“A window into the cultural identity of the Mexican Caribbean”
If you are looking to get in depth into the heart of the jungle, then you must visit the Mayan Zone, which includes small farmer communities inhabited by the Descendants of the Maya, the formerly known as the Cruzoob, or the rebellious Maya of the caste war. Then we tell you more about the mystical Maya Ka’an.
HOW TO GET THERE?
There are several routes to reach Maya Ka’an from Highway 307, which connects all destinations from north to south in the state of Quintana Roo. Going south on it, you will find Felipe Carrillo Puerto on the road. If you want to go to José María Morelos, it is necessary to continue on Highway 307, and continue on Highway 184 to the west.
FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO
This charming little town has a lot to tell and to offer visitors eager for history. Did you know that chewing gum comes from the ancient Mayan civilization? Felipe Carrillo Puerto is the name of the governor who supported the Mayan chicle industry at the beginning of the 21st century. Chicozapote is the name of the tree that produces the resin that, through various natural processes and living Mayan traditions, is transformed into chewing gum. The Mayans used it to care for their teeth, as chewing prevents the development of plaque and tartar. All this, before the popular flavor of mint was added by Thomas Adams and launched on the market as Chiclets in 1871. Today the only and first sustainable chewing gum is produced in Quintana Roo. For more information on how to contribute to the chicle industry and its producers, visit chicza.com. In addition to chewing gum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto has other stories you can find in the Chan Santa Cruz Balam Nah Museum, which formerly served as boarding school for children with limited resources. Now this site is dedicated to the exhibition of vestiges in existence in Maya Ka’an in 5 rooms and recreational spaces. Here you can learn about the importance of Maya resistance during the so-called Caste War. The entrance for tourists with guided tours is free. The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In Felipe Carrillo Puerto is the archaeological site of Muyil, for more information about it, click here.
JOSÉ MARÍA MORELOS
One of the most exciting activities you can do in the municipality of José María Morelos is to visit Kantemó, where the hanging snakes live. In a cave around Kantemó, after sunset, hundreds of bats search for their food and flutter inside this cave. The tour takes you by bicycle to the cave, to be able to witness the non-poisonous snakes that feed on the bats as they hang from the ceiling and walls of the cavern. It is an exciting tour that you must live.
In addition it crosses the Route of the Churches through the communities of Sacalaca and Tihosuco, where you will admire constructions of the colonial period of our past.
It is a charming small town located just 30 km from Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and you can access this town on federal highway 295. Señor has many attractions for the cultural traveler, since you can enjoy tours in the jungle for bird watching, and general flora and fauna, as well as a demonstration on the spinning of the henequen and visit the Meliponas bees apicultures.
Located near the town is the Blue Lagoon and its cenote, which you can navigate in a canoe, and marvel at its crystal clear waters. The inhabitants of this community, live their traditions day by day, protect and respect the nature that surrounds them and are willing to open their hearts and homes to visitors. www.mayakaan.travel/señor
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