Meet the owner:
San Francisco Cronicle article: http://www.sfgate.com/mexico/article/Colonial-Valladolid-blooms-with-artisans-history-4735582.php#page-1
Trailer for PBS documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1bHVK0CKyY
Promotional ad for the Mexican Tourist Board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQYP9rETshA
Radio Interview: http://www.sabrams.com/showNotes/shownotes.php?showID=000344#1137
I have been traveling to the cities and small villages of Yucatan for about 16 years and am happy to share my experiences and recommendations with you.
I have a deep love for the Mayan people... their culture, their food, their heritage and their language. All of the staff of Casa Hamaca are Mayan. They all speak Yucatec Mayan. They all live in small villages surrounding Valladolid and all commute 1,000 years to work every day. Most 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.
Why should you even consider coming to Valladolid in the first place?
There are a number of reasons, including:
* Valladolid is now a Pueblo Mágico, one of select number of Mexican town with this designation.
* Valladolid is not a one night stand or 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 470 years old this year but still has a small-town ambiance. Valladolid is built on the Mayan site of Zaci so the city is actually much older than 470 years.
* Because of its age and location in the center of the Yucatan peninsula, Valladolid
has a long and colorful history.
* There are 3 major Mayan ruins, open to the public, less than a one hour drive from Valladolid: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Cobá. Plus many more within a two hour drive.
* The Gulf coast (with boating trips to swim with the whales and to see flamingos, other birds and caymans)
has wonderful, inexpensive seafood restaurants in small fishing villages and is
straight north from Valladolid about 1 1/2 hours.
* The Caribbean coast has the rustic sophistication of Tulum as well as the crystal-clear Caribbean waters with their soft-sand beaches, about one hour and ten minutes from Valladolid.
* There are 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 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.
* There is a wide variety of food options in Valladolid 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... you do , however, need to watch where you put your feet as you walk since some of the sidewalks are very narrow and have ramps, steps and holes that can trip you up if you are not paying attention.
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. We have all the comforts of home like spacious rooms with ceiling fans, AC, very comfortable beds, high quality linens, lots of pressurized hot water in the en suite bath, daily maid service, Yucatan-themed rooms with original murals plus masks and wall-hangings from around the world, a Mayan hammock in which to relax or nap, and wireless internet access. Our rooms are spanking clean. Many of my FaceBook friends are people I met when they came to stay at Casa Hamaca Guesthouse as a guest. I didn't know them before but during their stay we became friends. That's why a number of our outstanding TripAdvisor reviews are written by friends; they checked in as strangers and checked out as friends.
Full breakfasts included!
Our breakfasts are outstanding... yoghurts, granola, fresh fruit plate and fresh pan dulce (sweet rolls), great coffee and a variety of teas everyday. But that is just the warm-up. Every day the kitchen staff makes a different egg dish (huevos rancheros, chilaquiles. huevos divorciados, etc) and serves it 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 to use for free plus there is a new public playground across the street. There is secure, on-site parking at no extra charge. And the 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. We are located a few short blocks front the main square, just far enough to avoid the throngs of day-tripping tourists that frequent the main square.
Friendly not condescending.
Comfort not luxury.
Authentic not artifical.
Knowledgeable not pedantic.
I am happy to help plan your visit to Valladolid if you are willing to share your interests.
Bird watching, saltwater fishing, experiencing Mayan culture, volunteering at the Valladolid English Library, helping out with a craft workshop, Spanish lessons, visiting a Mayan shaman, tequila factory tours, visits to a small sugarcane crushing operation in the jungle, lunch in a traditional Mayan hut, a relaxing massage, cooking lessons and market visits are just a few of the many options available. If you do not have a rental automobile, we can direct you to local busses or arrange taxi service to the ruins and cenotes or we can put you in touch with a trusted local tour operator.
Almost everyone visits a least one of the Mayan ruins. Some find that is all the culture they want; they are happy to return to the Cancun area to bake in the sun and drink ‘till dawn.
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. Encounter surprise after delightful surprise as you walk through the lush jungle-like garden to the hacienda-style main building. The beautifully restored Casa Hamaca Guesthouse reflects Colonial design and is filled with many Mayan artifacts and Yucatan-themed murals. A place to meet other guests and share your adventures and get suggestions for further explorations. There's a bookcase filled with Mayan reference works and guides to the Yucatan. Plus there's an authentic thatched-roof Mayan palapa where you can indulge yourself with a relaxation massage, facial, manicure or pedicure.
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.We care for you like family from check-in to check-out... and even after, if need be.
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.
There are no guest phones nor in-room TV. There is, however, a DVD player in the salon for your use and WiFi throughout the casa.
Book your reservation directly with us and save. When we invoice you and you pay via PayPal, we will pass along the savings to you. See specific room/suite descriptions for details.