Through its Give Back Getaway program, the resort offers travelers the opportunity to volunteer their time to help Mayan towns in need

CANCUN, México – August 2009 – Guests from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun can team up with volunteers of the award winning resort to help Mayan communities in need. The Mayan Acquaintance Experience is the resorts Give Back Getaway activity, offering voyagers the opportunity to sense the magic of a culture still alive in the jungles of Quintana Roo.

Partnering with Kanché, a local non-profit organization, starting August 14, 2009, the beachfront hotel is offering guests the opportunity to have an extraordinary encounter with the Mayan culture through a full-day giving experience. During their visit, participants travel to a nearby village to join the locals on projects that will contribute to improve the rural conditions of the town and the lack of opportunities for its people.

Once on location, guests work side-by-side with the resort’s volunteers and the community on different tasks, from painting and gardening to simple carpentry and furniture restoration for improvement of the school. In addition, guests can also collaborate in implementing recycling programs to raise environmental awareness in the community. At all times, participants are joined by the hotel’s employees who provide interesting tidbits about this captivating culture and teach Mayan words for visitors to communicate with the locals.

“Give Back Getaways is an inspiring opportunity for guests to team up with our ladies and gentlemen to become more involved with the region and personally enrich their visit” mentioned Hermann Elger, general manager. “The Mayan Acquaintance experience provides a true insight into the Mayan culture while conveying the spirit of giving. We are all eager to join efforts with our guests to create a lasting contribution while providing significant and unforgettable experiences” he added.

When partaking in The Mayan Acquaintance Experience, guests make a donation of $115 USD per person which includes a light breakfast, lunch and round-trip transportation. Donations go directly to Kanché to support its initiatives in Mayan communities.  The activity must to be reserved by a minimum of five participants. Future dates include: August 14, 2009; October 24, 2009; December 19, 2009; February 27, 2010; April 10, 2010; June 19, 2010.

About Kanché
Kanché A.C. is a non-profit organization that seeks the improvement of the quality of life of rural communities through sustainable development. It offers rural communities access to the knowledge needed to create their own productive actions that, by fomenting the conservation of nature and culture through sustainable development, may improve their quality of life. Kanché aims to facilitate the development of rural communities with participative models based on the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources. For more information visit

About The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Considered one of the most elegant resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun features 365 guestrooms overlooking the sea, a 2,400-foot beach, sculpted outdoor swimming pools, a full service Spa, an impressive Culinary Center and award winning restaurants. For more information contact the hotel directly at 52-998-881-0808, The Ritz-Carlton toll free reservations at 1 (800) 241-3333, your travel consultant or visit