Sweet Dreams Are Made in This: La Hamaca

Hola loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary for their hamaca, hammock report. For a change, Bruce actually did a little research for this, or more truthfully he assigned it to Mary, which is a good thing for as we all know Bruce never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. As usual, for those of you email subscribers who prefer to view these posts from the blog-site, please click This is our hammock store, Tejidos y Cordeles Nacionales, owned by Jorge Razu. It is located on the east side of Calle 56 between Calles 63 and 65, just shy of the famous mercado, Lucas de Galvez. The tele is 999-928-5561 and the email is drazu1@yahoo.com.mx. Hours are 9-6 M-F, and 9-2 Saturdays.

Here is Mary interviewing Rosa, in Espanol. In our experience, there are no English speakers serving this tienda. Hey gringos, this is a good chance to practice your Spanish!

Mary discovered that the Yucatan is probably the hamaca center of the world. Mexicans from all states recognize the quality of genuine Yucatecan hamacas. The hamacas in this store are handcrafted by artisans in surrounding pueblas such as Chumayel, Mayapan, and Teabo. I asked if it is true that most of the locals use hamacas for their beds nightly and Rosa said, asi es, so it is. She goes on to tell us that this is unique to the Yucatan.

This pic should give you an idea of the selection this hamaca tienda offers. Any color imaginable is available. If you spot a color you love but not in the style of hamaca you want, they will have it custom made for you. Hamacas are available in algodon, cotton or nylon. The nylon holds up to weather better but the algodon is more comfortable. We always buy the algodon and tell our friends to keep them out of the rain. The length of a hamaca is pretty uniform, the ideal height for your hamaca hooks is 5’4″ and the distance apart, 12′. Pricing runs as follows: 210P for nino, child size, 250P for adulto, 380 for matrimonio (this is what we always buy, it easily holds two adult gringos) and familia, family size for 500P. Very light weight adult size hamacas (for travelers) are 150P.

Of course they offer the hammock sillas, chairs, as well. These run 170P.

And for the do-it-yourselfers, they even offer the tools.

Mary and me, enjoying the good life in our hamaca matrimonio.

Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. If you should have the opportunity to visit the Yucatan, you must be sure to bring home a hamaca. Bruce and Mary assure you that there is no finer way to take an afternoon siesta. Please feel free to make comments, to do so, or to simply view comments, click on the post title and scroll down. Hasta Luego!

June 19, 2011 · Bruce · 4 Comments
Posted in: Life in Merida

4 Responses

  1. Joanne - June 19, 2011

    That pic of the 2 of you in your hamaca is fabulous! Don’t know how much napping is going to be done there, but it looks good.

  2. Bruce - June 20, 2011

    Haha, Joanne! zzzzzzzzzzzzz……..

  3. Cheryl - July 3, 2011

    I am so glad that you posted this about the hamacas. Try as I might, I cannot find a decent hammock for sale here in TN. I went online and found the Mayan made hamacas and they were being sold for $100 USD and up by importers. I wondered how much the weavers actually got paid for their beautiful work. This is one of the things I look forward to when we come to Merida this fall. I will certainly go to this place.

    Cheryl

  4. Bruce - July 3, 2011

    Glad this post was helpful for you, Cheryl. At $100 a pop, they’re making a pretty good margin as the retail at this store is about $30. I really don’t know what the artisans make, but I am guessing from what I have heard, they make about half.
    Cheers!

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