The SpaceCasa de las Mariposas is an inspiring, beautiful and peaceful family home set above and overlooking the beaches of Mazunte, Rinconcito, Mermejita and San Agustinillo. (See photos included at the top of the listing)
With stunning Pacific views in a private, calm and peaceful natural environment. You will never be woken by traffic, car horns, late night drumming or 2 am, 3 am and 4am rooster calls as is the case closer to the village and beach.
Only 15-20 minutes stroll down to Mermejita, Rinconcito and Mazunte beaches, shops and restaurants and 20 minutes to the beautiful and legendary sunset's of Punta Cometa what more could you ask for.
This artistically built home is entirely natural and would not be out of place on the set of a fantasy film such as The Hobbit. It is completely round, with a palm thatched roof and built with meter thick clay walls, it maintains a comfortable temperature year round, combined with the natural breeze and shade from the natural palm palapa roof. The spacious open plan living makes this home one of the largest, most beautiful, comfortable and affordable available in Mazunte at this time.
Casa de las Mariposas is protected as much as possible by mosquito screens, has a fully equipped open plan kitchen with ice cooled fridge/cooler, gas cooker and oven and breakfast table. There is a lounge/library/reading area and dining area with dining table to seat 6. Also found downstairs is a bedroom with lockable wardrobe for valuables, 1 double bed and a quaint cabin bed built/sculpted into the wall (fabulous for children or hobbits).
The spacious bathroom has 2 full length mirrors, hand-sculpted shower and normal, flushing as opposed to dry toilet facilities more commonly found in the area, very family friendly.
Upstairs you will find the large open plan bedroom, it offers 1 enormous king and 1 double bed, a chest of drawers, wardrobe and seating area as well as the obligatory hammock of course. All beds benefit from the added protection of individual mosquito nets.
The balcony looks out over the surrounding area with stunning pacific views, you may find yourself tempted to spend your entire stay up there.
We have a large private garden which comes with a 15 minute discrete watering visit every weekday morning from our trusty gardener/handyman. The house is completely solar powered with complimentary satellite wifi, sluggish at best but sufficient for most average needs (the entire village is the same unfortunately) private parking for up to 3 vehicles (4 wheel drive a necessity in the rainy season). Drinking water is supplied for you and delivered every other day for a minimal cost should you run out.
We have a small local team on call should you run into any problems, they will introduce themselves the morning after your arrival to check that everything is as you'd hoped and to answer any questions or queries you may have. You will be issued with their contact details before your journey to Mazunte begins along with detailed instructions on how everything works and how to get around, we ask that you print and bring this with you for you stay.
You will have private access to the entire house and garden as we sadly no longer live locally.
The road to the house is an easy 15 minute walk down but a bit of a slog up especially in the heat of the day, it pays to be organised (a taxi to the house from the the village centre or beach is only 20-30 pesos). Do bring a good torch or 2 for evening walks, Mazunte only has street lights on main roads so this is essential. Bug repellent can be purchased locally or bring your own, despite the screens mosquitos will always find their way into the house. Most other homes and all restaurants are completely open in Mazunte and surrounding villages so you should be protected from biting mosquito's at all times of day.
The house is very private with no-one overlooking so interaction with the locals and the village is entirely under your control. The beauty of living in this location is the privacy and peace it offers at all times.
There is a little black cat called Oso who belongs to our neighbour, she may visit during your stay, she is very affectionate but we ask guests not to feed her or allow her on beds or furniture, cuddles are optional but feel free to ask her to leave should cats not be your thing (we cannot guarantee she will get the hint she has melted the hearts of most of our guests).
The drive up to the house takes just several minutes but it should be noted that the dirt road can be difficult to negotiate for inexperienced drivers. A 4xwheel drive or 'bocho' (local name for VW Beetle) are the best vehicles for this especially in the rainy season. There are local taxis in the centre of the village for guests without vehicles or those wanting to keep their vehicles on the paved roads. As mentioned before, for a small charge of around 20-30 pesos you can get a taxi up the hill and be at the door in minutes, we also have connections for airport and bus station pick up and drop off for those that require it at much reduced prices than the airport taxi's. (Full details available upon booking)
Everything you need for a comfortable and fun stay is available in the village of Mazunte with many great restaurants to choose from as well as local festivals, live music and a wide choice of excursions and tours including swimming with turtles, whale watching and crocodile spotting tours all within reach and at very reasonable prices.
