The Kíichpam K'áax ecotourism center is an ideal place to stay and to live in the hands of Mayans an approach to their culture, customs and natural environment. An authentic coexistence in nature knowing the traditional Mayan world of the countryside.
Once you travel south of Jumpsuit, bordering population of Riviera Maya, begins an area little explored by the visitor that unites culture, cenotes, lagoons, archaeological zones, natural parks, an area that has a great charm for travelers who like to leave the usual routes.
The ecotourism center of Kíichpam Ka'ax, Beautiful forest, is located a few kilometers from Chunhuhub, population located in the interesting Route of the Churches.
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Kíichpam Ka'ax, Selva Bonita
Kiichpam Ka'ax, Selva Bonita, is a Mayan cooperative focused on rural tourism and ecotourism. The architect of this interesting project is Damián, who along with his family has grown from the 2008 in his idea of sharing with the visitor experiences that bring us closer to the culture and customs of the current Maya.
En a large land in the jungle It has built rustic cabins inside a space where we also find the Mayan traditional house, the milpa, interpretive trails of the flora of the place and corners dedicated to local customs like the sisal plantation or the domestication of the melipona bee (xunaan cab), a very usual practice in the field Maya field.
Kíichpam K'áax is a authentic rural Mayan camp, where Damián and his family put their hearts, welcoming you with a pleasant and sincere hope, making you feel at home. Kíichpam K'áax It has become one of my favorite spots in the Yucatan Peninsula. My excuse to go up Kíichpam K'áax was to participate in the celebration traditional maya of Janal PIxan (Day of the Dead) with them, and thus I lived from the most enriching cultural experiences of these years. From now on, any excuse will be good to return.
Accommodation of Kiichpam Ka'ax, Selva Bonita:
Location: is located in the 87.5 Km of the remodeled Mérida-Chetumal highway, to 10 kilometers to the south of Chunhuhub, Quintana Roo. The Kíichpam K'áax ecotourism center, Selva Bonita, It is well indicated, the parking lot is just off the side of the road. Other distances are: 175 km of Chetumal by the short route, to 60.5 km of Felipe Carrillo Puerto already 216 km of Mérida. Link of How to get there by public transport or car Kíichpam K'áax.
Price and accommodation capacity: 10 rustic cabins with a small porch with a table with chairs, ideal for breakfast. The cabins They are equipped with fan y private bathroom with toiletries. The beds are comfortable, and the nice sheets and pillows, as well as the towels.
- Simple: double bed. 650 mxn (Mexican pesos) night, 2 capacity people.
- Double: two double beds. 650 mxn night, capacity 4 people.
- Triple: two double beds and one single. 1250 mxn night, capacity 5 people.
Hotel facilities: restaurant of local food and swimming pool (pool) where local residents usually approach on Sunday with the family. The signal of Internet only in the reception and restaurant area. There is parking. In Kíichpam K'áax they offer different volunteer programs, and interesting excursions to know the area. They rent bikes and the center has wide paths through the jungle.
Advantages to highlight: of the most interesting places to live close to the rural world of the Yucatan Peninsula. This Mayan family proposes interesting activities where you learn from your hand about customs of the Mayan world making or tasting traditional foods, in the jungle with Damien you will learn about medicinal plants, flora and fauna, offer bird watching outings, you will have the opportunity to practice the ancient profession of chiclero with the sympathetic Severo, who with 11 years started in the profession. In his 75 years he continues climbing the chicozapote trees in an admirable way, nobody better than to explain tricks for survive in the jungle. The affection, bondage and enthusiasm with which they perform their work contagiously spread the stay. A unique place to live in contact with local life, you may even be visited by the aluxes 😉
Disadvantages to mention: due to being a place country without luxuries, you may find yourself with little pressure in the water of the baths, the weakest part surely. Remember that you are in the field, so do not be surprised by the insects and noises that may be there.
What to do in the Chunhuhub area?
The surprising archaeological site of Chacchoben It is about 80 km towards Chetumal, less than an hour by car. On the way to Chacchoben you cross the Las Lagarteras Natural Park, a corner where the Mayan mounds are counted by tens. There is a beautiful cenote about 25 minutes from the camp, a chinada the Cenote Hamtun. Damián also accompanies you to meet Margarito, a local artisan who works the vine, a perfect local wood to mold, or the healer of the town, as well as you can have lunch in a family home. Many good experiences await you here, you will leave with a full heart.
Contact of Kíichpam K'áax, Selva Bonita:
Nothing is more interesting than a place with interest and knowledge of its surroundings to tell you about its land, take advantage of knowing the area with Damián and his family. My sincere gratitude and affection for them, what a good experience.
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