RTCZM: Quintana Roo Discovery Tour: Uncover the Mayan Tradition

Quintana Roo Discovery Tour: Uncover the Mayan Tradition

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Mexico

RTCZM

Community-based cooperative

3 hours
From$25 USDPer person

Red de Turismo Comunitario de la Zona Maya (RTCZM) of Quintana Roo aims to improve the quality of life in the community, reassess Mayan culture, and preserve the environment through tourism.

Tour Highlights

  • Engage with members of the Quintana Roo community to learn about Mayan culture and help support the local economy and heritage.
  • Interact with a weaver, a beekeeper, and a medicine man.
  • Listen to Mayan legends and taste the fresh flavors of the authentic, traditional cuisine.

To improve the quality of life in the Quintana Roo community with respect, equality, and solidarity, reassess Mayan culture, and preserve the environment through tourism.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day with appointment

  • Start Time

    10 AM

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Binoculars, Camera, Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Light shirt, Mosquito repellent, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 30

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Travel through history for a morning and experience the rich cultural traditions of the Maya, which have been preserved for centuries! Discover a generations-old garden of medicinal herbs carefully tended by the community healer. Learn how to work with precious Henequén yarn, which local weavers call “green gold”. Understand the intricate, ancient process of yarn extraction and spinning using only traditional tools. Then, lose yourself in the fascinating war legends of the Maya, which describe the ambushes and victories of long ago, before comprehending the struggle of the Maya through preserved photographs and literature. Contribute to the conservation of the “Xuunán Kab” bees, an endangered species important to Mayan daily life that has even been painted in temple murals. Finally, don’t forget to try the regional cuisine and seasonal fruits at the community center, featuring a delicious lunch of eggs, chaya (tree spinach), squash, beans, and handmade tortillas.

3 Visitor Reviews

  •  
    Rosa G. ●  Aug 26, 2015

    I think this is an excellent initiative!

  •  
    Luis S. ●  Apr 15, 2015

    Excellent initiative to make known the riches of the beautiful Zona Maya. Use of natural resources with a sustainable approach is today ... #ZonaMaya #CulturaViva

  •  
    Rodrigo P. ●  Nov 5, 2014

    Excellent!

Tour Start Address

Calle Borje Martin esquina con Javier Rojo Gomez, en la comunidad de Señor. C.P. 77150., Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, Mexico

How To Get There

By car:
From Cancun:
Take the Federal Highway No. 307 to Chetumal. Arrive in Felipe Carrillo Puerto following the route to Valladolid on No. 295 Road. At the entrance to La Comunidad de Señor, in the second street (Miguel Borge Martin), turn right past the sign and continue straight 300 meters into Javier Rojo Gomez Street.
Travel duration: 3.30 hrs.

From Merida (Valladolid):
Take Highway No. 180 Merida- Valladolid, arriving at Valladolid, then take Highway No. 295 and enter La Comunidad de Señor. Turn left at Javier Rojo Gomez Street, which will meet Miguel Borge Martin Street.
Trip Duration: 3 hrs.

From Chetumal:
Drive on Federal Highway No. 307 to Cancun. Arrive in Felipe Carrillo Puerto following the route to Valladolid on No. 295 Road. At the entrance to La Comunidad de Señor, in the second street (Miguel Borge Martin), turn right (you will see the sign with the name of the destination) and continue straight 300 meters to onto Javier Rojo Gomez Street.
Travel duration: 2.20 hrs.

By bus:
Terminals for the nearest bus line are at Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Valladolid, buses runs every day at various times.
* Bus Mayab: Valladolid- Chetumal Chetumal route
Goes through La Comunidad de Señor at 9:00 am, 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Van:
* Felipe Carrillo Puerto to Valladolid: departures every hour or less depending on the company.
* Valladolid to Felipe Carrillo Puerto: departures every hour and is located on the route to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, request a stop in La Comunidad de Señor.

More About RTCZM

Mission

To improve the quality of life in the Quintana Roo community with respect, equality, and solidarity, reassess Mayan culture, and preserve the environment through tourism.

Main Programs

  • Internship and student inclusion programs

  • Training courses in English, business, and environmental topics

  • Certifications for ecotourism

  • Accreditation guides

  • Regional forestry, agriculture, and production development

  • Sustainability of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve