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About this listing

Located on the Cenotes Trail/subtropical rain forest in the Riviera Maya. Close to nature parks, beach, airport Cancun. Lots of privacy and space. Ground floor: kitchen with fridge/stove, double bed, closet, bookshelf, full bath/hot shower.

The space

This really connects you with nature. Climb on top of the roof at night and have a fantastic view of the milky way, away from light pollution. No alarm clock needed: an orchestra of tropical birds will be singing for you!

Guest access

You have the entire ground floor living area with kitchen and bath to yourself, and you can use the upper deck and the garden. In case the upper hammock area is not rented to other travelers, you are welcome to relax in a hammock or use it as your yoga studio with a 360-degree treetop view. The organic garden is "too young" to produce yet, so I ask people to not harvest anything until it has matured.

Interaction with guests

You will be welcomed and introduced by either me or someone who speaks your language. If I'm around, I'd be happy to take you on one of my Project Mayan Encounter eco-tours that I have been operating since 2008. The upstairs hammock area has capacity for 3 hammocks at the same time. Since I have just started listing the house, I can't tell how it will be occupied. So you may be lucky to have the entire house and palapa to yourself, or there may be travelers upstairs.

Other things to note

The living area on the ground level can be accessed in a small travel wheelchair. The main entrance needs to be adjusted with a ramp, and care must be taken with the glass screens in the shower, when changing from the wheelchair to a chair inside the shower. The wood on the floor can easily be unscrewed, too.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 1PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 1PM

As is common in south-east Mexico, we don't throw toilet paper into the toilet, but in an extra bin that is next to the toilet. THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE, specially for people who are not used to this. We had to open and unclog the blackwater tubes twice since the house became a vacation rerntal in December 2013. Not a nice job. The house is on a plant-based water purification system. Also please only use biodegradable shampoo and soap to not contaminate the water well. My house cleaners are edible: I use baking powder and simple vinegar. Fruit waste goes on the compost to produce precious planting soil, and anything else will be collected and sorted out by the waste management company in Cancun. I usually bring metal, paper and glass to a separate recycling place at the corner of the country road and highway 307. Please do not pour any toxic material on the soil.
SMOKING: Only outside, and please be very conscious to extinguish your buds well (in water or sand), to avoid wildfires since we are in a protected nature reserve.
FOOD: Please don't leave food out as it attracts cockroaches and other unwanted creatures. Also Tejones (coatimundi) are attracted, and although they are cute, they will rip the mosquito netting and take over the place. Remember: ants and spiders hate clean surfaces. Ants have an extraordinary sense of smell, so wipe away any fruit sprinkles before you attracted an army of ants.
WILDLIFE: They were here before us, and we need to respect their space. I "escort" tarantulas and alacranes (black scorpions) outside with a cut-off 2-liter plastic bottle and a manila folder as a lid. To be safe, stay on the trail. Snakes will slither away when they hear your footsteps, and usually none of the creatures has an interest to attack us humans unless they feel threatened by us. I usually leave the giant spider webs in the trees close to the house as they help keeping the mosquitos in check. Also interesting to know: the smaller, reddish scorpions are more poisonous than the larger black ones. Just move things regularly and avoid hasty motions. They only sting when they feel threatened. I got stung when I put on my work glove without checking. You'll experience quite some numbness, but there is no reason for going to the hospital. My Maya neighbors recommend sucking a lime to lower the pain. If you spend intense time in the bushes, you will notice insect bites that look like mosquito bites. They are a form of fleas, and if you scratch the bite it will itch even more. Bring tea tree oil, Tiger Balm, or rubbing alcohol and treat the spots (arm pits, belt line, crack, bikini line). After a few days you'll be fine.
PEACE: That's probably why you are here anyway... so let's be respectful and keep the noise level quiet after 10:00 pm, if the downstairs part or the camper are occupied.



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2 Reviews

Dave User ProfileDave is a superhost.
January 2014
We had a lovely time at Stef's jungle house. We arrived at nearly midnight but she greeted us with a warm welcome and freshly baked bread. The home itself is very charming. Stef gave us great recommendations for cenotes and restaurants in nearby puerto Morelos. Renting a car is must but this place has a lot to offer if you're looking for something less discovered!

Melanie User Profile
December 2013
We had an amazing time and experience. The home was a cozy, charming space with some hidden magic ;) The stars are amazing at night and the nature speaks for itself. Renting a car is highly suggested. Stefanie was an amazing host, was always reliable and offered great recommendations for places explore. Thanks Stefanie! We hope to see you again soon!

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Vallarta, Mexico · Joined in August 2013
Stefanie User Profile

I'm dedicated to creating conscious travel alternatives that can be adapted to include seniors and wheelchair travelers, My goal is support the Mayan communities and local small businesses by flowing as much income from tourism as possible directly to them. Respecting the local environment and Mother Nature is the governing law for my business, Project Mayan Encounter.

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