Is a Mayan word, which means “house of the north” and which describes with precision the place where this picturesque villa is, framed by a tropical panorama with turquoise greenish colored seawater and soft, fine and very white sand on the northwest coast of the State of Yucatan.
Villa Xaman-Nah is an enchanting villa, which preserves the construction style of the ancient inhabitants of this region as a form of respect to the culture that our Mayas tried to communicate to the present generations. Stucco, stone and wood are an essential part of the construction of this villa, which was redone not long ago to offer you comfort and the necessary facilities for a perfect vacation without forgetting the ancestral magical touch, which we try to transmit. Due to its privileged location inside the Ria Lagartos National Park, Villa Xaman-Nah offers everything you always dreamed about magical and unforgettable vacations surrounded by natural beauty. Nature and relaxation!
Fishing: The extraordinary marine life around El Cuyo presents a mysterious world of adventures. This is the reason why fishing is one of the activities most exciting and relaxing here. El Cuyo has a great diversity of fish. At depths up to 20 to 25 feet (6 meters) you will find Mero (Grouper), Canane, Pargo, colored and white Corvina, red Snaper, Chac Chi, Robalo (Snook), Sabalo (Tarpon), Jurel, Cojinuda, Ronco, Macabi, Bagre (Catfish) and Barracuda among others... In only 20 minutes your boat can be at fishing depth, easily in sight of the nearby shore.The fish you catch varyes from 1 to 4 pounds.
If you're looking for something more exciting, you can go out to a depth of 90 feet, approximately an hour by boat. At this depth you'll be able to catch fish from 2 to 20 pounds or more. Here you'll find Meros (Grouper), Pargos, Mojarras, Negrillos, Esmedregal, Carito, Bonito, Barrilito and Jurel among others.
Spectacular walks along the beach: Walking over water seems to be possible in El Cuyo beaches. Try gathering seashells in the morning between 8 AM and 9 AM when the sun is not as strong. Many different kinds of all colors, shapes, and sizes can be found beyond the town pier and boat landing. Here you'll often be the only ones on the beach.
At night you can stroll the beach and admire the stars. With luck you may spot a turtle laying eggs. Always carry a flashlight to capture these moments. Do not touch, only observe. Don't be surprised if at night you see a four-wheeler on the beach. Personnel drive it from SEMARNAT (Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico) who are watching for turtle nests and protecting the environment. Fires on the beach are not permitted at night as they disorient the turtles when they come to lay their eggs. Respect this magic moment of the nature and alone observe being grateful for the opportunity of this meeting with a real miracle of the life....
Excursion to Isla Holbox: It is the most northern isle in Yucatan Peninsula. Home to the rare sea turtle and a whale-shark observation site. The many shades of the waters graze at the quiet, sugar-like beaches of Holbox. You're able to go to Isla Holbox on a day tour. Visiting this beautiful island takes less than an hour, and you're able to enjoy the trip by launch, admiring the coastal scenery and having a refreshment and snack along the way. Before arriving to Holbox Island, you can stop at the Yalahao lagoon. This amazing place can be reached by boat from El Cuyo bordering on the coast. Yalahao lagoon opens up as a flower and fruit garden surrounded by mangroves, on one brink, lays a water spring that gives the place a unique characteristic. Dolphins, as well as flamingoes come to this place to frisk in these waters. From April to October flamingoes satiate their hunger with the many fish that dwell here.
I am the person who came with Sarah Moody to the glorious Villa Xaman-nah
this past week. I just want to tell you how much we enjoyed our visit, due
to the place itself, of course, but also because of the warmth and
generosity of Iraide, Gaby, Beudi, Cleybert, and your wonderful son, Bryan.
What a sweet young man he is! He, Beudi, and their friend Gustavo took us
to view the flamingos, and they were so patient and thoughtful with us, and
wonderful guides. They were all so respectful of the environment and took a
lot of pleasure in sharing this place that they love. I like to think Bryan
enjoyed trying out his English with us, too. He is a real delight.
