Main house + 2 bungalows, total 4 bedrooms , 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-13)
Katie & JIm / Becky & Jeff
- english, spanish
About Katie & JIm / Becky & Jeff
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.
Katie & JIm / Becky & Jeff purchased this Villa in 2005
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
THE BEST house on the Lake...likely in all of Guatemala!
Your stay at Pamakanya begins with speedy responses to ALL of your questions. The communication with the owners is excellent! The house itself is the best equipped place in Central America....and I have stayed at many.
Pamakanya will relax you, soothe your soul and make you fall in love with Lake Atitlan.
The location is ideal. A beautiful 15 minute walk along a well maintained hiking trail takes you to the delightful little town of Jaibalito. There you will find a wonderful market with yogurt, eggs, cheese, and a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. On Saturday mornings hike a little further to Santa Cruz for a wide variety of fruits, veggies, fish , seafood and baked goods. If you are tired or your bags are too heavy just take a boat home. It will take you right to your own private dock!
If you prefer, there is a new, very 'western', grocery store in Panajachel. It is a short walk from the boat dock and they have everything from steaks to socks!
I spent four weeks at Pamakanya last year. This year I spent 5 weeks...and I STILL want to go back. The villages around the lake offer endless adventures. The kayaks at the house enable you to explore the lake (in the morning when the water is calm) and the hiking trails offer endless opportunities to simply stop and observe the beauty around you.
Pamakanya is in a central location allowing for many day trips. Hike Indian Nose, visit Chichi market or simply find a new hiking trail.
The local people are amazing. The food is fabulous and the weather is idyllic. There is truly NOTHING negative....or even borderline...that I could say about Pamakanya.
However....you are not allowed to book until you check with me to be sure that you are not overlapping with my next trip!!!
I have travelled through many countries in Central America. Only once have I returned to a house....and I have NEVER returned to the same house three times. Pamakanya just may change that!!
THANK YOU to the owners for another amazing holiday!!
Pat, so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pamakanya! It is wonderful having you for the second time. Keep us posted for when you are ready for stay #3!
-Becky, Jeff, Katie, and Jim
Beautiful, Peaceful, Fully Stocked, Everything That You Would Want!
Pamakanya is a special place in the world. It sit on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan. The property if made up of three houses, each interesting and beautiful. The main house comes with a full kitchen, three fireplaces, and a beautiful view of the lake from the porch. You might never leave the porch's hammock. The lower casita is right at level and has a heated outdoor shower. The upper house is spacious with one of the best views of the lake. Pasquel, the property's caretaker is very helpful. And, you van hire the awesome Maria to cook for you. Spend some time at Pamakanya!
Family of 6 enjoyed immensely!
We stayed 4 nights at Pamakanya in August - and had such a wonderful time. The homes are all so quaint and full of character, the property is well maintained and so fun to explore, and the hosts are helpful, responsive and reliable. No doubt, you need to be ready for an encounter or 2 with some critters, but all part of the experience. We enjoyed the spectacular view from the covered patio, including a movie on that covered porch with the hammock in the photo. Also savored a few meals from Maria, which we highly recommend. The sun sets early and returning to the house at dusk with a meal (totally reasonably priced and quite tasty) all set is bliss. We hiked to the nearby town, and then on to Santa Cruz. Walking on the trails with a group, in daylight, felt totally safe. Bring good shoes. Exploring the towns around the lake, cliff-diving in San Marcos (or to a nearby bay with the kayaks), and swimming off the dock filled our days with adventure. We used the phone numbers and recommendations from the hosts for private boats and transport to and from the airport and Antigua. We recommend the extra money for the private boats at busy times and when the lake is rough. There is 2 houses in your little bay, one that had people staying but it didn't impact our privacy.
We were grateful for the detailed information provided by the hosts shortly before traveling - lots of great resources and advice that proved to be the best source of info during our 10 day stay in Guatemala.
