A direct encounter with the Mayan culture. At the locally well known natural protected area, Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh, we find the biggest population of spider monkeys. As we arrive, After a little more than an hour, we arrive at our place. Mayans run this reserve. They are the people in charge of taking care of these and other animals, who have one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the region. A lagoon surrounded by a jungle, where in some occasions, howler monkeys can be heard vocalizing. After meeting with the local Mayan community, we are allowed permission into their water bodies by a messenger, a Mayan elder, who blesses us in a mayan ceremony. Afterwards, we walk through the jungle. Breathe the nature. The ancient Mayan civilization was present here. Today, nature grew in and as we walk, we discover more about the local plants and their fauna, but also a get to talk to our mayan guides, who are very familiarized with these trails. Once monkeys are spotted, we continue to the rest of the activities: a zipline above a lagoon, canoeing, a visit to a Cenote. We have lunch afterwards with a Mayan family and visit their unique edible gardens and their stingless melipona bee project. The Cahum family. One of the family members receives us. We can visit their house, make home made tortillas, try their culinary organic traditional meal and absorb the mayan culture with them.
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