Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan, Lake Front

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Lago de Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala

The Space

There is a fantastic view of Lake Atitlan from your rental in the authentic Maya village of Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Here you will be immersed in the Modern Mayan culture and lifestyle. After arriving in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, the only way to get to Jaibalito is to hike from Santa Cruz or via the Lancha/Boat. There are no cars, trucks, Chicken buses or Tuk-Tuks in Jaibalito!
This rental offers a private, spacious suite. It is great for one or two guests. It is set up with one new queen bed. With advance notice we can accommodate up to 4 people by adding another bed to the suite.The studio style large bedroom also has a complete bathroom and a hot shower. The completely furnished kitchen includes a microwave, toaster oven, stove top and refrigerator. Enjoy a free sample of our infamous coffee grown and roasted on the property. You can relax at the dining room table under the semi-enclosed covered patio. There is also a handwoven hammock and a two-seater swing awaiting you.
This is not the biggest place at the Lake, but it is easy to access from the lake. Only a 20-30 minute boat ride from Pana.
The property is surrounded by flower gardens, towering Avocado trees, a variety of banana trees and an Arabica coffee grove. The Casita de la Sirena rental was remodeled and refurnished January 2013. An unlimited supply of purified water is provided. Weekly Housekeeping service is also included.
Hand washed/line dried laundry service is available, upon request, for a small fee. Free Wifi Internet access is also available. Our traditional Mayan Temascal bathing and sauna room can be prepared for 100 Q. Casita de la Sirena is a short walk to five, local distinct restaurants. See details below.
After leaving the public pier, walk up the Main Street 30 meters and look to the right for the turquoise posts. Casita de la Sirena, Lake Atitlan, is one of the quietest locations of the village. Enjoy the beautiful Volcano Toliman lakeside view from the patio or the hammock.The interior walls are made from volcanic rock from across the lake. The rustic handmade furnishings come from the village of Nuhuala. The cana fence and flat stone walkways are made of local materials. The wooden framed windows are constructed from locally renewable Cypress. Come and visit Lake Atitlan, one of the "Most beautiful" lakes in the world.
Please feel free to ask for assistance at any time. Scott, Leisa and Sirena are living in the adjoining separate adobe house. We speak Spanish and English. Also Bartolo is the guardian, he speaks Spanish and Cakchiqel.
Our traditional Mayan Temascal bathing and sauna room will be 100 Q/12 USD per use. We will be happy to prepare the Private Temascal/sauna room for you. Please advise 4 hours in advance to allow for (email hidden)e wood fire will be started and when it is just coals, you pour a small amount of water over the rocks. This creates a steamy sauna room where you will sit on the warm stone bench. You will be relaxed and cleansed when the treatment is complete.
Other services available:
Laundry Service, (please allow one to two days for drying during rainy season) 3.00 USD or 24 Q per load. Your laundry will be Hand washed in the Pila and line dried at the Casita property.
Extra Housekeeping: 2.00 USD/ 16 Q per hour.
If you need a light bulb replaced, the gas tank is empty or the drinking water bottle needs to be replaced, just ask!


Local information and travel tips:

After arriving in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, the only way to get to Jaibalito is to hike from Santa Cruz or via the Lancha/Boat.
There are no cars, trucks, Chicken buses or Tuk-Tuks in Jaibalito! Although there has been an occasional motorcycle, they were just visiting. The well marked and most amazing scenic and safe hiking trail to Santa Cruz is about a 45-60 minutes hike with a medium loaded backpack. IT IS RECOMMENDED BY LOCALS TO NOT HIKE FROM TZUNUNA TO JAIBALITO, there have been cases of robberies reported. ________________________________________

The Public Lancha's that travel around the lake arrive/depart from the Jaibalito public pier about every 20 minutes. At Panajachel, you may have to wait for the boat to fill up before it departs. To/from Pana is about 30 minutes. The Lanchas operate from 7AM to about 7:30PM every day. From Jaibalito, they go Left to Panajachel via Santa Cruz and Paxanax. From Jaibalito, they go Right to the villages of Tzununa, San Marcos, San Pablo, San Juan then to San Pedro. Lancha/Boat taxi to and from the Jaibalito pier is Q 15 per person to/from Panajachel. It is generally Q 7.5 per major (website hidden) Panajachel to Santa Cruz, then Santa Cruz to Jaibalito.
Do not pay more than listed above, but do not argue with the Crew if you don't have close to the correct change.
Remember Q10 = 1.25 USD! Yes, Locals pay slightly less, tourism is what supports the local economy.

