House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Casa Chuleb is located in San Felipe, Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico inside the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. A must see destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and fishing enthusiasts, San Felipe offers a wide array of activities for the family and outdoor enthusiasts.
Casa Chuleb undertook a complete renovation in the fall of 2011 and is today the only property in San Felipe showcasing the original palm rooftops of the San Felipe houses in the early and mid 1900s. With an astonishing view of the intercostal waterways, equipped with a second story “palapa”, top of the line furnishings and air conditioning in all bedrooms, Casa Chuleb is the premier rental property in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Felipe 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: http://www.cancun-airport.com/index.htm 260 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Yucatan Peninsula region
Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is located in the Eastern end of the coastal strip of the Yucatán Peninsula, with the Gulf of Mexico at its Northern limit. The area encompasses coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and includes important wetlands designated under the Ramsar Wetlands Convention. The site presents a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems, such as mangroves, small estuaries, medium semi-evergreen forest, low deciduous forest, coastal dune vegetation, coastal lagoons, marshes (petenes) and savannah represented by tular vegetation, grasslands and reedbeds that are the main nesting sites for marshland and sea birds.
Ría Lagartos extends throughout a great wetland area, which represents a good specific example of a community characteristic for this climatic zone. High biological productivity, due to conditions of marine to hyper-salinity in a karst environment, is the reason why the area is considered a globally unique wetland. The wetlands host a significant number of rare, vulnerable or endangered animal and plant species, such as the muscovy duck (Cairina moschata), wood stork (Mycteria americana) and peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). The American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) comes to the area in great numbers to feed, nest and reproduce.
The beaches are also of great interest and are a protective zone for nesting marine turtles, recognized as one of the main zones of arrival of the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the only one in the State of Yucatan for the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Furthermore, there are 554 vertebrate species, amongst them 142 endemics.
Given its geographic position, the peninsula keeps a floristic relation with the neighbouring regions of Central America, the River basin of the Caribbean Sea and Southeastern Mexico. The more recent inventories report the presence of 2,477 species and 98 varieties of vascular plants. In the last years, the vegetation has been strongly affected by human activities, particularly by agriculture and livestock raising, practices that imply the destruction of vast surfaces of vegetation. Also, it has been affected by natural catastrophes like the hurricanes that regularly hit this region and the subsequent forest fires. The communities located in the Biosphere Reserve are San Felipe, Río Lagartos, Las Coloradas and El Cuyo. 6,916 permanent residents live in the buffer zone.
The use of natural resources dates back to the pre-Hispanic period. The main productive activities today include fishing, agriculture, livestock rearing, salt extraction, tourism, aquaculture and urban development. The ecotourism activity is stimulated to promote the participation of local inhabitants in the conservation of the natural, archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of the Biosphere Reserve, providing appropriate economic and social benefits.
From a cultural point of view, the territory includes an important Mayan zone dating back to the period of 300 to 50 years BC. The territory belonged to the chieftainship of Ecab in the pre-Hispanic period. In the area 18 of the 1,585 Yucatan archaeological sites have been located. In addition, the Reserve counts 3 of the 8 "concheros" (banks of marine shells) that exist in the State.
As the western most town inside the Ria Lagartos International Biosphere Reserve, San Felipe is recognized as the gateway of Eco Tourism in North West Yucatan. San Felipe's natural beauty, rich fishing opportunities and its unique and colorful arquitectural style, make it a must see attraction in the Yucatan Peninsula.
A rare jewel in the Yucatan, San Felipe is recognized by its rustic architecture featuring a cascade of brightly colored wooden houses. San Felipe's traditional way of life has been preserved by generations of fishermen and their families. By using the services provided through this project you contribute to the continuity of its people.
As an integral part of the reserve, San Felipe is surrounded by lush jungle offering locals an economic opportunity through eco-tourism. When you visit San Felipe it will always be locals that provide you with guided tours of the natural wonders that make the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve Famous around the World.
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