How Mayan Hammocks Are Made and The Mayan Village Culture Tour.

The Yucatan State of Mexico is dotted not only by Mayan ruins, but by Mayan villages. Mayan families live in these small villages about one hour outside the city of Merida. For many, the hammock trade is their only source of income. By special arrangement, see how the Mayan live, the fair trade of hammocks and how we work with the villagers.

Mayan Hammock Making & Mayan Village Tour:

The Mayan village and hammock making tour is by special arrangement only. You will never find this on any brochure or agency in the Merida area of Mexico. You and your group are invited for the opportunity of visiting the Mayan villages, seeing firsthand the making of the hammocks and experience how the Mayans live. This is not your typical tourist side trip, but a rare opportunity to see how the Mayan people live day to day. This is an off-the-beaten-path immersion, stepping into a world few see – even few Mexicans have seen this remote lifestyle of their indigenous peoples.

The Mayan villages are only about 1 hour away from Merida, but seem to be a world away. mayan village housingFrom their humble homes and basic possession, you’ll be able to see how the Mayan people live. With thatched roofs, wood branches and tree stems for walls, their life is a simple one. Yet with so little, these people are so happy and will proudly invite you into their homes. See for yourself and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Mayan people. You’ll also see more than just how hammocks are made, you’ll see how they live often in the most basic of conditions and experience for yourself their day-to-day lives. Since so few speak Spanish, you'll hear the Mayan language, much like the early Spanish heard.

As part of the trip, you'll see how so many families make the hammocks by hand, on their handcrafted looms. Through our interpreters, ask questions about their life and lifestyle, and how the Mayan hammock trade helps them earn an income, often for many families their only source of revenue. As you are invited into their homes, you'll see how they cook on an open fire, perhaps offer you a hot tortilla just made from freshly ground corn.

mayan village lifeAs always partial proceeds of your tour will go directly to the village for development projects and the needs of the community. This is a day long tour, but If you have a specific request please let us know. Your tour will also include a lunch in the home of one of the coop leaders, ground transportation to and from your hotel (in Merida), as well as a Mayan interpreter. Minimum group size is 10. Please contact us at least 3 weeks prior to your expected arrival in Merida so we can make arrangements.

If you plan on going, please consider bringing little gifts for the kids such as pencils, pens and other small yet useful supplies. We do not suggest cash donations be given directly to the kids or families, but instead useful gifts or cash contributions for the community to be used for projects, such as medical treatment for the community.

mayan hammock weaving tourPlease be respectful of the people and their way of life. As a courtesy, do not go into their houses unless invited and confirmed by the tour guide. With no running water or indoor plumbing, the Mayan people live simply. Kids will be curious, but a little shy at first. They love to have their photos taken, and enjoy looking at their photos on your digital camera.

Some may find it a little surprising how little they have, but how happy they are. As the saying goes, the more you have the more you want, which often leads to unhappiness in our western society. Always thank them after leaving their homes, and enjoy how light your heart feels after experiencing their warmth and amazing way of life.

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About Mayan Life

The Mayan village life is a simple one. Most of the families live in one room huts or block buildings. There is no running water or indoor plumbing. It's not uncommon to have chickens and turkeys wandering around the yards. The homes are bare, with few items or personal possessions. They eat and live simply. However in every home, when you enter a home of any village member, there are hammocks strung up for their use. Hammocks are both a place for someone to sit on when visiting, or at night become their sleeping place.

For many families, the hammock trade is their only source of income. Our hammocks are made in the areas around the town of Merida in the Yucatan region. We work with hundreds of familes in the local communities to support their self-sufficiency through the fair trade of their hammock production. We then provide their handmade hammock products directly to you for you and your friends to enjoy. Bookmark and Share