• A paradise to enjoy nature

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TÓXCATL

  • The Cabin

    (Touch lateral slider to see indoor pictures)

    The lake is where it shines

  • It's the ideal place

     

    To listen to the birds from a hammock, to swim in the lake, to fix yourself a shrimp pizza in our wood oven or to BBQ a red snapper on the grill. To take a shower and read on the balcony with the evening breeze. Play a table game on our large hard-wooden table as you sip a lemon and spearmint juice.

    Enjoy a wood fire as you listen to the insect's bell-like concert...

    Nothing like unwinding from everyday's chores.

    You can also go out and get a clay face or body wash, go into a ¨temazcal¨, a traditional herbal sauna or get a massage...

     As the sages say :

    ¨Return to primordial origins¨

    Also

     

    Tóxcatl is the perfect place to organize yoga workshops, tai chi sessions, ecology symposiums,

    wild bird observation, strolls and aquatic exploration on the lake.

     

    It's ideal for creators and inventors :

    Composers, painters, architects, poets and writers who need a place to get inspired and concentrated

  • We have

    6 acres by the water

    for leisure

  • Touch a photo to listen

    Laura Rebolloso
    Son de Madera
  • LOCAL TRANSPORTATION FROM CATEMACO

    If you don't have a car, there are several options and ways to get to Tóxcatl and from Tóxcatl to Catemaco for shopping, to restaurants or to other places in the region:

    1.- Take a motorboat like this one, telling the driver to take you to Tóxcatl, which is next to the heron's island (la Isla de las garzas). They all know it well.

    If you prefer traveling by boat rather than by car and your budget permits it, you can ask the boat man to come pick you up at a certain date and time to take you back to town.

    2.- Take a taxi, telling the driver to take you to the intersection Sontecomapan-Nanciyaga where you will ask him to take a sharp right, as indicated in the ¨how to get there¨section above. If the dirt road has become too wild, due to heavy rains, he may not want to go further and you will walk from there to Toxcatl for about 15 minutes.

    3.- If you are not too loaded with suitcases and/or have a low budget, take a group taxi (taxi colectivo) leaving a few blocks from the ADO bus station. Look at the pictures in the ¨How to get there¨ section to see where is the colectivo terminal. Get off at the intersection and walk to Tóxcatl for about 15 minutes.

    DRIVING FROM CATEMACO

    TO TOXCATL

    (We recommend you arrive during the day because darkness makes it a be a bit difficult to find us)

    In Catemaco go to el malecón (the edge of the lake) and as you face the lake, take a left and drive until you reach the end of the malecón, where the ADO bus terminal is located. Then, take a left and drive with the lake at your back. When you reach a red light, which sometimes doesn't work, take a right on the wider road going to the right (but not the smaller street immediately to your right) On the wider road you will find a mini super market on the left and a few shops on the right. Continue driving on this unpaved road for about 3 km until you go downhill on a curve. You will then find an intersection with a road going to the left with a sign saying Sontecomapan and Montepío and a sign saying Nanciyaga and Coyame pointing straight ahead. There you will want to turn right into an almost invisible little dirt road. If you are driving, watch for oncoming cars and make a U-turn (as shown on the map under ¨How to get there¨) in order to go into the little dirt road. If your car is low, step out and take a look at the terrain first, to decide if you will continue driving or if you will park to the side and continue by foot to Toxcatl. This road makes you turn 90 degrees to the left and going straight, follow the dirt road to its end, where you will see a metal gate and there you turn right. You will immediately see our wooden gate with the sign TOXCATL and you will have arrived to the doors of heaven. Go in and follow the road until you see our cabin. It's about 500 meters all together.

    DISTANCE AND DRIVING TIMES TO CATEMACO

    FROM OTHER TOWNS

    Mexico D.F. – Catemaco: 528 km - 7 hrs.

    Xalapa - Catemaco: 264 km - 4 hrs. 17 min.

    Veracruz - Catemaco: 175 km - 3 hrs. 11 min.

    Minatitlán - Catemaco: 122 km - 1 hr. 30 min.

    DRIVING FROM THE MINATITLAN AIRPORT

    From Minatitlán take the Córdoba-Minatitlán higway # 145D (which might be a toll road) towards Córdoba and at the junction with highway # 185 take a right towards Acayucan. Then in Acayucan take highway # 180 towards Catemaco. It's 122 km and it will take you 1 hour and a half from Minatitlán to Catemaco. After that, follow the instructions we have above and look at the maps we have under ¨how to get there¨, to get to Tóxcatl.

  • If you want to go by motor boat, it´s a fantastic way to arrive!

    Here is how:

    Don Pedro Betaza and his son Pedro Jr.

    Are our boat drivers, located right in front of the ADO bus station at the end of the Malecón.

