Thick, prickly jungle lines both sides of the 80-mile stretch of highway that extends south of Cancun through the world-famous Riviera Maya. The resorts that give the peninsula its fame line the coast to the left of the highway.
To the right, farther inland, are the new towns built for hotel employees, young men and women who come from all over Mexico seeking a steady job and a new life for their families.
It’s been estimated that resorts along the Riviera Maya hire 10 people per every hotel room built. With the influx of people to the area, the demand for housing is hardly met. The houses that have gone up in new developments are uniform, each row similar to the next. It’s the people who move in that give them individual flair.
In this photo, Daisy Lopez from the Pueblo Maya neighborhood of Puerto Aventuras, holds her 2-year-old daughter, Kimberly, in front of their home. Daisy moved to Pueblo Maya from Chiapas two years ago with her husband, who sought work as a hotelero, or hotel employee. While her husband is away at work, Daisy takes care of their two daughters, Kimberly and Ana Lisette.
When asked what attracted her to Pueblo Maya, she answers, “We wanted a house of our own. Here, we can have that.”
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