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Eco Nest on Lake Atitlan

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Eco-Lifestyle get away! Cozy, peaceful, lovely, lakefront house with epic views of volcanoes & lake. Strategically located, easy to go to near villages by public boat. Off the grid, solar electricity/candles, solar showers 10am-2pm, wash tub laundry/clothes line drying, dry composting toilet, filtered rain water, permaculture garden. 4 min by boat to San Marcos, 20 walk. Eco-tourism at a reasonable price. Maya sauna. Live simple...Spanish & Watercolor lessons on site.

This Eco Nest is located in Pasajkap, San Marcos La Laguna, Atitlan. Very close (around 22 feet) from the water front, with spectacular views, this charming cute house offers unique advantages!

When we say "spectacular views" we mean that at all times you are in front of the 3 dormant volcanoes of Lake Atitlan: Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro and 2 of the Antigua volcanoes: Acatenango and Fuego. Fuego is an active volcano, you may see smoke, sometimes lava from the bedroom window, from the stairs to the bathroom and many other spots on the property, certainly from the dock. Lava is visible at night, even lava runing down the sides of the cone of the volcano!!!

The view of the lake itself is mesmerizing, it captivates our senses, giving peace and well being.

Through gardens and stone stairs you can reach this small house nested among avocado trees, vines, dragon fruit cactus, papayas and eatable and medicinal herbs and plants, a food forest following Permaculture principles.

The entrance is hided by lush vegetation, one stone stair-case goes to the dray composting toilet and shower. The other curving stone stairs goes to the terrace, a space with veranda and breath taking views, a lovely space to spend time perched on "hamacas", have drinks, read or enjoy the view and the surroundings. In the middle of the terrace is the entrance to the house, with a sliding door. Inside turn right to a wall to wall window to a majestic lake-view. The kitchen is just there, the best place for cooking and doing dishes!!! A few steps away is the dining room space, a long mahogany table for dining, studying, writing, etc. Farther in the back, a walking closet with a nice window to the lake, a cozy meditating area. This is the coolest space to store groceries, vegetables, fruits, etc. To the left, a stain glass window and the stair case to the bedroom. The bedroom has one wall on the back, facing the lake is a roof to floor window and two more windows on the sides for a 180 degree view. It's a great cozy little room for two or for a single person. This house was built in 2,003 as a weekend house and had stayed for family use until Nov 2,017. The design resembles a European Cottage. According to the mountain shape, the structure is made with welded steel. Floors, roof and furniture are wooden. To built the walls we mimicked "Tapial", a Maya ancestral building method, almost gone extinct. We modify it by using pumice rocks (volcanic light rocks) between chicken wire and a few wooden frames. To finished this walls, stucco was used, as inTikal and the other Maya sites, for domestic smaller structures were built using Tapial. This house is a delicious cozy little place to enjoy Atitlan!

The king size bed in the bedroom is a futon with nice pillows and cozy comforters. There are some watercolors in the walls and small details to enjoy.

The kitchen has a table stove with 3 burners and pans and pots. There is a French press for coffee and a ceramic tea pot, cutting boards, knifes and wooden spoons. Wine and can openers, strainers and a nice selection of table wear.

Check-in is at 4 pm and check-out is at 11 am.

We are a 0 Waste facility. We gladly take all your organic waste to produce compost. Please place it on the red plastic container. You may take it to the chickens coop or leave it by your door for Juan to take it before 2pm every day..
All your non organic rubbish, you need to take with you. We also give used plastic bottles to fill with all sorts of plastic bags and small items to make Eco Brick, which we use for building. All villages have recycling programs. We do not burn anything in our property.

Our electricity is solar. Our solar system is design only for illumination and to charge phones and computers. Please charge your phone or computer only during pick sun hours. Otherwise it consumes the energy in the batteries.

Our system is not design to charge electric brushes, hair dryers, blenders or the such. If this is done the batteries will be drained and ruined. In such case the guest will have to pay all the related expenses to get new batteries.

The houses have two water systems. One is lake water, pumped with a fossil fuel pump, to a tank located at the top of our property and distributed by gravity to the houses. This water is for washing dishes, hands and taking showers. The other system is rain water, collected from the roofs and stored in tanks, then pumped to different tank at the top of the property and also distributed by gravity to the houses. This water is only for drinking, brushing teeth and cooking.

There are no western type toilets in any of our houses. We only have dry composting toilets which only use saw dust. No water is polluted with human excreta. We use human waste to produce Humanure and organic compost. All bathrooms offer hot showers, only during sun pick hours (10am-2pm) as we only have sun heaters.

Come and experience Eco friendly technologies that will improve your awareness and fill you with wonder.

You may access our paradise by boat (passing every 20 minutes during day hours until 5:40 pm and 8pm or using private service available at all times), which brings you directly to our private dock. We enjoy land access through the Tzan Kumiba'l Reserve entrance, off the road San Marcos-Tzununa and trough the lake front path.

Secluded and quiet, our Charming Eco Nest is a perfect getaway to rest and reinvigorate surrounded by nature, the sound of water splashing, birds in symphony early mornings, stunning sunrises and sunsets, star gazing, lightning storms on the Pacific coast or even the calming sound of rain pouring, depending on the time of year you visit Atitlan.

Our lake front is spacious (45 meters) to have lake water experiences: swimming, jumping and plying in the water and also paddling our ancestral Maya canoe known as "Cayuco". Some guests like to paddle to San Marcos or just nowhere in particular, only to enjoy the calmness of early mornings at the lake. It is also great for fishing with a traditional simple line with a small hook at the end, to catch local varieties of small, tasty fish that live mostly in the near shady shores. Cliff jumping is possible at the Tzan Kumiba'l Reserve, were you may visit swimming from our shores, paddling the Cayuco or walking on the lake front walkway to the Reserve (about 10 minutes).

