'Maya Kaan' is the name of a tourism project aimed at building up community-based, sustainable tourism within the Mayan zone of Quintana Roo state in Mexico. Exploring the Maya Kaan route is a wonderful way to get off the beaten track and see a lesser known side of Cancun and the Yucatan peninsula. I travelled there as a guest of the Rainforest Alliance. Maya Kaan is funded by the Meso-American Reef Tourism Initiative (MARTI), an important coalition of NGOs working to combine conservation and tourism since 2006, which includes the Rainforest Alliance and Amigos de Sian Ka'an. Contact information is provided at the end of the slideshow.
"Siijil Noh Ha" is the Mayan name for a beautiful eco-tourism centre located only 15 minutes away from the city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Guests come here to enjoy the traditional food, the hiking trails through the rainforest (which is part of a UN-funded carbon offset program), swimming in the shallow lagoon, and the magnificent lookout tower. You can also kayak to swim in a nearby cenote, which is essentially an underwater sinkhole that plunges 28 meters to join the Yucatan's network of freshwater underground rivers.