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Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views

Bedrooms 1
Space sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views

This private, secure, and comfortable second level apartment has a small kitchen with stove/oven and refrigrator, its own covered porch, and a wonderful view of Lake Atitlan and 7, including some live, volcanos. The short 5 minute walk to town makes it easy for shopping, activities, and restaurants, but far enough for quiet nights. The wood furniture for this apartment was hand built by me, having been a cabinetmaker in the states for 25 years. The queen orthopedic pillow top bed is provided with 100% cotton sheets, and the bathroom, with 24 hour hot water from a brass rain shower head, sufficient towels, and complimentary shampoo and soap for stays less than a week. The sofa converts to an extra bed for a child or third person.

The apartment is located inside a secure walled garden and has wifi internet access and use of the washing machine. There's a wonderful private garden to enjoy and often other guests staying with me in the house, or the other apartment, from all destinations, to chat and exchange information with. We can meet you at the public dock, or at Blind Lemon's Restaurant in the central area of San Marcos to help you with your luggage, or even arrange transportation from the airport in Guatemala City if you like.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

About Carlos

I am an acoustic blues musician, who passionately loves pre war country blues. Although I was born and raised and educated in Pennsylvania, I have lived on Lake Atitlan, in San Marcos La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala for twenty years and am married to Catarina, a Maya woman born here on the shores of this lake. I love the Guatemalan people and culture, and also have a restaurant here, called Blind Lemon's which features good food and treating guests to some live blues. I also occasionally have acoustic blues guitar workshops here and also have private students.I have two beautiful guest apartments here in San Marcos that have great views of the lake and it´s volcanos. I have built these with local workers who have been with me for years, and I have done the woodwork and built a lot of the furniture, as I worked for years in the states as a cabinetmaker. I feel that my wonderful quiet, secure, and beautiful compound here is much more enjoyable when I can share it with guests.

Carlos purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Carlos chose San Marcos La Laguna

I bought this property in 1995 and started building my house, which is in the same compound as the guest apartments in 1999. I love the location for the wonderful views, and for being a little apart from the noise and activity of the town. It is very natural and peaceful and loaded with tropical plants and birds.

What makes this apartment unique

The unique benefits of staying here is that you have a secure, peaceful, and quiet place to relax and enjoy and to explore from. Also my experience living here and with my Mayan family can give you some unique and interesting guidance to discovering and enjoying the culture and environment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carlos is perhaps the ideal host, someone who enjoys meeting and getting to know his guests and sharing generously what he knows with them. Although the listing was quite accurate, it did not prepare us for the truly extraordinary experience of being in San Marcos. a Mayan village with foot paths and only a few roads for auto traffic on Lake Atitlan. By San Marcos standards, this place is particularly lovely, comfortable, well situated--far enough above the center of the village to offer some tranquility--close enough to make it easy to get to the center. The view is from the apartment is quite breathtaking.
Dec 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Pasajcap in San Marcos La Laguna

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • Parasailing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Pasadena, CA

It Was Great

  • 5 of 5

Great views of the lake and the climate is an eternal Springtime . Saw one of the volcano mildly erupt one morning as I was waiting for the the sunrise. The plume was illuminated by the rising sun. Room is clean, bright, airy and the water pressure is good in the shower. If you arrive via the small ferry let Carlos know in advance of the ETA and if you come via the road check-in at the Blind Lemon Restaurant- which also has cable for sporting events. Carry-on wheeled bags and backpacks work best on the path up to the house. Good restaurants with a healthy food /lifestyle theme are in San Marcos. Short ferry ride to San Pedro and a little longer to Pana for day trips.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Carlos is a very friendly person, and everything in the apartment is very clean, we really enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful garden!! Thanks Carlos

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would return in a heartbeat.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful comfortable property that is exceptionally clean and well maintained. Very well suited to having late dinners or early morning coffee and beautiful sunrises on the deck. Our host was very welcoming and readily accessible to answer our questions. Would recommend a dinner and music at the nearby Blind Lemons restaurant. A perfect spot from which to explore the whole of Lake Atitlan.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Only place to stay in San Marcos

  • 5 of 5

We simply echo other reviews: top drawer place. get the upstairs apt for the amazing view during breakfast and/or happy hour. Carlos is a great host and, as a bonus, owns a nice bar/restaurant only 5 min away. this place made our stay so much better than we expected - a treat.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boulder, Colorado, US

Incredibly comfortable, clean, modern and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a month and a half in this clean, modern, beautiful and safe apartment with stunning views of the lake and lush countryside. Everything Carlos builds, including his nearby restaurant, is of high quality and this apt did not disappoint. High quality bed and bedding, luxurious shower and fully stocked kitchen with nice cookware, all contributed to a feeling of beig tucked in and happy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beutiful apartment with amazing view

  • 5 of 5

We spend few memorable days at this apartment. The view, the setting, the kitchen, the decoration of the apartment everything was perfect. We loved sitting on the balcony absorbing the beauty of the lake and all seven volcanos. Place was very secure and short walk to the center of the village. Carlos hospitality is outstanding. We would definitely return for a longer stay and would recommend this place to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Lucy. it was a pleasure to have you all here and I hope you will return sometime soon. Hi to Gaby!!
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Car: not necessary

Probably the main attraction besides the beauty of the lake is the friendly indigenous Maya people, especially the women with their traditional colorful dress.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Pasajcap, Lake Atitlan

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £159

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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