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Casa Caracol Tulum
Casa Caracol Tulum
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Tulum, Q.Roo, MX
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Wet/Dry Tropical

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Casa Caracol Tulum

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Casa Caracol and Villa Caracol are bio-climatic eco homes built in Tulum, in the Mexican Mayan Riviera. Black and Grey water treatment systems, Rain Capture and beautiful gardens, invite the guest to kick back and enjoy a comfortable and modern house in a rural and jungly setting!!

Project Description

Nestled in between the pristine white beaches of the Mexican Caribbean and the lush jungle lies the enigmatic Mayan city of Tulum; the only one built by the sea. It is located in the Yucatan peninsula just 120 km away from Cancun and borders the Sian Kaan Natural Biosphere reserve to the south. Tulum is divided into three different areas, the beach/hotel zone, the town and the archaeological zone.  Tulum has the most  spectacular beaches on the Caribbean coast, many still practically  virgin and its distinguished by its simple architecture that shows a deep respect for the environment. Its rustic cottages and small hotels were built in total harmony with the natural beauty

Permaculture philosophy is based on using less energy and resources to achieve the greatest possible efficiency in a given parcel or home.

Nature is beautiful. In it we find an infinite variety of patterns, shapes, colors and species coexisting in a symbiotic universe, that follow logic, and universal principles. The only requirement to live in harmony is to respect such equilibrium and order.

Casa Caracol is inspired by patterns we find in nature and which are integrated into the architectural design.

The whole universe revolves constantly in a spiral towards infinity. The spiral is the geometric trace governing  shells. Due to its structural lines, rhythm, direction and continuity, we find inspiration to imitate them  in our architecture. Thus, the inner shell is a sphere, which roundness gives tranquility to man. Hollow cavities have long been sought out as shelter for man's living habitats and homes.

Taking shells as a model, we can design and build  basic   concepts of function, space, structure and form thus creating a feeling of well being, comfortability, harmony, peace, joy and coziness.

Designed under the philosophy of permaculture and bio-climatics, Casa Caracol is a gem of sustainable design in the Mayan Riviera.


  • 3 bedrooms.
  • 3.5 Bathrooms.
  • Dome Meditation / Yoga.
  • A/C.
  • Pool.
  • Rain Water Capture.
  • Organic edible gardens.
  • Optional solar and wind energy systems.
  • House is oriented to receive little sunshine and lots of wind to keep it fresh.
  • Ecological waste water treatments.
  • Built using sustainable materials such as dead wood, rocks, and rammed earth.
  • 3 km from the beach.


In Casas Caracol we inforce the separation of organic and inorganic waste. All organic waste is then thrown into a composting system in order to create fertile land for the use in the garden.

Our gardens are organic and the waste grey and black water is treated on site through  sand/carbon filters and bio-digesters. Water is then used for irrigation.

Villa Caracol has Papaya, banana, medlar,  melon, passion fruit, tamarind, mandarins, lettuce, radishes, onions, carrots, sugarcane, tomato, cucumber, nopal, sweet potatoes, chaya, pumpkin , chilies, and herbs such as basil, oregano, lemongrass, damiana, mint and epazote.

Permaculture philosophy is based on using less energy and resources to achieve the greatest possible efficiency in a given parcel or home.


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