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Welcome to the real México. From the first moments of entering the grounds of Casa Hamaca Guesthouse, you feel transported to another time and place. This Yucatan bed and breakfast is a fusion of ancient Mayan culture and vibrant Spanish colonial; both experienced in modern-day comfort. Cross the bridge into serenity as you walk through the lush jungle-like garden with over 80 different plants and trees and more than 15 bird species. The beautifully restored hacienda-style main building reflects Colonial design and is filled with many Mayan artifacts and Yucatan-themed murals. A place to meet other guests over a beer or a glass of wine and share your adventures. A place to curl up on the sofa or in a hammock to read a book. There's a bookcase filled with Mayan reference works and guides to the Yucatan. The Xoco Loco restaurant and bar serves up local specialities as well as far-away foods like pasta and BLTs. Plus there's an authentic thatched-roof Mayan palapa where you can indulge yourself with a relaxation massage or facial.
Friendly, personal service in English, Spanish and Mayan
Meet the owner:
"Come join us for festivities, fiestas and fun."
My name is Denis Larsen and I have been traveling to the cities and small villages of Yucatan for about 18 years and am happy to share my experiences and recommendations with you.
I have a deep love for the Mayan people. All of the staff of Casa Hamaca are Mayan. They all speak Yucatec Mayan. They all live in small villages surrounding Valladolid and a few commute 1,000 years to work every day. They live in traditional, thatched-roof huts, cook on the floor with fire and sleep in hammocks. They live much the way their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Most of them speak Spanish as a second language; a few speak a little English. But all of them go out of their way to make your visit to Casa Hamaca comfortable, interesting and educational.
Yucatan Living interviews Denis
Valladolid is the Mexico you’ve always wanted to discover.
* Valladolid is a Pueblo Mágico, one of select number of Mexican town with this designation. Valladolid is not just a rest stop on the way to or from Chichen Itza. It is a city rich in history and culture, located smack-dab in the middle of the Yucatan and the Mayan world.
* Valladolid is the nearest colonial city from Cancun. The city is more than 470 years old but still retains a small-town ambiance. Valladolid is built on the Mayan site of Zaci so the city is actually much older than 470 years.
* Valladolid has a long and colorful history because of its age and location in the center of the Yucatan peninsula. Before the Spanish colonizers came, the Mayan city of Zaci was located between two of the cenotes of Valladolid. The War of the Castes, which began in 1847, lasted over 50 years. In 1910, Valladolid struck the spark of the Revolution.
* Valladolid has 4 major Mayan ruins, open to the public, less than a one hour drive: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Yaxunah and Cobá. Plus many more within a two hour drive. And many, still unexcavated, in the jungles surrounding Valladolid.
* Valladolid has the Gulf coast with its small fishing villages (with boat trips to swim with the whales and to see flamingos, other birds and crocodiles) and their wonderful, inexpensive seafood restaurants. Straight north about 1 1/2 hours.
* Valladolid has the Caribbean coast with the rustic sophistication of Tulum as well as the crystal-clear Caribbean waters and their soft-sand beaches; about one hour and ten minutes south-east.
* Valladolid has cenotes (fresh-water sinkholes) in every direction. Many are open to the public for swimming. There are (depending upon whose figures you use) between 3,000 and 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan.
* Valladolid is located less than 15 miles from Xo-Cen (the Bellybutton of the World according to Mayan belief). Many old Mayan crafts and traditions are still practiced in the small villages of the Yucatan.
* Valladolid is a cultural city in its own right. From the museum-quality collection of Mexican folk art at Casa de los Venados, to the frequent musical presentations in all of the parks, to art and photography exhibitions at City Hall, to the parades, fiestas and dances there seems to be something happening every week.
* Valladolid has a wide variety of food options from street corner push-carts (we'll tell you which ones we enjoy) to locals-only family restaurants away from the main square to white linen dining. And everything in between.
* Valladolid is one of the safest cities in the state of Yucatan which is the safest state in Mexico. The crime rate for the entire state is about equal to the crime rate of the state of Vermont in the USA. You do not need to worry about getting knocked over the head while walking around in the evening.
Check in as a stranger;
check out as a friend.
Why should you consider Casa Hamaca Guesthouse for your stay in Valladolid? Simply put, we go out of our way to make your Yucatan adventure the best experience possible. Many of my FaceBook friends are people I met when they came to stay at Casa Hamaca Guesthouse as a guest. That's why a number of our great TripAdvisor reviews are written by friends; they checked in as strangers and checked out as friends.
Full breakfasts included!
Our breakfasts are outstanding... yoghurt, granola, tropical fruit selection and fresh pan dulce (sweet rolls), great coffee and a variety of teas everyday. But that is just the warm-up. Our breakfast menu has over 15 offerings and all are served with freshly squeezed juice.
There is a small plunge pool, a veranda with comfortable seating and hammocks overlooking both the pool and the jungle-like garden. We are family friendly with Pac 'N Plays available plus there is a public playground across the street. There is secure, on-site parking. Our staff is happy to assist with your bags and suitcases. Laundry service is available at an extra charge for those guests staying over at least two days.
Xoco Loco Restaurant.Bar.Café is open from 7:00AM to 10:00 PM. Located under the palapa of Casa Hamaca Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and supper served al fresco under the thatched-roof palapa. Full service bar from noon to 10:00 PM.
Happy to help with suggestions and recommendations.
I am happy to help plan your visit to Valladolid if you are willing to share your interests. Bird watching, saltwater fishing, volunteering at the Valladolid English Library, helping out with a craft workshop, Spanish lessons, visiting a Mayan shaman, tequila factory tours, bee keeping (stingless Mayan bees), a relaxing massage, despensa deliveries, cooking lessons and market visits are just a few of the many options available.
Almost everyone visits a least one of the nearby Mayan ruins. Pictured is the Castillo (Kukulcan) at Chichen Itza, about 40 minutes from Casa Hamaca Guesthouse.
We care for you like family. It doesn't matter if you are a first time visitor to the Yucatan or a veteran traveler to the Mayan world... we can help you experience the varied wonders of the Yucatan. We can guide you to the must-sees as well as off-the-beaten track experiences.
There are no guest phones nor in-room TV. There is, however, a DVD player in the salon for your use, a wide screen TV in the palapa for movies or music in the evening and WiFi throughout the casa.
Casa Hamaca Guesthouse may have the only wheelchair accessible guest room in all of Valladolid. There is a gently-curving ramp from the parking area to the first floor of Casa Hamaca where the spacious Tun Nich Na (or the Stone Suite) awaits you. It's not quite ADA compliant but it is very close.
Book your reservation directly with us.
When we invoice you directly and you pre-pay via PayPal for a two-night minimum stay, we will have a bottle of red or white wine ready for your arrival. Our compliments. Write to Denis at email@example.com and mention this offer when booking your adventure. This offer not available if booked through this website or through a travel agency or internet travel site.