About this listing
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 (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 12 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 but there is no TV, cable nor internet except 3G, which is often weak. But in the nearby Valladolid, internet access is free, or cheap and 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, or through the jungle to a beautiful church in Uayma (3 hrs. RT.)
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.
The entire house is beautiful. Our room was clean and had everything we needed (hammock included). Allan was a warm host and took good care of us. An unforgettable experience.
Had a great stay at Allan's place! One of the highlights of my trip to the Yucatan. Communication was good and Allan took the time to show me around his property. He had plenty of local recommendations for me. His property is amazing and has a fantastic view of the surrounding jungle. Very peaceful. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks Allan!
Un lieu et un personnage atypiques ! La maison est située à proximité de Valladolid dans un petit village Maya, dans lequel Allan s'est parfaitement intégré. Le top est d'avoir un véhicule pour se balader librement.
Nous étions logés au premier étage de la maison (l'étage est indépendant, avec chambre, douche et WC) avec une terrasse remplie de plantes et de fleurs ainsi qu'une vue qui donne sur la jungle environnante. Nous avons également pu utiliser sa cuisine pour le petit déjeuner et un soir où nous ne souhaitions pas sortir.
Notre fils de 4 ans a souhaité dormir dans un hamac, la chambre en est équipée. La maison étant située dans la jungle, il y faisait bon, le ventilateur n'a jamais été allumé.
Allan est un personnage sympathique avec qui nous avons discuté, avec qui on a mangé, qui nous a fait écouter de la musique (discothèque vinyle vaut le coup d'oeil) et qui nous a donné des conseils de visite, resto, etc...et même livres (bibliothèque sympa aussi)!
Valladolid est une de nos villes coup de coeur où il y fait bon vivre, et les gens du village sont très souriants.
Nous avons adoré et nous recommandons ce lieu si vous préférez l'authenticité (et l'aventure) au confort des hôtels.
The house is located in a mayan village near Valladolid, in the jungle. We were at the first floor (second floor for USA) with private bedroom and bathroom. It is also possible to use Allan's kitchen.
Allan was very kind and made us listen to music, he spoke with us, gived us advices (visits, restaurants..and even books!).
Valladolid is a pleasant town that we enjoyed. The village is quiet and welcoming, with only the noises of the jungle.
We recommand this place if you are looking for nature, far away from hotels.
Alan made us feel incredibly welcome in his beautiful home. He was easy to communicate with before we arrived and offered to pick us up from the bus station. He gave us rides when we wanted to go into town, since his place is a little off the beaten path. Alan was a wealth of resources and knowledge about Valladolid and the surrounding area. His remote home offers a peaceful environment surrounded by nature, relaxing hammocks and a truly breathtaking view of the stars.
Our stay with Allan was one of the highlights of our trip. He really embodies the true spirit of "mi casa es su casa". We arrived to his home later than expected. We were greeted by his dog and found a note left by Allan, letting us know that he was in Valladolid, and that we were to make ourselves at home. Included in his note were recommendations for dinner; advice we took, and we had an excellent meal right in the heart of Valladolid.
With directions from Allan his place is really easy to find, which is amazing given the somewhat remote location. The room is neat and clean and it was a really special experience to wake up to millions of birds chirping in the morning. The views and sounds at sunset are equally stunning and make this an exceptional place to call your temporary home. These views and sounds come at a small price, you have to climb some external stairs to get from floor to floor.
Our short stay with Allan has us already looking forward to e return trip. HIs home and his hospitality are exceptional We look forward to a return trip to see more of the Yucatan, and visit with Allan and the small duck he saved from the chickens. Yup, he saved a duckling - pretty great guy.
Allan est vraiment un hôte très sympathique. Ce fut très agréable de discuter avec lui et de connaître sa vie au Mexique. Il nous a amener chez ses voisins maya et voir ses ruches. Nous avons aussi nourrit toute sa bassecour. C'était chouette et les enfants ont adoré.
Sa maison est une attraction en elle-même. Le couché de soleil sur le toit est magnifique.
Die Unterkunft ist mitten im Dschungel gelegen und außer die Tierwelt hört man nix. Das Haus ist einzigartig und die Gastfreundschaft ist kaum zu übertreffen.
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About the Host, Allan
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.