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Mayan Immersive Experience: History, Customs, & Workshops

Spend a day with direct descendants of the Maya, who have inherited and upheld the traditions and values of their ancestors. Discover legends, battle stories, and history; and participate in medicinal herbs, bee-keeping, and weaving workshops.

USD $96.00

Per Person


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Encounter the Living Heritage of the Maya

On this Mayan immersive experience, spend the day with direct descendants of the Maya, who have inherited and upheld the traditions and values of their ancestors. Community elders will serve as your guides. Discover Mayan legends, battle stories, and history; and participate in medicinal herbs, bee-keeping, and weaving workshops led by community elders and artisans.

This community-led Mayan immersive experience 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 peoples.

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 Mayan history, religion, and day-to-day 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

Booking Restrictions: 2+ travelers required to book this tour. Travelers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Itinerary 

Begin your tour 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 for generations. You’ll have the honor to hear the history of your guide, who lived through the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Learn his personal history, and discover the surprising role of the Maya in the Mexican Revolution.

End the day 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 day-to-day life.

What’s Included

  • Community activities
  • Transfers
  • Traditional meal
  • Welcome meet-and-greet (includes water and seasonal fruit)
  • Certified 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
  • Bug repellent
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Cap/hat
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walking shoes/sandals
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Mexican currency for personal expenses/souvenirs

Important Notes

People under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate in the experience.

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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