Culture

In the Heart of the Maya World

 

One of the great rewards of travel is the opportunity to understand our selves and our culture through others. Travel promotes tolerance and forces us out of our cultural short sightedness. In rural Yucatan, subsistence farmers celebrate, build, cook, heal, teach, plant and raise children in many ways reminiscent of their pre-conquest ancestors. Rural indigenous cultures are changing fast and there is so much we can learn from them. Paradoxically, traditional lifestyles may have greater chance of surviving because of growing interest of savvy travellers looking for respectful ways to experience other cultures.

Although Maya is still used in most rural households, migration to cities is threatening the continuation of one of the world’s oldest surviving languages. Visitors interested in learning Maya promotes pride and economic benefits that may help in its preservation.

Our staff can provide informal, 15-minute classes in beginner Maya.

Visit Our Neighbors

Learn Traditional Arts & Crafts

Artisan's Tour

Self Guiding Tour

A Splendid Colonial City

Valladolid's Tumultuos History 

Classes in Traditional Maya Cooking

Breakfast Games

Lunch with the May Poots