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Casa Makanya - the main house of Pamakanya

Casa Makanya - the main house of Pamakanya The three houses of Pamakanya / Upper house, main house & casista The main house from the gardens One of the many places to hang out among the terraces and gardens View of the lake from the gardens Enjoying the dock with Atitlan and Touliman volcanoes in the background Enjoying the lake, kayaking. view from the master bedroom The loft in the main house (3 single beds) The amazing view from the main house bathroom Main house shower Hanging out on the main house porch Living room of the main house. Patio and entrance to the upper house. Sunrise - view from the upper house upper house upper house Relaxing in front of the Casita La Casita - two single beds (can be converted to king) La Casita - futon

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Last updated: 03/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Jaibalito house description

The writer Aldous Huxley called it 'the most beautiful lake in the world.' We think he shortchanged the place.

Lake Atitlan sits high in a basin of volcanoes, a breathtaking, cool and sunny expanse of water surrounded by dramatic cliffs and peaks. Our house, on the roadless north shore, has a parrot's eye view of a scene that hasn't changed much since the Mayans stacked the first two blocks together at Tikal.

To reach Pamakanya, your 15-minute boat ride from the tourist center of Panajachel will be in the company of local women dressed in village patterns dating back centuries. They're likely to be hauling a bag of avocados or papaya for sale in the market. You're likely to haul a few of them back for some fresh guacamole or some fruit salsa for your grilled fish. That's commerce, Atitlan style.

The house, called Pamakanya, is a work of art, literally. It's a bewitching maze of stone steps, walks and patios tucked into shady gardens, built over ten years by a local artist and architect.

Fine woodwork, tile and mosaics are at every hand, making it hard sometimes for the eye to chose between the craftsmanship and whimsy of the house and the ridiculously picturesque landscape of the lake and mountains.

One of our favorite places to indulge it is the Lido Deck, a shady stone patio where hammock time or cocktail hour can unfold a bit outside the fierce rush of card playing at the main house or the delighted shrieks of kids from the dock.

The main house, with fully stocked kitchen, extensive bath and shower, living room and more, sleeps up to five in a bedroom and loft. The dining table on the sunny porch that will be your Atitlan headquarters, can squeeze in up to 13 tortilla smackers with plenty of room for lounging in over the view. (Andres, the caretaker, will show you where to pick some fresh limes and tart oranges from the garden for a rum drink, too).

Rental party size has ranged from one to fifteen. The main house alone is perfect for one to four/five people. If you have a larger group, two adjacent guest bungalows are available, with studio setup steps away for four more people each. Each has its own bath, hot shower, kitchen supplies, and, of course, covered patio with ageless vista.

The upper house boasts one of the best views on the lake. The lower house is closest to the dock and makes a great base for a day of swimming and kayaking in the four provided kayaks. Our days often begin with a plunge into the lake followed by a steaming outdoor shower at the lower house. If you prefer your hot water straight from nature, thermal hot springs seep into the lake at the base of the dock.

After a few days, when you’re ready to pull yourself away from the black hole of relaxation that grips the house, take a hike to the next village for a swim at the pool or restaurant meal or some Internet time. Or catch one of the public boats that ply the shore every half hour to visit one of the many unique and lovely villages and towns that ring the lake. Or call for a private boat and take a tour.

Go east to Panajachel for shopping (either for world class textiles, a full array of groceries and fresh produce, or another bottle of something) or catch one of the shuttles to nearby famous markets of Chichicastanengo. Or hail a westward boat to San Pedro for a volcano climb, horseback ride or Spanish classes. Or Santiago a stronghold of Mayan culture, sites (and great shopping). Or to San Marcos, a village full of cafes, massage therapists and new age options.

The climate is high tropical (about 5,000 feet), meaning warm sunny days most of the year with cool breezy nights that sometimes dip to delightful fleece temperatures--like Honolulu, with a dock. The rainy season may means a downpour or two in the evening, but the days are generally dry.

Just make sure you’re back home in time for sunset. It’s going to be a great one.

As a recent renter stated ...
'... the highlight of our trip was Pamakanya! We were sitting on the patio our first evening there enjoying a drink and the fantastic view and saying “It doesn’t get much better than this!’ We were wrong! The sunrise the next morning was even more amazing. We have rented some very nice vacation homes in the past: twice in Mexico and twice in Costa Rica, but Pamakanya is by far the nicest.' Brenda, NB, Canada

We provide a booklet with extensive guidance about getting there and around the area, and local opportunities, restaurants, and other recommendations. More photos at our website--see link below.

