Hacienda Chichen Resort

in Chichen Itza, Mexico

Hacienda Chichen Resort is a 16th Century Spanish Colonial Hacienda that was the headquarters for the Carnegie Institute's Field Expeditions of Chichen Itza in the early 20th Century. It has been converted into a family-owned boutique hotel and has a private entrance to the ancient Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico. The eco-friendly hotel has won numerous awards for it's commitment to conservation and support for Mayan communities.

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Experience

Style

Comfortable Stay, Family Friendly, Luxury Accommodation and Time to Relax

Price

$179-299 /night
Approximate pricing. Rates vary by room choice and time of year.

Location

City/Urban and Quiet Area

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Locally Owned Family Business
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends Hacienda Chichen Resort

Background

Family Business started in 1940| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Fernando Barbachano Peon is credited for starting tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and he devoted his life to the worlwide promotion of Mayan culture. During the 1930s, Barbachano Peon purchased Hacienda Chichen from the Thompson family. In the 1940s, he and his wife, Carmen G.R. de Barbachano, restored Hacienda Chichen and made it a hotel.
When Barbachano Peon passed away in 1964, his daughter, Carmen Barbachano Gomez Rul, inherited Hacienda Chichen and became the first business woman in Yucatan to own six major hotels.
In the 1990s, Belisa Barbachano became the innovating head behind Hacienda Chichen's new green vision and sustainable tourism initiatives. Her new sustainable hospitality operation is ran by 99% local Mayan workers. Barbachano continues implementing new services and innovating responsible travle programs to enhance the guests' stay.

Community Connection

Mayan people and locals make up 99% of the employees at Hacienda Chichen and Yaxkin Spa. A portion of their profits are dedicated to training their in-house staff for high level positions within their organization. This training is organized with the help of the Maya Foundation In Laakeech, their non-profit civil society team of volunteers. One of their core commitments is to provide equal pay to their female employees, which is a practice that is yet to be exercised in other companies. Due to their energy and commitment to excel, Hacienda Chichen also has more women in high positions than men.
The hotel sponsors workshops and training programs for their staff to earn additional income directly, such as the Local Bird watching guides. In addition, they provide financial support to those who want to enroll in higher education programs.
The hotel buys many local products on a daily basis, including seasonal foods grown by small families in rural Mayan villages. Their boutique sells native Mayan artists' fine crafts to encourage the revival of traditional arts. The profits help fund their Nature conservation, their bird refuge, and the Maya Foundation In Laakeech Children's Nutrition Program.

Environmental Engagement

The owners of Hacienda Chichen constantly remodel the hotel to include eco-friendly features; such as LED ligths, waste management programs, implementing a septic and water treatment system, recycling buidling materials, and reclaiming furniture. They have also filled their pool with fresh cenote water and filtered it with eco-friendly tanks and processes to give guests the best non-toxic water pool treatment.
Since the early 2000s, they have pledged to plant hundreds of endemic endangered tree species. They also educate local Mayan communities on eco-friendly practices.

Culture

In 2006, Hacienda Chichen dedicated over 10,000 meters of land to be the sacred grounds for Mayan Priests and Elder Healers who are members of the non-profit organization Kuch Kaab Yeetel J-Men Maaya'ob, A.C. The main mission of this group is to restore Mayan cultural legacy and healing traditions of their ancestors. The group organizes various Mayan cultural and spiritual activities, educational workshops, sacred ceremonies, and informative lectures to develop awareness of their ancestral values and practices.

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