So, you have decided to travel to the Yucatan peninsula, right? Well, here you will find some tips to improve your experience during your travels and you can also learn to be a responsible tourist.
Learn the basics
First of all, it is very important to learn some basic things about the language, culture, religion and customs of the city, country or place you want to visit.
Learn to say hello, goodbye, and thank youit is very useful, whatever the destination you have chosen. These simple, but indispensable gestures will make your stay even more pleasant… Also, the locals will appreciate that you can greet them in Spanish or Mayan.
Know the traveler’s protocol
Let’s talk about manners, would you like someone to enter your house and start doing what they want, without asking for permission? Well, it’s similar to when you travel abroad. We recommend you respect the laws wherever you go, and the people who live there too, of course. Try to adapt to local customs while staying in the place you have chosen as your tourist destination, as a responsible tourist would.
The people of the Yucatan peninsula are very friendly and welcomingSo feel free to start conversations with them, who knows, maybe you could even make new friends. Isn’t that fantastic?
Try to go unnoticed
The way of dressing is a topic that is usually ignored when traveling, but, depending on your destination, it can become a topic of interest and very relevant. Wearing extravagant clothes may not be the best idea while on the road. It is not only for security reasons, but it can also help you to pass without being noticed as a tourist among the locals.
Learn where to haggle
Support local artists and artisans, buy their works or items. This not only helps them keep their jobs, but supports the economy of the site you are visiting. Also, you will have a piece that has a true and interesting story to share with your family and friends.
Haggling is a useful skill in many places when buying items, but it is not frowned upon everywhere. That is why we recommend that you research with the natives what they think of the subject before trying to haggle.
Important note: try not to buy products made from plants or endemic animals such as corals, skins or sea shells, among others.
Use public transport
Use public transportit’s a good idea. Why? Well, using public transport helps the economy of the place you are visiting and also your own economy, since it is usually very cheap. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know better the place you are visiting and the people who live there. In addition, public transportation is much more affordable than renting a car. Investigate the routes and means of transportation in the area, for example, do you know how to get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres? Easy: take a ferry at the terminal inOverseas.
Taste the local gastronomy
Food is a reflection of the town and its culture. For example, panuchos, salbutes and cochinita pibil, are some of the many traditional dishes of the Yucatan Peninsula. Visit the local markets and restaurants, you will not regret it! And who knows, maybe and you learn to prepare some of these delicious dishes.
Last but not least, there is the environment. Here in the Yucatan we have beautiful beaches, mangroves, cenotes and more natural wonders.
Being a responsible tourist means not pollutingwith garbage or other debris that can harm the environment. Use eco-friendly products, and if you see someone perform any behavior that could harm the environment or fauna, report it to the authorities. Be a responsible tourist and they will welcome you wherever you go.
Did you know that one of the most harmful habits that tourists have is the use sunscreen? Try to buy the ones that do not harm the reefs, since these are the habitat of millions of organisms.
Another great way to help the reefs is by visitingMUSE, the underwater museum of art. This exotic site is located between Cancun and Isla Mujeres and fulfills the function of an artificial reef. The MUSA tours leave daily from Cancun and Isla Mujeres and you can dosnorkelor dive. There is also a submarine that shows some sculptures from the museum.