Beauty and Comfort in the Mayan Jungle


Kumankaya offers the freedom of solitude, the energy of the jungle with its diverse abundance of life, and eco-conscious accommodations. We pride ourselves on the ecliptic style of our structures blending the traditional wooden bungalow with the Maya Riviera architecture.


From the very beginning, it was extremely important to us to hire primarily Mayan builders — to honor the lineage of the land. We've had the same crew of Mayan masons since the very beginning, and they have erected nearly every single structure at Kumankaya.

Free WiFi

Stay connected to your loved ones. We offer free WiFi for your basic communications.


Most likely, visitors will arrive at Cancun Airport. We help you arrange your private or public transport to Kumankaya.

Solar Power

We have solar energy available 24/7 in the main house for charging small devices.

Our Facilities


All of our habitations are elevated, which is why we chose to name our center Kumankaya based on a Peruvian legend of the mystical flying village of Kumankaya. We decided to elevate our structures because it is fresher, the view is better, and of course less insects. In addition, we have rock formations, called lomas, all over our land, so it was fun to incorporate those natural features into the building of Kumankaya.


Our wooden bungalow is built in the Mexican log cabin tradition. It contains two habitations, a central shared bathroom and a lounge area. Our other two bungalows are built in the Maya Riviera style with ceramic floors, stucco white walls and thatch roofs. Both of these buildings have private bathrooms and private terraces as well.


The maloka (our ceremonial house) is orientated toward the four cardinal directions with the entrance facing east. It is the highest structure located directly west from the main house. The maloka can accommodate between 12-14 individuals with a bridge connecting it to the bathrooms, where there are two private toilets, two private showers and a shared wash basin. Thus far, none of our accommodations have electricity, but after one night under the Yucatan night sky, you will understand why.


We really feel that our land and facility are still to be discovered. In the future, we would like to open our cenote (underground, fresh water pool), build a temazcal, add more solar panels, and build more housing / facilities to accommodate more people and improve the quality of life at Kumankaya. We want all our facilities to be as eco-conscious as possible, made in the traditional way but also providing minimal modern comforts.


We are very proud of Kumankaya and thrilled to share it with everyone!



At the main house, there is an outdoor kitchen and lounge area available to visitors. There, they are welcomed to lounge around, share, and heat up their own hot water to make tea.


For plant medicine retreats, an outdoor dining room is also where plant medicine-friendly food will be served, consisting of oatmeal, plantains, chapo, rice, quinoa, beans, sodium-free pasta, sodium-free corn tortillas, lentils, tilapia, and potatoes. Fresh apples and bananas will be available all day as well. Visitors will be notified of meal times: Typically, breakfast is served around 10:00am and dinner at 4:00pm on off-ceremony days. When there is ceremony, breakfast is served around 9:00am and lunch at 1:00pm; there will be no dinner served on the evenings of ceremony. On ceremony days, we ask participants not to eat apples and bananas after 3:00pm. For non-plant medicine retreats, we will create a schedule and menu based on dietary restrictions, healing expectations, and daily activities.

What Does Eco-Conscious Mean to Us?


Living in the jungle has made us realize, more so than ever, the delicacy of this ecosystem. We recognize that we are a part of this rich and diverse habitat, and, as a result, we try to mitigate our impact. This means only using that which we need, creating opportunities to be as self-sufficient as possible, and minimizing the types of products we use and the waste we produce. We want to live in balance and in gratitude with nature.


Kumankaya sits on 11 hectares, roughly 27 acres of land. However, we plan to use less than a fourth of that land for development. Instead, the remaining 20 acres are maintained exclusively for protection and conservation of the Mayan jungle. Recently, our only neighbor (from whom we bought the land) has registered a portion of the surrounding jungle in a governmental conservation program. Positioned throughout the jungle are 4 motion-sensor cameras, which have filmed jaguars, pumas, wild boars, deer, armadillos along with other types of small rodents. This allows us to observe a large panel of the fauna of the Yucatan jungle.


We strive to be as self sufficient as possible. We have solar power and our well has access to the purest, most mineral rich water. In fact, there are no above-ground rivers in the Yucatan peninsula; all the fresh-water rivers are below ground. When building our well, we tapped into two river systems before settling our submersible pump 14 meters deep. And because of the Yucatan's porous limestone bedrock, these underground rivers contain some of the richest and purest water on the planet. Though, right now, we cannot drink our water, because the heavy minerals are difficult for the body to process, we plan to construct a ecological water filtration system (sand, charcoal, and UV light) in the future so we will be able to do so.


We cultivate gardens, what seems like, daily at Kumankaya. We have planted here mango, papaya, plantain, avocado, lemon, apple, pineapple trees, sweet potatoes, mackal, jicama, tomatoes, chilies, broccoli, watermelons, cantaloupe, zucchini, chaya, moringa, and more. We have planted numerous medicinal herbs such as rosemary, ruda, basil, curcuma, ginger, marigold, and cilantro, and we have began to create our own master plant gardens. Our hope is to be able to produce 80-90 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed here. What we can't get from our own gardens, we buy locally at the market.


Being self sufficient and buying locally are measures we take to live consciously, but this also extends to the way we dispose of our waste. Because everything we put in the ground ultimately ends up in our water system, as much as possible, we use environmentally-safe or plant-based products; and we ask visitors to keep this in mind when they bring outside products to Kumankaya as well.


We utilize the recycling center near the pueblo of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, where they recycle tins, metals, and plastics. We also try to burn all burnable waste, such as cardboard, paper, toilet paper, etc. We compost all organic waste and have a low-impact method of recycling our human waste as well. The biodigester filters the water and compacts the solids. Every 6 months, we clean the containers and use the waste as fertilizer for our non-edible gardens. Though at times, the biodigester puts off a sulfur smell, it is an efficient way to recycle this type of matter.


We are constantly learning how to live more in harmony with our surroundings. This is just the beginning!


  • How do I even begin?! This is a mystical place. Very special on this earth right now. It is safe, it is deep, it is healing in all the levels and dimensions of that word. The energy here is so very clean and so very powerful. The people who hold space and who facilitate transformations live in such love. I spent much of October 2019 here. I had no idea what to expect other than answering an inner call. I will mark this time as pivotal in my own journey. And that said, I had developed relationships with Ashley and Remi before that. I honor these two as people of integrity, of love, and ones who have gone deep to do the work within themselves. This is a place made to serve. I guarantee if you come you will be changed! And please reach out to me if you want to talk more. I love this place so much, and love to share my heart for it!