No visit to Cancun or the Riviera Maya region of Mexico is complete without exploring the ancient Mayan culture of the Yucatan Peninsula and Caribbean coast, which is home to a wide variety of ancient ruins and where many indigenous communities still thrive to this day. But if you’re looking for an exciting new adventure that will take you even deeper into the magical world of the Maya people, Maya Ka’an offers visitors a sustainable, back-to-nature cultural experience that is unlike anything else in the world.
“Travelers know and love Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel and Riviera Maya, but now they can also learn about another side of the Mexican Caribbean”, shared Dario Flota Ocampo, who serves as director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board. “Maya Ka’an’s sustainable, off-the-grid status creates unparalleled experiences for travelers seeking true cultural immersion”.
So, what exactly is Maya Ka’an? Basically, the name refers to a tourism circuit in the central part of Quintana Roo that is also known as the Zona Maya and includes parts of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The Maya Ka’an experience encourages visitors to reconnect with nature and discover secrets of the ancient Mayan culture that lie deep in the lush tropical jungle, which is also home to rare wildlife and pristine coastal lagoons. The Mexican state of Quintana Roo also encompasses the Mexican Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and includes the popular beach vacation hotspots of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum, which makes a Maya Ka’an excursion the perfect addition to your next beach getaway!
Maya Ka’an supports community and regional development by promoting sustainable initiatives in local Mayan communities, including handicrafts, medicinal products and food preserves. This facilitates participation in conservation and encourages the sustainable use of natural resources, which directly impacts the overall quality of life for indigenous Mayans in the region. In short, Maya Ka’an is a sustainable development and tourism initiative that is designed to bring economic benefits to the entire region, while also protecting its rich natural beauty.
Designed to help visitors discover little-known destinations of incredible beauty in the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, Maya Ka’an offers 16 different tours and activities to choose from, taking visitors to nine villages in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the Zona Maya. Each excursion ensures that local inhabitants reap the benefits of the tours, and travelers can watch local craftspeople work while traditional cuisine is prepared. Programs are also available that focus on traditional local farming techniques and the healing properties of native plants, which have been used since ancient times. And finally, eco-adventures include bird watching safaris that will take you in search of more than 350 different species, as well as nature walks, boating and kayaking trips through the clear freshwater lagoons of Sian Ka’an.
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