If you are active, there are many hikes and plenty of opportunity for adventure breaking a sweat. If you are a naturalist, the diversity of this ecosystem will blow your mind, magnificent birdwatching and botanical treasures to fill your journals…
THINGS TO DO
Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. —Khalil Gibran
The dirt road ends as you enter Yiimtii and our extensive trail network that connects various points of the Reserve invites you to explore the forest and secluded beaches as you breathe in the ocean breeze and relish your eyes with the panoramic views. Delight in an early morning walks down any of our paths to stimulate your senses and feed your spirit.
Leave the road, take the trails. —Pythagoras
A steep eight-minute walk through a private switchback trail leads to Playa Carrizalillo, a stunningly beautiful 450-yard-long beach, naturally secluded by cliffs on all sides. You will most surely have the beach completely to yourself as there’re only a few intrepid local fishermen that brave the cliffs to come and toss their nets for sardines on occasion. Relax on the sand or hang a hammock underneath one of our two thatched shelters.
Swimming behind the break is possible on calm days during the winter season. During these calm days, you can also snorkel the rocks and get to spot the Osprey’s Ocean Sister, the gentle Spotted-Eagle Ray, and schools of the beautiful Yellow-tailed Surgeonfish, Angelfish, Cortez Rainbow Wrasse, Acapulco Damselfish, etc. All year-round, it is always possible to bathe on the shore with no worries about tricky currents or undertows.
Orchard & Gardens
A lovely trail through the forest leads to our sheltered little inner valley that is home to Yiimtii’s Sacred Well, Orchard, and Organic Gardens with over 40 varieties of fruit. The Trees that live here include Orange, Lime, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Chicozapote, Chocolate pudding Tree (black zapote), six varieties of Mangoes, seven varieties of Papayas, Coconut, Soursop (Guanabana), Mamey, Cacao, Avocados, Jackfruit, Longan, Guava, Lychee, Macadamia, Arrayan, Yellow Zapote, Carob and we always forget to count one or two… Other Fruit-bearing Species are Date Palms, Passionfruit Vines, Surinam Cherry, and Mulberry bushes, among others.
Our Star German volunteer, Tim, a genius carpenter, and artist, built us our exotic stairway to heaven mainly for stargazing but it is also a nice place to go up and watch the sunset, take pictures or just hang out meditating and feeling like an Osprey.
Yiimtii is blessed with a multitude of spectacular birds all year round. The dry season is particularly good for spotting our winged friends. We have a huge list of birds that have been spotted in our Reserve. Among the most spectacular ones are: the Mot-mot; the Citreoline Trogon; the Orange-breasted and Blue Buntings; the Northern Cardinal; the Red-breasted Chat; the White-throated Magpie-Jay; the Golden-cheeked, Pale-billed and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers; the Yellow-green Vireo; the Crested Caracara; the New world Oriole; the Ringed Kingfisher and the West-Mexican Chachalaca among other Super Stars.
Other birds you can spot include: Frigatebirds, Pelicans, Ospreys, Falcons, Hawks, Hummingbirds, Parrots, Parakeets, Flycatchers, Woodcreepers, Vireos, Kingbirds, Swallows, Wrens, Vultures, Doves, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, etc.
Hiking to Zapotengo's Beach and Mangrove
The Ecological Reserve is 1 mile away from the Village of Zapotengo. A secluded, friendly, and very small coastal indigenous village set in the hidden River Valley of Río el Aguacate. Completely off-trail from the tourist path. There is a beautiful mangrove lagoon surrounded by a forest of Coconut Palms within walking distance in which the opportunities for birdwatching are spectacular. The long Zapotengo beach is also nice for people that like to run long distances having the whole beach basically to themselves.
You may be content just admiring a beautiful starry night. You may want to try star bathing on your Cabin´s stone patio… or you may be interested in learning all the Star Constellations during your stay in Yiimtii and various legends related to them. A wise investment in your future nightlife, enroll in a lesson with Naim, an enthusiast of studying everything related to the Starry sky… A declared asterophile!
The SWEATLODGE (Temascalli) is an ancient Native American tradition. The vapor produced by water splashed onto red hot stones cleanses one on a deep level. A physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing takes place inside the lodge which represents a womb that connects us with the Earth and Universe. Our Sweatlodge was really built only for Family use, but if there are guests truly interested in this experience and the time is right to make it happen… it may be possible to arrange it.
Yiimtii is the perfect sanctuary for those lonely practitioners seeking time for meditation, prayer, and reconnecting to spirit. We offer support and guidance if guests want to embark on Silent Retreats.