There’s much more to Mexico than its beautiful beaches. This trip will give you a fascinating insight into rural life in the Yucatan Peninsula and the rich natural heritage of the area. Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel early and drive towards Puerto Morelos and the Ruta de los Cenotes, a highway through the jungle known for its chain of cenotes or sinkholes, crystal-clear pools deep in the forest.
First stop is the small town of Leona Vicario where you’ll visit the local church before boarding the famous bici-taxi, the three-wheeled vehicle that is the most popular form of transport in the region, for a tour of the community. You’ll call in at the school where you’ll meet local children, watch them studying and playing and see just how much they appreciate something as simple as a pencil or crayons. A craft workshop is our next stop, where skilled carpenters turn fallen wood into a vase or ashtray in less than 10 minutes.
During the visit, you’ll also see the village cemetery and learn how Mexicans may fear death but also honor their ancestors. They believe that they return to earth every year on November 1 and 2, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and they mark the occasion with candlelight vigils, masses and altars laden with fruit, flowers and the food and drink that the deceased enjoyed during their lives.
You’ll then meet a local family and visit their home for a glimpse of village life. As they prepare traditional Mexican snacks, they’ll give you cooking tips and you’ll all sit down to share a delicious meal.
On the return leg of the journey, you have two side-trip options, a visit to the picturesque fishing village of Puerto Morelos for a stroll round the main square and along the waterfront.
Then it’s back to your resort in time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and more incredible vacation activities.