A feeling of Old Mexico
This was our first trip to Oaxaca, and it was a lovely place to stay. The decor evokes a feeling of being a part of Mexican culture. The vista over the valley is breathtaking at sunrise, sunset, day and night. Live music can be heard from time to time from the neighboring areas. We also heard (usually pleasantly) the occasional turkeys, donkeys, frogs, dogs, and vendors hawking their wares.
Adele is easy to work with and has put together a wonderful team to help her guests. The driver, Lupe, picked us up at the airport late at night and arrived cheerfully and promptly every time we needed him, including a 5:30 am pickup to catch our flight home. Sarai had a lovely meal ready for us when we arrived, and Florencio was there to show us around our lodgings. They were always available but never intrusive. Sarai's cooking is as satisfying as any meal we had in a restaurant.
The location is remote. On the positive side, it is a very peaceful respite from the activity level in Oaxaca, and there is virtually no road noise. On the negative side, it takes time and patience to get anywhere from here. To get around that, I suggest (1) loading up on groceries at a mercado and contacting the owner or property manager about having meals cooked for you and (2) calling Lupe anytime you need to go anywhere. Our visit was short and we didn't want to try to figure out the complications of the moto-taxis, shared taxis or buses, but we might have if we'd stayed longer.
Try to arrive on a Tuesday or Wednesday so you can get your groceries at the market in Etla. It was well-stocked on Friday when we went, but Wednesday is the big day, which we missed because we didn't research thoroughly.
We were two ladies who don't sleep together and one of us either had to sleep in the separate building or in a single bed in the office you walk through to get to the master bedroom. It wasn't a big deal either way, but it was a little unusual.
The library is great - recent bestsellers, classics, travel books and reference materials. The wireless internet was fast and reliable, and a desktop computer and printer are provided. The kitchen is well-stocked with staples, utensils, pots, and appliances.
We felt completely safe and comfortable at El Barco. We were only in Oaxaca for four days, but on day four, rather than continuing to explore, we preferred enjoying Sarai's cooking, and relaxing at the pool and the cool serenity at El Barco. We hope to come back soon and often
Abenteuer & Erlebnis,
Urlauber ohne Auto,
Familien mit Teenagern,
Familien mit kleinen Kindern,
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