Yucatán has been awarded, at the 82nd Skål World Congress held in Málaga, Spain, with the 2023 Sustainability Award. This international distinction is the result of the joint efforts of the State Government and the Ecoguerreros collective, who have worked tirelessly on a project sustainable during the current administration.
The Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards seek to recognize entities in the tourism industry that promote sustainable and responsible practices. Yucatán stood out in the Biodiversity and Nature category with its product “Camino del Mayab,” developed by Ecoguerreros.
The “Camino del Mayab” is a network of roads with a length of 130 kilometers in the region of Cenotes and Haciendas of Yucatán, near Mérida. These roads, which were originally train tracks and are now trails, have historical and cultural value. Visitors can enjoy this route on foot or by mountain bike, exploring 13 local communities, tasting regional cuisine and spending the night in tourist communities or estates. This approach contributes to the sustainable development of local communities and turns the “Camino del Mayab” into a sustainable tourism product.
The award was presented during the congress in Malaga and received by Andrés Gutiérrez, representative of Ecoguerreros, in the presence of Angélica Angón, president of Skal México, and Chema Manzanares from Skal Ciudad de México. The award is a significant achievement for Yucatán, as it is the first time that the state has received this international recognition.
These awards are held annually for public and private companies, educational institutions, NGOs and government entities related to tourism worldwide. To participate, entities must demonstrate the implementation of sustainable practices in their operations.
This award not only highlights Yucatán’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism, but also contributes to its international visibility and recognition for its efforts in this area. This achievement sets a positive precedent for the tourism industry in Yucatan and reflects the collaboration between the private sector and the government in promoting sustainable initiatives that preserve culture and nature, while promoting the socioeconomic development of Mayan communities.