Organic grown Papaya fruit trees at Hacienda Chichen Resort, an Eco-Cultural Spa Getaway, the ideal Green Maya Vacation Spa Resort.       These huge lush trees house many species of Yucatan's wildlife

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Hacienda Chichen Resort's Botanical Gardens
An Eco-Cultural Mayan Spa Gateway and private Maya Jungle Nature Reserve
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Pich exotic seed pots abound during May. Seeds are eaten cooked by Maya people.SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION:
Kingdom: Plantae
Malvaceae Bombacaceae
Ceiba pentandra

Yucatan's Flora: Kapok or Ceiba Tree
Mayan Tree and Wild Medicinal Plant
Lush Botanical Gardens and Tropical Flora at Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza, Yucatan

Elephant Ear Tree (English),
(Maya) Guanacaste Spanish Enterolobium cyclocarpum Fabaceae Family.
Native to Mesoamerica. Strong long branches, large majestic thick trunk, when mature the Piich can reach 30-35 meters high, huge canopy, foliage with double pinnate leaflets. Older Piich trees house many varieties of wild orchids and bromeliads. Piich trees flower in April and are filled with exotic deep purple-brown woody seed pods by May.  Elephant Ear Tree's seeds are starchy with a light peanut flavor, very nutritious and filling.  Maya people cooked Piich seeds as snacks (much like pop-corn) and rural Mayan people process seeds to make flour for tortillas when corn crops are marginal.

At Hacienda Chichen is committed to protect the flora and fauna found in its own private Maya Jungle Nature Reserve and Neo-tropical forest where many Ceibas grow wild and new young kapok trees have planted to reforest a vast area of the reserve.  Guests of this green boutique hotel enjoy observing many plants and animals that reside in tthe Kapok's huge branches or Ceiba trees (named Ya'axche in Maya language).  Visitors can observe wild birds nests, small reptiles and mammals it the Kapok's huge branches, as well as a variety of insects and frogs  breed in the pools that collect on the many bromeliads and crevices found in Ceibas.

Mayan Medicinal Plants and Sacred Trees
Yucatan's Lush Flora: Mayan Ethno-Botany in Hacienda Chichen,  Chichen Itza, Mexico

The Mayan sacred trees and ethno-medicine healing traditions (medicinal plants used by the Mayan Healers in the Peninsula of Yucatan and other Maya regions: Chiapas, Belize, Guatemala) are still kept with great respect and taught verbally  by Mayan J-Men who actively practiced the Mayan holistic healing arts; such natural way of healing is taught from one generation to the next by example and careful study of the Maya medicinal plants in the wild since ancient times. 

Since the Spaniards burned almost all Mayan books and codices, J-Men and Mayan healers have little written records of their medicinal methods; today, few books by western writers have recorded some of the important Mayan ethno-medicine healing traditions, medicine plants, remedies, cures, and holistic practices. Mayan healers use Mayan holistic rituals and healing ceremonies with prayer, divination, ethno-medicine traditions, and guidance from their spiritual guardians that communicate through dreams and their holy Sas'tun (quartz) holistic messages to cure, purify, or cleanse a person. 

The  sacred Maya Ceiba or Yaaxche tree is one of the most important elements of ancient Maya Cosmovision and a key player among the Maya sacred flora, and medicinal plants use in Mayan purification rituals by J-Men or Mayan healers. At the Hacienda Chichen's Maya Jungle Reserve and hotel gardens travelers and visitors can enjoy observing the majestic Ceiba trees around the property.  These beautiful Kapok trees support a variety of wild birds, endemic fauna, butterflies, insects, and small mammals.

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Yucatan Adventure  Green Travel Guide is a volunteer Sustainable Green Travel Guide designed by the Maya Foundation In Laakeech A. C. a NGO sustainable civil society founded by Hacienda Chichen Resort's owners and staff in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.  Hacienda Chichen's  sustainable green vision and eco-cultural mission committed to provide travelers a soulful Mayan cultural experience as well as a Green Getaway to explore the eco-wonders and cultural traditions of the Maya; as well as to support the welfare of Mayan rural communities and to promote Sustainable Geo-Tourism.  Visit Hacienda Chichen Resort and Yaxkin Spa's website:

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Published Photos &  Information Courtesy of
Hacienda Chichen Resort and Belisa B. Gordon
Environmental Director / Maya Nature Reserve
November 2009