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Majanail, stone/thatched Maya home
Majanail, stone/thatched Maya home
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath

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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.

The space

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".

Guest access

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.

Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Extra people $15 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $11
Weekly Discount: 36%
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House Rules
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1 night minimum stay

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Maureen User Profile
March 2017
It was a delight to spend time with Jose. I have so much respect for his work, relationship to the community, in which he generously shared with me, and his kind hospitality. His place is very comfortably rustic and that is exactly the way I like it. The food was excellent, the bed comfortable and most importantly, the company was fantastic! Thank you Jose!

Mark User Profile
February 2017
Very quiet village, off the beaten path. Better if you have your own vehicle. Knowledgeable host with very interesting insights on the history of the Maya. Overall a very good stay, learned a lot.

Anya User Profile
January 2017
We spent two nights at Jose's house and it's definitely one of the most memorable and unique experiences I've had on Airbnb. Jose is incredibly knowledgeable and kind. Him and his guests are welcomed by families all over the village. The first night we arrived we were invited for traditional dinner at a local family's house which was as authentic as it can get. For breakfast we were offered oatmeal with fresh fruit and it was one of the most delicious meals I've had in a while. Thank you, Jose! Would recommend to anyone looking to get an authentic experience of the culture.

Tiffane User Profile
December 2016
Jose's home is not a place for tourists, it's a place for travelers who want learn and experience what Mayan life is like today. It's a little rough around the edges since it's off the beaten path and comes with a slight risk of wildlife getting into your sleeping quarters; but it was exactly what I wanted. Jose is a truly remarkable person, his knowledge is astounding and his heart powerful. I started my Yucatán trip at Jose's and I'm so grateful I did, because it has made me much more informed as I continue on my journey. The village doesn't have immediate on demand transportation, but Jose arranged taxis or rides for me everywhere I needed to go. I loved riding to Chichen Itza with a van full of locals heading into work. He also took me to a secluded cenote, and it was such a beautiful and sacred place, I'll never forget it. I ate my meals in the home of a local Mayan woman; it was food native to the region, grown in her back yard. I cannot stress enough just how incredible Jose and his little village are. I am so grateful for this experience and through all of my travels it was one of my favorites and will no doubt leave a lasting impression. If you want frills and convenience, this isn't the place for you. If you've got a little adventure in you and want something genuine, you won't find a better option than just won't.

Eliane User Profile
June 2016
The host canceled this reservation 51 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Jesse User Profile
June 2016
One night and a world away.... How to begin? José was an incredibly gracious, knowledgeable, and friendly host who made our brief stay the absolute highlight of our trip. So many new experiences we will remember for the rest of our lives: sleeping in hammocks under a thatch roof and awakening to the sounds of roosters, goats, and squealing pigs; swimming in a beautiful near-wild cenote with José's young Mayan assistant Carlos and his friends; eating a traditional (and delicious) meal in the home of a local family; talking with the village Shaman about his traditions and practices; learning from a local beekeeper who keeps stingless melipona bees in generations-old log hives... all while José patiently translated and provided invaluable cultural insights. We are so grateful for the opportunity and hope to visit again soon!

Connor User Profile
April 2016
Great times with Jose. He has much to share and discuss about Mayan culture, which we did through the afternoon and night. It was a great opportunity to eat with people in the community and to get a briefing before heading to chichen itza. I'd suggest a stay here to anyone who would like a quick course on Mayan history and culture.

Tinum, MexicoJoined in June 2013
José User Profile

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.

Languages: English, Español, Français
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Response time: within an hour

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