Maya Ka’an initiative
10YFP STP Portfolio: Linking Mayan communities and sustainable tourism through the Maya Ka’an initiative of Amigos de Sian Ka´an
The Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, is one of the most biodiverse sites in the world that showcases Mayan culture, history and communities.
Back in the early 1990s, Amigos de Sian Ka’an – one of the leading NGOs in Mexico dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainable development – started a boat tour in the Sian Ka’an wetlands to obtain funding for its conservation. This activity eventually inspired the creation of an entire ecotourism destination within Sian Ka’an that led to the Destination Maya Ka’an initiative, which aims to minimize tourism’s impact on environmental resources and diversify tourism in Quintana Roo with ecotourism, rural tourism and adventure tourism activities.