3 Cool Community Tours Out of Tulum You’ll Love

The Riviera Maya is so much more than “tacos and tequila.”

Community tours are just one of the many ways to play in the Riviera Maya. They offer a safe, hands-on way to explore the region’s biodiversity, learn about local culture, and discover ancient Mayan traditions while supporting native businesses.

Most community tours are operated by people whose families have lived here for generations. Preserving, promoting, and sharing Mayan culture is part of their mission. While there are several local community tours in the region, here are our favorites near Tulum.

Chewing Gum and Biodiversity

Community Tours of Sian Ka’an offers visitors an opportunity to discover the Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just minutes from Tulum.

Sian Ka’an means “Origin of the Sky” or “Heaven’s Place” and is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. Hundreds of species of animals, birds, and plants call it home.

Bird-watching, kayaking, hiking, exploring archeological sites, and learning the techniques of Mayan chewing gum production are just some of the activities offered in this dynamic and interactive, eco-tourism experience.

Touring the mayan canal

Tours are operated Monday through Saturday. Book at least 24 hours in advance to secure your spot.

Prices range from $75 to $159 USD for adults and $65 to $129 USD for minors. Costs depend on the activity and your transportation needs. 

A multi-lingual guide, breakfast or lunch, entry fees, and equipment are included in the price of tours. Bring insect repellant, biodegradable sunscreen, swimwear, towels, and a camera.

For information and reservations contact Paulina in guest services [email protected] 

Through the Eyes of the Mayan

Ojos Maya, loosely translated as “Mayan Eyes,” is a community tourism project that connects Mayan communities with travelers from around the world.

Through regional food tastings, learning about local crafts, and discovering the wonder of its natural beauty, visitors get a taste of traditional Mayan culture in contemporary Mexico.

You can learn, for example, about the Melipona bees, a genus of stingless bees native to the region and whose honey has long been used by humans and is used commercially. You can also witness the production of sisal yarn, made from the agave plant, which Mayans and Aztecs used to make crude fabrics and paper.

Community tours include transportation in an air-conditioned van and insurance; entrance fees; a certified bilingual guide; lunch featuring regional cuisine; and a visit to the local market.

Tours are limited to a minimum of six people and a maximum of 10 people. Trips start with a 7:30 a.m. pick-up time and return by 6:00 p.m.

Price: $125 USD per person.

Paulina in guest services can help with info and reservations: [email protected] 

Land of Honey and Chocolate

About an hour’s drive from Tulum, the town of Coba is known for having one of the most important Mayan ruin sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. But did you know it is also the land of honey and chocolate?

Local Mayan women and elders living in the Pueblo of Coba conduct tours and workshops featuring native Melipona bees, chocolate, and natural herbs at Casa Itzamna.

At Casa Itzamna, you can explore the secrets and honey-production of the stingless, Melipona bees. Observe the process of making hand-made chocolates and learn about the importance of cocoa beans to the Mayan. Tour the medicinal garden and learn about traditional natural remedies. Indulge in a relaxing massage and therapeutic bath filled with fresh herbs.

Contact Casa Itzamna directly for more information about prices and hours of operation. You can reach them at [email protected]. Phone — + 52 (984) 143-6764 and  + 52 (984) 879-0929. They also have a Facebook page, which you can access here.

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Thanks to Sian Kaan tours and Ojos Maya for use of their pics.
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