Monday, August 12, 2013

BEWARE: Some chemicals in sunblock and water-proof sunscreens may make your skin react adversely to sun exposure and cause an allergic reaction worst than a normal sunburn!

Allergic reaction to Water-Proof Sunblock
Brand:  Banana Boat "Ultra Defense"
Max Skin Protector  FPS-100 UVA/UVB
Summer vacations may involve plenty of sun rays exposure, especially at the beach.  Using sunblock protection is highly advised, as it will help you avoid the risk of painful sunburn and also skin cancer, if you use the right product for your skin type. Some people burn particularly easily or develop exaggerated skin reactions to sunlight, this condition is called photosensitivity or sun allergy. Other people, like myself, develop allergic reactions to the sunblock use to protect the skin, (see photos).  Notice the intense sunburn in my shoulders and upper arms where I wanted "more protection" and I used Banana Boat "Ultra Defense" sunblock which contains chemicals that are known to bring an allergy reaction to some people like myself (the product does not say it contains oxybenzone, but not that this is a known allergen).

So, before you go ahead and lather up your body with a sunblock product you have never tried before (even if the brand name is familiar to you), my advice is you first test the sunblock on your skin in a small patch for at least 6 hours as you can have a serious allergic reaction to the sunblock's ingredients and end up in an hospital emergency room.  This is a serious matter! Do not expose yourself to such discomfort, danger to your skin, and vacation fun blocker.

Most people's skin will burn if there is enough exposure to ultraviolet radiation, thus the need for sunscreen or sunblock protection. However, we are not aware that many people can develop allergic reactions to sunblock products containing benzophenone, oxybenzone, avobenzone, cinnamates, PABA, and other chemicals. So beware of this ingredients as you can develop a generalized urticaria, anaphylactic reactions, dyspnea, chemical burn, etc. when exposing your body to prolong sunblock body contact, especially sunblocks that have poor wear solubility (water-proof) are truly damaging to people that develop allergic reaction to such ingredients which can create a photosensitizing effect in your skin.

My back with the sunblock allergic reaction at its peak.
I did not know sunblock and sun screen products sold as "skin protection" with high FPS, UVA /UVB etc. could be so damaging and create such terrible skin burns!!! The "Banana Boat" Ultra Defense FPS 100 UVA/UVB Protection sunblock I brought to my beach vacation did not have any "beware" or "may cause allergic reaction" information, so I did not think I could be endangering my skin and my vacation time.  I stayed off the mid-day sun rays my first five days of vacation, using a Nivea FPS 30+ UVA/UVB sunblock that worked wonders, I had a light light tan with no sunburn skin areas. 

CAUTION: One of the many sunblocks
that you may be terribly allergic to its
chemicals and not know until it is too late!
On the sixth day, I felt safe to use the Banana Boat Ultra Defense FPS 100 UVA/UVB to add a few hours of swimming during the late morning, I had lunch in the shade but still in my bathing suit and took a shower before dinner time.  By then, my skin (where I used the "Ultra Defense" Banana Boat sunblock) had become extremely sunburned, itchy, painfully red skin and hurting.  I tried apple cider vinegar to alleviate the burn & hurt, but it just itched more and hurt more, plus the red went into a deeper shape.  I wonder if the sunblock was creating an allergic reaction in me, so I "Google" for answers and found many blog entries and articles of people with my same reaction and condition to the same or similar sunblock product. Learned that some chemicals use by manufactures in "skin absorbing sunblocks" such as the one I used, have been reported to develop photo-allergic reactions in users. So why is this not told to the buyer prior to using the sunscreen? Maybe because we are a few with such horrible outcome; but for now, I rather advice  potential users than regret knowing what I know, and did not share it with others that could end up suffering same outcome.