Keywords: House & 2 bungalows

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

          • Dinner - Booking Possible
          • Lunch - Booking Possible
          • Breakfast - Booking Possible

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Housekeeper
          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            There are ample places outside in the gardens or on the patio where smoking is permitted but please be courteous and place your butts in a proper receptacle....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            The property offers an array of fun for the kids including swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, exploring, playing in the gardens, etc......moreless

          • Events Allowed
          • Pets Considered
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 13-15

          • Main house loft: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

            the two lower singles can be converted to a king...moreless

          • Main house master Bedroom : 1 queen

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          • Lower house: 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            2 singles can be converted to a king...moreless

          • Upper house: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

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          • Other (See Description): 2 twin/ single

            two single air mattresses are available ...moreless

          • King size beds (1) Both the lower bungalow and the main house loft include 2 single beds that can easily be combined and converted to king size beds. King bed linens are available., Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom in the main house and the upper bungalow include queen beds., Twin or Single Beds (1) The main house loft includes two single beds (plus a top bunk bed); the upper bungalow includes 2 single beds, the lower casita has two twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) A port-a-crib is available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The lower bungalow includes a futon couch that converts to a queen bed., Bunk Beds (1) The main house loft includes bunk bed., Murphy Beds (1) An inflatable mattress is available....moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Bathroom 2

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          • Bathroom 3

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          • The main house bathroom has an amazing view of the lake and volcanoes & the lower house bathroom has an outdoor shower that is accessible from the outside so can be used by others in your party who are not staying in that house. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            The mainhouse includes a full kitchen; the upper bungalow includes a kitchen area with toaster, coffee maker and utensils; the lower bungalow includes a small refrigerator, coffee maker and utensils....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Laundry, housekeeping and cooking services available for moderate fee, based on staff availability....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            12...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Toaster
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Stove
          • Pantry Items
          • Freezer
          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Oven

          Amenities

          • Hair Dryer
          • Towels Provided
          • Linens Provided
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Living Room
          • Babysitter
          • Fireplace
          • Washing Machine

          Other Amenities

              • The main house features a main bedroom and a roomy loft, anointed with fine textiles, three fireplaces, a full Kitchen with Microwave, Refrigerator/Freezer, and all Utensils (including the all important Blender), For larger groups there are two detached bungalows sleeping 4-6 each, with studio kitchens, full baths w/ hot showers, There is a daytime caretaker, Andres Hernandez, on the site who will keep water and gas bottles in supply, point out what's ripe in the fruit trees, show off his incredible gardens and generally help any way you need. Houses come with use of Charcoal Grill (BBQ), 4 Kayaks & Gear, Snorkeling Equipment, Fresh Limes, Oranges, Papayas, Mangoes and other fruit in season from the garden....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Music Library:

                Some CDs are available. Or bring your Ipod to hook up to the stereo....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Some DVDs available....moreless

              • Television
              • DVD Player
              • CD Player
              • Games
              • Toys
              • Stereo
              • Books

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                A satellite phone is provided for guest use. The phone can be used for local or long distance calls and is payed for using a phone card (readily available in Panajachel)....moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Balcony:

                The rooftop serves as a balcony like place to relax....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Pamakanya has 4 kayaks (2 singles and 2 doubles)...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                Snorkles and fins are available....moreless

              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Porch / Veranda

              Theme

              • Sports & Activities
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All

              Location & View

              • Lakefront:

                The house is right on the lake with a dock for swimming and 4 kayaks available for use....moreless

              • Mountain View:

                The house provides a spectacular view of the Toliman and Atitlan volcanoes....moreless

              • Waterfront
              • Lake View
              • Water View

              Car

                  • Not Necessary

                  Activities

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Laundromat
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services
                  • Hiking
                  • Kayaking
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Paragliding
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Zoo
                  • Ruins
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Churches
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Volcano
                  • Arboretum
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Antiquing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching

                  Other Activities

                      • Volcano Climbing, Shopping (around the lake in Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan, and in the famous markets of Chichicastanengo, an hour away, and Antigua, two hours away), Nightlife, Visiting Mayan Villages, Massages and Yoga Workshops (in the New Age center of San Marcos, just along the lakeshore)...moreless
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • An exquisite villa secluded in an idyllic setting. Wonderful area to explore with a family or group

                        An exquisite villa secluded in an idyllic setting. Wonderful area to explore with a family or group

