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Charming Casita in the Hills of Oaxaca

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Attached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Wake to the sound of birds and the trickle of a fountain in this adorable casita just 20 minutes from downtown Oaxaca. Nestled on the shoulders of the Sierra Norte above the valley of Oaxaca, this is the ideal destination for those wishing to take advantage of all the city has to offer while returning home to the quiet and clean air of San Pablo Etla, a traditional Zapotec village. The casita is accessible by public transportation. A car is recommended but by no means mandatory.

Decorated in a rustic Mexican style, the casita features the best of the indoor/outdoor style of living with a sheltered outdoor living room, private terrace and gardens with loads of comfortable places to relax. This area is known for its diversity of birds and hiking as well as mountain biking. We also offer a shared in-ground swimming pool with some of the best sunsets in Oaxaca.

Your hosts Adele and John will gladly assist you in making the most of your stay at La Casita del Barco. They can help you to arrange visits to Oaxaca's famous archaeological sites, colorful native markets, and rich art and culture museums to name but a few. While you are here, you might also want to take advantage of the language and cooking schools, restaurants, and shopping that Oaxaca and its surrounding villages are known for. With a nearly perfect climate, averaging 73 degrees in the day with pleasantly cool evenings and low humidity, La Casita del Barco is the perfect place for the perfect getaway.

"We had a wonderful time! We loved the casita and we appreciated your family's hospitality. You were there when we needed you yet we felt as though this was our home as we had plenty of privacy. We couldn't have asked for a better stay. Even our dog had a great time!" —Karen and John from New Hampshire

"What a very beautiful place—each window frames such natural loveliness! I love especially, all the Mexican art and great books." —Susanna and Brian, California

"Thank you for the great views, advice, tips,and making us feel at home away from home. Milan had a great time in the pool, chasing the dogs, feeding the chickens, and he perfected his walking skills on the rocky floors! We're so glad we found you and the beautiful casita!" —Sarah, Tim and Milan, Connecticut

Keywords: Casita,retreat,country paradise, romantic getaway

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018


3a Sección San Pablo Etla Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (2) A second, adjacent room is available which can be used as an office or an additional bedroom for $50/week. *Layout of casita requires passing through the other bedroom to access the bathroom so not appropriate for all uses.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
catering and additional cleaning available.


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Charming Casita in the Hills of Oaxaca
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Beatiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as advertised. The location is beautiful and an excellent retreat away from busy Oaxaca. We stayed for a week. Definitely worth having a rental car to be able to get places (but I think that anywhere I go). The hosts and staff were all wonderful. There were food and flowers for us when we arrived! The pool was amazing. Great hiking trails.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again in the future! Oaxaca has so much beauty, cuisine and culture to share that it requires multiple trips to enjoy it fully. And we hope El Barco will be in your plans as well! Thanks!
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Lovely, Restful, Authentic.

  • 5 of 5

Oaxaca is an incredible place. If you want tranquility in a beautiful setting not too far from the city this is ideal.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much! So glad you enjoyed your stay and that Oaxaca has captured your hearts. Hope to see you again soon!
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Lagunitas, California, USA & Matanchen, Nayarit, Mexico

Beautiful retreat from which to explore Oaxaca

  • 5 of 5

The casita is a tasteful, comfortable space that served us very well. The open living room has an exquisite fireplace in the corner that, on the chill evenings, was a delight to dine beside and enjoy a quiet, romantic evening. The kitchen is "muy Mexicano", user friendly and fully equipped. A small but complete bathroom lies off the kitchen, filled with thoughtful touches of art and function. The bedroom (s) are comfortable and clean. We chose to occupy the "optional" extra bedroom with it's lovely view out over the valley and were able to hear owls at night and lovely song birds and doves during the day. The grounds of the complex are beautifully maintained and designed. The small community consists of 3 major dwellings along the ridge, with extensive views out over the valley. The swimming pool is shared and also of tasteful design. We were able to access the laundry room beside the casita, which was very useful indeed. Finally, we found the owner and managers to be friendly, supportive and highly responsive to any needs or cares that came up for us. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceeded all expectations. Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of eight rented both the main house and casita at El Barco to celebrate my 50th birthday and Dia de los muertos. The place is magical! It is beautiful, charming, comfortable and nicely located beyond the urban reaches of downtown Oaxaca.

Property manager Florencio was attentive and helpful in getting us settled-in and his wife, Sarai, prepared three wonderfully delicious meals for us during our stay.

Initially we were concerned about transportation since El Barco is a few miles from Oaxaca. We opted not to rent a vehicle and have no regrets with that decision. We enlisted the services of Sebastian to shuttle our group all over the area and act as our de facto tour guide. We can't say enough good things about Sebastian! He bent over backwards for us and made our visit truly unforgettable!

My only hesitation in writing this very positive review is that it may make it more difficult to book El Barco again in the future! Great place and wonderful people! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orcas Island, WA

sweet, but a bit remote

  • 4 of 5

The casita was sweet and we did enjoy our stay. it was a bit farther from anything than we had expected - a 15 minute walk to get tortillas or some milk, and an hour an a half tuk-tuk and bus into Oaxaca City. Had hoped to be in a puebla, but instead found all our neighbors were gringos, mostly also short-term renters, though all quite nice and interesting folks. Even those with cars, which we would highly recommend, did not go out at night - the roads were just too bad, and the pot-holes too deep. The pool was lovely, the neighbors friendly and helpful, and there were lots of birds in the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed the essence of what the casita offers: a getaway from the congestion of the city in a lovely area of the country. Yes, with public transportation it can take awhile to get to downtown. If frequent trips to the city are planned, a car IS recommended. If you are generally looking to read books, relax by the pool and take walks, a car is not necessary. As far as the roads, well, that is intrinsic to Mexico, especially this time of year. Thank you for your feedback!
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Lewiston, ID, USA

Surrounded by beauty

  • 5 of 5

The two of us have just checked out of La Casita and have been dropped off back in town by Lupe, the excellent taxi driver recommended to us during our stay.  La Casita provided a lovely, countryside refuge after two weeks in Oaxaca City.  

We enjoyed every minute of our time--cooking vegetables purchased at market in a lovely kitchen looking out on a small inner garden, eating in the warm outdoors surrounded by bird calls and fresh breezes, walking the mountain trails and the quiet roads into the villages, and meeting so many fascinating people who gave us the warmest of welcomes and made us feel immediately a part of a very vibrant community.

Wherever we looked at La Casita we were surrounded by beauty--the house itself is filled with examples of the various arts of Oaxaca and surrounded by well-kept gardens; at the pool, views stretch out across the valley to the distant mountains; and then there's always the Oaxacan sky.

If you do not have a car and are thinking of renting one, let me encourage you to think again. You are bound to enjoy being free of a vehicle. The walk to either of the nearby villages is very easy. There you will find good friendly greetings from the residents, very inexpensive internet service, stores to supply all your basic needs (including fresh fruits and vegetables), and plenty of mototaxis and taxis if you decide to go further than your own legs want to take you.

Definitely plan to take a half day at least to visit San Augustin Etla, home of a paper factory and an extraordinary art gallery--extraordinary for both its architecture and the quality of exhibits it hosts.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
OAX International
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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