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Mayan village, Yucatan, Mexico
Mayan village, Yucatan, Mexico
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
2 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
2 baths
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Esta es una casa, grande, moderna de piedra en una rancheria de 100 personas a 15 kms de Valladolid, ciudad colonial, y muchas sitios arqueologicos cercanos, incluyendo Chichen. Tiene cuarto con bano privado. Sus vecinos son Maya, campesinos, e indigenas. Son muy hospitalarios, tranquilos y amigables. Es 5 km de Cuncunul, donde hay muchos colectivos, taxis y buses. Ofrezco transporte a Cuncunul y Valladolid, y normalmente buscan los huespedes en la estacion de buses en Valladolid. Bienvenidos

The space

This is a large modern stone house in a Mayan village of 100 people in the jungle 10 miles from the colonial city, Valladolid and many other ruins, including Chichen Itza (25 minutes by car) . Your neighbors are super hospitable, quiet and respectful. The unique home is a small organic farm, but you aren't expected to work! You have a large separate bedroom, bathroom and share my kitchen, and the whole house .The top deck or observatory is good for stars, and for birds early in a.m. You are close to both Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico beaches (1-1/2 to 2 hour drive or bus ride) and resorts, and have an in-house guide if desired in your host who has lived there 15 years. Cancun, and Merida, the capital of Yucatan, and a spectacular, cultured city, are only 2 hours away by driving or bus. You have cellular phone service, strong wi-fi, 3G internet , but there is no TV, nor cable . In nearby Valladolid, internet access is free, or cheap and plentiful. The village is 3 miles off the main highway at Cuncunul and joined to it by a good, asphalt paved road. With advanced notice, you have access to two or possibly more good bicyclesand can ride through the jungle to a beautiful church in Uayma (3 hrs. RT.). Cuncunul is where buses, taxis and mini buses make frequent stops. I give rides to and from Cuncunul and Valladolid, and usually pick guests up at the Valladolid bus station.We sometimes interact with my village neighbors, who are indigenous Mayan farmer families.

Guest access

The whole home, shared respectfully while they are here.

Interaction with guests

As much as they want and I have time for.

Other things to note

I prefer that if a guest is not able to sleep well ( as has happened rarely for example due to the roosters crowing early on a full moon!)( Chickens are about 100 meters from the home) or is uncomfortable in any way that they notify me immediately, even wake me.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people $10 / night after the first guest
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 king bed, 1 single bed, 1 couch

House Rules
No smoking

respectful of neighbors; smoking only outside. No loud party without previous arrangement.

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house


1 night minimum stay

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Mariel User Profile
September 2017
We arrived at the dead end of a little village just as the sun was setting and recognized the tower by the last glow of stained glass poking out over the jungle canopy. The room itself is small - a bed and a mosquito net - but the compound as a whole was incredibly charming, overrun by plants, intricate tile work, a few turkeys and the occasional tarantula. Allan is an extremely gracious host, offering us advice on our travels well before our stay and making sure we were tended to during our visit. His book and record collection are both amazing. Wish we could have spent more time with both.
Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.
Response from Allan:
Mariel told me in a private response that I had a problem with cleanliness regarding bugs, and I presume that was the main reason their stay didn't receive a top evaluation. I live in a jungle quite literally, and I an environmentalist who strongly believes in very limited chemical control --or poisons --in my home. But out of nearly 200 bookings in almost five years she's one of the first to complain.
September 2017

Emily User Profile
August 2017
Allen's home is absolute paradise and he is an amazing host on top of that! We couldn't believe how cozy our room was, in addition to the incredible observatory that looks over the entire jungle. We spend every night star gazing. On our first night, Allen took us to meet a real Mayan family and eat tamales with them-- this became a highlight of our trip. Allen so was generous with his time and recommendations which meant the world to us. We without a doubt recommend this experience to anyone looking for authenticity, peace and nature.

Amanda User Profile
August 2017
My sons and I had a great stay at Allan's place. He's built an amazing spot in the jungle, with lot of interesting things to see and learn. He's very knowledgeable about the area and attractions and can give you great advice. The space is really lovely, and the view above the jungle is fantastic. The tile and mosaic work Allan has done is beautiful. It's also very convenient to all the fun stuff you want to see in the area, while also feeling remote and off the tourist trail. Highly recommended!

Robert User Profile
June 2017
This was my 2nd stay with Allan, a warm welcome and pleasant conversation as always. The accomodation has the feel of a retreat, which is exactly what i was looking for. I stayed with Allan for my first and last night in the Yucatan peninsula, so the 2nd stay was a good follow-up. Allan has been around long enough to offer very tailored recommendations for each traveler. He also knows the best hidden eateries in Valladolid or the surrounding villages. Highly recommend!

Robert User Profile
June 2017
Wonderful stay with a wealth of knowledge! Allan made me feel right at home and gave tips and pointers for the remainder of my itinerary in the Yucatan. Glad he was my first stop!

Derek User Profile
May 2017
Allan's place is a trip. It's a four-story house in a Mayan village in the middle of the jungle. That's all you need to know if the place is right for you. Yes, there are loud birds and bugs, and somewhat limited facilities/transportation, but it's because you are really in a jungle. Allan was an excellent host. He was both willing to pick us up from the bus station and dropped my friend and me back in town multiple times when he was heading in. He is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and can give you great tips on what to see and how much you should pay to get there (ie Chichen Itza). One of the best parts of our stay was he gave us a tour of the village he lives in, and we met quite a few of his neighbors, of whom he is very close with. I would just recommend anyone looking at this place stay for the experience of it all. It is definitely a unique one that I won't forget.
Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.
Response from Allan:
Derek told me that he marked down "cleanliness" because he wanted future guests to know " it was in the jungle." Though he didn't mention it while he was here, he did give me private feedback on "cleanliness", with the single word, "bugs." I've had very few if any guests complain of insects. I will not spray except in urgent situations ( rare) because I don't think having poisons around a living area is a good idea.
May 2017

Shannon User Profile
May 2017
Allan's place is very special. You instantly feel at home, Allan takes an interest in all of his guests, and he gives great tips to use throughout your stay. We had a view of all the stars over the canopy at night, and a fresh, delicious breakfast every morning. We were so happy to meet him on this trip, and enjoyed the bit of paradise he has built in the Mayan jungle. Don't hesitate to add this airbnb to your adventure!!

Yucatan, MexicoJoined in July 2012
Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.

Spiritual , ecologist (B.S. Cornell University)farmer healer : conversation, compassion, love, patience, generosity. Love music & literature, writing , painting and illustrating. Retired and promoting organic agriculture and environmental work. Retired general building contractor, San Francisco, California.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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