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Hacienda Uayamon

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Hacienda Uayamon lies in the middle of the lush Campechana jungle. It preserves the grandeur of its past with the magic of an environment that evokes the time of the Mayan world. It is a paradise for birdwatchers because many migratory and resident species are present at the hacienda year-round, allowing us to admire their beauty and songs.

From the 16th century on, the Hacienda was a cattle ranch, which was later plundered several times by the English. In the 19th century, it became one of the largest haciendas in Campeche, functioning as a small town dedicated to raising cattle and producing corn, sugarcane, palo de tinte or bloodwood tree (a source of natural dyes), and agave fiber.

Among other buildings, the premises had the main house, chapel, hospital, cemetery, school, houses for workers, a machine room, and even its own railroad.  All of these spaces have been converted into a restaurant, guestrooms, and a pool, all preserved to offer the best hotel service. The restoration of the Hacienda respected the architectural style of the colonial era.

The Hacienda’s restoration involved architects specialized in historical research, as well as restoration architects and engineers from different parts of the country, so that they could maximize use of the ruins. We worked with original materials from the area to rebuild the hacienda; local people showed us the characteristics of these materials and how to work with them. The use of sahcab, which is similar to lime, and chucum paint materials extracted from local trees that the Maya used for waterproofing, are some examples of the adaptation and the respect that we showed for the Hacienda’s history and the local environment.

Details:

Rooms:

12 suites located in the old living quarters of the Hacienda’s employees.  These rooms were restored and adapted to the needs of a luxury hotel. Amenities include:

  • No-smoking rooms
  • Internet
  • Hairdryer
  • 32” LCD TV
  • King-sized bed
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Goose down pillows
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • iPod docking station and alarm clock
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • Safe

Making a Difference:

Certification Score
Environmental management:
89%
Sociocultural management:
97%
Business management:
96%
Overall Performance:
94%
Supporting Community
Number of Employees:
34
Percentage of local employees:
100

The history of our social and environmental commitment to the Yucatan Peninsula began more than 20 years ago. We work to serve as a link between the present and the past Mayan world.  Our goal is to create new opportunities for our local communities while contributing to the balance between the environment, cultural values, social welfare, and sustainable economic development.

During the Hacienda’s construction, we hired local workers and provided training for trades such as masons, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. Young people, who often emigrate due to a lack of opportunities, joined the project and saw how entire families returned to live in their community. Small businesses sprang up and as the project grew, we witnessed economic revitalization: the number of inhabited homes increased, families made improvements to their homes, and the number of children attending school increased. We then trained locals to be waiters, cooks, maids, gardeners, etc., to provide excellent service, without losing the principles and values of Mayan culture.

Integrated community development is done with the Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya A.C., which works in the following areas:

  • Education and culture
  • Health and nutrition
  • Infrastructure and housing
  • Environment and natural Resources
  • Social enterprises
  • Human development

Hacienda Uayamon continually strengthens its actions to foster sustainability. Based on this commitment, our main actions are:

  • Measurement and minimization of energy consumption.
  • Measurement and minimization of drinking water consumption.
  • Measurement and proper management of wastewater.
  • Measurement and minimization of solid waste (inorganic and organic).
  • Appropriate management of hazardous substances and wastes.
  • Conservation and documentation of flora and fauna species on the property.
Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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