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Pamakanya from above (upper house and main house)

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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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, you take a 15-minute boat ride from the tourist center of Panajachel often 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 stone patio where quiet reading 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. (Pascual, 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, coffee maker, water dispenser, 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 can often be found at lake's edge.

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 nearby village of Jaibalito for a swim at the pool at Ven Aca 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 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. 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 and information at www dot pamakanya dot com.

Keywords: House & 2 bungalows

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Property Type

  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The minimum age limit for renters is 25....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

  • 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

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

    ...moreless

  • 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

    ...moreless

  • 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., Other Beds (2) Two inflatable mattresses is available....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3

    ...moreless

  • 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

Other Amenities

  • The main house features an open layout with 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, Pascual Hernandez, on the site who will keep firewood, water and gas in supply, point out what's ripe in the fruit trees, and is available to help any way you need. Houses come with use of Charcoal Grill (BBQ), 4 Kayaks & Gear, Snorkeling Equipment, Fresh Limes, Oranges, Papayas, Avocados, Mangoes and other fruit in season from the garden....moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD player and projector and screen are available....moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

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

  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Projector available and many DVDs for 'movie-night' on the porch....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

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

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

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

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The main house covered porch offers a spectacular place to dine and the large table accommodates 12+...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Unlimited wifi available...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • 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

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

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

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • 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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

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

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

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

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkles and fins are available....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Well, not exactly a hot tub, but the lake has hot thermal springs...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season1
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$140
$860

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

holiday
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2016
4 night min stay
$195
$1,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

christmas/new year
Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
$195
$1,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

Semana Santa
Apr 9 - Apr 16, 2017
4 night min stay
$200
$1,230

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$165
$1,020 $2,950

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

Standard housekeeping servicess provided every fourth day of your stay. Additional housekeeping and cooking services can be arranged.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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Location

75 Miles
Nearest Airport
Guatemala City
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Ven Aca; Casa del Mundo

Car: Not Necessary

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)

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We are two families from Takoma Park, Maryland. Katie and Jim and their children, bought Pamakanya on a whim in 2005. Jeff and Becky who were Peace Corp volunteers in Guatemala joined them in ownership in 2013 so for them and it's just like coming home.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • Pamakanya from above (upper house and main house)

    Pamakanya from above (upper house and main house)

  • The main house looking down from the upper house

    The main house looking down from the upper house

  • Main house master bedroom

    Main house master bedroom

  • Main house living room (can be shut off from bedroom by curtain)

    Main house living room (can be shut off from bedroom by curtain)

  • Main house kitchen

    Main house kitchen

  • Main house porch with dining table that seats 12

    Main house porch with dining table that seats 12

  • View from main house through the gardens and down to the dock

    View from main house through the gardens and down to the dock

  • View of upper bungalow from main house

    View of upper bungalow from main house

  • la casita  - the lower bungalow

    la casita - the lower bungalow

  • View from lower bungalow out to lake

    View from lower bungalow out to lake

  • Enjoying the lake, kayaking.

    Enjoying the lake, kayaking.

  • Pamakanya 
(upper house, main house and la casita)

    Pamakanya (upper house, main house and la casita)

  • Main house master bedroom

    Main house master bedroom

  • view from the main house master bedroom

    view from the main house master bedroom

  • Main house loft (sleeps 3)

    Main house loft (sleeps 3)

  • Main house bathroom

    Main house bathroom

  • view from main house porch

    view from main house porch

  • Lido deck  - one of the many places to hang out and relax

    Lido deck - one of the many places to hang out and relax

  • Relaxing on the porch of the upper house

    Relaxing on the porch of the upper house

  • Sunrise - view from the upper house

    Sunrise - view from the upper house

  • Lower bungalow (la casita)

    Lower bungalow (la casita)

  • kayaks and dock

    kayaks and dock

  • Swimming from the dock

    Swimming from the dock

VRBO #70598

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Friday, September 30, 2016

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  • Bathrooms
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Solola, Guatemala #70598

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