The natural world is abundant in wonder, beauty and knowledge. We believe that magic plays a role and some might call it science but we can all agree that nature is beyond fascinating. Humans are an important part of the natural world; we are connected in many ways. However, it's easy to forget those connections in our fast paced, busy lives. Green Maya is your link to reconnect with nature, to remember your role and to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from an outdoor recharge.
We offer private customized excursions or you can choose to meet a few new friends on one of our small group excursions. Our excursions are suitable for all ages. We can make adjustments for physical challenges and/or young children. We know how a five-year-old can feel after a few hours of adventure.
Bird Watching, Birding Courses, Canoeing, Jungle Trekking, Night Hikes, Snorkeling, Lagoons, Cenotes, Maya Archaeological Sites, Flora, Fauna (Wildlife), Traditional Native Ceremonies (Maya Sweat Ceremony), Special Event Ceremony, Retreats, Multi-day Eco-Excursions.... name your pleasure and let us be your guides.
Green Maya is an experience that lasts long past your holiday. #notyourtypicaltour
Our mission is to protect the natural world, preserve the Maya culture and create experiences that our guests will reflect on for many years to come.
We care deeply about Planet Earth. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, and we are committed to the conservation, preservation & rehabilitation of the natural world. There is a special place in our hearts for all wildlife. All of Earth's creatures have a purpose and are important to the ecosystem of life. We give respect to every one of them, even those that some may think are scary or gross. Eeeekkk even snakes and spiders!
Maya traditions and culture runs deep throughout every excursion we share. We feel it is our responsibility to do all that we can to keep the Mayas alive. They believed in human sacrifice so just in case, we prefer to keep the afterlife happy since we are using their sacred lands for our excursions!
We donate course instruction to Razonatura, a local non-profit organization that mimics our mission to protect the natural world and promote sustainable tourism with a professional certification for tour guides. This makes it easy for us to hire the awesome, most qualified guides for our team before anyone else! All of our partner tour guides are fully licensed by the Mexican government and certified emergency medical responder by the Red Cross.
To offset the carbon produced on our tours, we buy credits from TerraPass for projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as wind power, water restoration, forestry and landfill gas capture. This helps us to balance our environmental footprint of doing business. Thank you for the donation that is included in your ticket price!
We produce zero waste on our tours and serve only healthy, locally made food and drinks. We will not offer you a Coca-Cola, however we are in Mexico, so it will not be too challenging to find one if you would like :) We do not give out all inclusive wristbands, brightly colored matching t-shirts or offer all you can eat buffets. We like small groups and authentic connections with each of our guests.
If you like off the beaten path experiences, breathtaking photo opportunities and one-of-a-kind stories to share..... book your Green Maya Eco Excursion today!
Sara hails from the United States. She has spent the last 20 years living in Los Angeles with her two children. Looking at a future where polluted air, depleted natural resources and climate change are considered inevitable, she knew standing by and doing nothing was not an option. Her environmental and global water crisis awareness, also increased as founding member of the African water charity, Drop in the Bucket. She began to realize that getting involved was an obligation and the real importance of educating this generation for the benefit of the future generations. Sara has worked in the sustainability industry for over 10 years. After graduating from the Global Sustainability Program at UCLA In 2011, she founded - Green Life Consulting, a firm that helps businesses implement "green" strategies into business operations and the physical building. Sara is always one to seek adventure, culture and meaning so it was no surprise that while on her annual holiday to Tulum she and Jorge crossed paths in the jungle. Jorge is the definition of adventure. After two years of talking and dreaming, they decided to combine their knowledge and expertise to found Green Maya. Sara handles the office side (have computer - will travel) while Jorge spends the majority of his time out in the field.
Jorge Machado Castro
PARTNER/Nature & Wildlife Specialist
Jorge was born in Chiapas, Mexico. His love for the natural world and Maya culture was passed down from his parents. His family lived primarily from the land. They did not have access to a grocery store so they grew their own food, made their own medicines and lived in harmony with the natural world. His love for birds became apparent the day he tried to sneak a baby duck home from the market in his coat. Everything was fine until…. well ummm ducks go “quack quack”! His parents made him return the duck and learn the fine lesson of integrity.
Coming of age, feeling the pull of adventure Jorge knew it was time to leave the nest. In 1996, he set off to discover the Yucatan Peninsula. Eventually finding his way to Quintana Roo, which later proved to be a time of great spiritual, personal and professional growth. He became active in Maya communities as a voice for those without and studied Maya traditions under the village grandfathers. Jorge is a genuine person and has made many friends along the way. These friendships have played a major role in the opportunities that have crossed his path.
Jorge is an artist, an educator and a father of two. Also talented photographer, who has a way of exquisitely capturing wildlife in their natural habitats. Adorned in ceremonial jewelry and barefoot most of the time. 20+ years of experience as a nature and wildlife guide. First Aid certified with Red Cross. He is multi-lingual with Spanish, Italian, English and some Mayan dialects.
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