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Hacienda Chichen is Yucatan's Best Green Boutique Hotel and Mexico's Top Eco-Spa Wellness Destination

Hacienda Chichen Resort
A Green Spa Wellness Destination

In 2015, TripAdvisor awarded Hacienda Chichen Resort with its top Green-Leaders Platinum Certification for the hotel's sustainable practices     Hacienda Chichen offers a soulful Maya eco-cultural experience you should not miss. This  eco-hotel is a Colonial historic landmark located in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. This hotel has won many International recognitions and awards for its genuine commitment to green living wellness and sustainable practices. Its owners and staff keep improving with  great environmental care, this love boutique hotel preserving its Maya and Colonial cultural heritage in addition to protecting Yucatan's wildlife:   flora and fauna. 


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Hacienda Chichen Responsible Tourism Practices:


Construction and Environmental Protection:

View Hacienda Chichen's many Green Sustainable Awards and Recommendations of Excellence     Hacienda Chichen has a very low construction density, dedicating less than 0.5% to constructed areas within the 300 hectares of privately own property land which includes some of the Maya temples denominated “Old Chichen,” currently under study and reconstruction directed by INAH, Mexico’s National Institute of Archaeology and History. The vast virgin land that the Hacienda Chichen owns has a unique topography and is carefully guarded by Mr. Bruce Gordon, our Environment Manager and director of our conservation programs to protect the flora and fauna habitat; he designated over 80 acres of the land to a Maya Jungle Private Reserve, home to multiple species of native flora and fauna, including 150 different bird species  nesting in our Bird Refuge and jungle gardens. View our article Yucatan Wildlife, a beautiful collection of animal photos and information on Yucatan's endemic fauna (indigenous animals to the Yucatan Peninsula) found at our Maya Neo-Tropical jungle, their flora habitat, is our care.


Yucatan hammacks at Hacienda Chichen Cottages, Chichen Itza.Building Practices:

     The Hacienda Chichen was built by the Spanish Conquistadors using stones from a Maya temple during the 16th Century, a unique historic recycling fact.  Since then, recycled building materials have been used whenever possible; during the early 2000s, remodeling periods, we even reclaimed more than a few old furniture pieces as part of our love for responsible choices and to reinforce the hotel’s Colonial ambiance and cottage room charm.  This environmental friendly practice has enhanced our appreciation for beauty and grace even in old recycled and reclaimed materials, and has allowed us to reduce the range of trade-offs and waste commonly found in remodeling projects. Due to the Colonial importance of the Hacienda and its historic cottages, built during the 1920s to house the first Maya Archaeology Expedition sponsored by the Carnegie Institute, unique maintenance needs are cater with utmost consciousness in order to reduce waste. Historic guestrooms such as Dr. Sylvannus G. Morley have additional building maintenance care and historic value. Guests are encourage to review each archeologist biography and cottage as part of the cultural heritage and unique history of this beautiful green spa resort dedicated to Sustainable Tourism in Yucatan, Mexico.


Water Resources and Conservation: Mayan Wildlife Reserve - Yucatan Jungle Resort

      Yucatan’s fresh water supply is primarily found underground and cenotes; the damage caused by toxic waste, oils, and improper septic practices has increased in recent years within this region.  According to many scientific studies and the United Nations, shortage of clean water is one of the most serious challenges facing the world this millennium. Hacienda Chichen owners and administration have taken great care to protect the hotel’s underground fresh water well reserves from pollutants and other damaging agents.  We monitor our water sources purity levels and continually improve our pluming net to reduce water waste.  A water filter has been installed to ensure in-house pure water supply. The hotel's swimming pool  was totally remodeled Ago. 2015; now it uses no harmful chemicals such as chlorine, but environmental safe sea salt purification system based on cutting edge technology.  Pool is filled with cenote waters a wellness plus for all guests, specially does with sensitive skin!


Water Recycling:

      We recycle all of our waste-water biologically and through man-made wetlands. The gray waters (laundry, showers, and washbasin) go to a biological filtered tank - this filtered water is then used to water our gardens. The black waters (W.C.) are pumped to our bacteria biodegrading tanks and organic recycling system - then sediments and organic waste are used as fertilizers for our gardens and compost pile. The greasy waters of the kitchens have special grease traps and filters with sand, gravel, stone and bacteria - this water, once filtered, is used in our natural rejoyadas (natural sink holes with unique micro-environments) and jungle habitat.

