19 Apr Recommendation Corner: Ecolodge Naha
You know that feeling you get when you arrive somewhere that is so beautiful, so inviting and relaxing that you can’t bring yourself to leave? That was exactly the experience we had at the Ecolodge Naha.
Arriving in the evening after a long day’s drive (that’s another story and we’ll write about it soon!), the warm glow of lights around the remote eco-lodge beckoned us in – thatch palm roof, adobe walls, elegant stonework and landscaping designed from the jungle’s verdant and blooming gifts. Romance was in the air! Or maybe that was the scent of the abundant flowers surrounding the entry.
After an equally warm reception, we settled into a private room with a mosquito net and embroidered light cover. A large window opened to the jungle. We decided to leave it open for our entire stay – the songs of birds and insects were so intoxicating.
A walk through the grounds in the morning showed even more beauty – flower lined walkways, rustic cabins and a sitting area made from tree trunks for socializing or taking quiet time to write (can you guess what I did?).
Jungle access and tours led by local indigenous Naha people, proud of their immaculately preserved rainforest and traditions overwhelmed us with knowledge and appreciation for a forward-thinking culture. Tours take a boat across a blue lagoon and include a hike around the yellow lake, or a hike to a waterfall. There is also a nearby creek and swimming area about 3 km away.
This is by far one of our favorite destinations and places to stay! We highly recommend this sweet jungle hideaway for those looking for a totally unique and off the beaten path experience.
In Public Transportation:
From Palenque use the transport “Pajchiltic” that is located behind AEXA.
From Palenque, leave via federal highway No. 186 and then take highway 185 South for 33 km, where the Cháncala – Reforma crossroads is located, and then continue another 15 km approximately. Ejido Piñal is at the turn from Ejido Santo Domingo to Naha. Travel 54 km, passing through Metzabok, and you’ll find the Eco-lodge.
From Ocosingo, take the road to the archaeological site of Tonina and 1 km before reaching the archaeological zone there is a detour to the community of Mount Lebanon (30 minutes on pavement and an hour and a half on dirt). Mount Lebanon and Nahá are 15 km apart.
This is the route we took driving from San Cristobal de Las Casas …