Guided tour

Cozumel: General Entrance to Mayan Bee Sanctuary

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Activity provider: Aviomar Adventours
Guided tour

Cozumel: General Entrance to Mayan Bee Sanctuary

Activity provider: Aviomar Adventours

From US$ 8.94 per person

Visit the Mayan Bee Sanctuary, a serene space in nature among plants, flowers, and a cenote where sacred Mayan bees build hives cultivated in hollowed trunks. Learn how they produce their honey, considered a gift from the Gods according to Mayan folklore.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Walk along the monolith path and observe unique pieces sculpted in limestone by a local artist
  • Learn about the structure and composition of the bee colony
  • Delight your taste buds with varieties of honey, pollen and propolis pearls
Full description
At your visit to the Mayan Bee Sanctuary, learn about the nutritional and medicinal properties of the Melipona honey, as well as the close relationship between the Melipona bees (stingless) and the Mayan people. Hear how the ancient Mayans valued honey for its healing power, restoring the well-being and harmony of the heart, and its ability to provide vigor and strength. Walk through the monolith path where you will find unique pieces sculpted in limestone by a local artist, to show the greatness and evolution of the Mayans through their religious symbols such as the Goddess Ixchel, the Aluxes, and the stelae. Discover the fascinating structure of the hives inside and out, and how the bee colony is organized. Admire the incredible organization of the colony and discover the role of the queen bee, the princesses, the drones, the workers, and the guardian. At the end of the tour, delight your taste buds by sampling different varieties of honey. See how the honey is used to make products including candies, eye drops, soaps, shampoos, creams, and many other items.
  • Entrance fee to the Mayan Bee Sanctuary
  • Certified English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Honey tasting
  • Mayan Monoliths Exhibition
  • Meliponary
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Food and Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for Mayan Bee Sanctuary sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Some walking on uneven gravel terrain is required for this activity
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

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This was a beautiful (and my favorite) part of our recent trip to Cozumel. It was so nice to step away from the bustle of downtown into this sanctuary. The cleansing ritual was a great way to get started, and our guide, Russell, was so helpful answering my MANY questions about the bees. We got to see bees we've never seen before and came away relaxed and centered. Highly recommend!

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March 23, 2023

Amazing!! Russel, our guide was so informed and passionate about the ancient history of the Mayan people and the importance of preservation of these stingless bee. Carlos, the residential artist, had beautiful gifts for sale all handmade by him. 10/10

March 23, 2023

Ik had een geweldige gids, Russell! Ik had een privé rondleiding omdat je het laagseizoen is. Ik ben gefacineerd door het verhaal rondom de Mayan Bees en hoe ze werken. En bovenal hoe ze de honing, Mayan’s gods gift noemen. De honing is niet te evenaren! Je moet het zien je moet het proeven om het te kunnen ervaren!

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 395645