My wife, Sheila, and I stayed at the Pickled Onion for three nights, Jan 27-29. If you read all the recent excellent reviews, you can understand why we chose to stay there. We wholeheartedly agree with all the positive comments. In addition to all the rave reviews of the Pickled Onion, we must say that Valerie Pickles herself was one of the highlights of our trip. She spends time with each of her guests in the evening over dinner and in the morning at breakfast. She is a delightful lady and a font of knowledge about the people and places in that part of the Yucatan. You can ask her anything, and we did. It seems that she is friends with everyone in the area. We wanted to visit a place in the Yucatan that was away from the tourist throng, a place where we could connect with the Mayan people, and a place where we could visit Mayan ruins without climbing over bus loads of other tourists and fending off vendors. St Elena and the Pickled Onion provided a perfect location for us. The ruins at Uxmal are amazing. We visited four Mayan ruins during our three weeks in Mexico, and Uxmal was our favorite. Valerie hooked us up with a wonderful guide, Jorge, who led us on a three and a half hour tour. We went early in the morning and practically had the place to ourselves. We climbed the Grand Pyramid and learned so much about the ancient Mayans. The next day Valerie hooked us up with Rolando who picked us up with his motorbike taxi. We spent the entire morning with Rolando who is one of the indigenous Mayan people living in St. Elena. He took us to his home where we met his mom, dad, wife, and daughter. We learned all about the self-sufficient lifestyle of a traditional Mayan family. (His dad still makes rope from sisal). Rolando took us to the mill where the women have their corn milled into flour, to the church and its little museum (See the mummy.), and to the town's cemetery. During our stay at the Pickled Onion, we also visited the town of Ticul, the ruins at Kabah, and the Ecomuseo de Cacao. All in all, we had an incredible visit with Valrerie at her Pickled Onion B&B in St Elena..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique Eco-Boutique Bed and Breakfast located close to Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil and Labnah. Quaint Maya style rooms, complete with private entrance, bathrooms, refrigerator ,coffe maker bottled water,toiletries, safety boxes, Wi Fi in all rooms ,clean, comfortable and secure, set in peaceful surroundings. Rooms are adorned with my own paintings. Beautiful gardens with labyrinth. Area for Yoga, Tai chi etc. Mini Spa.Swimming pool Excellent restaurant where you can taste some of the Yucatan cuisine. Located close to the village where you can experience Maya life as it really is.The bar awaits you for the best cocktails/margaritas in the area, as well as wine and beer.You have the luxury of Wi fi in all areas including your rooms .An artisan shop where you can buy items including locally made hammocks and snack shop if you want a small snack in-between meals. All the staff are local people from Santa Elena and all structures were build by local people too, including wood work, iron work etc I maybe a foreign owner but how good that work has been created for the local people who would otherwise not have an income. ... more less
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