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Camino del Mayab connects visitors with Yucatán’s remote communities

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Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado
Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado is a writer, artist and educator from British Columbia, Canada. She has lived in Merida, Yucatan, since 1976, where she co-founded the TTT school and raised two children. Joanna blogs at Changes In Our Lives.
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The Camino del Mayab, a network of trails that begins in Dzoyaxché, spreads out over 130 kilometers across the Yucatecan countryside.

Whether on foot or by bicycle, people of all ages enjoy the Camino del Mayab. The organizers have designed a variety of tours for different fitness levels. All the tours include a guide who is in constant contact with another close-by team member who is in a vehicle and can assist the participants should the need arise. All necessary equipment is provided as part of the tour, which costs between 2,000 to 10,000 pesos depending on the itinerary.

Photo: Camino del Mayab

The attraction is in the tourist region called Cenotes and Haciendas de Yucatán. The trailhead is located in the village of Dzoyaxché, a 45-minute drive south of Mérida’s Centro. Parts of the Camino network are pathways between villages and through haciendas, and some follow ancient Maya roads. Along the trails are many species of flora and fauna. Opportunities for birders are especially ideal.

The Camino del Mayab traverses areas of rural Yucatan where there are remote archaeological zones, old haciendas, and cenotes.

Photo: Camino del Mayab

An important goal of the organizers is creating a sustainable tourism product. For traveling the entire Camino, participants receive stamps from 13 communities in your official Mayab “passport.” They will eat authentic Yucatecan meals prepared by local women. Some nights are spent in a community or at a tourist ranch, and sometimes in a tent. This helps the economy of the long-established small communities in the area.

The trail combines physical activity, contact with nature, and interaction with local communities. Activities align with COVID-19 protocols.

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