There were only a few small fishing villages like Playa del Carmen before the Riviera Maya developed 40 years ago as a pure holiday region. I organized a shore excursion that leads out of the Riviera Maya and shows both the life of the Maya in the jungle and everyday life in a small Mexican town without tourism, to give tourists an insight into everyday Mexican life, like working with wood or selling their self-grown vegetables and fruits on the market.!! There are no other tourist groups going to the place we visit on this tour. If you want to get to know the country and its people, this is the right excursion for you.
Shore excursion for cruise ships in Cozumel - 6 hours. + 2 hour for roundtrip cruise ship - Playa del Carmen!
What will you see?
First, you'll visit a Mexican town in the middle of the jungle, just 25 miles from Cancun and the Riviera Maya. You wouldn’t imagine that 12000 people are living in this town because it’s spreading all over the jungle. It is a Mexican town, but 80% of the people living there, are Mayan or Mayan descendants. People are leaving the jungle so the children can go to school and learn Spanish because the Mayan language is so different from every other language, they couldn’t communicate in their one country if they don’t learn Spanish. You will see a real authentic Mexican town since no other tourist group is going there and nothing is done or built for tourists. After a small walk over the fruit and vegetable market, you will go on a 1-hour roundtrip in tricitaxis (tricycle taxis).
First, you’ll have a stop at a property where I will explain how people are building their houses since they don’t have the money to build a house from blocks all at once. Your next stop will be at a cemetery, where I will explain how they deal with death, contrary to us. Then you'll visit a tornero de madera (wood craftsman) who built a machine from car spare parts and produces really beautiful mortars, vases, cups, and other stuff from wood. If you want, you can buy some of the products for 4,- US – 8,- US instead of 18,- US – 40,- US in the shops in Cancun.
Offf into the jungle again, to the Cenote Verde Lucero, you can have a swim there, you can slide with a zip line into the water, jump from the 25 feet high cliff or just climb in over the stairs.
See more photos in our gallery.
What is included?
- entrance fees
- Tricitaxi ride
What is not included?
What to bring?
- bathing suit
- sun lotion
- bug spray
- closed shoes
- pocket money
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