If you have more than a few suitcases, treat them as an extra passenger, Q 15, for 3-4 suitcases.
Have your money ready to pay the First Mate as you leave the pier.
A Private Launcha may be rented for between Q 150-200. They will take you direct from Panahachel to the Jaibalito pier.
No waiting required. Just ask at the pier "Quiero un Lancha privada por ciento cincuenta Quetzals, por favor".

While visiting many of the Villages around the lake, take advantage of the little Red Tuk-Tuks (3 wheeled covered scooter carts) for an inexpensive ride from the pier to destinations within city limits.
Generally the fee is 5Q per person per one way trip. Tip for extra services.

If you plan on fixing some of your own meals, when in Pana ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you to Chalo's tienda, Sandras or the
Dipenseria Familia. All have have a good selection of groceries. Heavier items like soda, bottled water or cerveza can be purchased in Jaibalito. No need carrying them on the boat if you don't have too. _________________________________________

While in Jaibalito, business is conducted with Guatemalan cash, Quetzals. There are a few ATM's (Cajero 5 B) in Panahachel. Just ask around, "? Por favor, donde esta a Cinco Bay (5B)?" The ATM will only dispense 100Q bills.
The banks do not allow you to come in to make change and the armed guard will usually tell you at the door, "No cambio!".
Get some small bills 5Q, 10Q and 20Q before you leave Panajachel (Pana) and head to Jaibalito. Try a restaurant or tienda (small store) for change.

There are five resturaunt/lodgings in Jaibalito, besides Casita de la Sirena.

The newest is the Thirsty Baker offering fresh eclairs, pies, breakfast and lunch.

There is Hans Schaeffers' Posada Jaibalito, up the hill and on the Left. Meals, drinks and lodging.

The Vulcano Lodge is up the hill and to the right. Meals, lodging and Cactus Gardens.

Club Ven Aca is down the hill and left across the creek. Bar, restaurant, Hot tub and pool.

Hotel Casa del Mundo is still a little bit further past Ven Aca. Meals, lodging and a cliff side view.

They all are distinct in their services and are all highly recommended for great atmosphere and meals. Each location has their own website.They are all within just a few minutes walk from Casita de la Sirena.

The Dry season, typically from November through May averages 55*F to 80*F with low humidity, very comfortable.
During the Wet season it is typical to have beautiful sunny mornings before the frequent afternoon clouds and rain.
You will get wet if you forget your umbrella!
You will want a light jacket for the evenings throughout the entire year. We have enjoyed the Lake every month of the year!
The electricity in the village may go out for brief periods during very windy or heavy rain weather conditions.
Always carry a flashlight with you when you will be out and about after 5 PM. Street lighting is few and far between.

Do not drink the water from the any of the faucets at the Casita, either in the kitchen or the bathroom, including the shower. Although the water system in the village is fed from an underground spring, there is still the possibility of (email hidden)ere is a five gallon container of pure water provided. Refill the smaller bottles for use in the kitchen and bathroom. A water filter system is scheduled to be installed and completed by late Fall of 2014.

The septic system at the Casita should be no problem as long as you put all the waste paper in the trash container, as is typical in most of Central America. The only waste going down the toilet drain should be the waste out of your body.

This is a semi tropical climate and insects thrive in the area. You will probably need to apply Mosquito repellent regularly, depending on the season.

The locals are mostly Mayan and speak both their native language of Kakchiqel and Spanish.
The people in Jaibalito are kind and helpful. There is a small group of Foreigners that reside here as well. There are a few small stores/tiendas where you can purchase a variety of packaged foods and common household goods. There are no retail stores, gas stations, movie theaters or night clubs. Those are at Panajachel. There are five churches in the village. You will know when they are having a service. The music is loud and catchy and the doors are wide open!

You will also hear an occasional Air Raid Siren go off in the afternoon, followed by a loudspeaker. These announcements are for the Community, such as "The Doctor will be at the Clinic tomorrow" or "It is Kids movie night at Casita de la Sirena at 6 PM", not a hurricane warning or such!

Barking dogs, crowing roosters, frequent "Buenas Dias" with a big smile, song birds, children playing, and the early morning corn grinder for making fresh tortilla dough (the only engine in the village) are all typical sounds of Caserio Jaibalito.

We know you will enjoy your visit but don't tell everyone about Jaibalito. We want the village to remain simple and quaint!
Thanks again, Scott, Leisa and Sirena.
You will see pictures and more information if you search online: Casita de la Sirena org

Guest Access

We do have a laptop that we can lend out for use here on the property for a small fee.

