Nestled among tall old tropical forests and secluded ranchos, a short drive inland from the Caribbean beaches of the Riviera Maya, is Yum Kaax.
The Yum Kaax project (pronounced yuum-ka-ash) is named to honor the Mayan God of Maize and Lord of the Jungle. A group of friends have purchased a sanctuary of 72 hectares (178 acres) here, tall old tropical forest land, including two large caverns with clear water, an abundance of orchids, bromeliads, and wildlife.
Yum Kaax is 11 km (6.8 miles) west of Akumal in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Akumal is 89 km (55 miles) south of Cancun, 37 km (23 miles) south of Playa del Carmen, 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Tulum, and about 13 km from the proposed Tulum international airport. From the coastal Federal Highway 307 at Akumal Pueblo, an 8 km improved dirt road leads west to a junction where a 3 km road is under construction branching southwest to Yum Kaax, or continues another 2.7 km to the Mayan village of Uxuxubi (pronounced uush-uush-uubie) where our Maya neighbors are developing an ecotourism destination complete with a crocodile lagoon. Compared to the coastal resorts, our inland forest location provides substantial protection from the effects of the occasional hurricanes in this area.
Here are a few more details about our project.