A visit to a typical Maya family home

If you are interested in how the Maya live in the traditional way there is a lovely family in the village that open their doors for you to enter and visit with them.

Hernando in his  backyard

Hernando in his backyard

Hernando will receive you at his front gate. He will escort you into a typical Maya house where he will explain the reason that they built the houses in an oval shape.It seems each corner , each piece of wood, that they used to build ,as a significance .The rounded part being taken from the half moon . The four strong thick posts that hold the roof ,representing the four corners of the world . He will show you how best to sleep in a hammock for adults and children .


demonstrating the hammock way

He will take you to see his wife making handmade tortillas over an open fire.

Making handmade tortillas

Making handmade tortillas

Then a trip into the garden where he will demonstrate how to make rope from the Henniquin plant .

Henniquin demonstration

Henniquin demonstration

Then onto his small altar where he explains the work that the Maya gods do.

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All in all it is a great experience and you can enjoy it too.! If you would be interested just get in touch with me and you can either walk down by yourself or if you need someone to translate either I or Hilario would be more than happy to share the experience with you . It would be our pleasure.

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Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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4 Responses to A visit to a typical Maya family home

  1. Heather says:

    I remember visiting a Mayan family when we were there years ago, Valerie….is it the same one I wonder?

  2. Hello Heather nice to hear from you
    Hope you are well
    This is another family house . Abel is now making baskets and doing a nice job .
    Take care and hugs to you both

  3. Dee Dale says:

    This was a fantastic visit. Hernando and his wife are lovely welcoming people and we learned such a lot about the Maya people and their way of life. Do take the time out for this visit if you’re staying with Valerie…who incidentally is the perfect host!

    • All the group that went that day absolutely enjoyed the experience. When I have great guests staying with me ,as yourselves,how can one not be a good host ? Your enthusiasm would spur anyone on to do better things . Thank you

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