travel the mayan route
travel with a purpose
Pure Paradise Travel is passionate about bringing visitors into the heart and soul of the real Mexico by taking you deep into the land of the Maya, past, and present. Since 2007 Pure Paradise Travel has been a partner and has worked closely with the non-profit organization Dreams for Mayan Children. This organization for Mayan children empowers children to create lasting change in their own lives and communities. We work alongside indigenous communities offering educational and music programs, infrastructure improvements in rural schools along sustainable learning experiences leaving a powerful impact on their futures!
(Please be sure to check out their website!)
Traveling the Mayan Route is a 1 to 3-day experience that you work with us to customize for you depending on what you are looking for! There are several communities that we visit, all near to each other, depending on the activity that you want to participate in. You will walk through the jungle observing different species of birds, see the spider monkeys jumping through the trees, experience a Mayan ceremony, zip-line across the most tranquil lake, swim in a cenote, and breathe in nature. In the communities, you will discover and learn hands on, the Ancient Mayan culture, real sustainable living!
The main community that we visit is Nuevo Durango. Here you will meet Enrique Wilcab, your local guide. We guarantee he will make sure you have the best experience! He can take you into the natural caves and caverns that not many have had the privilege to explore!
He will also share with you the gastronomy of the region, share in meals made with locally grown produce, prepare food with families, and learn to build a garden at home. Learn how to make tortillas by hand and even a hammock, this is such a treat!
UMA Nojoch Keej - Animal Sanctuary with Don Manuel Trinidad and his family. They will teach you about the importance of preservation of the white deer and other local species along with the Melipona Bees and the importance of biodiversity for our planet. Check our more photos from the sanctuary HERE!
Dreams for Mayan Children -
Collaborate with us economically, be a volunteer, or donate materials.
During the week we can set up a time where you can visit the local school and participate or share with the kids. There is also a wonderful Music Social learning project you can be part of.
If we have an ongoing project to restore one of the infrastructures or build something new don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
Visit the Neighbors too!
Punta Laguna (Spider Monkey Reserve)
Visit the local cooperative Najil Tucha that organizes wildlife watching activities especially spider and howler monkeys, low impact activities such as hiking and canoeing, and adventure activities with zip lines over the lagoon and observation of birds.
Tres Reyes (Three Kings)
This is the largest community in this area, where we participate in Temazcal Ceremonies together with our beloved Octavio Yah, to honor our ancestors and we visit with Grandfather Don Crisanto, who tells us of his experiences and his knowledge of medicinal plants.
With the Cahum Family, you learn about ancient uses and customs, since the family lives off the land away from public wiring and lighting, and strive to maintain the old lifestyle, without the use of plastics and practicing self-consumption. With them, you can go hiking to visit the lagoon and have the great opportunity to camp in the jungle under the stars!
A small community made up of 8 families who live around the beautiful Cenote Aktun Zotz (bat cave in Maya T'aan), where the inhabitants benefit directly from the natural resources. You can also get to know their way of life in the community, their farmyard, and backyard. A little paradise!
If you would like to spend more than one day exploring the
communities we have wonderful accommodations for you!