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Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking
Ranked #25 of 129 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
Reviewed 4 May 2014

I spent 2 weeks with Patrick and Cecilia and enjoyed every minute of it. They made me feel really welcome and the site is amazing with all mod cons, lovely palapa, pool and beautiful surroundings. The site is in the middle of nowhere so don`t expect to knip out to a bar, but that is the beauty of it. You can walk in the jungle, visit the nearby caves, go for a bike ride or just chill in a hammock. It was great to disconnect from everying and just relax. I even learnt how to make solar pannels which was really cool. Muchas gracias chicos, espero que nos veamos pronto.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Patcarrier, Propietario at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

Sophie my favorite british girl!!! I loved the time we spent together. I really hope to see you back soon too. The place is growing exponentially thanks to you and people like you!

We had 5 tourist just last week, from India and even some mexicans. Please help us be known so that people can find us on web search like Google and Yahoo. The place we are building is a much needed place for people of all the world that more and more dont have access to places connected to real nature outside the city.

I dedicated the rest of my life to transform the beautifull Quintanaroo Jungle in a place where nature lovers from all around the world can come and do wild camping around animals, stay in fresh beds in hostel type retreat and get to meet natives Mayans and their art and society.

We dont have much means right now and not much time for internet access so I like to send a plea for help to all peoples that came and enjoy our home to take some time and write your comments in as many different forums as you can to help us be FOUND on the internet.

Thank you again Sophia, you will always have a place with us!

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Pat

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

My girlfriend and I were look for a quiet, remote hostel near the jungle, and found the perfect one! A great experience, a beautiful location, and tranquil environment. Hike through the jungle, get a tour of the garden, and sleep under the stars! A fantastic location in a restful area. The perfect place to unwind and get away from city noise and commotion. Enjoy it!

Stayed: February 2014
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Patcarrier, Propietario at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

Thank you very much Anthony, you are a great guy! we really enjoy you and your girfriend.

I hope you come back soon. We have all kind of new stuff to do. We have made a couple more camping sites, got 5 bicycles to share, new peoples are comming every months. We are now making alot of solar pannels for our neighbourgs that are moving more and more into a more natural way of life.

We had so many more visitors since you came, we opened up the land, planted over 50 fruit trees, the garden is getting bigger and the tourists have started to come and enjoy our little paradise. The toucans have been sighted just last week. And you should see the garen. there is about 50 new birds nests all over, the singing of the birds is tenfold what is was. Even the birds have decided to move and live with us!!!!

Anthony is a example of our famly attitude, they where running a little short of money and we welcome them to stay with us for free in exchange of some work everyday. (we still cant pay for people food since almost no revenu but staying for free is a big load of the wallet)

Thanks again for taking the time to help us and places like us to get back to a organic and sane living!

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This is a great place to stay off the beaten track! I spent two nights camping and would have spent more if I hadn't had a flight to catch the next day. The owners are very friendly and love to talk, and they speak French, English, and Spanish There is a kitchen, flush toilets, a shower and plenty of places to hang, all on a farm that the owners created from scratch, compete with Pat's homemade solar panels that provide the electricity and an underground river that provides a constant stream of fresh water. And plenty of wildlife right in the "backyard" - the second evening a huge toucan flew in and perched in a tree not ten meters distant! But the best part is it's all included in the price for the night's camping. They even offered me coffee free of charge in the morning, and Cecilia took me out walking to try and fond some caves she knew were nearby - also without asking anything. In short, they're a wonderful couple who love to share the world they've created, a refreshing break from the tour operators in Tulum who want to cheat you out of every centavo. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away from it all, forget "jungle tours" and see the real jungle!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Patcarrier, Owner at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2014

Wow thanks alot for the praises Dave,

You are welcome to come back in our Quintana Roo National Park Campground anytime you want.

Dont forget to bring in your friends as taking the time to write your impressions help us to serve people better. Since you took your time to do that, we will host you and any of your friends free of charge the first night when you come back.

We are happy to offer such a unique and quiet place for a cheap price but deluxe features. We are only on our few first months but be sure that every money invested with us will be reinvested right away. We promote clean, free renewable energy and make it accessible to low budget family.

Just as this week, we bought 5 bicycles (we now have 7 total) a brand new refrigerator (big size) for all the guest to use for free in the communal palapa and a new mini football table and some new board games ( we now have over a dozen board games to borrow free of charge.

Dave was using our remote camping area with his own tent and equipment and he really got lucky with sighting a big adult toucan! I also want to congratulate Dave for walking all the way from Francisco Uh May village (12 km walk) to our place and that same day he made the 5km hike in the jungle trail!!! ataboy ;)

We also like to say that taxi service from the village is cheap at only 100 pesos and all the way to Tulum bus station or any downtown area for 180 pesos. We can also pick you up from Coba archeological ruins for the same price. Please ask us if you need any other pickup from any hotel or city around we can even go directly to Playa Del Carmen , Valladolid , Chichen Itza , Cancun airport , etc.

