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Villa Maya

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Cozumel, Mexico
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About Villa Maya
The Cabins: Villa Maya Eco Lodges present a Mayan cabin design with concrete floors and palm roofs, regional wood walls and a mosquito net around the interior perimeter. You sleep in a hammock and the men's & women's bathrooms are located in a separate building. The property: Villa Maya is a private nature reserve that covers an area of ​​16 hectares, located in the center of the island, 17 kilometers outside the town of Cozumel near the archaeological site of San Gervasio. The reserve began as a conservation project that developed into a successful research and ecotourism project, focusing on the ethical protection of the island's natural beauty. The tropical dry forest predominates in which different plant associations can be distinguished.
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John W wrote a review Jan 2019
Silver Spring, Maryland
We spent two days with Sergio Suarez and his son Sergio, including snorkeling on the reef and then biking along the beach and to visit Villa Maya. The five of us went out on their dive boat, which is large enough for at least a dozen divers. Sergio Jr was an amazing snorkeled. We saw plenty of marine life, sponges and some coral. Sadly due to environmental changes, the coral was much diminished compared to what I remember from 40 years ago. Our second day, we biked along the beach both on a paved bike lane and then on a rocky/sandy road. One of our teens grew tired of the off road biking, but Sergio did a good job keeping us in tune with the tour. The third segment was a ride to Villa Maya. Sergio owns this property which has ancient walls used by the Maya as well as some other sites that were used by other cultures who traded here. It is a discovery in progress. Sergio has also constructed a sweat lodge and other facilities for retreats. This would not have been a good fit for our family, but would be appreciated by a group of six to twenty (?) who wanted a spiritual and historical retreat. The facility is rustic but has bathrooms and screens for sleeping areas for overnight groups. The other staff I met were capable and friendly. My only critique would be around communication. Sergio was very energetic in his communication to arrange the plans but sometimes ignored my direct questions. Also during some of the tour he tended to go on a bit long about topics due to his enthusiasm. His son Sergio Jr was great at reading our interest levels. Sergio Sr was a bit more focused on what he wanted to accomplish. Still, I’d much rather have this approach than the standard scripted tour experience. It was very personable and caring, highly recommended.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Berend d wrote a review Sep 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This is a little village May style. You will get a tour through the village and they tell you about Mayan culture. People are in Mayan costumes to make effect real. Was nice but not as stunning as for instance Chitzen Itza. But if you want to get acquainted with Mayan Culture this will give you a brief insight. Restrooms and shop are available.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Lee C wrote a review Dec 2015
Escondido, California
I could hear the exhaust of my bubbles as the beam of my flashlight swept back and forth across the ocean floor. I was swimming 40 feet beneath the surface in Cozumel, Mexico when suddenly my light picked up a strange object. Ahead of me was an octopus, trying to get into a crevice and hide. "This is great", I thought to myself. I was already on my forth dive of the day with the owner of Mayan Tours, Serigo Suarez. My wife, who was on her first night dive, since becoming certified by Sergio a few years earlier, who at that time was general manager of AquaWorld, the dive shop associated with the Park Royal Hotel, an all inclusive resort located across the street from the AquaWorld dive center. As we swam through the water, my wife was holding on to Sergio, not quite sure about this night diving experience. My son was off in another direction, filming the underwater nightlife in the waters around us with his GoPro camera and lights. Soon Sergio had us turn our lights off, and we were sitting in the darkness, with only the bright lights of the Park Royal Hotel shining on the waters above us. All of a sudden, as Sergio moved his hands, the darkness was illuminated with the blue bioluminescence of tiny organisms in the water around us. As we swam in the darkness, the disturbed waters around our fins exploded with the blue glow. It was quite a sight to behold. When the dive ended an hour later, my wife grinned from ear to ear saying that was her best dive ever. She said that she had never known how incredibly exciting night diving could be. My son, who had been busy filming throughout the entire dive, told us that we all had seen nothing, compared to what he had seen and filmed. It was a short 8-minute walk back to our Park Royal Hotel room as the three of us kept asking, "Did you see this and did you see that?" The next day, Serigo had another surprise for us. He took us out of town to a large plot of land that he owns near the San Gervasio Mayan Ruins. Here he has built several structures on this piece of land to give people a feel of what it is like to live in the jungle. After about a 40-minute off road trail ride in the back of what can only be described as his Jeep type vehicle, we arrived at our destination. Serigo calls it his "Mayan Experience." He has created several structures, including a sweat lodge, and buildings to spend the night in if staying in the jungle is your kind of thing. The best part? There are even bathrooms with running water and real toilets in them. After all, a jungle experience should only go so far. We spent a couple of hours hiking the property, and looking at a Cenote located on the site. Several Mayan artifacts have been unearth on this property by Serigo, and saved to show visitors how everyday life must have been for these early island dwellers. Then we sat down in a mosquito proof building and had a great lunch provided by Serigo of local cuisine and beverage. This was my fifth visit to Cozumel, and I am constantly amazed by the knowledge and the history that Serigo has of this island and the surrounding peninsula. From what I understand, Serigo has spent all his adult life on Cozumel, so he knows his facts. We had the greatest compliment later that evening when Serigo introduced us to his family and we all went out for a lovely Mexican dinner in town. You know you have a good friend when they are interested in you meeting the rest of their family. All in all, we had a marvelous time in the short three days we were on Cozumel, and you can be sure, plans are already in the works to return next year. You can contact Sergio directly and he can set you up with nearly anything on Cozumel. From scuba diving to jungle tours, a rental car to housing and restaurant recommendations, Sergio Suarez and Mayan Expeditions does it all. Lee R. Clark
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Date of experience: November 2015
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