                        • Guest Catherine (Morgantown, WV)
                        • Date of stay 07/28/13
                        • Review Submitted 08/07/13
                        Pamakanya is delightful in every way. The owners provided all the information to make our arrival easy and arranged for a wonderful local cook to greet us with a delicious typical meal. Transportation overall was much easier than we anticipated. Just gather a few provisions (food/beer) and easily catch a boat over from Panajachel. The houses are artistically designed and well stocked with everything you need. The views are so amazing, you can't even believe such a place exists. The gardens are abundant with citrus, avocados, and other delights. You could spend days swinging in a hammock and never leave this charming retreat, but the walks to local villages reveal the most exquisite views and joyful experiences at every turn. Talk to everyone! The people are friendly, helpful, and have loads of interesting stories. There are endless things to do around the beautiful Lake Atitlan, including swimming, volcano climbing, ziplines, shopping, touring villages or just relaxing away from it all. It's an easy walk, boat, or kayak to some wonderful eateries. We felt very safe here and the owners and property caretakers were able to help us with advice on everything. The property is well designed for a small group, with the three separate houses, and a big main table for gathering. It does have a lot of steps to climb. Although we came in the "rainy season" of summer, it doesn't rain all day every day. Typically, you get a storm in the late afternoon. So, to make the most of it, plan on greeting the spectacular sunrise. You'll have plenty of time to put in a full day and return before the rain for a relaxing evening with loved ones around the table. Honestly we could not believe such splendor was so affordable for us. We are already planning our return.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.

                        Owner response: We are so glad that enjoyed the magic of Pamakanya! You've also confirmed that Pamakanya is good for groups small or large which is often a question we are asked. Thanks so much and we're happy you enjoyed your stay.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • Awesome family vacation place!

                        Awesome family vacation place!

                        • Guest MC (Tulsa, OK)
                        • Date of stay 07/18/11
                        • Review Submitted 11/11/11
                        12 of us stayed here in July 2011. It was one of my favorite vacations. The houses had everything needed to just move in. It was fun taking a boat shuttle back and forth to Panajachel when needed. The lake is stunning. It was so relaxing to float around on an inflatable and just soak in the sun. I would highly recommend Pamakanya! And YES! there were thermal springs around the shoreline.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/4

                      • highly recommend!

                        highly recommend!

                        • Guest sarah 2009 (guatemala)
                        • Date of stay 08/29/09
                        • Review Submitted 09/08/09
                        this is an amazing place and well stocked with anything you could ever imagine needing. deep water for swimming right off the dock and even its own thermal waters on the shore. we all loved it!!!

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 14/16

                       
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Base Rate
                      4 night min stay
                      $140
                      $840 $3,000
                      High Season 2
                      Jul 1 - Aug 31
                      4 night min stay
                      $160
                      $910 $3,450
                      High Season 1 (excl. holidays)
                      Nov 1 - Apr 30
                      4 night min stay
                      $160
                      $910 $3,450
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Additional Fees and Taxes:

                      The rental rates vary depending on the number of houses rented and there are different rates for holidays (thanksgiving, christmas, new years and easter). Specific rates are available upon request from the owner.

                      The house is cleaned before and after each rental or on a weekly basis if you rent for more than one week. The cost of this ranges from $20-$40.


                      Notes:

                      The rental is secured with a deposit of 50% of the total rental plus a separate check of $200 for a security deposit (this is not cashed). The cancellation policy is outlined in the contract that must be signed and submitted with the rental deposit)


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                      Location

                      • Nearest Airport: Guatemala City at 75 Miles
                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2005


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                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • Casa Makanya - the main house of Pamakanya

                        Casa Makanya - the main house of Pamakanya

                      • The main house from the gardens

                        The main house from the gardens

                      • View of the lake from the gardens

                        View of the lake from the gardens

                      • Enjoying the dock with Atitlan and Touliman volcanoes in the background

                        Enjoying the dock with Atitlan and Touliman volcanoes in the background

                      • Enjoying the lake, kayaking.

                        Enjoying the lake, kayaking.

                      • The loft in the main house (3 single beds)

                        The loft in the main house (3 single beds)

                      • Main house shower

                        Main house shower

                      • Living room of the main house.

                        Living room of the main house.

                      • Sunrise - view from the upper house

                        Sunrise - view from the upper house

                      • upper house

                        upper house

                      • La Casita - two single beds (can be converted to king)

                        La Casita - two single beds (can be converted to king)

                      • The three houses of Pamakanya / Upper house, main house & casista

                        The three houses of Pamakanya / Upper house, main house & casista

                      • One of the many places to hang out among the terraces and gardens

                        One of the many places to hang out among the terraces and gardens

                      • view from the master bedroom

                        view from the master bedroom

                      • The amazing view from the main house bathroom

                        The amazing view from the main house bathroom

                      • Hanging out on the main house porch

                        Hanging out on the main house porch

                      • Patio and entrance to the upper house.

                        Patio and entrance to the upper house.

                      • upper house

                        upper house

                      • Relaxing in front of the Casita

                        Relaxing in front of the Casita

                      • La Casita - futon

                        La Casita - futon

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                      This listing was first published here in 2005.

                      Date last modified - Saturday, March 08, 2014

                      $140 - $160 per night (USD)
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                      4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 15

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                      Minimum stay: 4 nights
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