Villa Maya is a private natural reserve that it has the objective to conserve the natural resources. It is located 17 km outside of San Miguel down town, on the center of Cozumel Island.
Villa Maya provides services and facilities for eco – tourism travelers, renting hammocks in a Mayan hut or cabañas. It also encourage wild life management and environmental education programs to increase the ecological culture of locals and visitors. It offers a unique opportunity to visit the jungle and all different vegetation communities in it.
Allows a wide range of guests, especially those with a passion for outdoors, requires reasonably good physical condition and an interest in learning about the tropical environments and the ancient mesoamerican Mayan culture.
Several facilities are present to serve guests, among these are: Entrance/ assembling area, dining area, restrooms and showers, Mayan cabañas or huts with hammocks, camping areas, bonfire, signs showing the way and directions, signs indicating tree-species and their Mayan use, 10,000 meters of trails trought the tropical dry forest, wetlands and beach.
Villa Maya comprehend primarily of tropical dry forest in which it can be distinguish different vegetal associations like: medium tropical forest; low tropical forest, wetlands; orchids zone; cenote, palm of Nacax zone (Coccotrinax readii); bromeliads zone, secondary vegetation; Milpa or farming zone. For a full site descriprion click:
Villa Maya has a cultural heritage that the ansesters left behind, expirence cultural and archaeolgical expeditions, which are usually unseen by the casual island visitors. It is also the safest way to visit the tropical dry forest. The reserve was initiated as a conservation project that evolved into a research and eco-tourism project, focusing on the ethical protection of the island’s natural beauty.
Even though the island of Cozumel does not have poisonous fauna, the following clothing is recommended for your comfort: Light hiking boots or tennis shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, hat. Other items are recommended as small backpack, towel, suntan lotion, camera, binoculars and field guides.
The natural reserve has a code of practice to minimize negative social, environmental and economical impacts of your visit. Remember, you are a guest, be culturally sensitive and respect local customs, leave an area cleaner than when you found it. Smoke only where it can do no harm. Stay on the trail. Do not take anything from nature. Do not disturb wildlife or wildlife habitats. Consider the implications of buying plant and animal products. Find out if they are rare or endangered.