is Mexico's Best
Mayan Holistic Eco-Spa
Wellness Destination in
Chichen Itza, Yucatan.
BRIEF HISTORY: "Chichen Itza" means "at the edge of the Itza's well," in Yucatec Maya. The word Chichen derives from chi', meaning "mouth" or "edge", and ch'e'en, meaning "well." Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that dominated the northern peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico prior to the Spanish Conquest. It is believed that "Itza" derives from the Maya itz, meaning "magic," and (h)á, meaning "water;" Itzá means: "Water Magicians." Archaeologists today believe that this majestic Mayan city rose as a prominent power towards the end of the Mayan Early Classic Period (600 AD) and current scholastic data places Chichen Itza's fall around AD 1000. Chichen Itza was a major economic power in the northern Mayan region during its apogee. The city's impressive architecture and urban design still marvels visitors and has won Chichen Itza to be listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, and a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
Amazing Beauty of Chichen Itza: Important Places and Mayan Temples
A portion of
the forth set, known as or Chichen Viejo, is located inside the Hacienda
Mayan Jungle Reserve in the south region of Chichen Itza. Among the
temples found in it are the Group of the Lintels and the Group of the Old
Castle. In the early 2000s, Dr. Merle Greene dedicated many summers to work
recording many of the Mayan stone-carvings in these Mayan temples; a lovely
collection of her original "rubbings" can be seen by the Hacienda Chichen
guests at the hotel's
Chichen Itza Cenotes: The ancient city of Chichen Itza is located in Northern Yucatan, an arid region where underground fresh water ways run through it rather than rivers; such waterways form natural skink holes called cenotes in Spanish. There are two open cenotes in Chichen Itza's archaeological zone, the most famous is the Sacred Cenote at the north side of the Kukulkan Pyramid. (photo) Edward Herbert Thompson dredged El Cenote Sagrado, 1904 to 1910, and recovered artifacts of gold, jade, pottery, etc.
Maya Spa Information: Maya Cenotes have a blue-green algae filled with nutrients and natural skin nourishment used by Maya Healers and Shamans to help your skin revitalize its natural beauty and youth. While you visit Chichen Itza, make sure to book our YaxTun Maya Spa Wellness Treatment
Chichen Itza, of course is known now for the impressive Maya ruins, temples and the magestic Kukulkan Pyramid, an ancient Maya Calendar Pyramid that became a 2007 Seven Wonders of the World. This ancient Mayan city has been the most famous of all Mayan archaeological zones in Yucatan, Mexico. Today, Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa, in Chichen Itza, offer you many eco-cultural activities for the whole family and your dear pet, plus a variety of Mayan traditions in an effort to preserve ancient Maya Cosmovision, rituals, sacred ceremonies and healing holistic practices by Maya shamans known as X'Men and J'Men or medicine elders.
Chichen Itza is half way from Cancun and Riviera Maya to Merida in Yucatan. Thus, it can serve as a great path way to experience true Maya living, great historic sites to visit, fantastic arts and crafts such as those found at Toh Boutique in Hacienda Chichen or Toh Boutique Cinco Calles in Valladolid just 30 minutes away driving back to the Riviera Maya.
Thus, we recommend travelers to stay at least two night in our eco-friendly resort to explore and enjoy the various eco-cultural activities this great region offers, birding, nature trails, fresh water cenote swimming or cave diving, flora and fauna or Maya medicinal plant tours, Maya cooking classes, visits to 16th Century Colonial towns, biking, hiking, Maya spa pampering, star gazing, shopping and of course a short "siesta" in your room or cottage terrace over viewing our Maya Jungle gardens; do visit our private Merle Greene Museum and Yaxkin Spa unique Mayan Natural Cave, where guests enjoy the purification ancient Mayan ceremonial mysticism at this original natural holistic sweat-bath and cleansing Zumpul-che ceremony, within Hacienda Chichen's ritual garden.
Stay in Chichen Itza ?
For Nature and Culture Lovers as well as Gourmet Healthy Food Conscious
Travelers and those that wish to truly experience the Mayan Cultural
Heritage of Yucatan, Mexico, the place to stay while visiting Chichen Itza
is Hacienda Chichen Resort.
1) Visit the Mayan temples and ancient Mayan ruins of the archaeological zone: including the Kukulkan Pyramid, the Mayan Ball Court, or the Observatory where ancient Mayan scientists observed and studied the Cosmos, our Milky Way Galaxy, and Solar Planetarium System with much emphasis on Venus, the Moon, and Solar equinox rhythms.
2) Book a Bird-watching Guided Tour or our Wildlife and Maya Medicinal Plants Tour: Commune with Mother Nature while you learn about Maya medicinal plants, herbs, and other healing gifts found at our Maya Jungle Reserve. Book directly your tour at Hacienda Chichen's reservation center or at this hotel's frontdesk.
3) Book a Mayan Holistic Spa Wellness Therapy at Yaxkin Spa - Do take the opportunity to experience a Mayan holistic healing Spa care, a unique intimate way to understand the cultural heritage of ancient Maya wisdom. Find our Spa menu here.
4) Take Mayan Cooking Classes with Hacienda Chichen's Maya Chef Josue Cime and enjoy collecting your own Organic ripe fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices from the Organic Gardens at Hacienda Chichen Resort. Learn ancient Mayan and Fusion Cuisine with a healthy approach; then enjoy your own cooking under the stars with a glass of fine wine. Book here..
5) Go Shopping at Toh Boutique at Cinco Calles Valladolid this supports the Maya Foundation In Laakeech NGO social work and the preservation of authentic handmade Mayan artisans' heritage. The foundation is a civil volunteer society dedicated to social work that benefits rural Maya children and many Maya communities. Learn more here.