Palatalik: Beautiful Lakeside House with Volcano Views

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Step into a different world. Lake Atitlán is one of the most exquisitely beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by volcanoes and steeped in indigenous culture, it's an intoxicating place to spend your vacation. Palatalik is a lovely, comfortable new lakeside house, designed by a Guatemalan architect and built by local craftsmen. It's on the 'car free' side of the lake -- accessible only by water taxi from the nearby town of Panajachel.

Wake up to the sunrise over Atitlán and Tolimán, two of the three volcanoes visible from our house. Fall asleep watching the natural light show created by storms caught miles away behind them. In between, you can swim from our dock in the clear, cool waters of the lake, walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch, take a boat to a nearby village to study Spanish, climb the volcanoes, or ride horses...or just hang out on one of the three terraces and read or watch the local fisherman go by in their wooden canoes.

The house is great for families.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 3 twin/ single


  • The third bedroom has a bunk bed and a separate twin next to it. The living room has two sofas that are the size of extra long twin beds. There is also a sofa in the dining room which folds out into a twin bed. There are sheets for all in the cupboard by the stairs....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower


  • The master bath has two showers and a tub. Guest bathroom has an outdoor shower with a fantastic view of the volcano....moreless

Other Amenities

  • I love swimming in the lake, though water quality varies depending on the time of the year. In 2015 we added a ladder to the private dock to make getting in and out easier. Kayaks are available five minutes from the house - Lee and Elaine also offer rock climbing and guided hikes. If you are looking for a swimming pool there is one in Jaibalito at Club Ven Aca - twenty minutes walk and several others in Panajachel....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • Games
  • Games For Kids


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All


  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View:

    East out on the terraces and you will see what we mean. Even the view from the kitchen sink is stunning....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The path winds down to the water's edge, through a beautifully maintained garden. There is also a private jetty for the landing of boats. ...moreless

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Stunningly beautiful views of two volcanoes from almost every room in the house. And walk down to our private dock to see the third one....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet:

    We have had wifi in the house for a couple of years now, but we just got an upgrade in April 2015. It is pretty good, we can stream movies for example, but it does fade out from time to time. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) Fireplace in the living room and in the master bedroom...moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio:

    There's a lovely flagstone terrace outside the dining room, a breakfast terrace in front of the house, and a partially-covered terrace outside the master bedroom....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    In 2015 we added a lovely outdoor deck set back amongst the trees on it's own. There are chairs and a fire pit up there too!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway To Water

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.7
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
Low Season
May 1 - Sep 30, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $0
  • Taxes Not included


Rates vary depending on: time of year; how far in advance you book; and number of people. Long term stays can be as low as $55, short high season rates go up to $140. Inquire for details.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Guatemala City
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Isla Verde Atitlan

Car: Not Necessary

Lakeside, volcanoes, mountains, western Guatemala

Other Activities: Nature reserve with awesome zip lines!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Hi, I am Royston 'Rory' Delaney, proud,new owner of Palatalik. I am an attorney who spends most (too much) of the year in Boston, Massachusetts.

Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz La Laguna:
It is said that if you swim in the waters of Lake Atitlan, you will return. That turned out to be true for me. I came here in 1995 on a meandering journey through central America and, of all the places I have seen then and since, this is where I left my heart. So, nearly twenty years later I returned with my wife and three children (10, 8 and 6) for Christmas 2012/2013. When the family saw the splendor of the lake and the wildlife they needed no persuasion that this was the place for us and so we bought Palatalik from Debra who built it six years earlier. Now the children are planning tree houses and learning Spanish. I was impressed by the location, but on a more mundane level I was impressed with the build quality of the house and its cleanliness! It is tidier and cleaner than my home in Boston! I hope to retire to the lake some day, but in the meantime the house is available for others to enjoy. Royston ('Rory') Delaney

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Palatalik, side entrance

    Palatalik, side entrance

  • Kitchen of Palatalik

    Kitchen of Palatalik

  • Sala of Palatalik

    Sala of Palatalik

  • Master bedroom, with fireplace and terrace

    Master bedroom, with fireplace and terrace

  • Our private dock

    Our private dock

  • Master bathroom, with tub and two showers

    Master bathroom, with tub and two showers

  • View from the side terrace

    View from the side terrace

  • View from the kitchen.  It looks better in real life. :)

    View from the kitchen. It looks better in real life. :)

  • Built in sofas in the living room

    Built in sofas in the living room

  • Kayaking in the bay of Santa Cruz

    Kayaking in the bay of Santa Cruz

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

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