Quetzalcoatl Nest: A Mysterious and Mesmerizing Architectural Wonder near Mexico City
Photo Credit: Photo credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

Photo Credit: Photo credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

Quetzalcoatl Nest: A Mysterious and Mesmerizing Architectural Wonder near Mexico City

Hidden Gems , Mexico City , sustainable hotels
Dominique Jackson
Dominique Jackson May 10, 2023

If you’re visiting Mexico City, one of the must-see destinations is the Quetzalcoatl Nest, a stunning architectural masterpiece that has become a sensation among tourists and locals alike. This unique building is located in the neighborhood of Naucalpan and is about a 45-minute drive outside Mexico City. It perfectly exemplifies contemporary Mexican architecture that harmoniously blends tradition and modernity.

The building opened in 2007 and was designed by renowned Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, who was inspired by the pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico and the legend of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent deity of the Aztecs. The Quetzalcoatl Nest is also known as the Nautilus House because it resembles a seashell, but the intricate details and symbols of Quetzalcoatl genuinely make it a masterpiece.

The Quetzalcoatl Nest is a three-story building that stands out for its unique curved shapes, organic lines, and colorful mosaics. In addition, the building is covered with a waterproof and highly resistant material called “gunite,” which was specifically designed to construct swimming pools but has been adapted for architecture. The result is a building that is visually stunning, incredibly durable, and resistant to earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The design of El Nido de Quetzalcóatl features a winding dragon-shaped structure made of ferroconcrete and finished with mosaic tiles. The treehouse is built around a large tree and features several levels connected by staircases, bridges, and tunnels. The interior of the treehouse is cozy and comfortable, with natural materials like wood and stone used throughout the space. El Nido de Quetzalcóatl operates off-grid, relying on solar power and rainwater harvesting. The treehouse also features a composting toilet and a bio-filter system to treat wastewater, which makes it a genuinely eco-friendly accommodation.

If you want to learn more about the Quetzalcoatl Nest, you can book a guided tour that will take you through the building and explain its history, design, and symbolism. The tour lasts about three hours and is available in English and Spanish. The cost is very affordable, and it’s a great way to get an in-depth look at one of Mexico City’s most unique and intriguing buildings.


When booking through Airbnb, the hosts also offers other activities that groups can select that add the cherry on top of their stay, such as private chefs, breath work classes, and a spa. If you’re planning on visiting during peak season, booking your tour in advance is recommended to ensure availability. You can also book a private tour for a more personalized experience.

In addition to its architectural and historical significance, the Quetzalcoatl Nest has gained even more popularity thanks to its appearance on the Netflix show “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.” The show features three hosts – Megan Batoon, Jo Franco, and Luis D. Ortiz – who travel the world to explore and showcase some of the most unique and luxurious vacation rentals. The episode showcases Senosiain’s passion for organic architecture and his desire to create buildings that are not only functional but also beautiful and inspiring. It’s a fascinating look at the mind of a visionary architect who has dedicated his life to creating unique and sustainable buildings that reflect the culture and history of his country.

The interior of the Quetzalcoatl Nest is just as impressive as the exterior, with a series of interconnected rooms that form a labyrinthine structure. Each room is designed to represent a different part of the Quetzalcoatl Nest. The property is a true gem of Mexican architecture that should be noticed by everyone visiting Mexico City. Its unique design, rich history, and cultural significance make it a must-see attraction that will leave a lasting impression.

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