There is a few caverns to visit around our hostel cabin hotel camping place and you can use the bicycle free of charge to get there. The park also have alot of trails criscrossing around the heart of the jungle for you to discover new landmarks.

We also provide tents and air mattresses or new beds and bedding in our dorm palapa. We also have a private room. Ask for couple specials and multiple stay deals.

All in all, you can see this place as a jungle tour in itself and not only just a place to spend the night, with campfire, hiking trails, caverns, pool, bicycle rides, etc

Thanks again!!!

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

This is a beautiful place in the middle of the jungle. If you want to relax and escape from the noisy hostels and dusty towns - pack your things and give Patrick and Cecilia a call. They are very friendly and helpful. If you are interested in David Icke and similar stuff, Patrick will be your man.
They are working hard to make this place a little selfsustaining oasis with their own solar power, fresh water and fruit and vegetable gardens. They even have a pool to cool you down after a lazy day in the hammock.
Food is prepared on the open fire and they like making good food a lot. After that, just sit by the fireplace and enjoy the stars above the jungle canopy...
I spent two weeks there wwoofing, so if you want to work and help them, that is possible too.
Recommend!!

Room Tip: There is both rooms with beds or tents with fluffy air matresses available, you don't have to br...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Patcarrier, Owner at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thanks again for another nice backpacker review of our hostel hotel cabins and camping place in the jungle near Tulum and Playa del Carmen.

I am happy you talked about David Icke and his conspiracy theories because I think living off the grid and trying to build a self sustainable village in the jungle surrounded by nature is also a place to rebuild our little part of the world without all the corruption.

We have now upgraded our solar power system so the we are now able to use almost no gas or propane at all.

Cooking on the fire is a big part of our way of life also but we want to demonstrate that with solar energy there is no limit to the power the sun can give us.

We have laundry service with our solar powered washing machine so comming back from a hard backpacking week you can clean up your gears.

Our pool is like a cenote caarved in the stone with underground river water.

Make sure you stop by our place on the way from Coba archeological ruins or Tulum Ruins. We are located in between both and have a taxi service from Francisco Uh May mayan village.

We also have tours to Akumal beach. We can also provide with a taxi ride to anyplace you want or pick you up directly from Coba or Tulum so you dont have to worry about buses.

Thanks for you reviews and come back anytime to enjoy camping under the stars or hiking in our wonderfull jungle.

Cheers!

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

I was looking for a place to be relaxed and more quite place around Tulum and I found this place. I spent for a week and decided to stay one more week in middle of jungle because it's very calm and peaceful. There is no! car passing by but you could definitely hear more than 10 kinds of birds sing which is awesome. Although the location is in the middle of jungle, there is no problem for using electricity & water. The whole energy you will use is from Nature. The solar panel&the system for electricity, which Patrick set up all by himself, are amazing. There's no doubt that these are eco-friendly but also sustainable. The meals are very healthy.The food are organic. you could see their lovely garden, too. it's the place to check out if you wanna spend time with nature and great people.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Patcarrier, Owner at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2014

Thank you very much for taking time to write your impressions about our unique virgin jungle camping area.

Yes you are right, there is no noise or light pollution where we are. Like you said, this is the paradise for serious bird watchers. There is dozens of different kind of birds all around.

You can get to learn about solar energy and renewable energy. We have laundry service so you get to have you clothes washed by the energy of the sun! I build my own solar pannels from solar cells on glass pannels. I also run the whole system from A to Z. So you can actually get to talk to the guy that make it all work. As for the location is actually not far from a mayan village Francisco Uh May only 10 km and from there you can hit the highway to go anywhere. We have taxi service from our campground area. Also its good to know that we have dormitory beds and private room so we are also running on hostel type accomodations. We offer tours to Mayan ruins of Coba and Tulum archeological site. Like you say our food service in our restaurant is amazing food made with alot of love.

We now have lots of fruit and veggies comming straight from the garden and fresh egg or chicken from our farm. We are located between Coba and Tulum and only 160 km from internationnal airport of Cancun near Playa Del Carmen.

We are a family enterprise and are willing to provide services that suit your needs and will come out of our way to make sure you are satisfied with your stay here.

See you soon!!!

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

I'm a traveller from south africa and recently had the pleasure of working and staying at Patricks special home. It is situated way off the beaten track and you feel a unique sense of detachment from the modern world whilst living there in the jungle. The work was fun and there was always plenty to do. We ate really well every day and it was fun cooking on an open fire each meal. Patrick and Cici are really interesting and fun people to be around and I learned a lot from them. I highly recommend that you spend some time here if you are looking for a solid woofing experience and want to detach from the noise of modern living for a bit.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Patcarrier, Owner at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write your experience with us.

We really enjoyed your company with us. Thanks for helping us with the gardens and preparing this place to be a nice Ecohotel where people can also stay for longer and help us work the land.

We have now harvested our first bananas and the tomato garden is really growing fast!

We had our first baby chicken born today, it is very exciting.

Most of our hens give fresh organic eggs every days and we have now 2 that are looking to cover their eggs so we will have more eggs soon.

