The SpaceThis charming, off-grid eco-cabin is nestled into the jungle & forest-covered mountains of the Cordillera Central, and is perfect for "unplugging" from the stress of the 'real' world. Luxury glamping for the adventurous couple or outdoors-loving small group. The 5-star cabin crafted by master carpenter and artist Maravilla Mark, is off-grid, meaning there is no electricity; however, for night time lighting, besides the abundance of green Puerto Rican fireflies (locally called Cucubanos and the reason we call the cabin #casacucubano), there are plenty of florescent lanterns and candles, plus the large fire pit outside. In addition a charging station for devices is located on the grounds nearby if needed. Warm water is supplied for the shower, the kitchen sink and large outdoor tub from a propane set-up. All the water supplied to the cabin is good to drink and pumped from a fresh mountain spring nearby. Your private kitchen is well-equipped with a propane stove top and other amenities to cook light meals or brew locally grown coffee in the morning. We've a cooler with iced cold packs to keep your beer/chardonnay, etc. cool. A roofed kitchen and dining/sitting area are perfect for enjoying your food with a wonderful view out to jungle and trees beyond. The two enclosed rooms are a living room with folding walls that open to the deck and a bedroom with a queen-size bed; the custom-made futon in the living room can be made into a single or full-size bed, upon request. A lovely patio with a large outdoor warm water tub (great for bubble baths) may be enjoyed by the light of a nearby firepit. Guests can take advantage of the many books in the living room and the large comfortable hammock on the deck. Stairs lead up to a concrete rooftop that's great for private sunbathing, stargazing and makes a good yoga deck.
** For more information about yoga packages, bird watching, and a list of the fruits and vegetables available in our garden, please see below
*** Casa Cucubano is not associated with recent imitators 'Finca Cucubana', when we say 'eco-cabin' you can expect more than a $30 tent and an air mattress in a dilapidated shack with shared bathroom.
**** Prices may vary by season, holidays and special events.
***** 7% Tax for The Puerto Rico Tourism Company already included in Fees. Guest AccessThe cabin is located on over 30 acres of forest, with a gatehouse that can be used to recharge devices if needed. Guests are encouraged to explore the various trails on the grounds and the expansive veggie and flower garden. Depending on the season, a variety of fruits and veggies are available to be harvested. Interaction with GuestsThe cabin is a completely secluded/private area but we manage the property for the owners who along with us, live on the grounds nearby. Most of the time we're generally available on premise if something is needed, if you'd like a guide to show you some of the highlights of the property, or if just want some social time. It is important to note that there are friendly, well-behaved dogs that live on this property. The NeighborhoodWelcome to Las Marias, where the official motto is "por tus montes y tus agua cristalinas," or "for your mountains and your crystaline waters." Within comfortable driving distance are destinations such as The Arecibo Observatory, La Cueva Ventana ("Window Cave"), La Cueva del Indio, Sandra Farms Coffee Farm, the Maricao State Forest and Fish Hatchery, Lago Dos Bocas, the world-renowned Museum of Art in Ponce, the surf city of Rincon, and much, much more. Please note that the closest food store is about fifteen minutes driving distance from the cabin, so pick up some groceries and other necessities ahead of time. Getting AroundWe are located about 1.5 hours from BQN/PNE and 2.5 hours from San Juan. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico has virtually no public transportation outside of San Juan, Mayaguez and Ponce. If you'd like to see the Island outside of the city, it's essential that you rent a car and it's better done sooner rather than later. There are many places to book them online, however we'd recommend you avoid Allied as we've found they tend to habitually lose reservations. Other Things to NoteOur listing is for the adventurous. If you're a typical tourist, San Juan and its hotels have a lot to offer. However, if you want something unique, this is it. Rural Puerto Rico, it can be both beautiful and challenging. The mountain roads are serpentine and narrow and can take some adjusting to, they get a little rough at times.. Those prone to car sickness will want to pack their medication. Everyone else, pack a go-pro. If there's a tailgater on your back, just pull to the side when you've a chance and let them by. When a alotting travel-time think twice as long as it should be and definitely get here well before sunset. Small anole lizards are abundant as well as the tiny coqui frogs whose song fill the night time air; they're also the secret as to why there are so few mosquitoes here as compared to the rest of the island so we don't mind when they occasionally find themselves in places one doesn't expect. Off-grid means no air-conditioning but to be honest with the cool mountain air and nights you'll be wondering where you put your sweater rather than where the ac is. (Note: Pack a light jacket/hoodie/sweatshirt). It also means our "hot tub" does not have jets or scalding hot water, simply a warm bath to be enjoyed with or without bubbles set in a beautiful jungle scene.
If you find yourself wanting to pick oranges or coffee beans on the way here, please don't. They might have pesticides on them and if you wait until you get here you can pick ours. They're organic.
**Yoga packages: $20/pp or $30 per couple, per hour and a half private, personalized class. Power Yoga classes by a Certified Yoga Teacher are available on your private jungle roof deck in the mornings, afternoons/sunsets, and candlelit nighttime Yin Yoga sessions are available after dark. Inquire for more information and discount packages.
**Birding info: Our area is home to a vast array of tropical birds, many of them endangered, and is a great bird watching destination. Birds spotted on our property include the Bananaquit, Puerto Rican Tody (mediopeso), PR Emerald Hummingbird, Green Mango Hummingbird, PR Lizard Cuckoo (bobo), Red-tailed Hawk, PR screech Owl, Bullfinches, Stripe-headed Tanager, Cattle Egret, Shiny Cowbird, PR Flycatcher, Pin tail Wydah, Puerto Rican Woodpecker, Smooth-billed Ani, American Kestrel, Blue Heron, Green Heron, Euphonia, PR Peewee, Red-legged Thrush, PR Tanager, Yellow-shouldered Blackbird, Yellow-Faced Grassquit, and Black-Rumped Waxbill, just to name a few. The only place in the world to see the Elfin Woods Warbler is just a half hour away from our location in the Maricao State Forest.