Waste Recycling:

       The huge amounts of waste produced by tourism in this region are detrimental to the environment. A large part of the waste goes into landfills, which uses up large areas of land and also leads to pollution from methane production, which is a greenhouse gas. The best solution is to reduce waste of this nature; we are currently making our guests and staff aware of this challenge, encouraging the use of glass pitchers of water in restaurants and rooms, in an effort to reduce plastic water bottles and other “disposable” non-organic waste.  Hacienda Chichen waste recycling and proper hotel waste management is and example of high standards to the hotel industry in Yucatan.


       Until there is a well managed plastic recycling system in this region, Hacienda Chichen is choosing to decrease the use of plastic water bottles as much as our guests allow.  You may request us a water jar at your bed side with purified drinking water as a courtesy of ours to help you relax when drinking water; you will also find one chilled water bottle in our rooms’  mini-bar at a small charge, which we hope you do not feel the need to buy.


Energy Efficiency:.

       Energy savings are one of the most important environmental actions we all can choose to help reduce the damage cause by our lifestyle and habits. Carbon dioxide is the chief contributor to the man-made greenhouse effect.  Hacienda Chichen encourages its staff and guests to use energy in a green responsible manner within the rooms and property. The hotel encourages guests to use energy saving choices, requesting simple habits to turn off room lights and setting the room’s air-condition unit in a green responsible manner, never leaving the room with the unit on, to reduce its impact of global warming.  Most of staff rides bicycles to work rather than their motorcycles or cars, and the hotel encourage this practice for green earth and personal healthy reasons.

Wildlife Protection and Reforestation:Bird Refuge in Yucatan at Hacienda Chichen Resort

       As previously mentioned, Mr. Bruce Gordon directs all the Nature & Wildlife Conservation, and Reforestation programs at the Hacienda Chichen property.  Under his direction, the Hacienda Chichen is committed to taking active measures to preserve, conserve, and enrich the flora and fauna habitats, aiming to increase diversity and protect the habitat of endemic wildlife.  His responsible actions have stopped the illegal hunters of white deer and other endangered animal species (fauna) for entering the property; thus, increasing the safety of many endangered endemic species in the region, including families of kinkajous, oscillated turkeys, and white tail deer.  Mr. Gordon and his forest-guards have planted over 2,500 indigenous hardwood trees in the property and reclaimed over 80 acres of unauthorized farmed land. This green hacienda hotel also created a Bird Refuge Sanctuary where 157 and more bird species find safety all year.


       Since 2003, the Hacienda Chichen has taken special care to increase the wild Maya medicinal plants and herbs used by native Maya healers and regional Mayan communities.  To expand the awareness of Maya traditional holistic healing methods and the benefits of such practices, we are currently training local females in the art of Maya herbal healing and will introduce our first products in 2007 to the general public.   All herbal Mayan products will be produced with our own organically grown ingredients and the wild herbs found in our Maya Jungle Reserve, a percentage of the profit will be dedicated to sustain this project and the training workshops offered freely to those local females the Elder Maya Healers deem fit.


Mayan Ritual Ceremonies at Hacienda Chichen Resort, Chichen Itza, YucatanMaya Culture, Our Commitment:

       In December 2006, the Hacienda Chichen dedicated over 10,000 meters of land to be the sacred grounds for the Maya Priests and Elder Healers, members of the non-profit organization Kuch  Kaab  Yéetel  J-Men Maaya’ob, A.C.  The main mission and vision of these organized Maya Priests and Elder Healers is to restore the Maya Calendar rituals and ceremonies, Mayan holistic  traditions, ancient Mayan legends, cultural legacy and to preserve their healing traditions an valuable legacy and unique cultural heritage. J-Men organize various cultural and spiritual activities, educational workshops, sacred ceremonies, and informative lectures to develop general awareness of their ancestral values and practices.  Their contribution to the conservation of the Maya Culture enriches the local community and visitors alike; Hacienda Chichen is proud to contribute and sponsor many of their projects and endeavors in an effort to increase the opportunities available to them and the experiences of those that value the Maya Civilization as a whole.   


Maya Foundation In Laakeech Volunteer Team at Chichen Itza's top Green hotel.Local support: social commitment:

     Hacienda Chichen Resort employs 99% Maya people and locals at all levels of our administration, this includes many of our managers, the Executive Chef, head of departments, and other relevant positions in our organization. A portion of our profit is dedicated to training our staff in-house for higher level positions within our organization; this practice directly benefits nearby Mayan communities.


