Meet Lazaro Colli Sanchez

Originally published in Hotel Akumal Caribe.

Lazaro Colli Sanchez - Head Waiter

Where is he from? X-Yatil, west of Quintana Roo, about a 3 hour drive. It is a small town with only about 350 people.

What brought him to Akumal? He came to meet people and to improve his English. Lazaro said he chose a tranquil place to learn in a relaxed atmosphere. He smiles when he says he was told he would be a bus boy and he had no idea what that meant. He said at that time, Sra. Laura was the cook and David drove sometimes 2 times a day to Cancun for supplies. These trips would take up his entire day.

How long has he been here? 29 years. His first job was as a bus boy. His family now lives in Chemuyil; he has 2 boys Rafael, 16 and Oscar 7 and 2 girls Liliana 12 and Manuela 15.

Special Memories Lazaro has survived 2 hurricanes and a fire. Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 was a time he will never forget. He said everyone pitched in and helped and in 3-4 days all was cleaned up and working and that they were the only place between Tulum and Playa del Carmen that was open.

Something People don't know about Lazaro - He used to play basketball in his home town and he still play in Chemuyil. He is the best at 3 point shots.

Favorite thing to do - Play sports with his kids.

Funny Experience - Everyone that knows Lazaro knows he is always smiling and has a great sense of humor so I had to ask him what is the funniest thing that has happened at work. With a huge smile and gleam in his eye he said the people and the dogs. How certain people would spend time with the dogs and feed them even order food just for them. This writer is guilty as charged. One of the most popular dogs, Mulato is now at his final resting spot on Hotel Akumal Caribe's property, if you walk in the garden area you can see his marker.


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