|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This small apartment was an excellent fit for my daughter and me. Carlos quickly answered all of our emails throughout the booking process. Every time we had a question during our stay there he would be right there to help us out. Sitting on the front porch was the best place to have morning coffee and breakfast and afternoon drinks and dinner. The kitchen has what one needs to prepare simple meals. However we usually ate out as there are many good restaurants in San Marcos including Carlos's Blind Lemon. My Spanish teacher came to the house for lessons right there on the front porch. There was always an ample supply of hot water in the shower and plenty of drinking water. We always felt safe at the house and on the short path to the main road in town even at night. This is a quiet village. The people are friendly and helpful. You can easily take a boat over to visit other villages around the lake. The apartment is definitely a great value for the price. I would definitely stay there again if we get to return.
What can we say? I am not sure which is better, Carlos as a hospitable host or the beautiful apartment? We arrived in San Marcos and instantly knew we wanted to spend more then a few nights. We contacted and looked at a few long term rentals and every time we walked away to think about it and discuss it in private. However, when Carlos met us to show us the place instantly we felt comfortable. The Beautiful apartment we wanted to rent was booked for a a few days so Carlos offered us a private bedroom in his house, with access to the kitchen. When we discussed the options I asked my Girlfriend if she wanted to go have a coffee and think about it. We both agreed that there was nothing to think about.
The apartment is beautiful and has one of the best views of the volcanoes and the lake in San Marcos. it is a 4 minute walk to the heart of town and we always felt very safe. San Marcos in general feels very safe. Carlos invited us to hang with his friends whom he had over for a little wine and cheese garden party. He also took me to a nearby town to watch him play at a local music festival.
I seriously can not say enough about this property and Carlos. Had he not already had the place booked out, we would probably still be there!!
Probably the main attraction besides the beauty of the lake is the friendly indigenous Maya people, especially the women with their traditional colorful dress.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£159|
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.