Treating your chemical burn skin with sunburn home remedies such as patting your skin with apple cider or white vinegar, Aloe vera gel, white egg, etc. won't help when the problem was created or aggravated by your sunscreen or sunblock cream or spray.  Best, wash your skin with a neutral gentle soap on a soft sponge to take off all that "water-proof" chemical hell off your skin! If those ingredients stay in your skin, the allergy reaction and terrible burning will continue and you may end up in the emergency room. After the shower and getting off the sunblock from my skin, I took anti-allergic medicine, and a pair of painkillers. Also, I was fortunate enough to have an Aloe vera plant near me. I did cut a fresh Aloe vera leaf and gently rubbed its clear pulp and gel on, it worked wonders, smoothing a bit the skin redness and pain. Yet, I still have deep skin burns, pain, and no vacation beach fun.

If you have fair skin or an allergic reaction history like myself, you will be better off using products that contain Titanium dioxide and or zinc oxide as physical UV blockers, there is no reports of causing allergies.  These type of sunblock creams are a bit opaque and look funny on your body at the beach, but for sure will protect your skin and your vacation fun time.

For more info about how to test your skin for sunblock allergic reactions and the most common potential photo allergy components in waterproof sun-blockers and sunscreen products, visit

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Presidents of Mexico and China visited Chichen Itza archaeological site and then enjoyed a Special Gala at Hacienda Chichen Resort.

A lovely sunny day at Chichen Itza's Mayan ruins, June 6th, 2013

The Presidents of Mexico (center) and China (left) joined by Yucatan's Governor (right) arriving to Hacienda Chichen Resort, where they enjoy a beautiful Special Day and Farewell Gala Luncheon with their distinguished guests.

Hacienda Chichen Resort is well known for its excellent service and responsible sustainable hospitality.  It is located near the Maya temples of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico.  No wonder this Official Farewell Event was celebrated in such lovely property and Colonial landmark.  The hotel caters to very special groups, parties and weddings, as well as regular travelers that enjoy quality food, relaxing private ambiance, and unique pampering services.  We highly recommend Hacienda Chichen catering and special events services to anyone looking for a phenomenal experience.

Monday, October 29, 2012

U Janal Pixan and the Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico

Skull candies for Day of the Dead Festivities

U JANAL PIXAN is an intimate Maya family ceremony to remember their deceased and their ancestors, it is the Day of the Dead Celebration a very sacred and traditional celebration for all Maya and Mexican people. 

Day of the Dead is a very important ancient tradition. Maya villages prepare with tropical fruits and flowers and with up most care and reverence the “altar” in which the food and beverage for their dead loved ones is to be placed during the first three days of November each year.  In some villages nowadays, this ceremony is celebrated as a tradition that blends ancestral Maya practices with the Catholic belief system, imposed on the Maya during the Colonization of their land.  Nowadays, most Mayan families' religion is a fusion of Mayan spirituality with the Catholic dogma, such fusion has created the current practices and celebrations found in most mixed family backgrounds in Yucatan.  Today, you will find Catholic saint and virgin images placed on the altar as part of the offerings to the soul of those that have left the physical body.  The offerings are exotic flowers, personal things, copal and meals the person enjoy while alive: fruits,kakaw, tamales, along with photographs, cruces and other colorful artifacts are carefully placed among candle lights andexotic flowers.  Praying and fasting is traditional, as is to decorate with flowers and fruits the tomb site, also spend the night in the cemetery next to the tomb of those loved lighting candles, singing the songs they loved, and offering their favorite meals and memorabilia.  Muc bi’pollo, a grant tamale meal, is served traditionally during this days.

 This 2nd of November 2012 Hacienda Chichen and the Mayan J-Men celebrated their annual Day of the Dead before their Full Moon Maya Blessing, both Mayan Ceremonies in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chichen Itza's Best Organic Gourmet Eating found at Hacienda Chichen Resort

Chef Josue Cime picking up his organic grown produces at Hacienda Chichen Resort's own Organic Orchard

You know Chef Josue Cime is really committed to bring to your table the freshest organic fruits and vegetables when you see him picking delicious ripe produces at his own Organic Orchard Fields within the Hacienda Chichen Resort grounds.

