About this listing
This is an amazing area. Set on a semi-private lane above Lake Atitlan between Panajachel and Santa Catarina. Apartment is private and quiet. The kayak can be used but it musts be launched from a private path. i will provide directions if you want to launch it Breakfast fixings are provided. Easy walk to town. The use of the palapa (covered outdoor living, king bed and bathroom) are for guests as well as a covered deck at the top of the house. You can have a fire in fire place if desired.
Visit our beautiful apartment with private entrance on a secluded drive 1.5 miles from Panajachel. Wake up each morning to a continental breakfast on the Palapa (open air, bamboo and palm living area) with views of Lake Atitlan, which according to Aldous Huxley is the most beautiful lake in the world. The apartment has a living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, bath with tub and shower, walk in closet, office space and hand made furniture. There will be a self catered continental breakfast provided daily (excluding the monthly rate).
Hosts Phyllis and Blaine will give you an orientation to the area including the various cultures of the indigenous people living in the villages around the lake. You can hike a volcano, use our kayaks, explore the markets and enjoy purchasing colorful Mayan handicrafts. Or if the spirit moves you, volunteer teaching English to the locals!
We live in a secluded area a few minutes from bustling Panajachel. Enjoy the music at night, the restaurants and cafes, shops and a Nature Reserve with zip lines, butterfly garden, monkeys and other exotic creatures.
Transportation is easy. You can walk into town, hire a private tuc tuc for $1.30 per person, jump on a pick up for 25 cents or drive your car. There is ample parking at the house.
There are few places like this apartment. The terraced gardens, and lake views are stunning and the accommodations are very pleasant. The weather ranges from about 55 degrees to 85 degrees year round. There is never a need for heating or air conditioning! But a space heater is provided. There is also high speed internet.
The open Palapa is for everyone to use, and there is the top "Crows Nest" with panoramic views! Guests have use of the washer and dryer. We have a full time guardian whose name is Roxanna. She is very friendly and helpful. If you need anything from town she will be happy to shop for a small fee.
Interaction with Guests
We will be happy to provide you with information about the area. We may even accompany you on excursions if you desire company!
Our area is private and reasonably quiet (for Guatemala very quiet) you will hear chickens and dogs. There are several friendly, and quiet Mayans nearby who wear their colorful traje (traditional clothing). During holiday periods you can watch firework displays from all around the lake from the Crow's Nest.
There are inexpensive tuc tucs and pick up trucks to towns. Public boats take you to villages to remoter villages. We can provide you with phone numbers of tuc tuc drivers. We also can set you up with a reliable driver for longer excursions.
Other Things to Note
This is a recommendation from our previous tenant: To any and all future tenants of apartamento de Castillo Blanco
I am Skip Caldwell from Colorado of the United States. It has been my pleasure to rent the above mentioned apartment from January 1 till March 31, 2014. The apartment is located 2k from downtown Panajachel. Some folks may think this is a great distance from the central tourist area; however, after living in Panajachel for 7 seasons, I find the distance perfect!
If one is so inclined one can walk to town in a leisurely 20 minutes or easily have Tuk Tuk pick you up at your door. The walk takes one through the Maya aldea of Jucan-ya! I have walked the distance, from the apartment, more than "many" times and always find it quite enjoyable and above all else, very safe! In addition, it is also 2k towards the small but truly authentic Maya village of Santa Catarina Palopo. Both walks offer breath taking views of beautiful Lago de Atitlan.
However, the greatest view is from Castillo Blanco, the upper palapa, which is located just a few steps from the apartments door. And, if all this beauty isn't enough, then the warmth, comfort, and knowledge, which the host/owners' offer, will certainly seal the deal!
If it is not obvious by now then I will state, "you are missing out on a great way to experience Guatemala and Lago de Atitlan if you let this opportunity slip away." I will not; I will be returning again , soon!
No smoking indoors. The apartment accommodates 2 people. We have 2 friendly dogs and one indoor cat but the animals are not allowed in the apartment. Also, the map is not totally accurate but close. At night use only tuc tucs we recommend. They usually stop operating at 10 pm so plan your evenings carefully. The house is very secure. Only carry the money you need for the day and leave your passport and valuables in the apartment.
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
We live in Guatemala but are originally from Denver. We enjoy nature, culture and animals and civic activities. We do not smoke and are fairly quiet people. We are also politically liberal. We travel a great deal and enjoy meeting people from other parts of the world. We recently toured Greece, Turkey, Panama, Costa Rica and the National Parks in the western United States,New England, Canada and Alaska. We are currently planning a trip to the Mediterranean. We travel frugally but comfortably. We are both involved in volunteer work in Guatemala. We are avid readers of various genres and love to play bridge. We welcome positive, enthusiastic travelers of all ages who want to experience the indigenous cultures found around Lake Atitlan. Phyllis speaks fairly good Spanish and Blaine is learning!