nearby chapel of Candelaria lends its’ name to our newest
three bedroom home designed by Josue Ramos. El Portico
is surrounded by two massive Ceiba trees, that are sacred
to the Mayans. The shady central courtyard with its’
gurgling fountain creates a cool respite from sun drenched
In the old 18th century Portico House are
the living room, a guest bedroom and the arched portico. The
beautiful mosaic tile floors are from a later period but the
antique wood beamed ceilings are all original. El
portico is perfect for dining in the evenings or
napping in the afternoon. There is a whimsical bathroom in
the courtyard created around the old water storage tank.
On the far side of the courtyard is the old Tejaban House.
The Marseilles tile covered kitchen has been completely modernized.
Beyond the kitchen is the swimming pool with a patio and garden
that features another cool shaded seating area. Above the
kitchen is the Tejaban guest room with a balcony overlooking
the pool. It features a view of the cathedral on the main
square 4 blocks away. This peaked roof room with its’
natural terracotta tiles and plastered walls is a serene retreat
from site seeing. This lovely room has a large modern bathroom
and air conditioning.
Across the way is the Master bedroom suite that feels like
a giant colonial tree house. The double windows open onto
the highest branches of the ceiba tree where many tropical
birds visit in the mornings. Opposite is the private terrace
that has an impressive view of 7 nearby colonial churches
and is ideal for sunbathing or stargazing. It will be hard
to remove yourself from the luxury of the oversized tub in
the spacious and light filled bathroom. Luckily there’s
room for two.