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.
Allan has a unique, peaceful, and interesting space that I recommend to anyone interested in seeing a modern Mayan village and the way of life there. Allan was a wonderful host, welcoming, easy to talk to and full of information about the area and how to get wherever you might need to go in Valladolid or in the Yucatan. He is located very conveniently. about a 30 minutes drive to, Chichen Itza and about 10-15 minutes to Valladolid.
Also anyone staying should be aware that the jungle is a very noisy place and you will hear a lot if dogs and roosters from the village at all hours of the day. Just bring some earplugs if you are sensitive to this. Enjoy!
Allan's home and his gracious care was a sweet spot to get out of the noise and bustle of towns and travel. He is very knowledgeable about the area and so helpful with his stories and history of the area. He is a kind and generous host. And if you love the sounds of a jungle in the night or early morning, if you love to watch the stars and walk on canopied paths in the forest, this is a perfect place to stay.
We had a great time with Alan. He showed us a real slice of the local life/community, from a walk in the jungle to visiting the county fair. Things that we wouldn't have found on our own.
We enjoyed our stay in his home. Two of us stayed in the bedroom on the 2nd floor, and two of us slept on the 3rd floor (one in a hammock) which is open to the surrounding jungle, which was very cool and something that we didn't find anywhere else.
Just a side note: there will be people for whom Alan's place may be a little rustic, and they would be better served elsewhere. If you are without a car you will be reliant on taxis or Alan. Alan was always gracious and his schedule meshed well with ours. Someone with an agenda/itinerary might want more options.
We definitely recommend staying with Alan, he was an available, considerate host and we enjoyed hanging with him. His home was a fun, interesting, place. Our stay with Alan was one of the highlights of our trip.
The nicest quiet place near from valadollid!We were looking for a stay outside of the big and crowdy places and found this Guesthouse 15 min from Valladolid. We were there for just one night, wished we had more time. The rooms and the whole Area is unique and incredible beautiful. While we were stepping in, we felt comfortable. So many little details that makes it from a good place to a wonderful place. Its clean and you feel like home. A fantastic place to dangle the soul. We felt like the kings from the jungle. From the roof u have an incredible 360 degree view and it was a very mystical atmosphere by night and also during the day. Allan is an interesting personality with a lot lifeexperience. Thank u for all and we hope to see you once again.
Allan's home is beautiful! He put so much effort in all the little details like the mosaic in the bathroom, etc. As everyone explained the accommodation as accurate as possible I can only agree and say that it is definitely worth to stop by! You will have an excellent time in this unique house and good conversations as well as excellent music! Thank you very much. Top, top, top.
Allan is an excellent host. He's been there for 10 years and is very knowledgeable. He gave us wonderful suggestions on what to do and lots of interesting info on life and culture in the area. He also made us a lovely breakfast each morning.
His house is magical. There are amazing views of the jungle and great star gazing. It's a wonderful location if you are looking for something unique and off the beaten path but still centrally located enough to explore the Yucatan.
Allan was a very friendly and accommodating host. He has built a impressive home and guesthouse and it was a unique experience. Highly recommended.
You will find Allan's house unique. First, you're staying in the jungle very close to a small Mayan community. Second, his artistry shows in the development of each of the floors of the house. Your bedroom is spacious, the bed is comfortable & the screens on the windows keep the creepy crawlies out. And I'm sure that you could try out a hammock if your wanted. You'll hear the night sounds of the jungle and have the opportunity to shower at the outside shower (remember, there is no one around) or the inside shower. Your host is knowledgeable of the area and just fun to talk with. All in all a very pleasant experience!
Allan is a person of great moral integrity, who truly seems to be part of the Mayan community he lives in, helping them in many ways. He genuinely welcomed us to share his unique and interesting home, his healthy food (fruit right off the trees!), his excellent book collection and an astonishing bunch of maybe 1000 records, of many genres. As well as enjoying the architecture and mosaic patterns of his house, we were treated to stimulating conversations, views of the stars, and the peace of the jungle (that includes a few beautiful screeching birds and roosters). The bedroom is charming with with fresh air and extra blankets if the night is cooler.
We loved the jungle walk he recommended, enjoyed the nearby little town he took us to when he needed some supplies, and
learned lots from the tour of his small farm.
Thank you, Allan, for your suggestions of interesting sites in Valladolid and all that you did to help make our stay in the Yucatan interesting and memorable.
Richard and Verna
Allan's beautiful home was everything that was promised and more. My boyfriend and I were seeking out- rustic, off-the-grid, peaceful and close enough to Valladolid so that we could explore at our leisure. We were greeted by Allan upon arrival who gave us an overview of the area and let us know to make ourselves at home (which we did not hesitate to do!) We loved the observation deck and trying to guess the sounds of the animals we heard at night in the surrounding jungle. The room looked exactly as it did in the pictures provided and was very cozy.
It was really great to get to know about Valladolid through the eyes of someone who is so invested in his community. On our last full day, we were up in the air about what we wanted to do and Allan gave us some great advice that didn't disappoint. It's totally feasible to stay here and not rent a car as Allan has bikes to borrow and there are some great sights nearby but we rented a car as we really wanted to get as far off the beaten path as possible. We came to Allan's after a trip to Tulum for a wedding and visited Valladolid, Ek Balam, Rio Lagartos, San Felipe, Coba and several small villages in between. We found that we had a lot in common with our host and really enjoyed spending time with him. I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future. Happy Trails!
P.S. Allan also makes kick-ass bagels.