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Casita De La Sirena Private Lakefront Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Casita de la Sirena

There is a fantastic view of Lake Atitlan from the nearby lakeshore 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 or Chicken buses in Jaibalito! Although we recently acquired two TukTuk's.

This rental offers a private, spacious suite. It is great for one or two guests. It is set up with one queen bed. 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 easy to access to Jabialito from anywhere on 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.

Machine washed and 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 three, 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. The interior walls are made from volcanic rock from across the lake. The rustic handmade furnishings come from the village of Nahuala. The cane 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, to us it is the most beautiful lake in the world.

Please feel free to ask for assistance at any time. Scott, Leisa and Sirena are living (part-time) in the adjoining yet completely separate adobe house. We speak Spanish and English.

We will be happy to prepare the traditional Mayan Temascal bathing and sauna room for you. The charge is 100 Q/12 USD per use. Please advise 4 hours in advance to allow for 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) 5.00 USD or 35 Q per load. Your laundry will be machine washed and driedat 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 us or our Hostess!



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 (ATM available). 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 three resturants in Jaibalito.

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

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 can be few and far between.


You 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 contamination. We installd a filtered ultaviolet water treatment system.


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!

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 January, 2018

About Owner/Manager

Scott is an industrial electrician. He continues to work in Central California.

Leisa is a Nurse Practioner licensed in California. She assists at La Puerta Rosada (The Pink Door) womens health clinic.

Sirena is our daughter attending 10thg grade for the 2017 school year.

Owner/Manager purchased this cottage in 2012


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Jaibalito in Solola

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • swimming
Enjoy free WiFi! And, pure water comes from the tap! The Casita is surrounded by gorgeous gardens of Coffee, avocados, banana, papaya, citrus and exotic flowers. There is a beautiful view of Lake Atitlan and the volcanos just a one minute walk to the shoreline 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. It is conveniently located only a 20 minute ride from Panajachel. 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 or Chicken buses in Jaibalito! Laundry Service available for a fee. Your laundry will be washed and dried at the Casita property. Extra Housekeeping: 3.00 USD/ 25 Q per hour. We can also assist with arrangements for your transportation free of charge.


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Casita De La Sirena Private Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Kind, generous hosts, beautiful accommodations and scenery, great spot to relax!

  • 4 of 5

Scott and Leisa were very welcoming (and patient even when we arrived later than expected), provided all of the comforts that we needed (and shared their bounty, including avocados and bananas right off the property), offered helpful tips about the area, and were an absolute delight to talk with and learn from. After hiking Volcan San Pedro on our second day, we took advantage of the Mayan Temazcal steam bath in their basement, prepared and offered to us for Q150. It was just what we needed to soothe our aching muscles. The town was small but we found what we needed at the tiendas and at Posada Jaibalito and prepared some delicious meals in the kitchen, enjoyed outside with a lovely view of the lake. The only drawbacks were the shower (very tricky to find a balance between scalding hot and cold, even when following instructions, but felt good for a few moments when you got it just right), and the night noises (barking dogs and crowing roosters at all hours made for a disruptive nights sleep. I was okay with ear plugs, but my partner didn't fair as well.) Nice and close to lancha boat dock (which was a relief since we were hauling large backpacks), not a long ride to other main towns on lake such as Panajachel and San Pedro La Laguna. We stayed for three nights and were sad to leave the beautiful family and community behind! Highly recommend this spot.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you chose Casita de la Sirena for your visit at Lake Atitlan. It's great you were able to enjoy and benifit from the original Mayan Temescal and the bounty of bananas, avacados, home grown coffee, fresh new laid eggs and more. Crazy this quiant little semi remote village could have noise at night between the dogs the roosters, wind, rain and such. We do have earplugs and a fan for white noise. We can help future guests get a nice long hot shower w a little practice. It was a pleasure hosting you two. Enjoy the rest of this adventure of Life!
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A little bit of heaven

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for two weeks at this perfect place. I can't say enough good things and I have nothing bad to say. The casita is adorable and the view from the patio is awesome. It was perfect for me. The very best part was finding new friends in Scott, Leisa, and Sirena. They are lovely people. And so much fun to be around. I promise that no one will be disappointed by choosing to stay at this place and with these people.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed hosting you Maurine. So thrilled your travels here brought you such joy in the moment and connections for your future. Wink wink. Love and miss you Amiga.
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Great Spot, lovely hosts

  • 4 of 5

Now here's a place you'll have a wonderful time at. Casita de la Sirena is a quaint , little place located on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Scott and Leisa go out of their way to make sure all is right. From the cabjns viewpoint you get to see how daily life unfolds out in front of their place. From early moorning to late at night you get a bird's eye view how life in this corner of the world unfolds.

There are social issues here, but that's another story.

If you're looking for a cute, feel-right -at -home kind of a place, this just might be the place fof you.There's a great eatery nearby if you don't feel like cooking.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying here at Casita de la Sirena, Bob and Sue. It was a pleasure to host you. Hope your travels continue to delight you. Thanks for the lovely review. Laughing about the use of "social issues" I am sure you are speaking in regards to the community not the house!
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  • 5 of 5

I don't know where to begin writing about how much we enjoyed our week in the casita and in Jabalito. The casita had everything we needed and it was cozy and comfortable. How wonderful to wake up to the view of mountains and the shimmering lake. Scott and Leisa were very attentive to our needs and offered suggestions for things to do around the lake. The week went by too quickly but we left rested and with wonderful memories. Thanks so much Scott and Leisa!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you get to come back again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Guatemala City
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Ven Aca
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Ven Aca , Posada Jaibalito, Pato Negro
Car: not necessary


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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