The main entrance to our home.

Our home from the street.

Our kitchen.

View of valley from your kitchen.

View of the valley from patio.

Our home from across the valley









Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed and Breakfast
Our Oaxaca bed and breakfast consists of a spacious, full level of our hillside home, with panoramic mountain and valley vistas. We rent our bed & breakfast to only one couple or family at a time. Our accommodations are more akin to having your own private apartment than simply a suite in a b & b.

We provide the following amenities:

  • fully equipped eat-in kitchen with pine table and chairs;
  • landscaped patio with walk down to our fruit trees;
  • spacious bedroom with queen size bed, futon, 3 piece wicker settee, cable TV with DVD, night tables, WIFI, lamps and ceiling fan;
  • optional adjoining extra bedroom for children, with full size bunk beds;
  • 3 piece washroom.

Casa Machaya now offers an additional private rental unit suitable for an individual or a couple, consisting of separate bedroom with cable TV & DVD, WIFI, its own separate patio, and washroom. Please inquire for additional photos and further details.

Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast is child friendly. If traveling with infants or young children, our bed and breakfast is pleased to offer the use of a crib, high chair, car seat and stroller. Contact us for further details including babysitting service, and touring routes geared to hold the interest of children.

We are a Canadian couple who spent four years building our home using a Oaxacan architect; so at Casa Machaya you’re assured of classic Mexican flare, color and design, yet with the conveniences of home, and no cultural surprises:

  • an abundance of hot water for showering;
  • unlimited purified drinking water;
  • as well as the little things for the kitchen such as coffee maker, toaster, microwave, electric juicer and the usual appliances and kitchen requirements;
  • even a comfy cot for taking a late afternoon snooze.

Our traditional adobe-stone-brick construction at Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast, and the breezy location just above downtown Oaxaca, ensure moderate temperatures all year round. Awaken to the sounds of roosters and Mexican music echoing across the valley, yet you’re only minutes from the zócalo, the heart of downtown Oaxaca with its art galleries, museums, colonial churches and restaurants featuring world renowned gastronomic excellence. Our Oaxaca bed and breakfast combines the service and comfort of a modern Oaxaca hotel, with the personal touch of quaint country inn style lodging.

Available services include:

  • airport transfers arranged;
  • laundry facilities;
  • complimentary high speed internet (WIFI);
  • private cooking lessons by internationally acclaimed native Oaxacan chef Pilar Cabrera;
  • hiking, cycling, birding and ecotourism advice and planning assistance;
  • tours arranged for day trips to the craft villages such as black pottery (barro negro) at San Bartolo Coyotepec, rugs (tapetes) at Teotitlán del Valle, cotton textiles at Santa Tomás Jalieza, alebrijes at San Martín Tilcajete, clay figures of the Aguilar sisters, and more; towns on their market days such as Tlacolula, Etla and Ocotlán; ruins including Monte Albán, Mitla, Yagul and San José Mogote; mezcal factories of Matatlán and the mountain regions; and many off-the-beaten-track sights such as the bubbling springs at Hierve el Agua and visits to the homes and workshops of artists in the countryside.

Oaxaca is our passion. Our goal is to make your vacation as complete and culturally rich as possible. While your privacy is respected, your bed & breakfast hosts are always available as your personal resources. In fact we are recognized as the Oaxaca destination expert on a major international travel website.

Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast is a founding member of the Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast Association. We are one of the few Oaxaca bed and breakfast lodgings with owners who actually live on site. It’s our home, and your accommodations.

Our guests write:

“I can't stress enough how much your home and hospitality played a role in having a great vacation. We simply could not imagine having spent our time in Oaxaca anywhere else.”
Seth Ditchik, Roosevelt, NJ

“Alvin, it was really great to meet both you and Arlene. Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality! Denyse and I had a great time and, as I tell people here about it, I realize I enjoyed every minute of the trip. It was a great introduction to Oaxaca and a very good break for me.”
Helen Dimitrijevic, Guelph, ON

“Alvin, I want to thank you and Arlene for the hospitality you extended to all of us. After a full day of traveling, it was wonderful to relax in your beautiful house and be treated with food, wine and great conversation. You made us feel so welcomed. I can't imagine visiting Oaxaca without the richness of the experiences that you provided for us. Every item we bought comes with the memory of being introduced to a wonderful people who take so much pride in their crafts. I felt that we were immersed in the history and culture of Oaxaca. "Tour" does not define what we experienced throughout the week.”
Deborah Brill, Skokie, ILL

“If we had stayed in a hotel, we would not have had the rich experience that we had. Oaxaca was the place we had not been before, and so it was ‘the meat’ of the trip. Thanks for all the things you did to make it really amazing.”
K. Marie Taylor, Sault Lake City, UT

“We decided it was the best place we’ve ever stayed in. Quite the travel bargain, too.”
Michael Sugerman, San Francisco, CA

“Thank you both for a truly wonderful time in Oaxaca. I will be recommending Casa Machaya to everyone.”
Kathryn Anderson, London, ON

“Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your care and thought while we stayed with you. Your willingness to make sure we had everything we needed, and the places you took us were just amazing. We know that you didn’t have to include us, and I was so grateful that you both did. Especially meaningful to me was the care you both took for me when I was ill. I really appreciate your kindnesses. I’ll most definitively be seeing you again, when I return for my next visit. My husband wants to see Oaxaca now that I’ve had such a fabulous time, and I wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else.”
Stephanie Oppelaar, Bellingham, WA

“Once again, thank you so much! We so enjoyed our time in Oaxaca and Casa Machaya. Speaking for all of us, your in-depth knowledge of the culture was certainly a bonus for us. We could not have asked for a more accommodating host.”
Linda Breslin, Baltimore, MD

“Thanks again, to both of you, for making a long-anticipated ‘dream vacation’ a reality. You are great people, and we were fortunate to stay at your place.”
Kristine Hansen, Winnipeg, MAN

“Just sending you a little note to say what a great time we had in Oaxaca. We could not have done it without you … we cannot thank you enough. You were such kind hosts and so knowledgeable about the area. You really gave us a great flavour for the region.”
Josh Jacobson & Anna Cantalini, Toronto, ON

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The bedroom.

The bathroom.

Your private patio.

A sitting area.

Your guest kitchen

Children's bedroom

Second guest unit bedroom

Second guest unit washroom