My girlfriend and I flew into Cancun, Mexico and took a bus to Playa del Carmen we spend 3 days there in the tourist side of Mexico it was fun, but we also wanted to experience a real side of Mexico, it's people, and see Mayan ruins, so we booked 3 nights at Macan che Bed & Breakfast in a town called Itzamal.
When we were informed that the bus did not run to Itzamal on the day we needed to arrive and a taxi would be quite expensive, we decided to rent a car. Though we had nothing but small tour site maps we found it quite easy. The roads were all well marked and in good shape, even small back roads. Later we were told that excellent maps are availible @ amazon.
When we first reached a small poor village and saw Itzamal painted on the walls, our hearts sank." We can't stay here." Then we remembered we wanted to see the real Mexico, but much to our delight this was just a town outside the larger town of Itzamal, even so as we tried to find our hotel circling through the calles and seeing the poverty of some in the area we once again questioned our decision, when we finally noticed the sign and wall entrance to Macan che. Our hearts beat quickly as we grabbed are bags and entered the gate.
What a welcome relief. Macan che is a perfect blend of the Garden of Eden and 4 Star Service. There are a dozen or so small casas, each with it's own style. Everything was immaculate. Soft beds and hot water. The food was very good.
The next morning we were pleased to discover that we had arrived during a festival. December 1-12 is the Festival of The Virgin. We were also assured that everything in town was within walking distance and safe, even for two women alone at night! This proved to be true. The local people spoke Mayan and Spanish, and though I spoke neither and my companion a bit of the latter. We had no real problem as the people were so gracious and many spoke some English.
Itzamal is filled with historic architecture, a Franciscan Chapel, and their pride is the Convento, breat taking inside and out. It is also just a short drive to Chichen Itza and many cenotes. We advise save the excursion fees and go on your own. We highly recommend Itzamal and Macanche for a truly refreshing look at Mexico.
I have many beautiful photographs. D. Keough
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Macanche is your tropical oasis in the land of the Maya. We have 12 uniquely decorated bungalows scattered throughout our tropical gardens and 2 houses for big groups or long-term rentals. We serve a full breakfast every morning and also offer yoga, massage and other services. Surprise yourself in charming Izamal where the pyramids are at your doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macanche Izamal
- Hotel Macanche Bed And Breakfast
- Hotel Macanche Bed & Breakfast Izamal, Yucatan