In 2004 I experienced a burst of joy when I saw one of my many dreams come true - the completed construction of 'Casita Rosa'. It is a cozy home full of light with open doors and an instant inspiration to writers and artists who will totally find themselves in their element.
From every corner of this endearing home you can admire the wonders of nature, a spectacular sunrise with a rare combination of colors that blend with dream and reality, you awake with the vague memory of your dreams to an incredible lively reality. The warm morning breeze invites you to leave your bed as your eyes follow your surroundings to discover magnificent volcanoes, mysterious mountains and above all you see in front of you the intense magnitude of the world’s most beautiful lake (as described by Alexander von Humbold). The lake returns your gaze and nourishes your soul.
In the morning you will find yourself astonished by the silence of the lake and from the spacious terrace (107m) you can feel the breeze caress your face, butterflies and birds will greet you in the new day. You will be thankful to the old tree for providing shade, for the sun is already hot at the early hours. After breakfast the lake invites you to submerge yourself in its purifying waters.
In the afternoon your curiosity is aroused by the rolling waves and takes you exploring on spectacular walks, private boat trips, kayaking, or public boat trips to neighboring villages named after the 12 apostles. You can also walk up the mountain to the town of Santa Cruz. On occasion you can catch a beautiful rainbow smiling at you as it reflects itself on the lake like a mirror.
With the refreshing afternoon breeze, relaxing in the hammock, ideas take form and expand to the mountains, place of Mayan ancestral rituals, imposing and capturing the mystery of the Maya.
Sitting in front of the fireplace you can witness the sunset, the fire being another natural element you can enjoy. You can enjoy a cozy night listening to the waves against the rocks as if they were right at your feet. Later on the sky abounding with stars makes its spectacular appearance, full moon nights, nights that will take you to a different world - an unforgettable experience.
Casita Rosa is exclusively romantic and quiet, away from public traffic and a 3 minute walk to the nearest dock. It is a safe place.
The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove with oven, a refrigerator, a microwave, and all utensils needed for cooking.
The patio or open air area for eating breakfast, as well as the churrasquera (BBQ grilling area), will add pleasure to your stay.
The living room has a fireplace, a sofa bed, sanitary room, and upper windows decorated with colored glass. The lower part of the windows are clear white exposing the view of the lake.
The bedroom has a bathroom and charming shower, a king size bed with orthopedic mattress. An imperial size collapsible bed is also available.
The balcony which is located at the upper level of Casita Rosa offers an amazing and unique perspective of the surroundings.
Gas heater for the shower
Water tank (2000 liters)
Total property of 2,240 square meters
Internet access is available at a 3 min. walk to a neighboring hotel. You may also use your laptop with a special modem sold in Panajachel.
You can easily find someone to cook for you or do your groceries in Panajachel.
Laundry service is a 7 min. walk away at the Hotel La Casa Rosa.
Activities in Santa Cruz:
Yoga, meditation, Spanish lessons, hiking, scuba diving, restaurants, Saturday night dances, etc.
Activities around the lake:
Horseback riding, visiting the zoo, the natural reserve, the butterfly greenhouse, Mayan ritual caves, swimming, painting classes, retreats, weaving classes, work in wood
Visit the markets, galleries, museums, tours around the lake, kayaking, fishing, etc…
Guatemala is the country of my birth and my family. I love living on Lake Atitlan because this is my favorite place to be. Since I am Guatemalan, I can guide you on how to best enjoy all what this area has to offer. If you wish, I would be pleased to prepare wonderful recipes from my Grandmother's kitchen.
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