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There isn’t only Mayan and colonial sites in the Yucatan peninsula, for this trip we propose to discover the magnificent fauna that lives in this region.
Mexico is part of a very coveted list of 17 countries considered the ones with the most diversity in terms of biodiversity. We will go to the jungle to discover the spider monkey reserve, where we can observe the last specimens in total freedom (you can observe them almost everyday). If we are lucky we will be able to observe the hauling monkeys, many different types of birds and reptiles. In this reserve we can enjoy a zip line with an amazing view and we can kayak in the lagoon.
We will visit a village where we will learn the way of life of the Mayans in present day, the guardians of the traditions and the knowledge in Yucatan; this is a small town where we will visit and orchard (horticulture and gardening) where they use permaculture (ecological farming system very similar to the one used in the ancient times respecting the biodiversity of the surrounding ecosystem). Here is where we will learn about the traditional culture of the peninsula and where you can buy fruits and vegetables (according to the season) that we will cook later. In fact, we will help in the food preparation; this gives us a great opportunity to try new dishes.
After lunch we will go into town where a descent via rappel will take us to a fresh water-relaxing mirror. (We have the option of a dry cave instead according to your preference)
We will visit our friend Manuel, whom thanks to his passion for animals in the Yucatan area, wants to reintroduce de Virginia deer that lost their habitat due to hunting and are in constant threat in this region. In his huge land we will learn about the different species in the area and the reproduction programs.
Here we will also find some typical beehives (on the trunk of the trees) for the conservations and preservation of the Mayan bee “Melipone Bee” which is in the process of extinction.
We won’t forget about the small but very complete Insect museum, created by the locals so we can observe butterflies, spiders and other arthropods in the area.