    They will charge you $300 pesos to take you directly to Tóxcatl across the water. Tell them it´s right after the small heron´s island (Isla chica de las garzas). There, Don Jesús will be expecting you by the shore. This is an adventure, so be ready to put on your rubber sandals and roll up your pants to step into the water to disembark. Sandals are useful because pebbles are uncomfortable if you are barefoot and there is some mud too. About crocodiles, don't worry, they are well behaved.

    If you feel like touring around by water, you can ask Don Pedro to come get you at the date and time of your choice and they have a number of interesting destinations to propose to you. You can choose some of them or all of them. There are for example 3 monkey islands, each with different kinds of monkeys: The Macaques, the spider monkeys and the Saraguatos or howling monkeys. Then, you have a place where you can get a facial with naturally occurring greenish mud, there is a place where a shaman can give you a spiritual cleansing and then we have right across our land two great white heron islands which can be visited up close. The tour would cost you $500 pesos.

    Also, if you want them to come and get you on the day of your departure, ask them to come to Tóxcatl and take you back into town.

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    PLANNING YOUR STAY:

     

    There are restaurants in Catemaco with great local food, but to prepare your sojourn at Toxcatl, the market and small supermarkets have food. There is good fish and you can easily find it in the market or at the fish depot, where fishermen take their fish to sell. Don't forget garlic and herbs to grill it, found with the ¨marchantas¨ outside the market. Don't forget to take drinking water too.

    Since Toxcatl is like a place for a retreat, it's wise to do your shopping before you get there. You might eve bring ingredients from the place you are coming from, prior to Catemaco. It's nicer if you don't have to go into town too often just for shopping, specially if you don't have a car or a boat. On the other hand, if you want, you can make a deal with a fisherman to bring you fresh fish at your ¨door¨or to come and get you to take you into town by boat and then bring you back with your groceries... Now, that's real luxury in the jungle!

     

    ¿What clothes to bring? Our region is always warm all year round and quite hot in the summer, as is the case in the tropics. You can check the weather chart under ¨How to get there¨, if you want to be cautious. Rains can be an unforgettable experience: Here, the clouds are not joking when it rains. We recommend you bring boots if you like hiking and exploring and sandals for around the cabin. We are lucky to be quite free form mosquitos, but sometimes when it gets hot, some of them materialize. Don't forget hats and sun-block lotion, specially if you get enthralled watching nature as you kayak around. If you happen to come to the monkey islands, don't disembark lest our furry cousins think you are bringing food, which should not be done, since they receive a special monkey diet. Unfortunately many visitors give them junk food and they are getting fat and decadent like those who give it to them.

     

     

    When you arrive at Toxcatl, our caretaker Don Jesús, will be there

    to open the gate and welcome you.

    I will let him know your arrival time, but if unsure, you could also call him.

    His cell phone number is (294) 1008110

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    A MAGIC PLACE

     

    The Catemaco lake and its surrounding mountains are aligned in such a way, not only among themselves, but also in relation to the constellations reflected on its surface, that a natural OM, as the one cultivated by yogis and shamans, is maintained in constant vibration. It is no coincidence that in this geographic spot, intersection of great energetic currents, thrives the highest quantity of flora and animal species in the northern continent - only equaled to the Amazon jungle. In Mexico, this is also the place of choice where shamans hold a yearly meeting. However, powerful places have also pros and cons. Just like the hawk, be cautious and keep your senses tuned: For example, don't stick your hand under a stone without first overturning it with a stick - A scared individual might be hiding under it and could sting you or bite you if it feels molested... Actually, unless you have a good reason, there would be no point in moving the stone in the first place. And bring mosquito repellent. Even though it's unusual, we sometimes have mosquitoes.

     

    Lake and mountains have been formed, coexisting and interacting through the millennia with the caress of tides and the singing of waves. The Nahuales transcend time and space, joining the buzz of ants in transit, surfing the striped lizard´s yellow lines. Perched on the vortex of energized geometry, like bumblebees searching for existential pollen, these protectors of nature define cosmic forces, aligned in a spiraling fractal of infinity.

  • Typical local cuisine

    Garlic tilapia

     

    ...which you could buy fresh, directly from a fisherman. Ask Don Jesús how to.

    Don't forget to bring the seasoning ingredients from the market.

    Then get a fire going, and enjoy !

    But if you want to go out and eat at a restaurant, we recommend ¨La Casona¨, at Aldama # 6, crossing the park from the government palace. The food is great there, and Doña Esther will cook for you. Tell her you are Martin's gests from Toxcatl in Teotepec. We have a lifetime friendship.

