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The sacred melipona bee | The Mayan bee sanctuary in Cozumel

In the beautiful island of Cozumel, located in the state of Quintana Roo, you can visit a magnificent Mayan bee sanctuary. This one is focused on the melipona bee.

bees-in-honeycomb

Surrounded by a wide range of flora and fauna and in the company of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, in the Mayan bees tour you will be part of a beautiful spectacle of nature.

In this sanctuary you will learn about the nutritional and medicinal properties of Melipona honey.

You will learn about the melipona beecheii (stingless bee) known as ”The sacred Mayan bee” and its close relationship with the Mayan people, who performed sacred ceremonies in its honor thanks to the healing properties they found in honey.

melipona-bees

You will also discover the fascinating structures of the hives inside and out and how the bee colony is organized. At the end you will delight your palate by tasting different varieties of honey and observe how it is used to make different artisanal products.

Why are bees so important?

When one asks the traditional Maya priests or the honey beekeepers where these bees get their honey from, they answer that they go to a hole in the sky where the rain gods (the chaques) have a trough (a kind of canoe carved out of a big tree) full of honey and what the bees do is go up to the sky and bring down drops of honey for the people.

It is a sacred honey, the bees are sacred.

mayan-god-of-honey

In our country, beekeeping is one of the most relevant activities due to the impact it has on sustainable development. For this reason, actions are carried out to raise awareness among the population about the important contribution of bees in food production and the balance of ecosystems, as well as to promote their care and conservation.

Melipona bees are the native species of Mexico, they are of vital importance due to their function as pollinators of plants of interest such as achiote, avocado, coffee, pumpkin, chayote, habanero chili, mango, cucumber, watermelon, tomato, among others…

Also, honey production is very important, there are more than 43 thousand beekeepers nationwide, who in the last 10 years their work has placed Mexico as the fifth largest exporter of honey and the ninth largest producer of honey.

avocado-flower-honey

Curative benefits of its honey

Among the products produced by these bees are honey, pollen, wax, propolis, in addition to their valuable service as pollinators. A melipona hive produces a liter and a half of honey per year, its production process takes longer compared to that of European bees that produce up to 30 liters of honey in a year.

honeycomb

Although honey production is lower, it is much more beneficial than honey from other bees because its medicinal properties help the immune system, and it is also used to cure ailments, wounds, burns and diseases. It is also highly appreciated in the cosmetic industry, as it is used to create products such as soaps, creams and talcum powder.

honey-on-the-skin

Characteristics of the melipona bee

The main characteristic of the melipona bee is that it has no sting, but to defend its colony it “bites” everything that represents a threat, they cling in such a way that they die during combat.

They do not molt, their hive is permanent. They adapt easily to artificial hives and their behavior is not aggressive. When the queen bee is fertilized, she cannot fly. For this reason, unlike other species, they do not leave their breeding site. They are resistant to parasites and diseases.

melipona-bee

Did you know that… Melipona bees and their honey were taxed, both before and after the arrival of the Spaniards.

cenote-in-mayan-sanctuary

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

Here you can actually see the bees in their natural environment while learning how they produce their honey, at the end you will understand why the Mayans marveled at these amazing beings.

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In the beautiful island of Cozumel, located in the state of Quintana Roo, you can visit a magnificent Mayan bee sanctuary. This one is focused on the melipona bee.

bees-in-honeycomb

Surrounded by a wide range of flora and fauna and in the company of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, in the Mayan bees tour you will be part of a beautiful spectacle of nature.

In this sanctuary you will learn about the nutritional and medicinal properties of Melipona honey.

You will learn about the melipona beecheii (stingless bee) known as ”The sacred Mayan bee” and its close relationship with the Mayan people, who performed sacred ceremonies in its honor thanks to the healing properties they found in honey.

melipona-bees

You will also discover the fascinating structures of the hives inside and out and how the bee colony is organized. At the end you will delight your palate by tasting different varieties of honey and observe how it is used to make different artisanal products.

Why are bees so important?

When one asks the traditional Maya priests or the honey beekeepers where these bees get their honey from, they answer that they go to a hole in the sky where the rain gods (the chaques) have a trough (a kind of canoe carved out of a big tree) full of honey and what the bees do is go up to the sky and bring down drops of honey for the people.

It is a sacred honey, the bees are sacred.

mayan-god-of-honey

In our country, beekeeping is one of the most relevant activities due to the impact it has on sustainable development. For this reason, actions are carried out to raise awareness among the population about the important contribution of bees in food production and the balance of ecosystems, as well as to promote their care and conservation.

Melipona bees are the native species of Mexico, they are of vital importance due to their function as pollinators of plants of interest such as achiote, avocado, coffee, pumpkin, chayote, habanero chili, mango, cucumber, watermelon, tomato, among others…

Also, honey production is very important, there are more than 43 thousand beekeepers nationwide, who in the last 10 years their work has placed Mexico as the fifth largest exporter of honey and the ninth largest producer of honey.

avocado-flower-honey

Curative benefits of its honey

Among the products produced by these bees are honey, pollen, wax, propolis, in addition to their valuable service as pollinators. A melipona hive produces a liter and a half of honey per year, its production process takes longer compared to that of European bees that produce up to 30 liters of honey in a year.

honeycomb

Although honey production is lower, it is much more beneficial than honey from other bees because its medicinal properties help the immune system, and it is also used to cure ailments, wounds, burns and diseases. It is also highly appreciated in the cosmetic industry, as it is used to create products such as soaps, creams and talcum powder.

honey-on-the-skin

Characteristics of the melipona bee

The main characteristic of the melipona bee is that it has no sting, but to defend its colony it “bites” everything that represents a threat, they cling in such a way that they die during combat.

They do not molt, their hive is permanent. They adapt easily to artificial hives and their behavior is not aggressive. When the queen bee is fertilized, she cannot fly. For this reason, unlike other species, they do not leave their breeding site. They are resistant to parasites and diseases.

melipona-bee

Did you know that… Melipona bees and their honey were taxed, both before and after the arrival of the Spaniards.

cenote-in-mayan-sanctuary

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

Here you can actually see the bees in their natural environment while learning how they produce their honey, at the end you will understand why the Mayans marveled at these amazing beings.

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➤ The Sacred Melipona Bee | Mayan Bee Sanctuary in Cozumel
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➤ The Sacred Melipona Bee | Mayan Bee Sanctuary in Cozumel
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Do you know the Melipona bee? 🐝 A small bee without a stinger but with a great responsibility to the world 🌎🌼