El Cuyo, la familia Pacheco, and your son have captured our hearts. I only
wish we could have met you, too. Bryan told us you had broken your leg -- I
hope you are well on the mend.
Warm regards from Albuquerque...
We have just returned home from 3 weeks in Mexico and spent three nights at Villa Xaman-ha. The accomodation was great and having the wild beach on our doorstep was fantastic. Don;t expect luxury but the lovely house is full of charm and the manager and his wife extremely helpful; they made us very welcome.
Thank you for sharing you home with a Million dollar view with us.
We had an amazing trip.
We felt very safe walking to and around town and on the beach. The people were very friendly.
Some tips I would pass along..
*Go to the restaurant recommended. It was clean, YUMMY and a good price. cheeper than making your own meals. My favorite were the Nachos that aren't on the menu.
* We stopped at costco to get drinks but found the many little store in El Cuyo have bottled water and sodas at a good rate so we will get drinks there next time.
We had read some reviews about people disappointed they were not offered aditional services from the caregivers. Since we saw this as a bonus we went with the mind set that it is what it is and didn't expect anything. We were pleased when my husband mentioned he would like to go fishing and a man showed up that night to make arrangments.
Thank You for sharing your home with us. We had an amazing trip. The people were Wonderful and the Million Dollar View can't be beat.
We saw some reviews with people hoping for extra services from the caretakers and didn't recieve them. Realizing this was a bonus service we went with the mind set that it is what it is and didn't set expectations. My husband mentioned he would like to go on a fishing trip and someone came that night to work out the details.
We felt save walking to and around town and on the beach. The people were very friendly and kind.
Some tips I would pass along...
*Go to the restrant reccomended. It was clean, YUMMY and a good price. Our favorite was the nachos that aren't on the menu.
*We stopped at costco to get drinks. The many small stores in El Cuyo have bottled water and soda at a good rate so we will just get whats needed here next time.
*When you get your rental car get a Tourist Traffic Card. Easyway car rental worked great for us. When I asked about the TTC he said they didn't give them out anymore. As I expressed my fears and concerns about the things I had read about the police and bribes he pulled out and gave me a Tourist Traffic Card to use. We followed all the driving laws and limits and there was no problem.
I can't belive our trip is over. It went way too fast.
Xaman Nah is located in a charming, quiet town and on a beautiful and almost deserted beach (when we were there). It is a short walk from the villa to the beach and the ocean breezes kept the hose cool and the mosquitoes at bay. There is nice, off street parking for a vehicle. It is located on a quiet street and is a short walk to the main part of town.
The house is pleasant but unfortunately there were some issues. First, there was no toilet seat in the bathroom. Maybe this is customary for the area but it would be nice to know about going. Second, there was only one sheet on each of the beds. Again, maybe a custom but not one that we were used to. Third, the fold out bed in the back bedroom was uncomfortable and the room had poor ventilation and the AC for the room did not work. Fourth, the bottom hinge on the front door was rusted through and the door had to be re-seated to be able to close it.
Gabi, the house keeper met us on arrival but we immediately found a basic communication issue where we spoke only a little Spanish and she only a little English. We made the security deposit and she left. After finding some of the issues with the house, we tried to call her. Later in the evening her husband showed up and fixed the toilet seat and brought additional sheets. He was friendly but also spoke almost no English. It seemed like he was busy fishing all day and was tired at the end of the day when we met him. We asked him about tours and he said that it was not a good time for them and departed. They were courteous but were hard to reach and certainly did not offer any special hospitality.
All in all, we enjoyed our time at this beautiful location. Perhaps the biggest detraction was the difficulty in communicating with the house keepers. I certainly don't expect everyone to speak English, but it would be helpful to note that visitors better know Spanish if they expect to communicate. This could easily be solved by noting this in the advertisement for the villa. Also, we had expected Iraide to be a contact for tours and that just did not happen.
