Undoubtedly, one of Mexico’s most touristy and famous states is Quintana Roo, places near the northeastern coast such as Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen, among others. Of course, we can’t deny that these places are eye-catching, but what about all the hidden travel destinations in the southern region of Mexico? Nuevo Durango is one of the hidden secrets in Quintana Roo.
Nuevo Durango is a small community in the south of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, in Quintana Roo, very close to the border with Yucatán. In this area, there are many caves, one example, Tumben Kuxtal; many of these were accidentally discovered by locals, who offer tours to visitors in addition to various activities.
There are several activities available to have a great stay. Such as: Hammock workshop, gastronomic tour, a visit to Chulub Chac, which is an organic garden, or the Unity of Environmental Manage (UMA).
In this 1-hour workshop, we will learn everything about the art of weaving hammocks from the community’s women. They will also teach us all the techniques, and in the end, we will take home a traditional souvenir made with love from these artisans.
Gastronomic Tour at Nuevo Durango, Quintana Roo
To learn how to cook, we cannot miss out on this unique workshop! Travelers will be part of the whole process of cooking a traditional dish, including gathering fresh ingredients from the orchard and cooking alongside the community members and finally tasting the dish.
Chulub Chac Organic Gardens
Organic Gardens Association brings together six families from the town dedicated to organically grown vegetables, tubers, and fruit trees. Hence, we will learn about the seasons of each one, their gastronomic and medicinal uses, and the use of fertilizers and natural repellents to care for crops.
Nojoch Keej – the big deer
The UMA created this conservation area in 2006, a beautiful project for the conservation of animals in the region that are in danger of extinction, where they are responsible for their reproduction, so later on, they can be liberated in protected zones where hunting is forbidden. The longest preserved species are the white-tailed deer, the tepezcuintle, the ocellated turkey, and the oco pheasant.
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