Thank you for choosing Hacienda La Rusa to be your home in Mexico !
If you are a first time visitor , please, read this document, it contains tons of useful details about the property and the village. Majority of your questions are answered here .
Hacienda La Rusa is a beautiful boutique Inn in the middle of the rural fishing village on the Pacific coast. Hacienda La Rusa has owners’ quarters, kitchen, dining room, terraces and patios, 2 swimming pools and a magical tropical garden, and 7 comfortable, charming, tropical guests rooms ; the property is completely walled in for your privacy and security. The gates closed all the time and only registered guests and invitees are allowed on the property.
Hacienda la Rusa is located at the entrance to Barra de Potosi on the right (beach) side. There is only a restaurant between us and the beach.
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The rhythms of our Inn revolve around peace, zen, happiness, animal welfare and green practices: recycling, using renewable resources as much as possible, minimizing our environmental impact in every decision we make, supporting and interacting with the local community, and sharing the knowledge and benefits of this lifestyle with our staff and neighbors.
Our attempts to become sustainable started gradually and we continue to adopt behaviors that reduce our carbon footprint. Since 2015 Hacienda La Rusa has been a Bronze level GreenLeader of TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which consists of hotels and B&Bs worldwide engaged in environmentally-friendly practices. We have met a set of environmental standards developed by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners.
in 2014 we founded Amigos de Animales ( www.amigosdeanimales.org) – the only Animales Welfare organization operating south of Zihuatanejo and north of Petatlan. We run the largest rescue shelter in the area , we started a Spay and Neuter program and animal welfare education project for kids and adults. Since 2014, thanks to support of many our guests, we have organized numerous mass Spay and Neuter clinics , paid for the sterilization of over 3000 animals, we fed hungry kids and their families, we have distributed clothes, schools supplies, bug sprays and toys among kids and parents, who are struggling to make ends meet, we taught classes in 15 local schools, and had summer camps at the shelter for our little volunteers.
And we thank you, our dear guests, for helping us make these beautiful things happen!
If it’s your first time here, and you would like to find out how to help, people or animals, please don’t hesitate to email me!
the village of Barra de Potosi sits on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, 15 minutes from the international airport and 30 minutes away from the major resort city of Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo.
This is not a typical resort area; there are no banks, no ATM, no high-rise condos, no bars, no yacht harbor, no golf course. Barra de Potosi is an amazingly rural laid back village of about 500 residents, mostly fishermen, craftsman, coconut workers, rancheros and a few dozen Americans, Canadians and one Russian-Ukrainian 😉
Barra de Potosí is famous for its 10 miles long gorgeous beach and network of lagoons surrounding the village with over 200 species of birds .
The village is simple and authentic, with 3 streets and 3 small stores; truly the right place for a visitor with a taste for a cultural adventure and untouched natural beauty. This rustic Mexican village is what Sayulita or Tulum used to be.
Barra de Potosi has everything for a fun vacation – bird watching, whale watching, deep see fishing, horse riding, kayaking, jungle tours, turtle sanctuary, snorkeling, surfing classes, our beach is 10 miles long and empty through most of the year (holidays are crowded and can be noisy) and perfect for swimming, jogging and walking.
From Hacienda la Rusa gates you will walk: 3 seconds to the beach, 3 minutes to the lagoon, steps to the restaurants, taxi, small stores, fruit & veggie stand.
For your comfort and convenience, we came up with a few basic suggestions, to ensure all the patrons enjoy their vacation:
- Please, smoke outside or in a designated smoking area in the garden. This is a non-smoking establishment.
- Please, deposit the toilet paper and other products in the waste basket provided. The local water table is very high. We have a very sensitive sewage treatment system which does not decompose paper. Toilet paper or any other consumer products will clog the septic system; it will disrupt your vacation and cause extensive repairs. Toilet baskets are emptied daily.
- Please, bring and use repellent with DEET. It’s Tropics – there are insects here as you might expect. In the mornings and at the sunset the peskiest are the no-see-ums. They will leave you alone if apply repellent with DEET, like OFF Deep Woods.
- This is nothing like All-Inclusives, this is real rural Mexico, mostly spanish speaking; not used to dollars; friendly, warm, happy and inviting, please, adjust your expectations accordingly.
Grace Period: you can cancel or change your booking, without cancellation fees or penalties, within 24 hours of booking.
1 night deposit is due at the time of booking.
Balance is due 2 weeks prior to arrival .
If the booking is cancelled less than 30 days before arrival —>>
then a charge equal to the first nights of the stay will be made.
If the booking is cancelled less than 7 days before arrival —>>
then a charge equal to the full booking amount will be made.
Checking in and Checking out :
Arrival = Check–in: 4 pm, early check-in is subject to availability
Departure = Check-out: 12 pm, later check-out is subject to availability
if we can’t accommodate your request for an early check in or late check out, we will store your luggage and you are welcome to use the grounds, gardens and pools.
- all rooms are equipped with mini fridges
- all rooms have safe boxes
- all rooms have overhead and floor fans
- there is hot and cold water year-round with good pressure
- bath towels, hand towels and wash cloth are provided, (please, leave towels on the floor when you want them to be replaced);
- pool and beach towels are provided
- toiletries provided: liquid soap, a bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, skin lotion.
Cleaning – we disinfect and sanitize everything, we use chemicals when and where we have too and we use eco friendly homemade cleaning solutions when and where we can. Your bed spreads and decorative pillows get cleaned and sanitized for each new guests, pillows and mattresses in common areas get cleaned regularly as well.