Just go for it! Yes its rustic and out of the city but it really is not as big of a deal as it seems. Getting around is easy. Just bring your cash. The gardens are beautiful!!! The houses are fun, funky, architecturally interesting, very well maintained, well stocked, beautifully decorated, etc. etc. A really fun place to stay!
An amazing home centrally located on the north shore of Lake Atitlan
We stayed for 3 nights with my parents, my wife and 3 boys(14,12 and 11). Becky was responsive to all communication and Pasqual and Maria were awesome. Maria’s cooking was great. The photos dont do the home justice. Had a great time exploring and kayaking with lots of time cliff jumping. Location is perfect in our opinion as it is easy to get a water taxi to all of the villages as well as hike to nileighboring villages for adventures and drinks. Look forward to coming back next year.
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Pamakanya! Come back anytime!
Wonderfull house and PERFECT location!
Pamakanya may be one of the best places on earth! We spent a month hiking, kayaking, swimming, visiting local markets, wandering through villages, eating local produce and just plain relaxing.
Pamakanya is ideally located. It is an easy walk to the tiny village of Jaibalito where we were thrilled to discover that we could purchase many supplies. Yogurt, wraps, wine, bread and a variety of fresh produce were available. The produce varied on a daily basis but onions, carrots, potatoes and bananas were always there. Avocados, pineapples, etc...were hit and miss.
The village of Santa Cruz is a pleasant one and a quarter hour hike along a beautiful trail. It has a few steep parts but the views are well worth the effort. On Saturday mornings there is a market with a great selection of produce, fresh fish and on some days baked goods.
So....you will need to stock up on 'pantry supplies' in Pana but otherwise you can get everything within walking distance of the house.
Communication with the owners is efficient, thorough and very friendly. No matter what question we asked we had an answer within an hour. Becky communicated with the local supports, on our behalf, when needed. We felt completely at home and were encouraged to make use of all the house and lake have to offer.
There is a local gardener who quietly maintains the incredible grounds. We ate lettuce, parsley, cilantro, onions, hot peppers and avocados from our very own garden!! Again, what is available varies with the season but everything was fabulous. What a treat to walk out the door and cut some fresh lettuce for lunch!
The public boat stops right at the dock and for a small price takes you anywhere on the lake that you want to go.
There is just something about Pamakanya that relaxes your soul. From the moment you are greeted at the dock until your suitcases are carried back down you feel at home. There is even a 'house dog' that will keep you company...if you want! On our first day about 10 dogs wandered through the property. We selected one and fed him. 'Sandy' became 'ours' and visited almost every day thereafter. He 'marked' his territory and the others ceased to visit!
I miss you already Pamakanya!! Hope to see you again!
Escape to lake Atitlan
This is a beautiful villa on the shore of lake Atitlan. Nice rustic feel with well maintained grounds and amazing views. This is a get away vacation spot. The house was well maintained, clean and well supplied to include Kayaks and the video projector for evening movies (owner has a nice collection to choose from) on the back porch as the sun set. You do have a washer and clothes line, kitchen supplies and the WiFi is OK. You must buy your groceries in Pana on the ways in as the local villages don't have a lot to offer for resupply though we did kayak over for sodas and beer as well as fresh bread and pie from Han's. There is a foot path at the rear of the house to take to the villages or a morning run or hike. I truly enjoyed meeting the locals on my morning runs before a dip in the lake. Andrea is very helpful with your transportation needs to and from the airport. The water taxis when you want to go around to the other villages are easy to catch by standing at the end of the dock and waving. I highly recommend you have Maria cook for you. She did three dinners for my kids and I and we loved every bite. The owner communicates very easily with you on your planning and is very helpful and when you arrive there is a welcome book with all of the needed information and suggestions. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to the lake from the airport an then 10 minutes form the lake to the villa by water taxi. Yes - there are scorpions and spiders but they were never a real issue. The coffee in the morning on the lower terrace as the sun comes up is memorable and the local people are a joy.
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)