Bed & Breakfast
Casa-Kaan, (Maya for snake house), is a relaxing retreat, in a renovated Art Deco house in Merida, Mexico. Snake imagery is massively important in Mexican culture, and a love of this imagery gave the house its name.
Located within walking distance of many attractions, there is easy access to the main square, and transportation to sights further afield.
Vegetarian and vegan friendly, we maintain a veg kitchen and specialize in South Indian food made with a Yucatan twist. Masala dosa is an occasional treat, and we incorporate local Chaya into some dishes, we also have rescue chickens, our only source for eggs, Many rescue cats call this home. We have bikes to rent, and we can recommend drivers and tour guides if you wish. Uber can affordably take you to most anywhere, the airport is a 10 minute drive away, and air conditioned buses to local small towns and Archaelogical sites are a 2 minuets walk away.
Casa-Kaan has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The Casita holds the 2 main bedrooms, and during covid, the whole casita is being rented as a single unit. One room has a King size bed, the other has 2 full sized. Each bedroom has a private garden with small dining table and chairs, an en-suite bathroom with stone tile and glass shower, a built in bench for sitting while washing, double shower heads, and hairdryer . Each room has a mini fridge and safe. The 2 casita rooms share a large kitchen and additional dining area where guests can cook a little and prepare food. Casa-Kaan is animal friendly, so no meat products please, the cats are the only carnivores here.
Fresh fruit, coffee and tea,
of breads and pastries is served daily on the terrace or in the garden.
A full size pool with water feature and loungers.
There is also an outdoor shower and half bathroom next to the pool.
Free Wifi is available throughout the property.
A large screen tv is available in the Teatro room
Laze in our garden, grab a book, or take a jigsaw puzzle for a spin, or just hang out in a hammock with a cool drink and watch the clouds float by.
THINGS TO DO
San Sebastian and Ermita
Only half a block away is San Sebastian Square, famous for creating Panuchos, it also has a small market, Mario's antique shop, a collection of public exercise equipment and ball courts.
The church and small park are peaceful and quiet, and 2 blocks east at La Ermita church , there is a botanical garden. During day of the daed, the whole neighborhood come alive, as the main cemetery is a few blocks south and well worth a visit.
A 15 minute walk east takes you to Lucia Galves central market. This main market, where you can easily get lost in the myriad varieties of produce, tropical fruit and veg, and numerous other items contained there. It's a great place to start a guided culinary tour.
A 3 minute walk away are many air conditioned buses to take you to Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and many other sites and places of interest.
Cenotes and Haciendas
Yucatan has vast underground rivers and cenotes, created when the massive meteor that killed off the dinosaurs, struck just outside town. This network of underground caves and Cenotes helped the Maya civilization flourish. In the 19th century, Sisal rope created Merida's great wealth, the haciendas around the state offer and interesting look into the past.
Animals and nature
Tour a biosphere reserve-see flamingos and native birds, the pink salt lake, Yucatan's Toh bird festival, Volunteer at Evolution or AFAD animal rescue, or during turtle season, snorkeling, cycling and kayaking, ziplines etc, and other Eco and sustainable tours are readily available.
Merida has a wonderful selection of museums and art galleries, also numerous free cultural events, like nightly live music, movies, dancing, there are both cantinas and grand theater, shopping malls and traditional markets...and the food-culinary classes and market food tours. Something for everyone.
Walk to take the bus to the beach, a couple of dollars and a 50 minute ride away -for sea, sand, and sun.....
Sunday street closures for family cycling, a polo club, golf courses, swimming, cave diving, horse riding, large sports centers, to name a few...
I stayed at Casa-Kaan over Christmas last year and had a delightful stay, peaceful and relaxing, loved the company of the cats, and stools through the neighborhood