No wonder we loved eating at this green boutique hotel's restaurant, located a few steps away from Chichen Itza hotel zone entrance, you can even see some of the Maya pyramids while you feast in many Maya culinary delights.  I met Chef Josue Cime in my first visit to Chichen Itza when we stayed two glorious days at the Hacienda Chichen; would had stayed longer if we had not planned our return trip next day.  So we have come each year to this fantastic sustainable hotel with our friends for a good four day relaxing vacation and enjoy each time more and more what we find in this amazingly green destination.

Yes, the Maya pyramids and archaeological sites are impressive, but more amazing is to know the Maya people that work at this hotel and the Maya healers or shamans that with such caring love take you into their holistic wellness center, Yaxkin Spa, and help you release stress and other toxic tensions from your mind, soul, and body.

Met Mr. Jim Conrad, the hotel's resident naturalist who knows just about everything you can ever wish about nature and wildlife, he offers free Nature Guided Tours each morning to guests of the hotel and this is an experience that will deeply connect you to Mother Nature and our planet. Then of course is Mrs. Beatriz Correa, the soul of this beautiful land and hotel, she will guide you and assist you in Maya medicine healing traditions as well as sacred Maya rituals that are celebrated by authentic Maya Priests in the premises.

Over all, the Hacienda Chichen, like Chef Josue Cime, are uniquely connected with their Maya cultural roots and traditions, speaking to your soul through their love for our planet and life itself.

Note by Jean Langs

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Traditional Maya Healing Arts: Zumpul-che Maya Purification Sweat-bath

Maya Zumpul-che Cave Purification Ritual

“As our bodies are mostly water, we are inexorably bound to the element and the molecular changes that occur in it as a response to words, prayer, pollution, deeds, gratitude, and love."
                                                                                                                        - Dr. Masaru Emoto.

At Yaxkin Spa, within Hacienda Chichen Resort's Mayan Sacred Ceremonial Center, guests can experience an ancient Mayan Holistic Purification Cave Ceremony and Healing Sweat-bath tradition: The Maya Zumpul-che.  This mystical and therapeutic sacred ritual truly connects you with your "true self" and Mother Nature.

Private parties of 6 or groups from 8 to 13 guests can enjoy this therapeutic mystical experience. Our Sacred Mayan Natural Cave and sweat-bath offers an ancient Mayan holistic purification  therapy with a mystical ceremony celebrated by our Mayan healers. This Maya sweat-bath  rituals help de-toxic the body, mind, and emotions; purifying one's ch’ulel or chiwith similar therapeutic effects as the AztecTemazcal sweat-bath, offered in the Maya Riviera and Mexico, but with far more profound mystical roots and unique Mayan healing therapeutic elements. This is a great Maya Wellness Spa Center that offers traditional Mayan Healing, Holistic therapies and sacred Maya Purification Ceremonies a mist the original Mayan Temples of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO VIEW the YouTube Video: Ancient Maya Ceremony in Chichen Itza explaining more about this unique holistic ceremony and the Maya Healing traditions. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

When Traveling Buy Indigenous Crafts and Art

Fine Maya Art, Crafts, Replica Pottery and Jewelry at Toh Botique, Chichen Itza, Yucatan.

It is a good habit to buy Indigenous! It helps generate income for local communities.  We at Yucatan Adventure often extol the merits of "Buying Native" or purchasing from a local Mayan artisan whenever possible, and when you visit Chichen Itza or any other tourist site in Yucatan, it's a wonderful time to put that ideology into practice; but if you want to make a greater sustainable contribution we suggest you come to the Toh Boutique at Hacienda Chichen Resort, this exquisite Mayan Boutique dedicates its profits to the Maya Foundation In Laakeech NGO green sustainable programs gear to support the welfare of Maya Children, local communities, and the environment!

