The SpaceThis cottage is located on a Permaculture based property, facing all three of the lake's astounding volcanoes making it a sensational view.
The cottage is spacious with epic views from all social areas. Has a loft bedroom with a queen bed and a single bed. The price listed is for two. Additional guests will be charged $ 25 per person per day (maxium 4 guests in total)
The kitchen is well furnished and stocked with more than basic cooking equipment, no refrigerator, great natural illumination, has a gas stove with working oven.
Bathroom is on the first floor, it has a solar hot shower and a neat and friendly dry composting toilet.
The permaculture garden of exotic and local varieties is located on terraces through out the property. There you will find nice areas to rest, read, or walk to discover our food forest.
The dock is a great place to jump from for a refreshing swim or hang out, watch sunrises, sunsets and stargaze. Near it there is a place for bonfires. Guest AccessAs a guest, you will have access to the dock, organic herbs, rain-caught filtered drinking water, some of the fruits in season produced on the property and amazing sunrises and sunsets from your windows.
Our private dock is wide and spacious, it has a big tree (a Kap tree, from the Willow family) in the middle, and strings of colorful banners. When you take the boat, tell boat captain you go to Pasajkap (name of the geographic area right in the middle, between the villages of Tzununa and San Marcos) Be clear in explaining you go to the big and wide dock with a big tree in the middle and colorful banners. From the water you will also see a round smaller cabin by the water. After stopping at the Tzununa public dock, please be alert , the house is only 4 minutes after Tzununa, as you come from Panajachel (Pana for short).
Coming by shuttle from Guatemala City, shuttles always a stop in Antigua. From Antigua, through the Interamerican Hiway, there are two routes to access Lake Atitlan basin:
1) Via Solola arriving to Panajachel. This is the shorter route, the road is usually well maintained and safe. Panajachel is the number 1 touristic destination around Lake Atitlan. It is a village with several banks and ATM's, two well assorted supermarkets: Chalo's and Sandra's and a large market with vendors from around the region with fruits, legumes, veggies, free ranged eggs, meats and fish are of good quality, some even organic. Tourist's street is called Calle Santander, with many tourist operators and agencies for shuttle services, short trips and tours; also you will find a variety of vendors and stores for crafts, jewellery, hand made hats, baskets, lasso, etc and large selection of restaurants and coffee shops.
2) Via Santa Clara La Laguna some 30 Km ahead on the Interamerican Highway, direction Quetzaltenango and Mexico. This is a longer route, plus 22 Km of steep descend, with no stop in any village, through not well maintained curvy road (with the highlight of being able to go through an area of cloud forest, sightseeing Atitlan from a different prospective. There is also a park with special equipment and installations to cross "flying" the ravines onto the next mountain top; shuttle companies may organize a visit upon request). From the Interamerican Highway, shuttles take close to an hour to get to San Pablo La Laguna, first village on the Northern Riviera of Lake Atitlan. Once arriving to San Pablo, continuing to the left, 3 Km away, you arrive to San Marcos and Tzununa, where the road ends. To the right is the continuation to the road to San Juan, San Padro, Santiago and San Lucas, all the villages on the Southern Riviera of Lake Atitlan.
Both from Panajachel or from San Marcos, there is only boat access to my place. If you are coming from Panajachel it is a 35/40 min, boat ride with mandatory stops at the Northern Riviera villages of Santa Cruz, Jaibalito, Tzununa. My private dock is about 4 minutes after Tzununa. If you are coming from the San Marcos public dock, my place is 3/4 minutes after leaving the San Marcos dock.
It is easy to get by around the lake using public boat transportation, specially through the Northern Riviera villages and San Juan and San Pedro on the Southerb Riviera. Service is regular during day hours every 20 min from and to Panajachel, which is the central port destination.
For night trips, private boat service is provided by our neighbor Mariano or one of his two grown up sons, Fernando or Alex, at very convenient prices to go or come to or from San Marcos, San Juan or San Pedro, the three most visited destinations. Same, if you need to catch an early shuttle in San Marcos or Pana Mariano may take you.
Also, if you want to save a couple of hours of traveling time to get to Atitlan or back to Antigua or Guatemala City, there are private shuttles or taxis which may bring you from Guatemala City (Airport) for $150 to $200. You can arrange this service in advance via the Internet with any tour operator or shuttle company. I use Atitrans. Interaction with GuestsPrivacy is important and will be respected. We want you to feel welcomed and assisted in your travels; if we can recommend places to visit or if you need help getting around the lake, we will be happy to give you a hand. The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is particularly beautiful with clear and clean waters in which you can swim (mornings are the best), amazing sun rises and sunsets, and phenomenal views of all three volcanoes. It is safe and close to San Marcos (4 minutes by boat)
The area is called Pasajkap, located bordering Tzununa. Only 20 minutes by boat to San Pedro.
