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Maya Travels: Half-Day Culture Tour in Quintana Roo

Spend the day with direct descendants of the Mayas as part of Maya travels. Participate in workshops to learn history, culture, and customs.

USD $96.00

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Maya Travels: Experience the Living Heritage of the Mayans

Embark on a Maya tour as part of Maya travels by spending half a day with direct descendants of the Mayas, who have inherited and upheld the traditions and values of their ancestors. On this immersive experience, community elders will serve as your guides. Discover on this Maya tour their legends, battle stories, and history – as well as participate in medicinal herbs, bee-keeping and weaving workshops led by community elders and artisans.

This community-led Mayan adventure is a remarkable opportunity to discover the living cultural heritage of the Maya, in a way that directly impacts local communities and supports Mexico’s indigenous communities.

What are you waiting for? Join us on our Maya travels now!

Highlights 

  • Take part in a medicinal herbs and weaving workshops, led by community elders
  • Extract “green gold” Henequen fiber from Agave plants and make Henequen yarn
  • Learn about Mayan military history from a community elder
  • Visit Melipone bee keepers and learn how this bee species plays a role in various aspects of Mayan life
  • Make your vacation count: This tour directly supports indigenous communities

Tour Information

Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Start/End location: Señor, Quintana Roo, México
Availability: Daily
Miscellaneous: Travelers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or guardian

Itinerary 

Begin your Mayan adventure with a traditional medicine workshop and tour of the community herb garden. Your guide, a community elder, will introduce you to the healing properties of different herbs, as well as the history of herbal medicine in Mayan culture.

Next, learn the artisinal skill of extracting Henequen fiber from Agave. This important fiber, known as “green gold” is used to make Henequen yarn. An elder will teach you the process and invite you to participate.

Later in the day, meet with a Mayan elder who will introduce you Mayan history and lore. Learn Mayan battle strategies such as the “trap and ambush” technique, passed down through generations. Besides that, you will also have the opportunity to hear your guide’s life story – who lived through the 1910 Mexican Revolution – from his very ears. Learn about his personal history, and discover the surprising role of the Mayas in the Mexican Revolution.

Cap off this Mayan adventure by learning about Melipone bees. This important species is referenced in Mayan temples and ancient codices. Learn about the bees’ role in rituals, medicine, artisanal work and basic day-to-day life.

What’s Included

  • Community activities
  • Transfers
  • Traditional meal
  • Welcome drink and seasonal fruits
  • Certified tour guide (Spanish/Mayan-speaking)*

*Don’t speak Spanish? Contact us at info@keteka.com before you book for details regarding English-speaking guide availability.

What to Bring 

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent and biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cap/hat
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking shoes/sandals
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Mexican currency for personal expenses/souvenirs

Important Notes

  • Minimum of 2 travelers required to book this tour. If you have fewer than 2, contact us at info@keteka.com and we will try to find a group for you
  • People under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate in this tour
  • No pets permitted

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Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico 20.646300, -87.632900

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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