Don't just visit the Yucatan....Experience It! 
Welcome to the real México...the real Yucatan.


But what is the real Yucatan? It is different things to different people.

It's the rich history moving backward in time to the Mexican Revolution, the War of the Castes, the Spanish Colonization of Mexico, the Mayan civilizations and their "lost" cities...all the way back to the asteroid that crashed off the coast of Yucatan and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The asteroid probably also caused the fracturing of the limestone shelf of northern Yucatan that eventually grew into what are now known as cenotes…freshwater “sinkholes”, many of which are open to the public for swimming.

 It’s the friendliness of the people…the smiles, the greetings and the welcoming hands of locals to foreigners and strangers.


It’s the living Mayan world with the food, crafts, language and culture that is alive and well and part of the everyday landscape. The delicious tamales wrapped with banana leaves instead of corn husks. The rich flavors of dishes like chimole or relleno negro or puchero. The variations on tortillas like panuchos and salbutes or the very regional and local pibihuas and volcanes. (Come with me to the municipal market and you can taste the differences).

It’s the architecture of the Mayan pyramids as well as their thatched roof huts set in close proximity to Spanish colonial structures.

It’s the closeness to nature that comes from living in a climate where you almost never close the doors or windows. From the thousands of flamingos on the north coast to the rare jaguars that still roam the jungles very near to Valladolid. The huge variety of birds that announce daybreak and nightfall. The orchids and flowering trees, the wide variety of tasty fruits and the medicinal bushes that cure many ills. The iguanas that can reach four feet in length to the tiny, but powerfully-voiced, geckos that hide behind outdoor light fixtures waiting in ambush for mosquitos and flies. The stingless bees that produce some of the best honey in the world.


Attractions

[b] Ruines mayas et villages mayas vivants [/b] Valladolid est entourée de douzaines de ruines mayas faciles à atteindre et de douzaines de villages mayas où les descendants des constructeurs de pyramides vivent encore de la même manière que leurs ancêtres.

[b] Healing & Bodywork [/b] Des massages, des massages, des soins du visage, des nettoyages rituels et d'autres formes de soins corporels sont disponibles sur le terrain de la Casa Hamaca ou dans la hutte d'un chaman maya.

[b] Histoire coloniale [/b] Valladolid et les environs ont été colonisés par les Espagnols en 1543. De nombreuses églises et bâtiments de cette époque sont disponibles pour explorer à la fois dans et en dehors de la ville.

[b] Histoire naturelle [/b] Cenotes, cavernes et cavernes semblent être partout. La jungle vierge, les zones humides associées à la vie d'oiseaux et les belles plages sont toutes à une courte distance de Valladolid. Pour une photo de National Geographic du cénote Xkeken cliquez [url=http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/xkeken-cenote/] ici [/url] .

[list] [*] Cours d'espagnol [*] Cours de cuisine [*] Classes de massage [*] Activités de bénévolat [*] Guérison chamanique [*] Excursions dans les villages mayas [*] Cérémonies mayas [/list]

[i] Activités éducatives, participatives et bénévoles. Une grande variété de programmes et d'activités sont disponibles à la Casa Hamaca: cours d'espagnol de survie, cours de cuisine, cours de massage, visites de chaman, visites de villages mayas, cérémonies mayas, distribution de nourriture, enseignement de l'anglais, construction de toits, bibliothèque, etc. [/i]