Calling all digital nomads! Are you working or living on the Yucatan Peninsula? Want a good excuse to take a short break from your normal routine? Tired of working from the kitchen table and cafes? Here’s a great project that combines the digital nomad lifestyle and helps support local communities at the same time.
The digital nomad event will take place on October 25, 26 and 27. They are three nights in the charming city of Espita, Yucatan. This time the experience of digital nomads is aimed at people living in the Merida area. More events are planned for groups from Tulum and Playa del Carmen for the future. Even if you’re not a digital nomad, you can participate in the fun if you want.
If you’re not from Merida or maybe you’re not a digital nomad, you can still attend this event. The reason it only targets the digital nomads of Mérida is for the ease of car sharing and, as there are so many digital nomads on both coasts of the peninsula, more events will be held for different groups.
Espita is a small town that few people have heard of. Most people living on the peninsula know places like Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Holbox, Valladolid and Merida, but not Espita. Espita is a real city rich in traditions. You can listen to Maya on the street, visit a traditional market and enjoy the small town. Most people who travel here can only stop by Espita and take one or two photos of it, but this experience will give people time to acquire the magic of a small town in Mexico and be connected with the premises for your host.
What to expect during your trip
This is the first digital nomad experience in Espita, Yucatán. There is availability for 20-30 people in the accommodations. The dates are October 25, 26 and 27. It is a three-day, four-day experience of working / visiting / emerging in culture. The advantage of visiting them during these dates is that things will be planned and organized for visits and meals, as well as meeting and greeting other digital nomads.
We chose mid-week dates because it offers better prices, and in a survey, many said they were available during the week. If you want to stay longer, talk to Stephanie (reservations are listed below). Some may want to stay longer because the same week is Day of the Dead. There is usually an age competition in Espita Park and stories in the cemetery. This year it is not yet known exactly what will happen. More details to come.
The first night there will be a welcome drink and a presentation to the host. We will answer any questions about excursions, meals and things to do. Many will find the hotels and guest houses very comfortable. This can take up a lot of your time.
Accommodation for your getaway
We have selected four accommodations for this event. All accommodation is equipped with Wi-Fi. Availability is available in public areas and in the rooms. Special rates have been set for all three nights. Each place is special and offers a very comfortable and unique experience in Espita. Each room can accommodate two people. Some rooms can accommodate four people.
Casa Espita is a restored colonial house that has many unusual features. See photos of Casa Espita here on Instagram. The house has two unique rooms for rent, a swimming pool, gardens, roof area and gardens. Meals are available for a fee here. Each room costs 1400 pesos per night. One room includes air conditioning and one is fan only.
Casa Moca is a renovated house in the center of Espita. See Casa Moca’s photos on Instagram here. There are three separate rooms around a pool. The main house has a living room, dining room and shared kitchen. The house is rented for 4,200 pesos per night or 1400 per room. The goal is to rent the three rooms here and set the cost at 1400 pesos per night.
It is a newly built house with all the right touches. See photos of Casa K’acaya on Instagram here. There are two bedrooms in the main house and 4 separate bedrooms in the back garden. There is a small pool and a kitchen. Rooms have a fan and air conditioning. The price is 1800 pesos per room. Breakfast is included in this price.
Hotel Casona los Cedros
Hotel Casona lo Cedros is a 9-room boutique hotel located in Espita. See Casona Los Cedros photos here on Instagram or here on Facebook. The hotel has a swimming pool, gardens, bar and restaurant. Rooms have air conditioning and fans. Some rooms have a private pool. Room prices are detailed below. Rooms can be booked with or without breakfast. Prices range from 1680 pesos-2870 without breakfast and 1960-3150 pesos per night.
Make reservations for the event
Stephanie of Mid City Beats is in charge of making reservations for the event. A 10% deposit is required to book your accommodation option. You can get in touch Stephanie via WhatsApp or phone, here is the number 999-275-8448. Do not contact the hotels and private houses to make reservations, as it is coordinated through Stephanie.
Dining options at Espita
- As this experience falls on a Tuesday, there is a weekly food market in the park. People prepare tables and offer traditional things like tamales, empanadas, chayaoties and pickled cakes. Most things are very cheap. The best time to go is between 19:00 and 21:00.
- In the main market there is a menu of the day with two older women. The food is very good and incorporates many local dishes. Each serving is 50 pesos and is available for eating or taking out.
- Fit Food Espita is a healthy delivery service option. Check out his Facebook page here for more information.
- There is a very good roast chicken place that also has some of the best ribs. It only opens for lunch from 11am to 4pm, but sometimes they run out because it’s great.
- Chinese food. There is a decent Chinese restaurant in Espita. Small plates cost 70 pesos. They have a vegetarian option. This is a place for lunch only. It is located at 27th Street between 26th Street and 28th Street.
- The Casona restaurant is in the Casona Los Cedros hotel. There are three meals a day available here. This is a gourmet option. Reservations are required for dinner one day in advance. There will be more details about this restaurant.
- There are four small grocery stores in Espita. The main one is a Super Willys. The basics can be bought in stores.
Tours and activities
While some work and enjoy the surroundings, others may like to do a bit of touring. These are some of the local routes you can take, as well as some of the destinations outside of Espita, but close by (a few hours by car). Local tours support the community and are very affordable options.
- Take a guided tour in the morning. Enjoy the fresh morning air while running along a country road. The price is 200 pesos per person.
- Bicycle tour of Espita and surroundings. This tour explains the ways to cultivate people for centuries and some details about Espita. The price is 200 pesos per person for the excursion. Bicycles can be rented at Casa Espita and Casona Los Cedros for 100 pesos for excursions.
- Visit a small local cenote in a cave where you can swim. Here you can drive or take a local taxi. Admission is 100 pesos per person for 1-3 visitors. Groups of more than 3 are 50 pesos each.
- Hire a local DJ for a sun lounge session for 1 hour and a half. There is a maximum number of people at a time for this visit of 5 people.
For previous visits, contact Casa Espita via Instagram to book and plan a guide and time for your tour.
- An easy cooking tour is to take a motorbike taxi around the city. You can get taxis on the street or in the church. Some points of interest are the old train station, the cemetery and the main square. The cost is about 50-100 pesos per taxi. There are 1-3 people in a taxi.
Car tour ideas for Espita
If you have a car, these places are good for a day trip. In the future, if there is a longer digital nomadic event in Espita, there may be trips planned with a driver.
How to get to Espita
Having a car or going with friends will be great for getting around. If this is not possible, here are some other options.
There are collective taxis that go between the center of Mérida and Espita. They are direct and affordable. It is best to schedule it with the driver and get information directly from him. You can call Carlos at 986-106-3563
There are buses and minivans going between Mérida and Tizimin. Most buses are local and make many stops along the way. We do not recommend this option. The minivans going to Tizimin are fast. From Tizimin a taxi would be needed to Espita. It is about 200 pesos for the 25 minutes by taxi to Espita from Tizimin.