Getting around

The boats, buses and shuttles are all quite convenient and inexpensive.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $236 /week
Monthly Price: $728 /month
Cleaning Fee: $10
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Casita de la Sirena is a great place! It is very clean, safe and comfortable. The view of the lake is unparalleled. Scott, Leisa and Sirena go out of their way to welcome you and assist in any way they can--and they are a lot of fun to be around! If you want to truly experience Lake Atitlan and the Incredible Maya people that live there, stay here!

    April 2014
  • The casita is beautifully situated right by the lake.The room is very big and nice and the bathroom is clean. It has a good wi-fi connection. You have access to towels, a fridge and a kitchen. All in all, the casita is well-furnished. The price is good and the hosts are extremely nice and provide interesting information on the places in the vicinity of the lake. I would not hesitate to stay here once again and in fact we are going to return soon. Thank you for all. Maciek and Dorota

    March 2014
  • After a couple years being hosts on Airbnb, this was our first experience as guests, and it couldn't have gone better.

    Communication was easy from the first moment. The location is the best you can find in Jaibalito, from your room you will see nothing but the lake and the volcano. At the moment of our visit, the house was much more beautiful than in the pictures, but probably this will be always the case as they seem to be always working on it, making improvements. We felt very comfortable all the time and had a great night's sleep. They have a small but complete kitchen you can use, or just ask them where is Hans' place for a great meal and unbeatable prices.

    This was our first time at Jaibalito, and we'll definitely be back again. It is a small town with quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The hosts are very involved with the community and they will be able to explain more about this beautiful part of lake Atitlan.

    February 2014
  • Best location/view of lake/boat launch/village life, comfortable clean, well organized kitchen, hot water (usually). Scott and Leisa exceed expectations. Jabilito is a small Mayan village and you will be immersed in local life.

    February 2014
  • Scott, Leisa and Sirena are lovely people and could not have been more helpful, both before and during my stay in Jaibalito.
    I was welcomed into the lovely Casita De La Sirena as one of the family and had an amazing two weeks on Lake Attitlan.
    The Casita was perfect for my needs, a good sized bedroom, a small bathroom and kitchen and a spacious patio area to the front with direct views onto the lake and the public jetty (useful for timing last-minute trips on the local boats to and from the surrounding villages!).
    The Casita is extremely clean and well maintained. The bed is large with a very good, firm mattress (something a weary traveller with a history of back problems could really appreciate!)
    Scott, Leisa and Serena were attentive to my needs at all times and very considerate of my request for quiet and solitude during my stay of long hours of writing. (I was occasionally aware of voices next door but, as I left, work was about to begin on a new course of insulation between the host and guest accommodation, which will alleviate the problem.)
    This is a wonderful place to stay! I will definitely be back and can highly recommend Casita De La Sirena to anyone lucky enough to be travelling to Jaibalito.

    January 2014
    Scott, Leisa And Sirena
    Response from Scott, Leisa And Sirena:

    Thanks Bernard. Yes Scott is working on the insulation and ceiling now. Already quieter for the current guests.

  • Right on the water with a beautiful view, in a cute little town that's off the beaten path if you want peace and quiet. Well furnished bedroom with a great porch for relaxing!

    Scott/Leisa were very responsive and Bartolo/Maria (who take care of the house for them) are very accommodating. Highly recommended!

    December 2013
  • Our family had a great time in Jaibalito! Scott did an excellent job of communicating with us both before and during our stay. The very detailed Airbnb listing info was also helpful. During our stay we got to know the property caretakers, Pedro and Maria; they were fantastic. Pedro generously served as a tour guide for us one day when we crossed the lake to visit other villages. Maria showed us around Jaibalito and helped us find a few things that we needed, like locally grown eggs, fruits and veggies. We would highly recommend this place to guests that are interested in getting away from the tourist circuit, as it offers a view of authentic village life.

    May 2013
  • I had a great stay at the Casita de la Sirena. The caretakers, Pedro and Maria were a delight, the view was spectacular and the house itself was a perfect oasis for me to do some writing and thinking. It was a pleasure dealing with Scott and Leisa who were extremely helpful and quick to reply to any questions I had before and during the trip.

    April 2013
  • Wonderful location. Quiet town.

    March 2013
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My wife and I are the property owners of Casita de la Sirena at Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. We have recently opened La Puerta Rosada/The Pink Door, a Womens health clinic in the village. This will be a long term project that will eventually be owned and operated by the local Guatemalans living in this area. Leisa is a Registered Nurse and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner from the USA with over 30 years experience in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and personal client education. Scott is an industrial electrician. Affordable low maintenance Solar lighting, fuel effecient smoke free Plancha stoves and clean drinking water are on his list of projects. Sirena is a 7th grade student at a local school in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. All monies collected from the Lake Atitlan rental of Casita de la Sirena org will be used to forward these programs and support the local economy.
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