El Cuyo is blessed with a beautiful calm sea, white sand, coconut palms, a refreshing sea breeze and Villa Xaman-na. A friend and I have recently returned from a week stay. The cottage is adorable, clean as a whistle and comfortable. But the best part, and something you cannot usually get, is the attention of the Pacheco family who are the caretakers. Gaby cooked and cleaned while her husband was on hand to take us on excusions by boat or car to see the flamingos, fish, sight see in Holbox etc. If you are lucky, their sons will be there too. We were especially lucky to also have the owner's son staying next door; a beautiful sweet young man who also made us feel at home (I write this for his mother to read as well as you). Combined, their relaxed concern with our well being gave us a real inside view of the charming sweet nature of the Yucatan people and the beautiful environment. If you want a real Yucatan experience highlighted by an adorable cottage fronting a beautiful sea, then you want to visit El Cuyo. And I would strongly suggest that you let Gaby do the cooking. There are a few places in El Cuyo to buy food items; mostly snacks, a few avocados, tomatoes etc.. In El Cuyo itself, there is at least one good local restaurant (we didn't try others and the Pachechos can clue you in to all that). We skipped shopping in Cancun and left the rest to Gaby and truly relaxed and had a wonderful time. For those worried about the prices, don't. Everything is extremely reasonable. For my friends who do not want a packaged spa vacation, Villa Xaman-na would a place I would highly recommend.
My wife and I came for two weeks in September to Xaman -nah to celebrate my big 60th birthday. The photos on the website led me to believe that it would be the perfect place, and I must say that my expectations were surpassed! The house was comfortable and attractive and any minor technical problems were immediately addressed by Iriade, the local manager. He also provided his launch at resonable rates for excursions to local places holding secret miracles as well as for fishing. I won't tell you what we saw, so that you can have a delightful surprise, but sufice it to say it was well worth it. Iraide's wife Gabby was also available to cook and she was remarkably skilled in the kitchen preparing us a variety of delicious seafood dishes and traditional Mexican fare.
We swam or kayaked everyday and were delighted with the 9 or 10 miles of deserted white sand beach to the east of the house just past another ten or twelve properties which were not occupied at this time of the year. Anne spent hours walking and collecting shells and she also found a just hatched baby sea turtle, which we helped to swim free after taking a few pictures. The sky and clouds were magnificent. The beach faces north and in mid-September you can see the sun rise on your right and set on your left! I have to say that I believe I experienced the most magnificent and beautiful sunset of my life the third day we were here! Wow.
I hadn't realized it but to my surprise September hosts the annual festival of the Puerto of El Cuyo and includes a week of celebration in the main plaza of the village. We attended many events, dances, parades and on the final day we were invited to participate in the parade of launches for the blessing of the fishing fleet - which included boats with Mariachies, balloons, fireworks, and the patron saint Mercedes touring outside the harbor! The people of El Cuyo were warm, genuine and hospitible. The village was interesting and safe with many thing to do and see but just a couple hundred yards away you could only hear the sounds of the waves and sea breeze with no intrusion at all.
Anne and I loved it here and hope to return soon. There were some big storms, but also plenty of sun and though it was humid the breeze was delightful. I understand though that in April, May or June the sea is calmer and the snorkeling and fishing better closer to shore. So we just have to come back soon!
El Cuyo is a quaint fishermen village in the Yucatecan emerald coast. You can find this charming village on the beach at the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise blue Caribbean get together with the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is located only two hours from Cancun and three and a half hours from the colonial city of Merida, capital of the Yucatan state. El Cuyo is a small beach community where you will enjoy the ambiance of a port. Everything about it invites you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.
El Cuyo is located inside the National Park of Ria Lagartos, which is internationally famous for the 30,000 pink flamingos that come to the area between January and September for reproduction. It is also the home of the Sea Turtle that visits the beach shores between June and August to lay their eggs in the sand. You can visit also: Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Holbox Island, Valladolid, Izamal, private cenotes and undiscovered caverns!.
Other Activities: snorkeling in cenotes, dive in caverns, visit archaeological sites