     

    Then, at the Paseo del Malecón street which is a couple of streets parallel to the road that takes you to Toxcatl, the restaurant-bar ¨El Gato¨, managed by el gato, the skinny owner and chef, offers you good food and a table outdoors if you want to feel the beat of the town... It's simple and peaceful.

     

    Then you have the well known and large ¨La Ola¨ restaurant with fancy bathrooms. The food is good and the man in charge is very nice and has been working there all his life. At the far end you will discover a lonely crocodile doing time.

     

    And ¨La Casita¨, a well know restaurant at 64 Matamoros street

     

    In the background we have mojarra al mojo de ajo, garlic tilapia, which is just delicious...

  • Shrimp cocktail

    Crab broth

    La Casona restaurant

    Right across from the Central Park and the church, oposite the municipal palace

  • The exotic

    And huge jack fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) grows in Tóxcatl. It belongs to the moraceae family and comes from Asia. Those who are ready to discover new frontiers will be able to taste this delicacy, well known in Thailand, India, the Philipines and very expensive in the streets of New York...

    It is the national plant of Bangladesh.

  • But mind your head when they fall!

    Pinpoint the jack fruit tree as you take a stroll.

    Bird shit is safer

    compared to a jack fruit falling on your hat...

    The tree is located between the cabin

    and Don Alejandro's house

    The armadillo looks a bit like a jack fruit

    And this is the Apompo fruit, attractive but not eatable

    Small dinosaurs hide well to escape from us,

    the predators

    You might get a glimpse of red guacamayas,

    green parrot flocks...

    or even a toucan on a branch

    You may even hear the howling monkey, a shy fellow who likes our jack fruits...

    And herons here, are far from being an endangered species

  • This is an archaeol​ogical zone as well

    If you are seriously interested in the Olmecs and the ancient cultures of the region, on your way to Catemaco, stop over in Xalapa and visit the excellent anthropology museum.

    You will then appreciate our area better.

  • Tóxcatl was one of the most important ceremonies celebrated by the aztecs. It was done to honour the god Tezcatlipoca, their main divinity.

  • FEE$

     

    $350 pesos per night per guest

    $262.50 (25% discount) per night for kids under 12 years old and infants up to 2 years old do not pay.

     

    For extended stays, from 7 days onwards, you get a 13% discount and from one month onwards, a 25% discount.

     

    Check-in time: 14:00 hrs.

    Check-out time: 14:00 hrs.

     

     

    A COMMENT ABOUT CLEANLINESS:

     

    Even though we keep the cabin clean, take into account that we are in a small jungle, in a wooden cabin. Here, the wind transforms the landscape and the Nahuals do their share... So even if we have cleaned in the morning, by the evening, if you find a couple of dried leaves that have been swept in, it's not exactly dirt. But if you do find something beyond expectations, please don't hesitate to tell Jesús to take care of it.

    SERVICES

     

    IT INCLUDES:

     

    A shower with hot water

    (Note that only the right hand water faucet is operational. The more you let it flow, the colder it gets, and this is how you control the temperature).

    Beds with bed sheets and a blanket

    (we have single and double beds)

    Towels, soap and toilet paper

    To cook, gather twigs and firewood. To start the fire, pick up bamboo sheaths (the yellow stiff things you see on the ground by the bamboo bush). It burns like paper. Put them under the grill, add twigs and a few thicker pieces, fire it up and start fanning with the triangular fan. We have plates, silverware, glasses, cups, pots, pans and all the other cooking equipment, but nothing too fancy.

    Don Jesús can get the oven going for you, but please give him $50 pesos every time he fires it up.

    You need to bring your own food to cook with.

    (Don't forget salt, cooking oil, dishwashing soap and so forth).

    MAKE FIRES ONLY AT THE DESIGNATED LOCATION AND DON'T FORGET TO PUT THEM OUT BEFORE WALKING AWAY FROM THEM.

    (Dry leaves and twigs can catch fire in no time...)

     

    Please take your garbage away, including cigarette butts if you smoke, as you leave this natural reserve.

  • Payment

    You have 3 choices:

    1

    Airbnb

    Look us up under Toxcatl in Catemaco and follow the path...

     

    2

    Banco BBVA Bancomer

    Go to a BBVA bank and deposit to the card # 4461183000211316

    The account holder is Martin I. P. G. Vinaver López

    (The only bank in Catemaco is BBVA)

    3

    If you choose to pay at the bank, take the receipt and...

    at an internet cafe, have it scanned and sent to

    martinvinaver@gmail.com

    so we can welcome you at Toxcatl

  • You can bake bread, pizzas and other goodies in our wood-heated oven !

     

    Don Jesús, the caretaker will get the oven going for you, but please give him $50 pesos every time he fires it up. Besides his time, this will also take care of the firewood he chops for the oven.

