When I arrived in this region first in 2003, and have found that there is not much offered around here for older folks or people with physical challenges who want to spend some quality leisure time. Based on the 2012 Census in the USA, the 50+ population is expected to reach 100 million by 2012. This does not even include Canada or Europe. I found there was a definite need to work on inclusion, and launched Project Mayan Encounter in 2008. Having been on the road as a tour guide myself, I know how tight itineraries are usually scheduled, specially with large groups of 50 or 60 travelers.
Sometimes you may be wondering whether you are on vacation or in a race. I also thought it must be intimidating for someone with physical limitations to watch others zooming across a cenote on a zip line or enjoy other adventure activities in which they “throw their bodies around”. So in collaboration with some environmentally passionate, multilingual guides in the Riviera Maya, I decided to fill the need and designed relaxed adventure trips for environmentally-conscious people.
In the process we have added other useful activities, such as alternative medical treatments, or curriculum-based itineraries to accompany studies of language, history, geography or social sciences. It is also refreshing to see that in the recent years it has become much easier to rent assistive technology for mobility impaired travelers, such as electric scooters or beach wheelchairs.
In 2012, we added holistic retreats to the program that are co-created with professional healers. They combine wellness & eco-tourism, to add on to the already healing effect that Mother Nature has on us.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I just remembered I have this great photo - Thanks for a really
Sian Ka'an, April 2009
We really enjoyed the tours. It was like going with a friend. We really appreciated all the little details like the wheelchair, revised wheelchair and umbrellas. If you ever come through Chicago we would love to see you again. I will definately recommend you to anyone I know going to Mexico to see the Mayan ruins.
Joe and Cyndi
Coba & Chichen Itza, June 2009
Chichen Itza, August 2009
...well, now that I''m back at work, Cozumel seems like a dream!
you are right about the location of the restaurant (and the fact that we were quite hungry by then), and the peacocks, and dancers. unfortunately, we were not sitting near the area where they were making the tortillas and bbqing the meat and, unfortunately, no one told us about it. someone in our group finally noticed it after we had already eaten most of our meal. i, of course, did manage to eat one anyway...and it was the best part of the lunch!
i forgot to thank you also for the bracelet ~ what a nice souvenier of our day...and also for the snacks and that wonderful marzipan. i looked for marzipan in Cozumel...thought it would be a nice treat to share back at home but coudn't find it. they didn't even have it at the Megamart!
i've been freeezing cold since returning home...wish i was back in Cozumel!!!
have a great week....
Chichen Itza, November 2009
Napa Valley, July 2011
ich schicke dir hier die versprochenen Bilder vom Strand.
Hoffe sie gefallen dir.
Wir müssen immer noch an diesen wundervollen Urlaub denken. Es war herrlich. Dank so herzhafter Menschen wie dir.
Schicken herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland.
Various day trips, Riviera Maya, August 2011
Coba, 2 February 2012
Chichen Itza, 3 February 2012
Sian Ka'an, 4 February 2012
Bacalar (Fort San Felipe & Cenote Azul), 5 February 2012
Kayak Tour Bacalar Lagoon & Chacchoben, 6 February 2012