A room in Majanail ( a nocturnal moth: trans, lend me your home for a night ) available in a traditional, mayan style limestone home in a village 15 minutes from Chichen Itza. Hard wood timbers and palm thatch make a soaring arched ceiling.
This lodging and Dr. Colon's experience and training give you unprecedented access to the life of a living Mayan village. Once you cross the threshold you will begin to experience a way of life whose origins can be traced back to the beginning of humanity in the paleolithic era. This is a sustainable way of life that has been practiced for thousands of years and is missed by those whose experience of the Yucatan is confined to the packaged tours of the "zona hotelera".
Guests, by prior arrangement, will have access to local cuisine prepared by the best cooks in this and a neighboring village, in their homes. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the mayan way of life from a seasoned anthropologist with an intimate knowledge of mayan culture.
Interaction with guests
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and engaging my guests according to the time they have available and the degree to which they want to delve into the fascinating culture of the maya.
Other things to note
The bathroom has hot water available and the shower area is equipped with safety bars.
My name is Jose C. Colon. I am a retired anthropologist (Ph.D Stanford, 1981) who has lived and worked in Mexico, Central and South America. Most of my research has concentrated on the maya of the Yucatan and on the connections between their ancient and current beliefs and practices involving human procreation menstruation and the self-sacrifice of human blood. Two years ago I built my dream house a limestone structure with soaring, vaulted, palm thatch roof in the maya village, San Francisco, Tinum, where I have done my most fruitful research.
The sources of inspiration for the design are the architecture of the traditional maya home and the California Sierra Nevada mountain retreat (on the trail to the Palisade Glacier) of a star of the silver screen. I have used local materials; limestone, Guano Palm, hardwood timbers and modern appliances; inline gas water heater, convection oven and gravity fed water distribution for comfortable, safe and sanitary living in the rural tropics. In the garden I’ve planted native fruit trees and exotic hard and tone woods. The yard is a sanctuary for native and migratory birds and we encourage the growth of native plants that attract a wide variety of species. Early morning, especially during the rainy season (may-october) is filled with a veritable symphony of birdsong. Occasionally, they fly into the kitchen providing us with opportunities for close observation. We compost and cultivate summer herbs and vegetables to supplement the produce of the region.
I open my home to those who want to get off the beaten track in the north central yucatan, to enjoy easy access to daily life in a mayan village and who would like to learn from my 30+ years of research and experience in this fabulous corner of the world. My limestone home provides easy and regular access to Chichen Itza (15 min.), Valladolid (30 min.) and other points of interest in the Yucatan peninsula.