     

    To start heating up the oven, Don Jesús will make a fire inside it, adding some thicker pieces of wood to get hot coals, which will achieve the desired temperature - shown with the thermostat.

  • How to make pizzas :

     

    You heat up the wood-oven, until temperature rises to about 500 degrees celsius. (100 is boiling and 0 is freezing). You then install the door and the temperature comes down slowly. The coal will keep its high temperature longer, depending on the wood quality.

    When the temperature will have come down to between 290 and 270 degrees, introduce the bread dough in its moulds and put them in the oven for 22 minutes with the door closed. Then open the door and take them out.

    You can then use that remaining heat to cook beans or a casserole with the door closed. Since in a 5 hour span, the temperature can come down from 200 to 150 degrees, it's a perfect temperature to slowly cook a number of dishes. The next morning the oven can still remain hot between 100 and 90 degrees.

    Take note that after feeding the oven with wood after the first hour and a half, it doesn't need more feeding because it keeps a good temperature going.

    For pizza making, the door remains open and the temperature is maintained between 350 and 400 degrees, adding a small log now and then.

     

    How to make the dough:

    Portions: 15

    Ingredients :

    • 2  1/4 teaspoons of active, dry yeast
    • 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
    • 350 milliliters of warm water (45 °C)
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 425 grams of wheat flour

    Cooking method:
    Time to make it: 30 min › Cooking: 20 min ›

    Extra time: 1 hour › Ready in: 1 hr. 50 min

    1. Dissolve the yeast and the brown sugar in warm water and leave it aside 10 minutes. Then add the salt and the olive oil. Add half of the flour and mix well.
    2. Put the dough on a clean and floured surface and knead it, adding little by little more and more flour to keep it from sticking. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a humid towel. Leave it to rest until it has doubled its size, approximately 1 hour. Push the dough with your fist to eliminate any air bubbles trapped inside it and form a ball with it. Le the dough relax for a minute before you start deploying it on the table with the roller.
    3. If you are using a metal tray, oil it a bit first, and let the deployed dough rest between 15 and 20 minutes before adding your favorite ingredients on it. Then, when the oven is between 290 and 270 degrees put it in the oven.
    4. Bake the pizza until the cheese and the dough look golden, between 15 and 20 minutes.

    How to make bread :

     

    Prepare the dough :
    1/2 Kg white flour mixed with 1/2 Kg whole flour.
    Add 3 table spoons of powdered yeast.
    Heat approximately one liter and a half of water to finger (body) temperature, that is 37 degrees and add a half teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of oil. Have your 4 metal moulds ready.

    Liquid and flours are well mixed until the mixture acquires a pasty consistency and you leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
    This rested dough is then vigorously kneaded and divided into 4 equal parts and each part is kneaded as well.
    You shape each of these, put them on the rectangular moulds and leave them 30 minutes more to rest before going into the oven. Four loaves fit well in the oven (actually, even 6 or 7).

    When the temperature has come down to between 290 and 260 degrees, the loaves are put in the oven and after closing the door, will stay in there 22 minutes. During this time, the temperature will probably come down to between 240 and 230 degrees.

     

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    IF YOU ARE TEMPTED BY PARADISE, DON'T HESITATE, COME TO IT IN THIS LIFETIME

     

    Please make your reservation through Airbnb - Toxcatl

     

    If you enjoyed your stay, you may reserve days or weeks as regular clients, to have your own exclusive time in Tóxcatl

    (Prices however, may change due to additions to the services we would be offering

    or the times of the year)

    Don Jesús phone in Toxcatl is (294) 1008110 and it works with WhatsApp as well, adding +52 first, but it doesn't always get a signal. otherwise, call me through WhatsApp to: +46 764289107
    +46 764289107
  • MORE INFORMATION...

     

     

    If you wonder about Mexico's insecurity,

    since the Catemaco region is an ecological tourist zone, it is quite safe.

     

    However...

    If Don Jesús was helpful to you and you feel like giving him a tip, he will appreciate it greatly,

     

    Thank you

     

    Please don't bring your pet, since we've had more than one unpleasant episodes (sphincter - related). Even though you may think you know your pet and he/she is adorable and totally reliable, our zone stimulates them in such a way that even you would be surprised...

    Don Jesús however, has 3 very nice guardian dogs, but don't worry, they are adorable. They have a job to do, though.

    This is a powerful region, we advise you to use common sense:

    Avoid walking bare-foot in places where you cannot clearly see your feet, like in a grass field.

    If you need to overturn a stone, do it with a stick or your boots.

    In and around the cabin, wearing sandals is fine, but if you take a hike, wear good shoes or boots.

    You don't need to be afraid, just be like a hawk, serene but aware of your surroundings, we are in nature...