Originally Posted by palmtreegirl
Like a small village where you can see how the people really live. Where the smoke in the air is from the ladies making tortillas, the village people selling hand made crafts and such. Maybe somewhere with wild monkeys hanging around. Read about Punta Laguna but seems to be a little far. I'll have my teenage son with me and although Playa is going to be great, I wanted to give him the opportunity to check out a really authentic mexican village minus some of the distractions. Any ideas? Thanks.
I completely understand what you are trying to find, but have to tell you that any tour you will take in an attempt to see a small village with people going about their "normal" lives will be touristy. Alltournative offers some tours with interaction with Mayan people, but you won't mistake the experience for a "natural" experience. Also, any wild monkeys that aren't chained won't come anywhere near you.
I'm not trying to burst your bubble at all, just want to be sure your expectations aren't skewed. Pick the tour experience that most speaks to you and go for it.