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Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views

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.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Carlos

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

Why Carlos chose San Marcos La Laguna

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Dec 2014
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Pasajcap Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Quiet Elegant Apartment 5 Min Walk to Town with Great Views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

Magical! Carlos was the perfect host..there when you needed questions answered or supplies, but otherwise not invasive! His apartment is the ideal perch! AND his blues guitar at his restaurant, The Blind Lemon was soothing to the soul! THANK-YOU Carlos and Kata and Son!!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And thanks to you! It was a pleasure to have you both.
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Calgary, AB, Canada

Great apartments!

  • 4 of 5

My cousin and I stayed for three nights, we had the top and bottom apartments. Units were as pictured, very comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Carlos was very accommodating and great to do business with!

I do recommend ear plugs for the dogs and roosters in San Marcos!

Sunrise is beautiful from the top balcony!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pasadena, CA

It Was Great

  • 5 of 5

Great views of the lake and the climate is an eternal Springtime . Saw one of the volcano mildly erupt one morning as I was waiting for the the sunrise. The plume was illuminated by the rising sun. Room is clean, bright, airy and the water pressure is good in the shower. If you arrive via the small ferry let Carlos know in advance of the ETA and if you come via the road check-in at the Blind Lemon Restaurant- which also has cable for sporting events. Carry-on wheeled bags and backpacks work best on the path up to the house. Good restaurants with a healthy food /lifestyle theme are in San Marcos. Short ferry ride to San Pedro and a little longer to Pana for day trips.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Carlos is a very friendly person, and everything in the apartment is very clean, we really enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful garden!! Thanks Carlos

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would return in a heartbeat.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Only place to stay in San Marcos

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Probably the main attraction besides the beauty of the lake is the friendly indigenous Maya people, especially the women with their traditional colorful dress.


Rates & Availability

Pasajcap Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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summer pricing
May 8 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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