We recently visited the town of Valladolid in Mexico, and we were looking for some activities to do with the kids. I saw that there was a beekeeping park in town, which caught my interest.
Xkopek does not have a website, but they do have a Facebook page and WhatsApp.
When we went, there were tours at 8:30 am, 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. Check their social media for times and costs. I was able to find this information under “Services” on their Facebook page (again, check for updates).
Getting to the park was very easy. We had rented a car for our trip, and used Google Maps to get to the park. It is an easy drive to get to in the city of Valladolid. It takes just over 5 minutes to get there from the center of town.
There is a large sign for the park, and it is nice that it is clearly labeled.
There was also plenty of parking available.
There is a main building where you pay for your tickets, and there is a small museum and gift shop as well.
The grounds around the park are very lovely, with murals, gardens, and more.
Our tour guide was very knowledgable and spoke very good English. The tour is not a long walk, and there were different parts to the tour that made it all interesting.
We started off in an old cenote, that had filled in with organic material.
We had a chance to see a variety of actual bees up close and check out different hives.
It was neat to see that they do not make a traditional honeycomb like back home in the US, and how the bees look different.
After completing the tour, we did a honey tasting. We were seated at outdoor tables where there were cups of tamarind juice to drink.
There were several types of honey to try, and it was interesting to see how different they tasted.
We even got a little goody bag of treats after the sampling, which was a nice surprise.
You can also purchase the products we sampled as well as other bee products (like soap and candies) from the gift shop.
I felt that the tour was good for kids, maybe tween and older. My 11 year old was not a fan of the idea of having bees around her, and kids may not be too interested in the history and biology of the bees, but there was not a ton of walking and the kids were really excited when we got to the tasting portion of the tour.
Overall, we had a nice time at the tour. I thought the price was reasonable, the length of the tour was good, and the taste testing was a nice interactive feature. I also enjoyed the surroundings, such as the local flora and fauna.
Check out the Xkopek Facebook page for more info.
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