Rural tourism and ecotourism supported by Mayan communities is developing in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is an excellent way to learn about the treasures of these lands and get closer to the local customs of the Mayan culture.
Here at the Yucatan Peninsula is developing a turismo rural run by their own Mayan communities, at the cooperative level the majority. This land preserves many treasures for the traveler, and live them in communities away from the tourist bustle it opens an interesting door to the Peninsula. The Mayan communities, scarce in economic resources, they usually receive aid from institutions or private companies, and they train local personnel to receive visitors. For this to happen the community must have a tourist value claim that allows to attract the curious traveler from authentic, new and different places.
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Rural tourism in Mayan communities:
Let's see these interesting developments of community tourism where there is accommodation. All these towns are a few kilometers from caves, archaeological sites, cenotes or other Mayan treasures.
MAYA SABACCHÉ COMMUNITY:
The Mayan town of Sabacché It is close to the archaeological zone of Mayapan and has nearby cenotes as beautiful as the Calcuch. Its comfortable cabins and restaurant bring you closer to local flavors. They rent bicycles and have adapted an 8-kilometer cycle path that connects their Calcuch and Tanimax cenotes. Until Mayapán you are separated by about 40 kilometers round trip.
LOCATION: the town of Sabacché (Yucatan), is located at 65 of Mérida following the road towards Acancech, at the junction of Tecoh, it locates the signal towards Ochil.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: well equipped wooden cabins with private bathroom. Each cabin has 2 double beds, capacity up to 4 people. They have a restaurant.
MAYA COMMUNITY EK BALAM:
In populated by Ek Balam, located near the magnificent archaeological zone of Ek Balam and the Xcanché cenote, there are cabins Uh Najil, run by the local community. They have a restaurant where you can taste local food. In the Mayan town you find other lodgings and restaurants, Ek Balam is a good place to buy hammocks.
LOCATION: the town of Ek Balam (Yucatán) is located at 20 km north of Valladolid, in the direction of Tizimin, on the 295 highway. After the town of Temozón we find the detour.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: well equipped wooden cabins, with private bathroom. Each cabin has 2 double beds, capacity up to 4 people. They have a restaurant.
TOURIST CENTER TUMBEN ZAZIL KIN
The precious cenote X-Batún, near San Antonio Mulix, is the claim and support of the Tumben Zazil Kin Zonot cooperative, who care for and administer the Ecotourism Hostel, where there are Mayan style cabins and restaurant. They have enabled a cycle path that leads you to scarce 2 kilometers to the cenotes of X-Batún and Dzombakal. There are more kilometers to travel in bike.
LOCATION: The Ecotourism Parador of the cenotes X-Batún and Dzombakal (Yucatán), is located in San Antonio Mulix, at 49 Km of Mérida. Mérida-Muna road, 39 kilometer diversion. When you reach the former hacienda San Antonio Mulix, take a dirt road from 2.3 Km to the entrance.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: Well equipped traditional Mayan style cabins with private bathroom. Each cabin has 2 double beds, capacity up to 4 people. They have a restaurant.
MAYA KÍICHPAM KA'AX COMMUNITY CENTER:
Kíichpam K'áax It is an ideal place where stay and live in the hands of local Mayans an approach to their culture, customs and natural environment. An authentic coexistence in nature knowing the Traditional Mayan world of the countryside. You can meet cenotes such as Hamtun, the beautiful archaeological site of Chacchoben, Las Lagarteras Natural Park and visit different artisans in the area.
LOCATION: It is located at Km 87.5 of the remodeled Mérida-Chetumal highway, 10 kilometers south of Chunhuhub, Quintana Roo. Other distances are: 175 km from Chetumal by the short route, 60.5 km from Felipe Carrillo Puerto and 216 km from Mérida.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: 10 rustic cabins with a small porch with a table with chairs, ideal for breakfast. The cabins are equipped with fan y private bathroom with toiletries. The beds are comfortable, and the nice sheets and pillows, as well as the towels. Restaurant and pool.
The caves of Kantemó in José María Morelos, they offer us to visit a unique place: in their caves live the famous hanging snakes, expert bat hunters who leave at sunset. Up to the caves there are 4 km by bike. They have adequate simple Mayan cabins for overnight and offer you food.
LOCATION: the caves of Kantemó in José María Morelos (Quintana Roo). Leaving Valladolid take the road to Peto, you will arrive at Dziuché, taking the deviation towards Tihosuco and at 2 kilometers you will find the community of Kantemó.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: log cabins, shared bathroom. I think I remember that each cabin has 2 single beds. They offer food.
SANTA RITA GRUTAS:
The Grutas de Santa Rita is another of these beautiful places, we get into the bowels of the Peninsula, an essential part of these Mayan lands. Access to Crystal Mother grotto is by a road by bike or on foot of 2 kilometers, and Aktún Kaab down a short path. A simple cabin serves as accommodation for adventurers who require it and have a basic camping area.
LOCATION: the caves of Santa Rita (Yucatan) are located between Chemax and X-Can (at 28 km.), towards Valladolid, on the federal highway 180, free from Cancun to Merida. Arriving at the community of La Estrella is indicated by some wooden signs: a dirt road of approximately 7km. until the parking of the place.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: there is a camping area and a house with beds, shared bathrooms.
MAYO XOCÉN COMMUNITY:
Xocén It is one of the Mayan towns with an interesting history where to know the current syncretism of the Mayan people, in the singular temple of the Holy Cross Tun. Close to Valladolid, in this community is the tourism company Yucatan Jay formed by locals that offer community tours and birdwatching tours. The Cenote Xla'Kaj it is close to Xocén.
LOCATION: is located at 12 kilometers from Valladolid, It is very easy to arrive from Valladolid, either by collective taxi or by private car.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: You can camp in the Casa de las Charas, the headquarters of the Yucatan Jay. They offer basic services.
MAYA YAXUNAH COMMUNITY:
El town of Yaxunah It is one of the references in the Peninsula as an alternative place to live the Mayan culture up close. The nearby archaeological zone of Yaxunah, the community museum, and the magnificent the cenote Lol Ha They are his most notable attractions. You can sleep in a hammock in a traditional Mayan house.
LOCATION: the town of Yaxunah is located at 20 km from Piste, towards Mérida, a town near Chichén Itzá.
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: At the Parador Turístico they have 4 very comfortable cabins where you can stay for about 500 pesos, they also offer to sleep in houses in the Yaxunah community, a hammock for 150 pesos a night.
Many of these places are visited on a day trip. Now you know that you can also stay sleep, an opportunity to get closer to the local, to travel more leisurely. There will be communities that I do not know and others that will come out with time, if you know any that you should write do not hesitate to tell me.
The asociación Maya Ka'an Travel It groups several Mayan communities that offer different activities to know the Mayan culture. I leave the data on your website if you want to contact them.
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