About this listing
Deep in the heart of the land of the mayas, this property offers you a rare opportunity to experience life in a mayan village. 50km SE of Merida, Yucatan, in the village of Chunkanan, you will find Sac Nicte (mayan for White Flower), your little corner of paradise. Three typical mayan houses with palapa roofs, rented together as a single unit, are set in private tropical gardens. Ideally suited for up to four guests sleeping in hammocks, two more hammocks can be provided, giving accommodation for up to six guests. There is a large lap pool, whose pure water supply is pumped by windmill from a 14m well. Hammocks, linen, kitchen equipment, daily maid service and 24 hour offsite caretaker are included. The facilities are both luxurious (!) with hot running water in the bathroom, electric light, a cd player, a refrigerator and indoor cooking facilities - and rustic - you sleep mayan-style in hammocks (there are no beds), the bathroom is not en suite, no a/c, and no tv. For the intrepid traveller, this is all part of the adventure! The area is well known for its wonderful birdwatching opportunity, and many different and rare species can be seen from the comfort of your mayan house. The night skies are a star-gazer's delight. Authentic mayan meals cooked on three stones, tasting fresh and smokey, can be delivered to your door. A Mayan Ceremony can be arranged, held by a genuine mayan shaman. You can have your wedding or commitment ceremony, baptism or naming ceremony, spiritual cleansing, attract love and success, or just celebrate your gratitude for the wonderful things in life. Sac Nicte is the ideal location for a beautiful ceremony. The village of Chunkanan is the starting point for visiting the three famous cenotes (sacred underground lakes) by horse-drawn mini-rail truck (also known as the Cenotes of Cuzama). Staying in Sac Nicte you will be able to go early, or late, when the cenotes can be appreciated in their true magnificence in peace and solitude. A special night-time visit to the cenotes can be arranged. Sac Nicte is a perfect base for visiting the archaeological sites of Acanceh and Mayapan, the Lagunas of Yalahau, and many cenotes hidden in the jungle, known only to the locals. There is an excellent restaurant in the village of Chunkan, serving delicious Yucatecan food. The rate quoted below is for up to four guests. For stays longer than two days, the prices are adjusted according to the number of guests.
Rental Agreement to be signed. Passport Number or ID of principal guest required, and the names of all the guests.
1. Smoking is allowed outside only.
2. People other than those in the Guest party named above may not enter the property
3. Sac Nicté is privately owned. The owner is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowner is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guests. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises .
4. Keep the property and all furnishings in good order
5. When leaving the property, put all garden furniture inside, and lock all the doors and the entrance gate. Turn off overhead fans.
6. Turn off water heater after use.
7. Only use appliances for their intended purpose.
6. Pets are only permitted with prior approval.
7. Drugs and illegal substances are not permitted
8. Caretaker/maid service. The caretaker and maid shall be permitted daily access to maintain and inspect the property, and to clean.
9. Linen and towels are provided, and shall not be used outside of the property. We suggest you bring your own towels for cenote bathing.
10. Water and Septic tank. The property is on a well and septic system. Although water is plentiful, please be aware of the limited size of the water deposit tank, which has to be refilled by the caretaker. Do not flush any paper or feminine products.
11. Hurricanes: If there is a local authority hurricane warning, we recommend immediate evacuation of the property. We will refund any unused portion of the registered stay, and do not accept responsibility for any accident or injury incurred by the Guest party.
El anfitrion fue muy atento, y nos dio todas las indicaciones necesarias. La experiencia es increíble ya que estas en la selva, tiene una alberca con agua de pozo increíble. Es un lugar que te permite descansar y vivir una experiencia única en un pueblo de Yucatan, muy cerca de varios cenotes.
The village is lovely; a very gentle environment and Santiago the caretaker is wonderful and very kind. There are three well known cenotes nearby and Santiago can arrange for an evening trip there. We didn't end up doing the tour as we'd had a long day but we hear from others that it is wonderful. As for the house, it is comprised of three separate 'room's - a kitchen/diner, bathroom and bedroom with two hammocks having mosquito nets. It is a lovely peaceful space and the swimming pool is fantastic - a few small birds joined us to drink from it whilst we bathed - what a brilliant experience! A lovely stay.
Our stay at Sac Nicte was a delight! We were welcomed by Santiago who helped us set up our hammocks got us oriented to the grounds. The refrigerator was stocked with some fruit, veggies, eggs, and chilled water. Each night we prepared a meal in the well equipped kitchen with ingredients we purchased at local markets. We all enjoyed the experience of sleeping in hammocks and exploring the surrounding communities.