Water – water from the inside faucets and showers is from our well on the property. On a few occasions, I drank our tap water and “pasa nada – nothing happened”. So don’t panic if you drink some, nothing will happen, but overall, hydrate yourself with purified drinking water. Our gray water goes to water our gardens.
Drinking Water – there is always a 5 gallon jug of drinking water in the common dining room. And there is a drinking water dispenser in your room.
Power – we have power outages from time to time, hopefully, not while you are visiting. When the power goes out – nothing works. It usually does not last long.
There are flashlights in your rooms and candles in common rooms.
Please, save energy – please, turn OFF the lights and fans when leaving rooms. Majority of lights around the property are on timers, if they turn on automatically at dusk, don’t worry about those, they are off automatically at 10 – 11 pm.
Safety – it is safe here in the village, period.
It’s safe to go alone and safe to go out at night.
Stores – there are 5 small stores in the village open during the day till 7-9 pm and one tiny little one open till later at night till 10-11 pm. They carry sodas, beers, snacks, wine, tequila, ice cream, basic groceries etc…
There is Carmen’s fruit-veggie stand around the corner, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want something special, ask her and she will bring it next day.
Noise – it is Mexico and it is a small rural working fishing village. This is an amazing place of great energy and the center of laid back coastal Mexico, overall it’s peaceful and quiet, but on occasion it does get noisy here; ocean waves, village noise … dogs, roosters, music… once or twice a year there is a wedding or sweet 15 party. I have earplugs available for light sleepers. If you are seeking a complete quiet of an isolated island, Barra de Potosi is NOT the place.
During Peak season, especially holidays, Christmas, New Year, Easter, Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe, there are a lot of people on the beach everywhere in Mexico, fireworks, music and parties. It can be very busy and noisy and fun.
Internet – Our internet can be slow and unreliable.
Phone – unless you have a Mexican/International voice/data plan on your cell phone, switch your phone to airplane mode and use our wifi until you get back home.
Laundry – we will do your laundry at your request, 5 US or 100 pesos per load.
Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexican social culture. Mexican people, serving you will appreciate a token of your appreciation in exchange for a good service.
Tips to the staff are highly appreciated if you are pleased with their service, they work hard to ensure your vacation is as carefree as possible. Please, leave your tip, cash or credit card, with us, the owners or give it directly to the staff, please, divide it even between Yogi, Janet, Maricela. The suggested tip is 5-10% of the total cost of your stay and divided among 3 full time employees.
Traveling with Kids or Pets : we normally have adults only and no pets policy in Hacienda, but during certain times of the year and under certain conditions we are happy to make an exception upon personal request.
Our Pets and Rescues – we have dogs and cats on the property. Unfortunately, we can’t provide guests with allergies allergy-free accommodations. And we, definitively, are not the right place for people, who dislike animals.
Owners – Stasya or as everyone in the zip code calls me la Rusa and my husband Mike. We spend part of the year in Barra de Potosi, our house is located on the property. If we are here during your visit, we will greet and meet you personally, but if we are not here, our staff is and we will be only a phone call or email message away. I will provide you with all information you need before the arrival and I will stay in touch to assist you if needed.
Staff : cooking and cleaning crew are Janet and Maricella and Yogi is a bell boy, handy man and a pool boy. They speak Spanish only . Yogi is learning English little by little. They use the app on their phones to help guests booking tours etc, or once again, we are only a phone call away .
Nature and Wild Life – there are undeveloped beaches, tangled mangroves and tropical dry forests to explore, all of which are literally teaming with birds and wild animals. Many of these exotic places are completely foreign and delightful to many of us.
Animals wild and domestic – while on the property you might see: birds, iguanas, geckos, rarely frogs, bats, insects, palm cockroaches, and our pets. Around the property in the village, you will see: dogs, cats, chickens, horses, donkeys, pigs, goats etc. To see more wild animals, you need to go a little further from the village on the jungle trails.
Health – a small local clinic and a pharmacy are 10 mins drive, nearest hospital is 20 mins drive. If you need to see a doctor, our staff will drive you there . We find Mexican medical system to be inexpensive and of the best quality.
Money – there is NO bank and NO ATM in the village, please, get pesos at the ATM in the airport right after you land, get whatever your minimum withdrawal limit, it will be between 6000 to 15000 pesos. Please, remember NOT to leave your ATM card in the machine!
Exchange rate lately fluctuates around 1 CAD = 14-15 pesos , 1 USD = 18-19 pesos. If you are bringing cash, you can exchange a small portion at the airport to last you a day or two, and exchange more in Zihua at the bank. The exchange rate is a little better in Zihuatanejo.
Local stores and restaurants in Barra de Potosí rarely accept dollars, no one in Barra de Potosi accepts credit cards for food or services, it’s a rural cash based community.
Transportation from/to the airport – we don’t offer a shuttle service, and unfortunately, we can’t send a local taxi to pick you up.
in Zihuatanejo- Ixtapa airport only taxi vehicles with a special license can service the airport. The official taxi stand next to the gate charges about 500-600 pesos for a trip to Barra de Potosi.
Our local taxis don’t have an airport license to pick you up at the airport, but they can take you back to the airport for about 300 pesos. It takes 15 minutes to get to Hacienda la Rusa from the airport.
Give our address to a taxi driver – # 1 Barra de Potosi, Hacienda La Rusa
It is completely safe to use taxi cabs at the airport and our local taxis.
you will drive along the beach and get to the village, in the village, look to the right (beach ) side for the sign that says “Slow Down. We love our kids and pets. Amigos de Animales” , next Gate has a small sign La Rusa – you have arrived !