About Us

We’re Juan Alejandro Ochoa and Mark Baum, your hosts at Alejo’s Hideways.

Juan studied to be a lawyer in Colombia. After moving to the United States, he worked with homeless families for over twenty years. Now he has a traveling bodywork practice.

Mark trained as an actor and a musician and toured the US in the 90s. These days, he works as an application developer and performs South American music on the side (www.markbaummusic.com).

It’s been Juan’s dream to offer places to stay in some of his favorite parts of the country:  San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Fort Lauderdale. We jumped in with both feet and started Alejo’s Hideaways with properties in all three locations. But in 2020, with the change in the economy, we sold everything except Palm Springs.

Since then, we’ve been working on finding a new location in Fort Lauderdale for Casa Charango de Mango, and we’ve opened Hotel Zen-sual in Bogotá, Colombia. We are happy to still be offering Casa Azahara, our magical home in Palm Springs. You can find it on Airbnb and VRBO.