Sac Nite queda muy cerca de Merida y a pocos pasos de un encantador pueblito de gente amable y agradable. Lo que Elizabeth (la propietaria) ha logrado aquí es digno de visitar y experimentar, con su decisión de crear Sac Nite nos ha permitido disfrutar de un momento Maya verdadero, vivir como lo hicieron los lugareños por siglos, dormir en hamacas que resultaron ser una sorpresa pues amanecimos curados de dolores de huesos y muy cómodos, es como los mayas duermen hasta la fecha, es como vinimos al mundo. El cielo estrellado fue fantástico, el sonido del silencio y de la vida que no vemos y en la que generalmente no pensamos.
Los servicios que mantiene Elizabeth son cuidados por su personal (Don Santiago y su esposa) dedicados que con esmero te hacen sentir el mejor huésped y brindan la tranquilidad y cuidados que uno pueda esperar, y mas. Instalaciones típicas pero completísimas, con detalles inesperados y una gran piscina que es verdaderamente refrescante. Me hubiese gustado quedarnos mas días.
No hay que olvidar que se esta en el centro de donde parten todos los vagones del famosisimo YUCA TRUK, imperdible experiencia paseando sobre los rieles de las antiguas haciendas desfibriladores (de las épocas cuando el Nylon no existía y era la fuente de trabajo de tantos), estando en Sac Nite no llegas para irte después de un gran día de senotes y cavernas, sales a experimentarlas, te diviertes y regresas a formar parte del mundo de esta zona y prolongar tu experiencia que queda vivida y estampada en el alma para siempre.
Todo gracias a Elizabeth que es a quien doy las gracias y deseo la mejor de las suertes, espero volver pronto con amigos y el resto de mis hijos para que vivan nuestra experiencia.
I have taken the liberty of translating Carlos Blume's review so that non-Spanish speakers can appreciate his experience of staying at Sac Nicté.
Sac Nicté is quite close to Mérida and a few steps from the charming little village of friendly and kind people. What Elizabeth (the owner) has achieved here is worth visiting and experiencing. With her decision to create Sac Nicté she has allowed us the opportunity to enjoy a true Mayan moment, to live as they have throughout the centuries. We slept in hammocks which was a surprise, but we awoke cured of aches, and very comfortable, and it is how the mayans sleep now. The starlit sky was fantastic, and sound of silence and the life we could not see, and which we usually do not think about. The services that Elizabeth offers, with her caretaker Don Santiago and his wife, dedicated with care to make you feel the best guest, give peace and attention that you could not have expected, and more. The typical installations were more than adequate, with unexpected details, and a large swimming pool that is truly refreshing. I would have liked to stay for longer. We should not forget to mention that this is the centre from where the famous truks leave for the cenotes, an unforgettable experience travelling on the rails of the ancient henequien haciendas (from the times when nylon did not exist and were the source of work for so many people). While you are in Sac Nicté do not leave without a day in the cenotes and caves, experience them, enjoy yourself, and return to become part of the this world, and prolong your experience and stamp it onto your soul for ever. All thanks to Elizabeth who is the one to whom I give thanks, and wish the best of luck. I hope to return soon with friends and my other children so we can relive this experience.
Sac Nicte is an incredible place! It is a true blend of rustic with luxury. The pool is heavenly. The kitchen is well stocked, with all needed utensils and items. A very kid friendly space ---- My three year loved running around the large yard, playing with rocks and searching for lizards. The pool is easily watchable from the kitchen. Santiago, the caretaker, cut down a coconut for my daughter so she could drink the fresh water.
Watching the hummingbirds each morning was a delight.
Elizabeth responded to all of my emails promptly. She was wonderful to deal with.
As stated by another Guest, do not stay here if bugs freak you out.
I had an incredible time here. Meeting nice people in town. Walking around. Forcing myself to slow down my pace. Many of the cenotes in this area are overrun with tourists, but Santiago will take you early in the morning or late at night. I spent a morning there and had the entire cenote to myself for over an hour. It was incredibly peaceful. I hope to return again to Chunkanán.
If bugs freak you out, don't stay here.
Muy agradable lugar. La casa es ideal para pasar unos días en el campo. Disfrutamos mucho el espacio, seguro volvemos.
About the Host, Elizabeth
I am English and have lived in Mexico for more than ten years. I came here from London to retire from working as a violinist and violin teacher, but found living in Merida offered many opportunities, including playing in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan. I created Sac Nicte as an oasis to escape from the bustling city of Merida, and am happy to be able to share with you this unique and wonderful mayan village experience.