Tulum and Sian Ka’an, Mexico

Immerse yourself in the Mayan culture

5 Days | Community Visit, Cultural Activities and Boat Tour

Exceptional opportunity to get friendly with the Mayan community of Muyil, in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and visit an archaeological site hidden in the jungle. Other activities include floating along the incredible crystal clear water with the help of slow currents on your journey to the two lagoons. If you are a chewing gum addict, this tour is for you as you will get to witness the interesting process of extracting the resin from trees and transforming it into the wonderful end product you love. You will also learn about honey-making while observing the melipona bees!

Right for You?

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion and Connect with Nature

Languages

English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Beach, Rural Communities, Ocean and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

Totonal Viajes que Iluminan

Locally Owned Tour Operator
Starts at:

$875/person

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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Get friendly with the Mayan community of Muyil, in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and visit an archaeological site hidden in the jungle.
  • Float along the incredible crystal clear water with the help of slow currents on your journey to two lagoons.
  • Get your Mayan ceremony on with the community of Tihosuco, where you will invoke the four compass points, as a sign of thanks for your visit!
  • If you like chewing gum, you get to witness the interesting process of extracting the resin from the trees and transforming it into chewing gum.
  • Improve your honey-making knowledge by checking out the melipona bees.
  • Learn to make your own traditional hand-made tortillas and later have a delicious regional lunch.

Details

Schedule

Start your voyage from the Cancun airport by making your way to Tulum either by renting a car or arranging for a transfer from the airport to Tulum.

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

2-16 travelers

Arrival in Cancun and car rental pick up or transfer (depending on the option chosen) to our cosy hotel located on Tulum’s seaside.

Rest of the day free to rest and enjoy the beach.

Accommodation: charming hotel in Tulum.

After breakfast, we will go to the Mayan community of Muyil, in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, to visit an archaeological site hidden in the jungle and follow an interpretative path.

Later, we will jump on a small boat to start our journey through two amazing lagoons. We will reach a dock, and with our life vests on, we will jump in the canal to float along the incredible crystal clear water with the help of slow currents.

We will have lunch and head back to Tulum. If you have time, we suggest you visit the archaeological site of Tulum, with the magnificent Caribbean Sea in the background, and spend some time in Playa Paraiso or Playa Pescadores, two of the most beautiful beaches in Tulum.

Accommodation: charming hotel in Tulum.

After breakfast, we will go to the Mayan community of Señor where we will meet the charming Mayan grandfathers, who will teach us how to extract thread from the henequen, and will tell us interesting stories about the Caste War that the Maya suffered at the beginning of last century.

We will have lunch and later, we will move to the community of Tihosuco, where we will start with a Mayan ceremony that invokes the four compass points, as a sign of thanks for our visit. We will tour the local museum of Caste and the interesting church of colonial architecture, part of it destroyed during the Caste War.

We will head to our next stop in Chunhuhub. We will have dinner with this charming community and rest for the day.

Accommodation: beautiful ecological cabins with private bathroom.

The chewing gum season coincides with the rainy season, so if the climate allows it, today we will get up very early in the morning, have a little snack and go into the jungle to see the interesting process of extracting the resin from the trees, which is used to make chewing gum. We will learn about medicinal plants and the interesting flora and fauna around. When we are back from our trek, we will have our breakfast at the cooperative.

After breakfast, visit the premises and learn about the melipona bees, how they are looked after, and their honey production. We will learn about the community’s organic garden. We will see how the pressing of the sugar cane is done, and make our best effort to do it ourselves! Not easy!

We will help our hosts to cook our lunch, learning to make the traditional hand-made tortillas and later have a delicious regional lunch.

We will head back to Tulum.

Accommodation: charming hotel in Tulum.

After breakfast, we will make our way to Cancun airport to go home or to our next destination!

What's Included

Lodging

4 Nights Eco Lodge

Activities

Swimming, Cultural Activities, Archeological Expedition, Boat Tour, Wildlife Viewing, Class/Workshop, Show/Performance, Historical Sites, Community Visit and Cooking Class

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)

Transport

Boat, Walk, Hike and Private car

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Totonal Viajes que Iluminan

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Discover the beautiful lesser-known regions of Mexico as well as some wonderful local initiatives that maintain ancestral customs. Totonal offers unique tours that give you the chance to interact with the local community, who are proud to open the doors to their world and show you their history and culture: artisans, rituals, gastronomy, amazing nature, and a good dose of warmth are the main characteristics of these experiences. This will enable you to understand the authentic and varied culture of Mexico from the different regions visited, and the great spirituality of its inhabitants, who have great love for Mother Earth. Keeping an open mind will allow you to better learn from the wisdom of your hosts and amplify the experience enormously!

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included) and Drive