Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Palaperos – Mayan builders and artists

Posted October 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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Palapas are thatched roofs that are very common in the Caribbean and other tropical areas of the world. Palaperos, men who construct these amazing roof structures, are artists. They create these grass roofs to be wind, rain and even hurricane resistant. This sustainable building practice has been around for centuries and continues to be the best construction option for the Riviera Maya.

Live like a local and try out a thatched roof bungalow the next time you are in the Riviera Maya.

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