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. Sus vecinos son muy hospitalarios, tranquilos y respetuosos. Bienvenidos
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 . 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 either share my kitchen or have your own separate, . You are close to both Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico beaches (1-1/2 hour drive or bus ride) and resorts, and have an in-house guide if desired in your host who has lived there 10 years. Cancun, and Merida, the capital of Yucatan and a spectacular, cultured city, are only 2 hours away by driving or bus. With advanced notice for insurance and availability, you have my Toyota xtra cab with camper for limited use. You have cellular phone service but there is no TV, cable nor internet, except in the nearby Valladolid, where they are plentiful. The village is 3 miles off the main highway and joined to it by a good, asphalt paved road. With advanced notice, you have access to two or possibly more good bicycles to ride to the neighboring Cuncunul where buses, taxis and mini buses make frequent stops.
The whole home, shared respectfully while they are here.
Interaction with Guests
As much as they want and I have time for.
There is plenty of public transport, buses, combis, vans, taxis on the main road 3 miles away, and I take guests at least to there. I usually meet guests who don't rent a car at the bus station and charge for gas ( about $4 dollars) sometimes, as I often come into Valladolid.
I have five bicycles for guest use.
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!) or is uncomfortable in any way that they notify me immediately, wake me up, etc.
respectful of neighbors; smoking only outside. No loud party without previous arrangement.
We so enjoyed our time staying with Allan. He's a fascinating fellow who cares and thinks deeply. He's got lots of ideas, many projects going at his 'estate' that are fun to explore, especially as most are under construction. Spending time at Allan's was about learning and landing -- learning about the environs and people, getting grounded in them (much more so that if we'd been at a resort) -- and yet his house itself, the structure, is fanciful and is like imagination taking flight. Allan was very welcoming, happy to share and be shared with. He joined us for dinner at a restaurant in Valladolid that we'd never have found without him; gave us honey and comb that he'd just harvested; directed us to what turned out to be our favorite cenote of the entire trip; and, as there were 4 of us, he let 2 of us use his bed and bath while he wet up to one of the terraces. We are pretty relaxed travelers, so didn't mind that the kitchen wasn't entirely clean -- the important stuff was. But if you *need* absolute tidiness to be comfortable in someone else's house, you might not be the right guest for here. For us, the fun and warmth and depth of knowledge from Allan (and his house, dog, & cat) were way more valuable.
It was a wonderfull experience to come into Allan's House. He created as he like to say a second skin with this house.
Allan is a great host, always trying to make us comfortable.
For breakfast really good coffee and fresh fruits.
In one word : I recommend.
Allan was there to greet us and show us everything. He was very friendly and interested in making our stay very comfortable.
We found out that the place of Allan is really nice, you are in the middle of the nature and you can hear the birds in the morning. Quite a mémorable expérience. He is a very good host, kind. We recommend him whenever you are around. Allan knows the good places in Valladolid, so our experience with his eco touristique place was interesting.
we loved to stay with allan in his house in the mayan village. we easily found the beautiful location by following the instructions given and experienced a warm welcome by allan, box nit' and mowgli; allan and his adorable furry girls made us feel like home from the first minute we arrived and had a wonderful time. the house is very charming and you will find all over the place many lovin' and interesting details. if you can, observe the start in the 'observatory' and/or go for a relaxing walk in the jungle (box nit' will love it too). for everyone who would like to experience something special out in the nature, away from the tourist centers, we highly recommend to check availability at allan's location. if we will be in the area again, there is no doubt that we would like to stay there again.
allan, thanks for everything!
Our stay in Allan's home (an imaginative jungle clay castle that feels like it belongs to the lost boys of Peter Pan) was authentic and eclectic. From the long winding road to get to the isolated Mayan village (escaping Internet coverage now feels like a rare privilege!), to his eco garden and farm, to his beautifully hand-tiled mosaic rooftop terrace, to the firewood-heated shower, to the home made banana bread and fresh jungle fruit breakfast he served us - it was a perfect mix of Mexico and simple, sustainable living at its best. We had a lovely dinner with him at one of his friends' restaurant in Valladolid, and loved the insider recommendations he gave us to a couple local cenotes. It's a little rough around the edges - so bug haters beware - but for our one night stay it was just what our curious, adventurous hearts desired. Thanks again Allan!
Allan was an amazing host! He had great restaurant and sightseeing recommendations, and was simply a pleasure to hang out with. I highly recommend staying with him if you are looking for a unique travel experience.
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.