Lake Atitlán

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Sha Ryan Ka

A retreat which consists of 3 unique cottages and a main house which lay on the northern shore of Lake Atitlan in Santa Cruz la Laguna. This magical lakefront home has views of 3 volcanoes from a large veranda. Sleeps 6 with a fireplace in the living room and an indoor/outdoor bathroom that was photographed for a European architectural magazine. Also are three unique, fully equipped cottages with hot showers and kitchenettes. All have relaxing lake view balconies and rentals are from $400 to $500 per month. Daily rentals start at $25, weekly at $125. The main house rents for $1600 a month. All are Half price in the off season from mid May to the end of October. All rentals include access to beautiful well maintained gardens, sauna, private dock, meditation gazebo looking out to a waterfall.

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Casa Del Mundo

Mid range price US$ 38 per night with own room and shared bathroom or US$ 75 per night with own room and bathroom. It´s a 15 minute boat ride to this secluded villa on the lake set apart from everything. This is a small hotel with about 15 luxurious rooms and amazing food. Be prepared to pay about 75 Quetzals extra for the three course dinner they serve, its the only way to eat. Bring a swimsuit because this is the ideal place to lounge in hammocks or simply float in the water. Perhaps the best value for money hotel to be found in Atitlan. It is only accessible by boat, the food is fantastic, the rooms are clean and the grounds are amazing.

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"Yo Momma's Casa"

Budget prices, ~Q30 per night for the dorms. There are two dorms (with lockers), two private rooms, a rec room with a pool table, a kitchen, and a central area with hammocks and chairs where everyone congregates. The bathrooms are decent enough, and they have WiFi. It is a great place to go if you want to meet people, you can't avoid walking by the central area and people are almost always hanging out there, and it's close to the bars/parties but generally very quiet. A great place for a long stay; ask about discounts for extended visits. As of Jan 2014, an English gent named G is helping manage the proper and spruce up the place.

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Hotel Miralrio of Atitlan

Economic priced level with some luxuries like Free Wi-Fi, Cable Channels, Private Restrooms and magnificent garden with all kind of flowers and trees, Clean rooms and secured private parking, really a must place if travelling on economic budget, rooms have direct view to the lake and volcanoes, staff is friendly and speak some English.

Lomas de Tzununá

A relatively new place perched on the hillside between Santa Cruz la Laguna and San Marcos. Facing the volcanos, with amazing views, friendly staff. Only accessible by boat.

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La Riviera de Atitlan

A high-end resort, located a few km to the west of Panajachel on the bay of San Buenaventura.

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About Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán and its villages are a winning combination of scenic beauty, a relaxed atmosphere, easily accessible Mayan culture, and a good tourist infrastructure. You can have an enjoyable weekend visit, a week away from it all, or several weeks to learn Spanish. The Atitlan Lake located at 1560 m of altitude, and the Tolimán volcano at the bottom (3158 m). If the depth being reproduced on the charts is 320 m, investigations carried out in the years 1970 evaluate to 600 m the depth on the San Lucas Tolimán side.