Our History

An Enduring Tradition

Our History

In 1921, Mayaland founder Fernando Barbachano Peón brought the first tourists to Chichen Itza by convincing folks to leave their Ward Line cargo-cruise ship at the gulf coast port of Progreso and follow him into the jungle.

They didn’t regret it, and he never looked back. His achievement marked the beginnings of organized tourism in Mexico. He is considered the nations travel industry pioneer. Today, with the same enthusiasm and charisma, his family continues to show travelers the best of the Yucatan. Mayaland is the gateway to two very different worlds: To the quiet glories of Old Yucatán, and the might of the ancient Maya; and to fully appreciate the magic of the Yucatán, you must experience both.