Coronavirus Update: The well-being of our guests is our greatest responsibility. To ensure that all who stay may continue to cultivate health, peace, and joy while here, we are closing two of our four rooms for at least a month, effective 3/18. Candelabra will remain open. The closures will create even more space for guests to practice social distancing, and allow our home to remain a sanctuary for those who need one. Please reach out with any questions! Our very best wishes--Sylvia & Paul.
Casa Lyobaa is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary for travelers—a base for exploration and a destination in itself. A short walk from the Mitla ruins, the three-acre property features organic gardens with hundreds of species of plants, a solar-heated pool, palapa, and standalone guest kitchen and living space. The four guestrooms have been appointed with great care, from the handwoven blankets and rugs from our favorite weavers, to local pottery and art. Solar panels provide nearly all electricity.
Lyobaa (lee-oh-baa) is the Zapotec name for Mitla (Mictlán in Nahuatl). It means place of rest.
Our home has been a labor of love for more than 30 years—a love that’s readily apparent once you enter the property and experience the sense of peace that pervades it. We’re located about 500 meters from the ruins along a road that turns from paved to unpaved about halfway down, and that continues to prehistoric cave paintings about 10 minutes beyond the house (we can arrange an excellent tour). Our three acres are bound by a small seasonal river, a smaller seasonal stream, and countryside. The gardens include hundreds of native and non-native species—from rare cacti, agaves, and yuccas, to pomegranate, macadamia nut, and orange trees. Bird life is often abundant, including scarlet tanagers, orioles, hummingbirds, and gray-breasted woodpeckers. Trails for hiking run from just outside our gate, and we have a number of other hiking recommendations for the area (many on trails that we have mapped).
The guesthouse has four spacious rooms, each with private entrances and bathrooms with hot showers. Each room has two double beds (the beds are firm). Two of the rooms (Guaje and Candelabra) have a daybed. The other two (Jacaranda and Agave) have a desk instead. WIFI is available in the kitchen/living space and pool/palapa, but we’ve decided for now to maintain the guestrooms WIFI-free (although there is surprisingly good cell service throughout the property).
A separate standalone guest building in front of the pool houses the kitchen and living/dining areas. It is fully stocked and furnished, with surprises throughout (like a vintage record collection and player).
The large pool is solar heated; the water circulates from the pool to the heating system atop the guesthouse and back down. The adjacent palapa is an idyllic space to relax, with seating and hammocks surrounded by bamboo, coffee plants, palms, and ferns.
We practice progressive environmental and labor practices. Solar panels supply nearly all electricity used by guests. We compost and recycle, and the bathrooms feature water-saving toilets and showers.
Note that there are also two large, friendly dogs on the grounds.
The home is set on the outskirts of town. You feel like you're in the countryside, even though you're only a short walk from the ruins, and about a 25-minute walk from the main plaza. During the rainy season, a river and creek run along two sides of the property. The neighborhood, like Mitla itself, is very safe. Upon booking, we provide guests with an interactive map of town, showing everything from where to buy groceries to our favorite restaurants and where to catch the shared truck to Hierve el Agua.
San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca, Meksyk