Yucatan: Peaceful and Proud

Yucatan Peninsula has the ambience of a friendly tropical island.  Surrounded on three sides by water and one, by a narrow swath of land, it is proudly independent and somewhat distinct from the rest of Mexico.  Even its capital, Merida, is called The City of Peace and is known for its blending of tradition, elegance and a laid-back attitude. 



Travel Widely or Deeply?

If untrammeled destinations are more intriguing than crowded, over-hyped sites...If a live jungle trumps the concrete one...If meaningful experience and authenticity beat dazzle and showmanship...take the path least travelled. 

Go inland to the heart of the Maya world.  You’ll find traditional villages, colonial towns, uncrowded ancient ruins, and an array of pristine cenotes. Set your sights on Ek Balam and you’ll be far enough to experience the authentic character of the land and its people—and yet just over 2 hours from Cancun airport. You’ll be minutes from an ancient Maya city and half an hour from either the Colonial city of Valladolid or Chichen Itza.  You’ll be just an hour and a half from Rio Lagartos reserve or the spectacular beaches at Tulum.


Genesis Eco Hotel in Yucatan attracts travelers interested in a broad sampling of local culture, archaeology, flora, fauna, nature, relaxation and architecture.  Culturally appropriate and respectful, this type of travel provides a local economic base without the devastating cultural and environmental impacts of Big Tourism.  

Mayan ruins at Ek Balam
- Visit -

Ek Balam

Chichen Itza & Coba
Hidden Sites
A parrot at Ek Balam
- Explore -
Cenotes & Caves
Biosphere Reserve
Hidden Natural Sites
Mayan girl
- Experience -
Village Life
Colonial Influences
Maya Cooking
Hotel room entrance a Genesis Ek Balam
- Enjoy -
Unique Accommodations
Fresh, Mostly Vegetarian Food
Tropical Gardens & Pool

Recommended in Lonely Planet; Rough Guide; Moon Handbooks; Fodor's, Cadogan and others.