Casita de la Sirena
There is a fantastic view of Lake Atitlan from the nearby lakeshore in the authentic Maya village of Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Here you will be immersed in the Modern Mayan culture and lifestyle. After arriving in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, the only way to get to Jaibalito is to hike from Santa Cruz or via the Lancha/Boat. There are no cars, trucks or Chicken buses in Jaibalito! Although we recently acquired two TukTuk's.
This rental offers a private, spacious suite. It is great for one or two guests. It is set up with one queen bed. The studio style large bedroom also has a complete bathroom and a hot shower. The completely furnished kitchen includes a microwave, toaster oven, stove top and refrigerator. Enjoy a free sample of our infamous coffee grown and roasted on the property. You can relax at the dining room table under the semi-enclosed covered patio. .
There is easy to access to Jabialito from anywhere on the lake. Only a 20-30 minute boat ride from Pana.
The property is surrounded by flower gardens, towering Avocado trees, a variety of banana trees and an Arabica coffee grove. The Casita de la Sirena rental was remodeled and refurnished January 2013. An unlimited supply of purified water is provided. Weekly Housekeeping service is also included.
Machine washed and dried laundry service is available, upon request, for a small fee. Free Wifi Internet access is also available. Our traditional Mayan Temascal bathing and sauna room can be prepared for 100 Q. Casita de la Sirena is a short walk to three, local distinct restaurants. See details below.
After leaving the public pier, walk up the Main Street 30 meters and look to the right for the turquoise posts. Casita de la Sirena, Lake Atitlan, is one of the quietest locations of the village. The interior walls are made from volcanic rock from across the lake. The rustic handmade furnishings come from the village of Nahuala. The cane fence and flat stone walkways are made of local materials. The wooden framed windows are constructed from locally renewable Cypress. Come and visit Lake Atitlan, to us it is the most beautiful lake in the world.
Please feel free to ask for assistance at any time. Scott, Leisa and Sirena are living (part-time) in the adjoining yet completely separate adobe house. We speak Spanish and English.
We will be happy to prepare the traditional Mayan Temascal bathing and sauna room for you. The charge is 100 Q/12 USD per use. Please advise 4 hours in advance to allow for wood fire will be started and when it is just coals, you pour a small amount of water over the rocks. This creates a steamy sauna room where you will sit on the warm stone bench. You will be relaxed and cleansed when the treatment is complete.
Other services available:
Laundry Service, (please allow one to two days for drying during rainy season) 5.00 USD or 35 Q per load. Your laundry will be machine washed and driedat the Casita property.
Extra Housekeeping: 2.00 USD/ 16 Q per hour.
If you need a light bulb replaced, the gas tank is empty or the drinking water bottle needs to be replaced, just ask us or our Hostess!
NO SMOKING INSIDE PLEASE!
Local information and travel tips:
After arriving in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, the only way to get to Jaibalito is to hike from Santa Cruz or via the Lancha/Boat.
There are no cars, trucks, Chicken buses or Tuk-Tuks in Jaibalito! Although there has been an occasional motorcycle, they were just visiting. The well marked and most amazing scenic and safe hiking trail to Santa Cruz is about a 45-60 minutes hike with a medium loaded backpack. IT IS RECOMMENDED BY LOCALS TO NOT HIKE FROM TZUNUNA TO JAIBALITO, there have been cases of robberies reported. ________________________________________
The Public Lancha's that travel around the lake arrive/depart from the Jaibalito public pier about every 20 minutes. At Panajachel, you may have to wait for the boat to fill up before it departs. To/from Pana is about 30 minutes. The Lanchas operate from 7AM to about 7:30PM every day. From Jaibalito, they go Left to Panajachel via Santa Cruz and Paxanax. From Jaibalito, they go Right to the villages of Tzununa, San Marcos, San Pablo, San Juan then to San Pedro. Lancha/Boat taxi to and from the Jaibalito pier is Q 15 per person to/from Panajachel. It is generally Q 7.5 per major (website hidden) Panajachel to Santa Cruz, then Santa Cruz to Jaibalito.
Do not pay more than listed above, but do not argue with the Crew if you don't have close to the correct change.
Remember Q10 = 1.25 USD! Yes, Locals pay slightly less, tourism is what supports the local economy.
If you have more than a few suitcases, treat them as an extra passenger, Q 15, for 3-4 suitcases.
Have your money ready to pay the First Mate as you leave the pier.
A Private Launcha may be rented for between Q 150-200. They will take you direct from Panahachel to the Jaibalito pier.
No waiting required. Just ask at the pier 'Quiero un Lancha privada por ciento cincuenta Quetzals, por favor'.
While visiting many of the Villages around the lake, take advantage of the little Red Tuk-Tuks (3 wheeled covered scooter carts) for an inexpensive ride from the pier to destinations within city limits.
Generally the fee is 5Q per person per one way trip. Tip for extra services.
If you plan on fixing some of your own meals, when in Pana ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you to Chalo's tienda, Sandras or the Dipenseria Familia (ATM available). All have have a good selection of groceries. Heavier items like soda, bottled water or cerveza can be purchased in Jaibalito. No need carrying them on the boat if you don't have too. _________________________________________
While in Jaibalito, business is conducted with Guatemalan cash, Quetzals. There are a few ATM's (Cajero 5 B) in Panahachel. Just ask around, '? Por favor, donde esta a Cinco Bay (5B)?' The ATM will only dispense 100Q bills.
The banks do not allow you to come in to make change and the armed guard will usually tell you at the door, 'No cambio!'.
Get some small bills 5Q, 10Q and 20Q before you leave Panajachel (Pana) and head to Jaibalito. Try a restaurant or tienda (small store) for change.
There are three resturants in Jaibalito.
There is Hans Schaeffers' Posada Jaibalito, up the hill and on the Left. Meals, drinks and lodging.
Club Ven Aca is down the hill and left across the creek. Bar, restaurant, Hot tub and pool.
Hotel Casa del Mundo is still a little bit further past Ven Aca. Meals, lodging and a cliff side view.
They all are distinct in their services and are all highly recommended for great atmosphere and meals. Each location has their own website.They are all within just a few minutes walk from Casita de la Sirena.
The Dry season, typically from November through May averages 55*F to 80*F with low humidity, very comfortable.
During the Wet season it is typical to have beautiful sunny mornings before the frequent afternoon clouds and rain.
You will get wet if you forget your umbrella!
You will want a light jacket for the evenings throughout the entire year. We have enjoyed the Lake every month of the year!
The electricity in the village may go out for brief periods during very windy or heavy rain weather conditions.
Always carry a flashlight with you when you will be out and about after 5 PM. Street lighting can be few and far between.
You drink the water from the any of the faucets at the Casita, either in the kitchen or the bathroom, including the shower. Although the water system in the village is fed from an underground spring, there is still the possibility of contamination. We installd a filtered ultaviolet water treatment system.
The septic system at the Casita should be no problem as long as you put all the waste paper in the trash container, as is typical in most of Central America. The only waste going down the toilet drain should be the waste out of your body.
This is a semi tropical climate and insects thrive in the area. You will probably need to apply Mosquito repellent regularly, depending on the season.
The locals are mostly Mayan and speak both their native language of Kakchiqel and Spanish.
The people in Jaibalito are kind and helpful. There is a small group of Foreigners that reside here as well. There are a few small stores/tiendas where you can purchase a variety of packaged foods and common household goods. There are no retail stores, gas stations, movie theaters or night clubs. Those are at Panajachel. There are five churches in the village. You will know when they are having a service. The music is loud and catchy and the doors are wide open!