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Ek Balam Adjoining the Ek Balam Archaeological Zone, Ek Balam Village 97743 Mexico
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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.
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Ek Balam Adjoining the Ek Balam Archaeological Zone, Ek Balam Village 97743 Mexico
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Gerard St-Pierre wrote a review Mar. 2020
Toronto, Canada5 contributions1 helpful vote
We stay at Genesis Eco-Oasis 5 days in Feb 2020. The place offers a different type of accommodation with lots of trees,small gardens and accommodations that are nicely appointed through this "mini jungle" offering interesting bedrooms arrangement/location among trees.The service was very good and informations provided always useful and provided us with knowledge of the area .Lee always answer all questions and offered very good suggestions. The dinners were always excellent of high quality and well presented . The location in the small EK Balam village offers interesting view on the life of real Mayan people, close to the pyramids and cenote (we cycle with bikes provided by the resort) Some activities are offered in the village to participate in chocolate grinding and making of tortilla. The negative points are the very poor quality/quantity of the breakfast provided (included ).The bedroom was always kept very clean but the common area from sitting room/dining room was very dusty and cover by bird poo. The pool was not clean of tree leafs/debris regularly. We are lovers of animals being cats,parrots ,rosters and even dogs . It is very commendable to rescue dogs but at night particularly the barking was a bit too much .
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from J Lee C, Owner at Genesis Eco-Oasis
Responded Mar. 31, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write and for giving us the opportunity to respond. Our complementary breakfast include the following: 3 fresh fruit juices, coffee and tea, handmade corn tortillas with refried beans for protein, pastry or toast with homemade marmalade. For big breakfast fans the girls will add 2 free-range scrambled eggs with veggies, 2 whole-wheat pancakes with honey and tropical fruit. $5 extra. All but one of our dogs are kenneled at night but we do have a problem, especially on weekend nights, with village dogs who seem to have their own social lives! This, and roosters crowing, is one of the few down sides of being in a traditional Maya village! It was great to meet you and I hope you venture back this way.
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Judy E wrote a review Mar. 2020
Canterbury, New Hampshire6 contributions10 helpful votes
Our favorite place to stay in the Yucatan. We love it and try to go every year. The central garden is green, shady, and relaxing, with a nice cool pool dug out of the limestone bedrock. Host-owner Lee is very creative and has designed each room individually. We like Bird House because it looks over the garden. Breakfast and dinner are delicious, healthy, vegetarian-friendly and prepared by skilled staff who live in the village. Gloria, Mari, and Don Nemesio keep the place running; chat with them if you speak speak Spanish and don't forget to tip generously. Lee arranges various tours of the village etc. provided by local folks. If you don't have a car they will arrange a taxi to take you to local sites. Other activities are possible - ask about it. (I have learned about plants and Mayan agriculture there.) Definitely go to the impressive but peaceful Ek Balam ruins and take a swim in a nearby cenote. Nearby Valladolid has many interesting sites. This is a fantastic place if you like to travel simply and learn about local culture. The only reason not to go would be if you dislike dogs (Lee has a few and they sometimes bark, and there are roosters that crow) or if you want to be in a standard resort hotel which this is not.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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64rjl2018 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
We spent three nights there. While tucked away, it is only a short distance to Ek Balam, cenotes and the colonial ruins in Valladolid. We were in the Cielo room. It had a balcony overlooking the central garden. Our son loved the swimming pool. Food was prepared to meet allergy restrictions by two really gracious ladies. Our son also loved having Wifi. I guess it's not totally unplugged, but it certainly felt that way.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Response from J Lee C, Manager at Genesis Eco-Oasis
Responded Feb. 27, 2020
We enjoyed having your family here and would welcome you back anytime. Many thanks from Gloria, Mari and Lee.
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Pagan E wrote a review Jan. 2020
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Magical place! If you are looking for a typical tourist place or 5 star hotel, stay in Cancun. But if you are open minded, Genesis is the spot - rustic but special. Also respectful of the community which is most important. Close to Ek Balam and many cenotes.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Alyssa Watson wrote a review Jan. 2020
Alberta, Canada50 contributions42 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our three nights here. We stayed in the 'Cielo' room and loved the outdoor shower and outdoor living room area. The property is lovely, you feel like your in the middle of a jungle oasis. There are all kinds of birds, chickens and some cuddly dogs and cats that live on the property, we loved having the animals there. That being said, earplugs at night are essential. There's a nice breakfast included or the lovely ladies will make you superfood pancakes for a low cost. If you want to come and relax, this is the perfect place. There are hammocks and a nice common area with many books and travel guides. We enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other guests. The owner, Lee, is very accommodating and welcoming. She gave us all kinds of ideas and things to do and arranged a really neat experience in the village where we learned how to make chocolate and tortillas. Genesis is close to the Ek Balam ruins, you can get there on bike. Would stay again for sure!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Genesis Eco-Oasis
Which popular attractions are close to Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Nearby attractions include X'Canche Cenote (2.5 km), Ek Balam (0.9 km), and Ch'íich Bej (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Genesis Eco-Oasis?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ek Balam (0.9 km).