Our stay in Jeanette's cob casita was Magical! Jeanette has two houses, and the guest house is a deluxe suite with living room, flush toilet and eco friendly shower.
Jeanette's house is in a little town called El Chorro, which is a working ranch with a handful of houses and one amazing rustic restaurant. Jeanette's place is only a couple houses in from the entrance to a national park and biosphere preserve in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains.
The kitchen is outdoors, we had our own fridge, and there was a beautiful deck where we could watch the sun set over the arroyo full of the sounds of both domestic and wild birds and animals.
Jeanette has lived in the area for 10 years, and is fully invested in the health of the local economy and education system. She is retired from being a full time music teacher in Canada, and you can tell, as the guest house has a plethora of instruments in all the nooks and crannies. She volunteers as a music teacher, helps raise money for local education, and employs people from the town to help her run the Airbnb house. She also assists town locals, who aren't as internet savvy, but who want to share their accommodations on Airbnb.
The stay with Jeanette comes with a super delicious breakfast made from local eggs, veggies and cheese, and the best coffee we had on our trip (this coming from two Seattleites).
The hot springs were only a 10 minute walk from the casita. At night we soaked in the upper springs, where a ring of rocks and against the source created a large soaking pool and the stars spread out over us with no light pollution to disrupt the view. The tighter you pile rocks, the hotter the pool became (I think we got it from 104F to 108F). If you get too hot, just step over the rocks into the cool mountain river water.
During the day we swam in the giant pool below the damn, which is mixture of river and hot spring water forming a giant, naturally heated, fresh and free flowing swimming pool.
Both pools were filled tiny fish that nibble whenever you stand still. It was like a wild version of a health spa.
Jeanette gave us directions for following a black igneous rock vein along the river for 1.5 miles. About an hour later, we were swimming in cool mountain river rock pools under waterfalls and sunning ourselves like lizards on the surrounding boulders. We snacked on tamales that we had bought that morning from a vendor who came to Jeanette's gate.
If we had a few more days, I would have loved to take a day trip each to Cabo Pulmo, Los Barriles and Santa Rita Hot Springs from Jeanette's house. We only had the two days, so we spent them in the area, which I believe was the best use of our short time.