Toh Boutique Store, Chichen Itza
Profits from The Toh Boutique are shared with the indigenous artisans and Maya master ceramists and jewelers.  Each art craft, textile, or jewelry found at this lovely little boutique is carefully selected and an original piece of art!  You get to have it all, a beautiful purchase Mayan piece, and the joy of helping the social and environmental programs of this non-profit sustainable civil society.  To learn more about where the profits go and how they help the Maya local children and communities, visit Yucatan Adventure Eco Travel Guide online at  

Want to visit Chichen Itza? Don't take a day tour bus trip, instead book a night or better yet, two nights at the lovely Hacienda Chichen Resort, Yucatan's top Green Spa Destination, an enchanting secluded small boutique hotel offering you the perfect green vacation with lots of eco-cultural activities to choose from.  Visit their website at 

The Hacienda Chichen has now two resident volunteers helping visitors get to know the Maya and their land. Naturalist Jim Conrad is dedicated to welcome nature lovers learn and enjoy the flora and fauna of this green hotel, offering free Nature Tours and Bird-watching guided walks.   Jack N. is dedicated to record the power of Maya mystical traditions and Maya healing rituals as well as to explore the Maya Cosmovision, follow him on FaceBook and Twitter at @JackN999

Note:   Want to buy Mayan Crafts and Fine Arts, Jewelry, Maya Ceramic Replicas and Textiles, but not leave your home? Then leave us a Comment and we will contact you promptly.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet Jim Conrad for a Free Nature Guided Tour and to Learn about Hacienda Chichen's Flora and Fauna

Come to Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, and stay at Hacienda Chichen for a full sustainable green vacation experience. Stay at least two nights to explore the Mayan archaeological sites nearby and truly enjoy Mother Nature, learn about the flora and fauna of Hacienda Chichen's private Nature Reserve with Jim Conrad, our Resident Naturalist and Maya Foundation In Laakeech volunteer.  

Born in Maisonville, Kentucky, USA, Mr. Jim Conrad thinks of all scientists as naturalists because they are all exploring the nature of Nature, be they mathematicians, biologists, or physicists.  He writes about his nature findings in his website: Backyard-Nautre  and produces a weekly e-newsletter very useful to nature lovers and guests of Hacienda Chichen, a truly sustainable green destination with lots of eco-cultural activities to offer you that will enhance your understanding of Maya cultural traditions and give you the opportunity to experience authentic Mayan holistic rituals and much more.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Enjoy Mother Nature and the Gift of Life at Hacienda Chichen Resort this 2011

Hacienda Chichen Bird Refuge and Nature Reserve

Celebrate Mother Nature this Summer at Hacienda Chichen Resort, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico and enjoy a beautiful vacation filled with eco-cultural activities and great Maya traditional experiences. 

During May and June 2011, this superb green boutique hotel is offering great vacation packages and discount deals to you so take advantage of their great offers now and enjoy so many fun eco-cultural activities while relaxing at one of the worlds top sustainable getaway destinations.  National Geographic Travel's Top Choice for Nature Lovers and people that wish to trulye experience the Maya Culture:

"Hacienda Chichen and Yaxkin Spa do not just reflect their surroundings - they help define them. Their transcendent innovating vision goes beyond traditional hotel keeping." She adds, "you leave with the kind of insight only soulful places can provide."

Comment by Nat. Geo Senior Travel Editor, Ms. Sheila Feldman.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Green Vacation Offers and Discounts for this Winter 2010

Enjoy a Family Green Vacation at Hacienda Chichen and help the Maya people.

Take advantage of the great Eco-Cultural Vacation Packages offered by Chichen Service this November and December 2010 and help our Sustainable Community Social Work flourish, Chichen Service is an active donor to the Maya Foundation In Laakeech non-profit NGO that continues to support the welfare of Mayan rural communities and families nearby Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.