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Live in this snake-shaped home in Mexico with its own mineral cave

If you were hoping to one day travel back to middle-Earth, this might just be the place you’ve been seeking.

A unique Airbnb listing — located in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico, which is 45 minutes from Mexico City — with caves, dragons and secret tunnels immersed in nature is up for grabs at $409 per night.

Designed by Architect Javier Senosiain, the home is known as El Nido de Quetzalcóatl or simply Quetzalcóatl’s Nest. The serpent-shaped condo complex is shockingly unique but still offers travelers a tranquil escape.

The exterior is lined with pearly colors like golden emerald and violet-blue to imitate Quetzalcóatl’s feathers —  known as a feathered-Serpent deity of ancient Meso-American culture.

It was completed in 2007 after six years of construction. Spanning over 16,000 square feet, the entire complex is situated on over 80,000 square feet of land and check-in can be done yourself with a keypad.

The complex offers internal vaults, walls in warm, earthy and semi-curved colors, and different windows with surprising views towards the gardens.
The complex offers internal vaults, walls in warm, earthy and semi-curved colors, and different windows with garden views.
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The main structure is the body of Quetzalcóatl, with a malleable body made of ferrocement of an iridescent color; golden emerald that combines with a deep violet blue, like the feathers of the quetzal.
The main structure is the body of Quetzalcóatl, with a malleable body made of ferro-cement of iridescent color and golden emerald that combines with a deep violet-blue, like the feathers of the quetzal.
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The complex is surrounded by lakes.
The complex is surrounded by lakes.
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The creation of this space was a challenge at the construction level due to the irregular terrain of 5,000 square meters in which it is located, however with time it was possible to create a residential complex of 10 apartments, surrounded by gardens, water mirrors and a forest of oaks.
The creation of this space was a challenge at the construction level due to the irregular terrain of 5,000 square meters in which it is located. However, with time, it was possible to create a residential complex of 10 apartments, surrounded by gardens, water mirrors and a forest of oaks.
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El Nido de Quetzalcóatl is an architectural project by architect Javier Senosiain.
El Nido de Quetzalcóatl is a project by architect Javier Senosiain.
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At the landing of the staircase there is a suspension bridge that connects the last three houses.
At the landing of the staircase, there is a suspension bridge that connects the last three houses.
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One residence comes with four bedrooms, five beds and four baths.

And it appears almost everyone who has stayed has walked away happy.

“We had an excellent time… the place is a gem in the outskirts of Mexico City. Any fan of architecture or someone who appreciates individuals that take [sic] their time to build with love, care and respect for the environment will certainly appreciate staying here,” one guest wrote.

“Once in a lifetime experience. You don’t want to miss,” another said in a review.

A study.
A study.
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A bedroom.
A bedroom.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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The cosmic serpent establishes a mediation between heaven and earth, and measures 21 feet high by 28 feet wide.
The cosmic serpent establishes a mediation between heaven and Earth and measures 21 feet high by 28 feet wide.
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The dining room.
The dining room.
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A bathroom.
A bathroom.
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Pegged as a retreat, the residence comes with a cave of minerals to explore, several botanical gardens and lakes that surround the property.

“It is a perfect place for small groups on retreats, to write, to meditate, for yoga, for walking, for a nice rest,” the listing states. “Bread, fruit & coffee included.”

the water discarded by the houses goes to the treatment plant that the complex has, after being treated it is also sent to the water mirror, for irrigation of all green areas.
The water discarded by the houses goes to the treatment plant that the complex has on site. After being treated, it is also sent to the water mirror for irrigation of all green areas.
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Access to the apartments is by the serpent's back, through a long corridor one descends to the first three houses and down a staircase to the remaining seven.
Access to the apartments is by the serpent’s back. Through a long corridor, one descends to the first three houses and down a staircase to the remaining seven.
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The complex houses 10 apartments in total, with all the residences located in the snake’s back with three apartments upstairs and seven downstairs.

Discarded water from the apartments passes through a treatment plant where it is then “used for irrigation of all green areas,” according to a press release.

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