We have also volunteers like this guest that come and stay with us (we are near Tulum , Quintana Roo), use our nice dorm with new beds and beddings or put up a tent in our vast land in nicely prepared camping area.

We been to a cavern close to the campground after you left and its actually amazing. Good location to discover some on nature wonder.

Hope you visit Mexico soon and spend some more time with us.

Cheers

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed on Patrick's farm/campground for a week in December 2013. We found it from the WWOOF Mexico website, and Patrick was really great about providing us with information prior to our trip, as well as helping to arrange transportation to his remote site.

We went to Patrick's farm to have a get-away-from-it-all experience, enjoy nature, as well as do some hard and rewarding work outdoors. And that is exactly what we got. As the farm is still in somewhat early stages of development (crop-wise), we did not do a ton of typical farm work, such as planting, harvesting, weeding, mulching, etc. Instead, we did a lot of land-clearing, root and stump removal, making trails, etc. Which was a lot of fun actually and great exercise. It was so nice to enjoy being outside all day, with nothing but the sounds of nature around us.

The location is quite a distance (12km) from the nearest village via a very rugged road, which has its pros and cons. On the positive side, you will get some of the best sleeps of your life. You won't hear a can, plane, or generator at night... just the sounds of nature. And the star-gazing is MAGNIFICENT! On a couple night walks we found some really cool pythons and tarantulas, while fireflies danced all around us. Another positive is that you are totally away from your internet, phone, and all other constant realities of "civilization". If you want to escape and have an immersive and remote getaway, this is a cool place.

On the downside, you are quite a distance from any shopping you may want (beer, snacks, cigarettes, etc.). Patrick has a couple bikes you can borrow to ride into town, but it will take you about an hour each way, and is a workout. Also, the bikes are not the best. If you have mountain bikes of your own that you could bring with you, that would be ideal. Another downside is that you have to go to town if you want internet access, etc. So make sure you got nothing to attend to on the interwebs when you go to Patrick's.

For food, it was nice because we always cooked and ate together. So that's a nice communal feel. There is a "palapa" guests can stay in (if they don't want to do tents) and in there you will find a basic kitchen, so you can make snacks and meals whenever.

Patrick has a really nice above-ground pool filled with cenote water, which is so nice. Especially after a few hours of hard work! The place also does have solar power, so you can charge your electronics early in the day if you like watching movies or listening to music at night. The palapa is nice and cozy and clean, and there is a decent shower. The fact that fresh water pumped right from the ground that you can drink is so nice. No fluoride, no chemicals.. just fresh, delicious natural water.

Patrick is very interesting and is very handy with lots of skills - electrical, construction, farming, etc. And if you're into conspiracy theories, you can have some good conversations with him. Patrick's wife is from Mexico and speaks English well, but prefers Spanish. If you're not good at Spanish, she is always willing to help teach you a bit. She is also a great cook (we had chicken soup the first night there from a rooster we killed earlier that day -- so fresh), and we loved when she would bring us pineapple water when we were sweaty and thirsty and working hard!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Patcarrier, Owner at Quintana Roo National Park Campground & Hiking, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

First I would like to thank you very much for taking time to write such complete review.

We are still at the first breath of our little jungle paradise so I am happy to adress your concerns.

We will be working on making a more complete restaurant menu for future guests and campers. We want to have a little convenience store on site to provide with basic needs for our jungle oasis park ( beers snacks cigarettes ). We need to get a few more bicycles also to make the acces to the village ( Francisco Uh May ) nicer. I will have a taxi service from my place to the village and to Tulum by the end of january for 80 pesos so that should take care of that.

We have also a cenote still undevelopped, acces to a steppe with wild animals and even big natural cavern not far from the camping and hostel site. For the internet access, there is one on your personnal cell phone if you have national coverage but the antenna is at the office building not on all the camping. So for any emergency emails of like that, it is still possible.

We have been using he pool as a jakuzzi since you left by keeping only the water at the lower level so we can read a book or rink a beer around the beach like area around the water. We will fill it more as the water gets warner (even in the tropics, its still winter hehehe).

We do have lots of fresh vegetables in our gardens, fresh bananas, eggs and yes chickens. So if you like to have a freshly killed rooster at the restaurant and even get to kill it yourself, its all possible.

Please keep supporting us on this nature project in the virgin jungle. we are ready to host peoples in our dormitory, private room or camping area with our own tents or your own. We will be growing fast so keep checking us for updates and please check our website for more informations.

Cheers

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Address: Into Jungle From Francisco Uh May 12 km, Tulum 77760, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #25 of 129 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
Price Range: £15 - £20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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We are located in the middle of a National Park surrounded by thousands of square kilometers of pristine virgin jungle. With no neighbors, no noisy roads or highways and no light pollutions. We are 100% solar powered with on the site, homemade solar panels. Get to live in Palapa made by native Mayan peoples from natural wood. Fully protected from all insects. Large living area, eating and cooking facilities.We are only 32 km from Tulum in quintana Roo, MexicoWe have many great camping sites we rent tents and also private rooms and dormitory ... more   less 
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