Chichen Itza, Mexico
Hacienda Chichen is an elegant converted 16th-century colonial hacienda that offers beautiful tropical surroundings while making the perfect retreat after a hot day spent exploring the Maya world's most famous city.
At a Glance
One of Mexico's oldest haciendas
Ideal location right by Chichen Itza Maya ruins
Beautiful tropical gardens ideal for bird watching
Best to avoid the hurricane season from June to October
Wide range of in-house and nearby activities
Dating back as early as 1523, Hacienda Chichen is among the oldest colonial buildings in the New World, and nowadays operates as an eco-spa resort surrounded by acres of subtropical forest that is home to over 150 species of birds.
The hacienda makes for a relaxing base while visiting the incredible Mayan city of Chichen Itza, and has 12 hotel cottages housing a total of 28 guest rooms. Each cottage offers from one to four bedrooms, all uniquely decorated with Mayan crafts and Spanish Colonial accents. Each has a spacious patio terrace over looking the lush jungle gardens, and is decorated with colonial tiles, carved accessories, ornate ironwork beds and handwoven bedspreads. Attractive front porch terraces are decorated with rocking chairs, Yucatan hammocks and pot plants.
There is also a dining area, terrace bar, gardens, swimming pool and a small chapel. The hacienda is located just steps from the Chichen Itza ruins, the most extensively restored Mayan site in the area, but there are a wealth of other activities from bird watching to exploring the amazing cenotes, Mayan spa rituals, cookery classes and visits to a variety of small colonial towns in the area.
Hacienda Chichen has 28 rooms housed in 12 cottages that may be taken singly or as a whole cottage. The cottages have between one and four bedrooms.
Hacienda Chichen has a dining area, terrace bar, gardens, a swimming pool and a small chapel.
The hacienda can organize a number of activities from guided tours of the Mayan cities (especially Chichen Itza) to bird watching, exploring the amazing cenotes, Mayan spa rituals, cookery classes and visits to a number of small colonial towns in the area.
Location & Directions
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Hacienda Chichen is within the Zona Hotelera of Chichen Itza, next to the southeast entrance to the Maya archaeological site, between the Maya villages of Piste and Xcalacoop.
When to go
The Yucatán Peninsula is hot and humid. The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which officially is from June to November.