       Working with local people, Hacienda Chichen open in 2005 Yaxkin Spa, a holistic Spa were Mayan traditional healing practices, native herbal medicinal remedies, and other organic elements are used to purify and renew the energy  in each of  person in communion with nature.


       The Hacienda Chichen's social volunteer workshop and alternative job training programs were established in 2004, inspired by the drastic increase in illegal tree-cutting within the property and the vast deforestation of mature trees used to make hand-carved, wooden souvenirs sold on the tourist routes to Chichen Itza and within the archaeological zone.  To minimize the negative impact of this activity, Hacienda Chichen has designated an area to plant mainly vorite tree of the illegal wood-carvers.  Other sustainable tourism workshops and job training programs are geared towards providing our staff with the means to earn additional income without negatively impacting their surroundings or community.  In 2005, the Hacienda Chichen was a member of the Annual Bird Festival in Yucatan and sponsored members of its staff to become local bird-watching guides and encouraged local families to protect and value the natural habitat of our land and nearby areas.  The bird-watching guides have committed to an eco-vision protecting flora and and the bird refuge habitat this new eco-vision has expanded  to protect many hunted wildlife mammals and stop the killing of reptiles, insects, and other creatures.


100% Natural and organic food awaits you at our top Green Hotel in Chichen ItzaLocal organic products support:

    Our staff is welcomed to benefit from the wild honey found in our property, as well as from the traditional Maya medicine herbs found in our Nature trails and other richness of the land as long as their activities do not destroy the delicate nature of the habitat.  During 2007, Mr. Gordon and his forest-guards will start a program for organic, pure honey production and bee-hives in the property.


    Our senior retired staff member and local farmer, Filomeno, designed in 2003 and still caters the Hacienda Chichen’s organic food production in our own backyard. Chef Josue Cime teaches Gourmet Fusion and Maya Cuisine at the hotel using such fresh organic fruits and vegetables; view our Mayan cooking and free Mayan recipes article.  Guests can come and stroll each morning for a visit to our Organic Gardens to hear Filomeno's soft Maya lyrics and ask him tips on how to grow better fruits and vegetables in your own backyard.

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Purchasing policy:

   Hacienda Chichen purchasing policies focus on using products that have minimal impact on the environment. All our cleaning supplies are bio-degradable and have low environment impact.  We purchase local products, and organically grown food products in the region using a high standard of health and quality criteria.  


    Proud of the beautiful traditional arts and crafts of the Maya people, we buy all our new décor items directly from Mayan communities; this contributes to the conservation of native, traditional arts and crafts skills while increasing their income opportunities. Come and enjoy our the Mayan Colonial traditions


The result of our commitment practices:  

        Our social responsible vision benefits us all, by creating an share understanding among travelers, native Mayans, and nature: a genuine “family feeling”.  Guests learn to appreciate the mystical aspects of the Maya culture and have the opportunity to share their own traditions with the staff; thus, increasing the natural joy of learning about each other; this interaction   enriches the local community at the same time that the community enriches the visitors’ cultural experience and knowledge.



Pack for a Purpose - Maya Foundation In Laakeech Social Eco-Cultural NGO programs   There are plenty of ways you can support and help the communities you visit, ask us about small useful gifts that you could pack to support local communities and other projects.  Your support is highly appreciated; you can help by buying at Toh Boutique Mayan Art-crafts or by making a donation to support The Maya Foundation In Láakeech A.C. social and ecological programs.   If you wish to be involved in MFIL volunteer work, please read our volunteer FAQ article.




Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yakin Spa, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

This lovely Green Boutique Hacienda hotel is dedicated to Mayan Eco-Spa Resort supports true Sustainable Tourism in the Yucatan, offering guests a variety of native eco-cultural activities since 2003, when Mr. Bruce Gordon and Mrs. Belisa Barbachano took over its operation converting this lovely Colonial hacienda in Yucatan's best Green Spa Jungle Resort and Holistic Mayan Eco-Paradise: www.haciendachichen.com


Pet lovers! Hacienda Chichen has become a Pet-Friendly Hotel so ask their Reservation Staff via email: info@haciendachichen.com about their pet-booking policies.


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    Indeed, our NGO volunteer staff and former guests have witness how the Hacienda Chichen Resort and  Yaxkin Spa exercise well organized efforts in their operation and administration to make positive contributions directly related to the environment: flora and fauna, native Maya cultural traditions, and support the local-community welfare in rural Mayan towns such as Xcalacoop


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