From San Pedro there are a number of tour operators who offer hikes to San Pedro Volcano, The Mayan face, San Pablo and Tzununa waterfalls, San Marcos forest. For visitors with enough time, shuttle companies may take you to outstanding IRTRA, Water Parks in Retalhuleu, these are them parks specially great for kids.
Rock climbing, mountain bike and hangliding and other extreme sports are available in the area.
Santa Clara Saturday's Indigenous Market. Culturally interesting site to understand traditional Maya markets, you can buy everything from cooked food and produce, tools, fire wood, to live animals, like chickens and pigs, medicinal plants and clothing (there is a special area for used Mayan clothing, where you may find amazing old traditional Maya textiles: pure cotton, preciously hand crafted, lasso bags, leather shoes etc). Getting AroundLocal transport available are public boats that come in every 20 minutes to half hour from 6am to 5pm. They stop at our dock to pick you up or drop you off. It is 3-5 minutes to San Marcos or Tzununa; 15 minutes to San Pedro for a market visit, or a very well served heath food store and ATM and bank services. For clothing, other food and market choices, visit Panajachel, about 40 minutes by boat. We recommend boat transportation for easy and fast access. There are also private boat services that take you to San Marcos or any other place for an extra charge, available upon request.
In San Marcos there are very good restaurants, just walk around and ask to find food from Guatemala, to international, Italian, Oriental foods
There is also a large selection of Holistic treatments with therapists providing a variety of alternative healing modalities: Massage and body work: deep tissue massage, abdominal organ Maya massage, energetic massage, reflexology, acupuncture, acupressure, tei shin, EFT, sound therapy, I Ching and Tarot readings, Bach flowers, Tai Chi, Qigong or Chi Kong.
San Marcos is also known as the hub of spirituality around the Lake and holds various workshops, activities, classes and retreats on the subjects of self discovery, healing, wellness and holistic lifestyle.
San Marcos is known as a hub for appropriate technologies for healing and well being practices, including organic gardening and soil conservation practices and an variety of nutritious foods: preserves, probiotics, goat cheese (also in Hotel Bambu in Tzununa) and different kinds of breads (sour dough, sprouted grains, whole wheat) and corn tortillas including blue corn hand made tortillas.
If you are looking for a healing experience, on a personal note, I would love to recommend my daughter Mariu, who in my humble opinion holds the gift of healing. As a well studied and trained independent therapist, she offers a variety of therapies and treatments, workshops, and products (Amatista) to enhance quality life. Contact Mariu through me.
If you are interested in old (used) Maya textiles be sure to visit Panajachel on market days (Tuesdays and Fridays) and go to the Fire Station
s Parking lot, where numerous vendors, specially women put up their booths and spaces with great options, some times even museum quality textiles.
There are good restaurants in town: For vegetarian cuissine, visit La Paz or Hotel Bambu (Tzununa), for international food: Il Giardino, Moon Fish, Fe or Aculax (Lush), for Japanees food visit Seiko, for on the go visit Shambala, Hostal del Lago. There is always new places coming up so take some time to walk around the village of San Marcos
For a more cultural type visits, go to San Juan, it is the cleanest village around the Lake, has the largest student population and women's textile coops, interesting art galleries, Maya ceremonies, medicinal plants and organic veggies. Other Things to NoteThe house is solar powered only for illumination and to charge phones and computers (best if charging is done during sun hours). Our place is very quiet to enjoy the solace of nature. Bird watching is lovely.
Taking solar heated showers is a special pleasure... We have a pressure pump which ensures a nice flow of water. This system works during full sun hours when water gets so hot you may need to mix some cold water in!!!
Our dry composting toilets ensure the best environmentally friendly practices for managing and reusing human waste.
There are 11 Appropriate Technologies in place!
We have the luxury of pristine waters in our lake front, swimming in morning calm waters with the sun up to warm you up is a great gift. Our new dock is spacious and strong, great place to hang around. We have a cayuco, a local canoe used in the lake for centuries by the local Maya community for fishing and transportation. You will be able to venture around during the early morning or evening hours of the day, avoiding the strong Xocomil winds that come around noon.
For guests that like extra comfort, there are taxi services from the airport to Panajachel (without going via Antigua) for US$150/200.
Groceries and fresh produce can be found in Panajachel at Sandra's Market of Chlo's for groceries (good selection of cheese, wines, olive oil, seeds, toilet paper, pasta, dried fruits, etc) and fresh produce in the market, as I said before. Lately, there is a wider selection of food in San Marcos stores and street vendors. Same in San Pedro, where there is a great health food store and a big market.
We do not have a conventional refrigerator so plan accordingly when doing your shopping.
San Marcos offers a variety of restaurants and coffee shops.
San Marcos is renown for offering different opportunities to enhance your life with a variety of natural healing therapies, also meditation, tai chi, chi kong, yoga, cacao ceremonies, and more.