We went to Genesis to participate in a mayan cultural experience around food. We stayed at the stunning Genesis retreat center for 3 days and could have stayed all week. This amazing place is tucked in the center of a 300 person village of subsistence farmers. Lee, who built it, is committed to helping the local folks share their culture with the outside world. She crafted an incredible experience for our family where we went to the local market to learn about food, visited a tortilla maker, tasted local fruit juices with lots of explanations, and then spent an entire day with a Mayan family cooking a feast. Genesis itself is gorgeous, incredibly comfortable without being fussy, and magical just as the sun sets over the surrounding jungle. Lee served good food, was kind and generous as a hostess, and made us feel totally at home. Everyone we met there was a kindred spirit: down to earth, adventurous, interesting. I'd go back in a flash.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A one-acre Oasis of lush tropical gardens teeming with life, a pool of crystalline subterranean waters, fresh vegetarian, mostly organic home grown, home-cooked food; unique lodgings that compliment, rather than dominate, their natural surroundings. Guests are generally well travelled and in search of authentic cultural experience, contact with nature and intriguing archaeological sites of international importance. In partnership with several local families, we provide meaningful, respectful interactions and cultural exchanges through our Artisans Tour and Maya Cooking Class. We host a Pilgrimage tour that includes morning walks to untouristed sacred and natural sites. 2 Hours from Cancun or Merida airports; 1.5 Hr from gorgeous Caribbean beaches at Tulum or the biosphere reserve on the Gulf of Mexico. 45 Minutes from Chichen Itza; Half hour from the Colonial city of Valladolid, cenotes XKeken (Dzitnup) and Samhula and minutes from the Ek Balam archaeological zone, cenote Xcanche, cenote Hubiku and others. See our free Tours and Activities travel planner online at GenesisEkBalam. We are independently owned and use a portion of profits to provide ongoing work and skills development for local staff, intercultural exchange programs and animal welfare projects. Genesis has operated at Ek Balam for 13 years. It is owned by a local resident expat from Canada who lives on site. Management is Yucateca and also on site. Continental Breakfast Included. English Spoken. Reservation recommended. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Genesis Eco-Oasis Hotel Ek Balam Village
- Genesis Eco-Oasis Yucatan, Mexico