Cenote Encantado is a camping villiage a little more than 10km from the junction down the Boca Paila Highway. It's about 1/2km past Om (which you can't miss) on the right. They now have a sign displaying their name, so that helps a lot in finding the place. Most cab drivers don't know it.
The village honors your privacy. No one approached our tent. The community kitchen is where all gathered for jovial conversation. 1/2 the tents were filled when we stayed and besides our nightly gatherings at the kitchen it felt very peaceful.
Without a car, the area at the end of the hotel zone can feel remote. It's easy to get around via rental car or cab but the busses tend to be unreliable. Some days we felt stranded, but there's nothing wrong with being stranded on the beach. We walked each day up the road or along the beach to a nearby restaurant for meals. There was a small grocery nearby and common kitchen provided, but we didn't feel like cooking. A good selection of restaurants are within reach of a short bike ride.
It feels like the jungle. Bug spray required. The grounds are shared with little blue crabs that are fun to watch as they scurry around and immediately hide as you approach. Iguanas hang out here and there. Birds grabbing their meals from the brush. I love the pitter patter of a lizard as he crawls up the exterior of my tent. The tents are comfortable, though it is hot. Go jump in the ocean or a cenote to cool down and you'll be fine.
In the middle of the night, when the generator turns off, we could hear the sea. The rolling waves are a perfect lullaby and perhaps my fondest memory. Laying in my little tent beside my husband, hearing wind rustle the trees above but somehow never breeze through the tent. Fawna silhouetted by the moonlit sky, barely visible. Soft, rolling waves of the dark sea suddenly apparent in the quiet darkness.
The rate is 160 pesos per person per night (a little less than 30USD each night). The accomodation includes a tent with air mattress and fan, sheets (no towels), access to beach via a narrow path, use of bikes, kitchen equipment, dry storage and shared cooler for your food, access to nearby cenote (unnamed?) with path on premesis, meditation room on premisis.
The hosts are Pedro and Galia. Two artists so welcoming and soft that just thinking of them recalls the relaxting calm of our trip. We bought a CD from Pedro, wish I would've bought all 3.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cenote Encantado "Enchanted Cenote" is a getaway to peace. Our initiative is rooted in the concept and daily practice of activities which compliment the environment. It is a concept which provides us with physical, mental and spiritual development. For us, being ecology oriented isn't just a trend or some scheme to attract green-minded visitors. We think that loving and protecting the environment is a way of life. For this reason it is our priority to share this consciousness to the furthest extent of our abilities. We actively look for people who can enlighten us with new ideas and make this magical place a center of relationships and contacts, which visitors can use as a mechanism to go forward with their own new alternative network. ... more less
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