The Real Heroes of Mexico: Meet Enrique Valdes Garcia

The Mexico Report’s Real Heroes of Mexico: Meet Enrique Valdes Garcia

Merida, Yucatan

Enrique is the Director of Sustainable and Cultural tourism for the two Mayaland resorts and works from the Uxmal properties. He goes way beyond his job title however. He organizes workshops for the Mayan staff, in confidence building and creativity. Exposes them to on-line and other training having to do with the richness and history of the Maya culture. He organizes fundraisers to get donations of food, clothing and school supplies for the tiny town of San Simon 15 kms from Uxmal, accessible by dirt road and not even appearing on maps. He hires as many Maya staff as he can from San Simon to avoid having the men migrate to the US to work and perhaps never return again. He goes directly to Maya villages using the non-profit INDEMAYA to pay them to make soap, shampoo and other amenities for the Mayaland resorts. He supports local Maya artists with exhibits at the property and gives all the funds to the artists, Mayaland keeps nothing.

Enrique was nominated by Jane Custer.

Enrique Valdes Garcia, a 2013 Real Heroes of Mexico awardee; photo provided by Jane Custer

Enrique Valdes Garcia, a 2013 Real Heroes of Mexico awardee; photo provided by Jane Custer


See all the 2013 Real Heroes of Mexico here.

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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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