The newly updated and refurbished turtle museum offers a great insight into the world of this much respected sea animal and during the season there are daily opportunities to release baby turtles into the wild, an experience adult and child alike will never forget.
San Agustinillo, Zipolite and Puerto Angel are just a short drive, taxi or collectivo ride away at a minimal cost and each beach offers the visitor a completely different experience. There are a couple of swimming pools to choose from if you so desire as well. It is very easy and economical to get around.
The town of Pochutla is only 25 minutes away and well worth a visit on Monday market day, it offers a large supermarket if you prefer to stock up or for those items you may not find locally.
Just 20 minutes drive away visit the mangroves and lagoon of Ventanilla with its natural crocodile and bird sanctuary the stunning boat tour is a must for all nature lovers. Early morning horse riding along the long expanse of natural Ventanilla beach is incredible and whale watching boat tours are also available in season. Further afield you may wish to go white water rafting or take water hikes and bird watching trips along the Copalito and San Francisco rivers.
Huatulco's town, breathtaking bays and international airport (HUX) are within an hour from Mazunte and can been reached by car, bus or taxi. In the opposite direction and also one hour's travel is Puerto Escondido town and international airport (PAX). Famous for its fabulous waves, surfing competitions and nightlife it's well worth a visit. The beautiful and historical city of Oaxaca is an amazing 6 hour drive or minibus ride (from Mazunte or Pochutla) through tropical forests and high altitude coffee plantations, the views are spectacular although a little queasy for those with sensitive travel tummies. The is also a or 10 hour airconditioned bus ride from Pochutla to Oaxaca. Also with it's own international airport (OAX), flights from Oaxaca to the coast are twice daily, cheapest when booked in advance.
The drive up to the house takes several minutes but it should be noted that the dirt road can be difficult to negotiate for inexperienced drivers. A 4xwheel drive or 'bocho' (local name for VW Beetle) are the best vehicles for this especially in the rainy season. There are local taxis in the centre of the village for guests without vehicles or those wanting to keep their vehicles on the paved roads. For a small charge of around 30 pesos you can get a taxi up the hill and be at the door in minutes, they also offer airport and bus station pick up and drop off for those that require it. (Full details available upon booking)
Finally, bring a positive attitude, a willingness to enjoy a good uphill stroll, a good torch/flash-light as street lights are only found on the main roads of Mazunte and bug repellent.
We are not a hotel nor do we claim to offer hotel facilities, we are a totally original handmade family home in beautiful, rural, coastal Oaxaca. We will give you the opportunity to experience a little piece of the real Mexico so often missed by many travellers, we have a small local team in place to help things run smoothly, everyone round here run at the relaxed speed they live their lives by on the coast. Do remember, we cannot control the wildlife or the bugs nor public transport or the weather please come willing and prepared to enjoy your experience the way life is meant to be lived on the coast of Oaxaca ... with a relaxed, happy attitude and an open mind.
Saludos, Naiya x Guest AccessThe entire house and all facilities will be only yours during your stay. Interaction with GuestsYou will have the property to yourselves so local interaction is entirely under your control but the beauty of living in this location is the privacy and peace within nature it offers at all times. The NeighborhoodOur little neighbourhood consists of a few private homes scattered about the hill owned and lived in by mostly foreigners or out of towners who have chosen Mazunte as their permanent home. We love our peaceful, happy neighbourhood and although set above the village feel very much a part of everything but without the noise and dust of traffic and passing traders, it's a true escape. Getting AroundYou should be fit and able and enjoy a good stroll, the walk to the house from the beach is 15-20 minutes or a 3 minute car or taxi ride ($30mx pesos) from the village. If walking is not your thing we may not be the right house for you, getting down is easy the uphill road back is not for the elderly or unfit. Public transport is easy and available locally from the main streets to most places but can be more difficult to the house in the rainy season (June to Sept) as the dirt road gets pretty washed out, this out out of our control of course, we will send full details with your welcome info. Other Things to NoteBring a torch, this will not be provided and is essential for getting about in the evenings. We provide bath towels which must remain in the house and a handful of old towels for beach use. Bug spray/repellent is a must for the evening, the house is screened but it's impossible to mosquito proof.
This is a solar powered house, the fridge is cooled by ice allowing you more power for music and some fan use, this will be delivered free of charge every two days. Apart from phone chargers, cameras and a laptop we ask that no electrical items are brought into the home to keep the system running smoothly and to its full capacity.