The Sweetest Bees in the World, Vanilla and Cocoa

  • Leona Vicario, Quintana Roo
  • 2 Hours

Take the opportunity to discover these three legacies of Mexico to the world now at your fingertips on a tour where conservation, protection of native species, respect for nature and enjoyment combine perfectly, do not miss it!

The most sociable bees in the world, Xunan Cab means “royal lady” in Maya, is the name by which bee honey beecheii is known. This native insect has been present in the cosmogony, food and medicine since ancient times and is still alive today in the Mayan culture. Its existence is vital for the environment since this bee and native plants have evolved in a relationship of mutual dependence; if they become extinct, there are many species that will not be pollinated by any other insect. ” In a hive the bee can produce two liters of honey per year, or if all goes well, two harvests per year. The meliponicultor has a job that is conservation and education rather than business or expansion.

Vanilla: Did you know that there are more than 110 species of vanilla plants within the tropics, being this an orchid species? Today, Mexico is the fourth largest producer in the world

Cacao, known as the Drink of the Gods, has many uses. Chocolate was used for therapeutic purposes. Maya doctors prescribed cocoa consumption both as a stimulant and for its calming effects. The warriors consumed it as a restorative drink, and the cocoa butter was used as an ointment to heal wounds. It was also used as a currency.

Tour Description

Did you know that there are more than 110 species of vanilla plants within the tropics, being this an orchid species? Today, Mexico is the fourth largest producer in the world.

An interesting tour that will amaze you! Our hosts in Yucatan invite you to know in detail the interesting process of making the vanilla where you can appreciate the select production method for a quality harvest. This delicious and sweet journey continues through the meliponario, where you can meet an amazing stingless bee, which is so friendly that it will fly close to you without stinging! You will learn about the incredible honey extraction process that preserves the ancient Mayan style with a handmade and ecological touch to the harvest to this sweet and delicious product.

To close with a flourish, you will know the history of the plant that gives rise to one of the most exquisite food products in the world, that’s right! We are talking about chocolate and the famous Mexican plant, the cacao that since the sixteenth century has been part of Mexican cuisine and during the process of conquest this succulent seed was exported to Europe.

Our hosts will explain everything about the vegetation that is found in the area and the fauna that lives in it, you will know the traditions of the region that characterize this area of ​​Mexico and that make the Yucatan Peninsula an amazing place.

I guarantee you will not want to leave and you’ll want to try these delicious and nutritious delicacies of 100% Mexican origin.