Casa de las Tres Tarrazas, Santa Cruz, is a place for romantics and adventureers seeking rest, reflection and inspiration. Guatemala's famous Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three sentinel volcanos, is one of the natural wonders of the world. Hence why Aldus Huxley referred to it as "really too much of a good thing"! Be warned - once you arrive, you will never want to leave!
The Lake views, as well as, the mountain backdrop, are nothing short of spectacular. This is a home-from-home providing a great base from which to explore the wonders and magic of Lake Atitlan.
There is also a small studio casita, Casa Aguacatel, for rent on the property, but each house has their own privacy. The advantage is that if you have a group of 8, then both houses can be rented together. Please ask for more details about renting the casita as part of the package or on its own.
The comfortable home-from-home has 2 double bedrooms with queen size beds and a twin room, a beautiful stone bathroom, a modern, fully-equipped kitchen, cozy living room with a fireplace, and 3 amazing porches.
This house is situated in a large, well-maintained, oasis-like private fantasy garden just 5 minute’s walk to the lake shore and 15 minutes walk up the mountain to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna.
The house is accessed from a set of circular steps up to a large terrace with quiet seating area. French doors lead into the main open plan area. The living area with fireplace is two stories high with the fully-equipped kitchen and dining area off to the right. At the back of the room is a large bathroom with a shower, gas hot water and a washing machine. There is also the 3rd bedroom: a twin.
Up a wooden staircase is a second double bedroom with its own private patio facing the mountains. Then along the gallery is the beautiful and spacious Master Bedroom with French doors leading to another private patio with table and chairs.
The whole house is beautifully decorated and styled to make you feel like it is a home-away-from-home.
The only access to Santa Cruz is by boat. However in Santa Cruz all five, nearby hotels have restaurants and bars. You can also take advantage of, scuba diving, yoga, Spanish lessons, kayak rental and guided hikes and tours of the lake. For a writer or artist focusing on a project, for a spiritual retreat, or a family vacation in the heart of the Maya's Land of Eternal Spring, this house is ideal. Lake Atitlan has a temperate climate as situated at 1,500 meters or 5,000 feet above sea-level, hence, "the land of eternal spring"!
The area of Santa Cruz is among the quietest around the lake, and boasts the most spectacular views of the sun rise, sun set, AND all-day-long views of all three volcanoes across the lake!
Santa Cruz is only accessible by boat (10-20mins from Pana), but is still the closest village to the main transport hub and commercial center on the Lake: Panajachel (Pana to locals). Here is where you find banks, ATMs, grocery stores, delis, cafes, pharmacies, restaurants, bars, and the wonderful local market overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Every Saturday morning there is a small farmers market at the Hotel La Iguana Perdida, by the main public dock of Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz is a Kakchiquel village of approx. 3,000, the village itself it set up a steep road accessible by tuk tuk, pick up, or on foot! Here you can visit CECAP, a vocational center for young people from around the lake, where they learn a multitude of things from cooking, sewing, computer skills, and carpentry. Be sure to check out their café/restaurant with quite possibly the best view of the Lake. The small catholic village church is one of the oldest around the lake.
The rest of Santa Cruz runs along the shore, where the five hotels are (Isla Verde, Arca de Noe, La Iguana Perdida, Villa Sumaya & Laguna Lodge), which all provide restaurant meals. Paxanax Bay lies about a 10 min walk to the east of the main public dock along a series of paths (some rocky) and boardwalks, and has its own public dock for access to properties in the quiet and tranquil bay.
Always bring a flashlight/torch for night time wanders as no street lights! But please be assured Santa Cruz is extremely safe and secure.
Prices are for 2 guests. Any additional guests from 3-6 will be charged at a rate of $20pp per night.
Min 3 night stay.
Please ask about renting Casa Grande & Casita Aguacatel together.