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German tourists opt for culture in Maya Ka’an region

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Maya Ka’an region south of Riviera Maya has shown a lot of tourism growth this year, in particular, with the German market.

Gonzalo Merediz Alonso, director of Amigos de Sian Ka’an says that one of the areas German tourists are visiting a lot is the community of Señor, located in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. This particular area is one of the five Mayan ceremonial centers of the state and one that is growing in tourism figures.

“The increase is due to a synergy achieved with the cooperatives to promote the destination. Although the new figures are not thousands more, for the zones, the increase in tourism represents a significant resource,” he added.

Merediz Alonso says the Amigos de Sian Ka’an are working on keeping track of the new numbers of visitors arriving in Maya Ka’an, noting that the German market is opting for a more cultural experience.

According to the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo in 2017, the German market increased 10.8 percent with a total of 162,673 German tourists landing in the region, making Germany the third most important tourism market in Europe.

“For us it is important that revenues are generated by the arrival of tourists and there is return of investments for the communities. It is more than about just a high number of visitors,” explained Merediz Alonso.

He says there are more than 9,000 Maya people who benefit directly from the increase in tourism adding that there are 17 ecotourism companies that currently operate in the Maya Ka’an, one of which is the Maya Ka’an travel company Caminos Sagrados.

The company specializes in offering authentic cultural experiences of the ancient civilization in the Maya Ka’an region with each community offering different activities such as trail hiking, cenotes, lagoons, gastronomy, nature and other attractions.