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Recent Guatemala reviews

  • Even better than we'd expected

    "Our group of three families had a wonderful week at Pamakanya. Prior to our arrival, we'd communicated extensively with the owners; they answered each of our MANY questions with patience and in great detail. They also sent a document with all the info we could possibly need: how to get there, how to figure out the lanchas, where to shop for supplies, who to call if we needed meds/a doctor/private lanchas/etc., a map of Panajachel (invaluable!) and more. They even arranged for a private lancha to pick us up upon our arrival, and for Maria to make us an amazing supper our first nigh. (The first of many!) The houses themselves are lovely: comfortable, well-equipped, and thoughtfully arranged. We especially loved the views -- different from each house, and each one amazing. The Lower House is right on the water -- perfect for falling asleep to the sound of the waves. The Main House, where my family slept, had picture-perfect views, and great spaces for hanging out, especially the outdoor dining room. Gorgeous sunset views, and plenty of space even for our large group. The fireplace and candlelight made for especially nice dinners. The Upper House was beautiful, with enormous windows overlooking the lake. During my initial research, I'd been concerned that Pamakanya wasn't located in one of the larger towns. After a day on the lake, I realized that it was perfectly located -- half-way between Pana and San Pedro. Getting lanchas in either direction was easy, and we were able to hike or kayak into both Jaibalito (15 minutes) and Santa Cruz. Even better -- especially for the kids -- there were great cliffs for jumping (small, safe and manageable) just around the bend, only a few minutes away by kayak toward San Pedro. One of our favorite things about Pamakanya was Maria. Not only was she patient with my lousy Spanish, but friendly and helpful as well. She made us 6 terrific suppers, all for a very reasonable price: about $25 per dinner plus ingredients (which included hours of labor and tons of food that she hauled to Pamakanya, after having shopped in Pana). As others have mentioned, she made huge quantities, and we always had leftovers. She was also kind enough to pick up eggs and fruit for our breakfasts for a small fee. This saved us many trips to the Pana markets. Overall, one of our all-time favorite places in Central America. We'd love to return."
    Guest: temple m. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 3, 2015
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  • FANTASTIC HOME NEAR TOWN!

    "A friend and I stayed in this wonderful 2 story home about a 10 minute walk from the plaza. It was very quiet, clean and was stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay. We enjoyed the pool (not heated, but refreshing) after a day of adventuring around Antigua. There is a wonderful attendant at the gate to this complex 24 hours a day. There were three men that rotated their shifts and each was friendly and helpful. The owner was extremely easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend this home!"
    Guest: Janet & Martin W. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 10, 2015
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  • Piece of Paradise

    "My friends and I just spent another lovely week at Rico's house. This is the second time we've stayed there, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Rico, as always, was extremely attentive and helpful, as was his caretaker, Carlos. The house is cozy and well equipped and the gardens are lush – it is a little piece of paradise. We hope to be returning soon!"
    Guest: Sarah Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 26, 2014
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  • Wonderful getaway with friends

    "Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and this house made the stay even more amazing. A group of seven of grad students stayed in this lovely home for a week in March and had a fantastic time. The house is comfortable, clean and has all the amenities we needed. We cooked in the large kitchen, feasted and played games at the huge dining table and even toasted marshmallows in the mayan fireplace. Most of our days were spent lounging on the dock taking in the gorgeous sites and swimming in the lake, which is clear, clean and lovely. The hammock on the patio near the flowering trees is another treat. The staff on hand at the house were thoughtful and efficient, and the landlord was wonderful - she gave us all sorts of ideas for how to entertain ourselves and made our vacation perfectly relaxing. I would go back in a heartbeat."
    Guest: Mary Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 10, 2015
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Guatemala Travel Tips

Things to See and Do in Guatemala Vacation Rentals

Guatemala is located in Central America and shares borders with Mexico to the north, Belize and Honduras to the east, and El Salvador to the south. Its longest coastline is on the Pacific side. The country is probably best known for its magnificent Mayan ruins. The Tikal Archeological Park encompasses a vast area of Mayan ruins. Features include ancient temples, causeways, call courts, public buildings and plazas. Other sites include Aguateca, El Mirador and Quirigua. Anyone who has an interest in this ancient culture will be enthralled by the many ancient sites. It is a country that still holds on to many ancient cultural traditions. This is evidenced in the many different crafts that are on display at the local markets. It is a country that has had a rich and sometimes turbulent history. The many museums and monuments in the cities provide some insight into the local heritage. Easter time is when many local festivals are held and it is an interesting experience to be part of.

Guatemala's natural heritage is no less impressive. There are many adventure activities available for those who enjoy the outdoors. There are several lakes where you can enjoy a variety of water sports, including wind surfing and scuba diving. One of the most popular resort areas is Lake Atitlan. There are also a number of fast flowing rivers that are ideal for kayaking and whitewater rafting. For a more leisurely boat trip, you can join a cruise down the Rio Dulce. The river passes through lagoons and mangrove swamps that are home to the rare and shy manatees. You can also explore the countryside on horseback, bicycle or on foot, combining culture and nature in a great touring experience.

Visitors to Guatemala Villas

Many people who consider traveling to Guatemala are the more adventurous type of travelers. People who love to immerse themselves in the local culture and explore natural wonders will feel right at home in Guatemala. There is a wealth of natural and cultural attractions.

Seasons to Visit Guatemala Beach Houses

In general, the best time of year to visit Guatemala is during the drier months that run from October to April. The weather at the coastal regions can get very hot and is only tempered by the cooling ocean breezes. The peak travel season tends to be between December and April. The rainy season is from May to September. Rain showers tend to occur in the late afternoon and early evening, and generally clear up fairly quickly. The temperatures tend to fall quite sharply at night; although the skies are clear, it can get quite cold. Ensure that you have something warmer to wear after sunset.

Traveling to Guatemala

The primary travel hub in Guatemala is Guatemala City. The Aurora International Airport is located four miles south of Guatemala City. There is a shuttle bus service that links the airport and city center. Local taxis are also available if you would prefer a private transfer. The Aurora Airport has frequently scheduled arrivals from several major cities in the U.S. These include New York City, Miami, Atlanta and Houston. There are also direct regularly scheduled flights operating from Madrid. For Euopean travelers, this will be the most direct flight option unless you want to travel via the United States. The airport also has good regional links to neighboring countries in Central and South America. A secondary airport is located just outside of Flores. If you are interested in visiting the archeological sites of Guatemala, this is the closest airport to the Tikal Archeological Park.

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