Plus… dogs just don’t move like that.

I later told Jorge and his family that I’d seen an alux, and they didn’t seem the least bit surprised.

14 Responses to “My First Alux Encounter”

  1. Julie M. January 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I think you can officially claim yourself as a native now! That sounds a bit creepy to me. Better outside than in, right?

    • Laura in Cancun January 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      It did creep me out a bit, but aluxes won’t harm you. They’re mischievous pranksters, that’s all 🙂

      Now that I think about it, the van did break down 3 times after I saw it… hmm…

  2. Ashlie January 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm #


  3. gabachayucateca January 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Interesting! I saw a ghost once in Maine, but never an alux! I have been with my husband for 12 years, and every once in a while, he throws out something so completely Yucatecan and random….he randomly told me a couple of weeks ago that his father was negligent in caring for his milpa years ago and therefore managed to kill the aluxes they kept on the property.

  4. Kristi January 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Oh, heck NO!!! I would freak out!!! This looks like a job for Monster Quest (awesome show on Travel Channel that investigates cryptids)

  5. The Drama Mama January 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I wish you’d caught a picture. This sounds perfectly creepy. I’m jealous!

  6. Ang January 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    too bad you didn’t have a camera handy – if it would have even shown up!
    super creepy… but glad you finally got to see one!

  7. Rita Gervais January 12, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    I am total nonbeliever in ghost but I had an incident recently that scared the bejeezus out of me. I am going to blog about it.

  8. KfromMichigan January 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I do believe .. they are out there!

  9. Kathryn January 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Ah! Creepy! I am a skeptic, but my sister 100% believes in energy and ghosts and spirits. She got me hooked on the TV show “Celebrity Ghost Story”- Sammy Hagar told a Mexico-based ghost story on the show, actually. He was probably just drunk on his own tequila, though…

    • Laura in Cancun January 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      I have always been an adamant skeptic, too, but living here has definitely changed my mind.

  10. Nikki January 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Gah! Don’t say things like that. Now I’m scared.

  11. GRRRL TRAVELER February 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Didn’t your driver see it also? Freaky, but kinda exciting.

  12. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I’m a non-believer but when I was staying in Playa I did tell some people about these creatures after I’d first read about them on here. 🙂

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