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Hike to a Mayan Village and uncrowded Mayan Ruins

Hello,

This time I want to write about the most traditional Mayan village I’ve ever seen, also about the Mayan vestiges we saw, and the hike that day.

It all began at Tekax, Yucatán. Once in town, we met with Magdalena, Julio, Cinthya and Gregorio, the guides who were the authors of this amazing experience.

We moved to a town 20 minutes drive from Tekax downtown. The road crosses some hills and Magdalena showed us different paths to get to caves with crystal formations… rappel can be practiced in some of them.

When we arrived Julio gave us instructions. He also told us that we were going to walk over an authentic Sacbe! A road made by prehispanic mayans. This 30 km (18 miles) road was built about 2,000 years, and it’s still in use (and not only by tourists).

Magdalena shared with us a natural insect repellent that was prepared by her the evening before. It contained tobacco, alcohol, and other plants. It smelled good so we gladly used it several times to avoid mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects.

The hiking began, we were alone in the area, except for a hard working farmer who was carrying some of his crop. Guides know a lot about the area, and along the way, they told us about the local plants use, local honey quality, some mayan water collection techniques, and even ancient legends, which gave name to some of the trees in the area.


Picture: Hiking

Halfway, we found an astounding “Pich” tree. Julio told us that even nowadays, people use these trees to stay or restore contact with nature: a way to leave problems behind, while receiving energy. So we tried it, I’m not sure  if I did it right, but for me being in contact with so much nature makes me happy and boosts  my mood.


Picture: Pich tree

We continued hiking until reaching a town in the hills. “Houitz” is an authentic mayan town, its houses are made as in ancient times, people use traditional clothes, children run everywhere, and at the same time, you can perceive calmness.


Picture: House in Houitz

There, they explained to  us how their houses are built and why. Their houses represent some of their beliefs. It was an inspiring experience; even when people there are only Mayan speakers, with the guides’ help we spent some time with them, visited their homes, school, workshop, the only shop where we found a detailed map of the village, totaling less than 20 families.

Afterwards, we continued our walk uphill where  we found ancient temples vestiges. The view is breathtaking, and the stones and details let you imagine those temples’ magnificence a long time ago.


Picture: Archaeological site

We continued walking and found many more vestiges, including one where even nowadays communities practice mayan rites. Right after this one,  we got to the heart of Chacmultun.


Picture: Chacmultun archaeological site

We continued walking and found many more vestiges, including one where even nowadays communities practice mayan rites. Right after this one, we got to the heart of Chacmultun.

Its name means “Red stone hills”, the architecture style is Puuc (also read: Culture from up high). It has a ball game field, and I was surprised when I didn’t see any evidence about Chaac God, their rain god, very common at other sites in Puuc Region. Magdalena said that one theory is that they didn’t have water supply troubles, there are many “chultunes” and other water collection techniques found in the area.


Picture: Chacmultun archaeological site


By then, we were hungry so we went to the last stop where we take a traditional Yucatecan lunch.

I have many good memories from this hike. My favorite was  being surrounded by trees in the middle of Chacmultún appreciating the sunlight, odors, and calmness; all of it created a very special atmosphere.

Important data for visiting:

How to get there:

  • Hiking tour to Mayan Village from Mérida (Transportation + activities + lunch): Book here
  • If you want to get by your own, please book the local guide service and follow this route for ideas to get to Tekax from Merida: Merida - Tekax Route
    • You can also get there from other towns in Puuc area like: Ticul, Oxkutzcab, Santa Elena, Mani…

Recommendations:

  • It is advisable to bring water, and biodegradable insect repellent and sunscreen. Between April to September the weather is very warm.

  • Care for nature, take all your litter and garbage back with you.

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