On December 2,016, the Municipality and the people of San Marcos opened an ancestral path to access Tzan Kumibal Mountain, a sacred place for burning ceremonial fires according to the Maya tradition. Off of that path, they gave us, neighbors, permission to opened a mountain path with "stairs" and a lake-side walkway to access Pasajkap by land. This path is now in use from 8:30 am to 4pm. Walking through a hidden lakefront walkway, we access a small bay with turquoise pristine waters to get to the cliffs where a challenging segment of 68 mountain type stairs take you to the mountain plateau and stone-made sight seeing terrace and finally to the road to San Marcos and Tzununa. The walk to San Marcos takes about 20 minutes.

Enjoy specially lovely sunrises or sunsets experiences at the top of Tzan Kumiba'l Reserve, from the sight seeing platform or perching yourself at any large rock of your liking. Also great during full moon nights. Our dock is a comfortable place for these activities as well.

For visiting close by villages, water transportation (public or private) is available. Public boats passing in front of our dock every 20 minutes, in each direction, will take you to near by villages for 5 to 25 Quetzales depending on distance. To Tzununa and San Marcos they will charge 5 Q. To San Juan and San Pedro 10-15 Q. To go to Santa Cruz 15 Quetzales; 25 to Panajachel. Then, to go to Santiago, you may go via San Pedro or via Panajachel for 25 Quetzales.

In our property, guests can enjoy our food forest garden, private dock, beach, use the Cayuco (Maya canoe) and the Temazcal (Maya sauna bath). For Temazcal use, we charge USD10 per couple. Please let us know one hour before you wish to use it, preferably before 4pm.

To arrive to our place in Pasajkap, San Marcos La Laguna, both from Panajachel or from San Marcos, you need to tell boat captain or his helper, you are going to the dock with a tree in the middle, in Pasajkap, next to Pierre (our neighbor) In Spanish: "Vamos a Pasajkap, al muelle con el arbol ". If you arrive at night, know that we have reflective tape on the dock posts. Have your head lamps or cel lights ready as you get off the boat!!!!!Pierre has one light on his dock and one at the base of his stoned stair case.

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San Marcos offers good restaurants, recommended are a few: La Paz Hotel for very good vegetarian cuisine; Moon Fish for very good and nutritious food, my favorites there are Burritos; Seyco's for very good Japanese food, Fe for international foods and wood fire Pizza, Il Giardino for gourmet vegetarian food. The only place to eat organic and cooked with good oils in San Marcos is Nectar, an interesting Art Caffe, a few steps from La Paz Hotel.To cook at home, there are vendors placed in strategic spots on the walk ways from the dock to the center of the village and corner stores with good alternatives, specially around San Marcos Central Park. I shop there, at Los Arboles.

Public boats stop service at 7:30pm from Panajachel to San Marcos/San Pedro and at 5:40 pm from San Marcos to Panajachel. If you are in San Marcos and did nor catch that last boat, there are 2 options to come back to my place in Pasajkap: 1. Take a tuk-tuk to Tzununa (Ask for Jeremias or his brother Juan, it says Sajbin on their tuk tuks windshield) Tell them you need to go to the Tzununa dock, he will charge you 50 Quetzales. Once there, wait for the public boat coming from Panajachel (last one at 7:55 pm); 2. Call Victor or any of the boat captains that offer private boat rides from San Marcos to our dock. They will charge between75 Quetzales to 125 depending on the time. Please ask us for the Captains List to take a picture with your phone before leaving.

If you are driving, the best way to descend the Atitlan basin is via Solola. Ask directions to Panajachel. Or taking a shuttle from Antigua or Guatemala City to Panajachel. It will take around 3 hours from Antigua, 5 hours from the City. I will be grateful is you use Atitrans, not only because that is the company I use and I recommend for being the most reliable company but because I get points toward trips to Antigua to see my daughter. Please tell them you are my guests or if you are booking on line say so on "comments".

There is another entrance about 25 Km ahead on the Interamerican Highway to descend the basin via Santa Clara La Laguna. I do not recommed this one because the road is not well maintained and it takes 1 hour or more for only 22 km to get to San Marcos on a curvy, bumpy road. If you prefer this option, you still need to get to my place by boat, which takes 4 minutes. With luggage, I do not recommend the hike through Tzan Kumiba'l Reserve.

There are private taxi or Uber trips strait from the Airport to Panajachel for USD135-150. You may book those on line (I use Atitrans). This trip takes only 4 hours, compare to taking collective shuttles, which travel first to Antigua to get passengers, adding around 2 hours, then to Panajachel, Atitlan, another 3/4 hours.
Eco-Lifestyle get away! Cozy, peaceful, lovely, lakefront house with epic views of volcanoes & lake. Strategically located, easy to go to near villages by public boat. Off the grid, solar electricity/candles, solar showers 10am-2pm, wash tub laundry/clothes line drying, dry composting toilet, filtered rain water, permaculture garden. 4 min by boat to San Marcos, 20 walk. Eco-tourism at a reasonable price. Maya sauna.… les mer


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Pasajkap is a peaceful and quiet area. It is not a village. There is only homes and agriculture. Lovely for bird watching and star gazing. Pristine waters for swimming and lush environment. There are no corner-stores or vendors of any kind around Pasajkap. If you need to buy groceries, toilet paper, candles, fresh produce, good home-made bread, etc, you need to shop in San Marcos.

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Born in San Diego California from a Guatemalan mother and a Peruvian father, both outstanding people. At 65 years old, I am a gardener, mother of 4 amazing grown-up children, grandmother of 4 lovely grand kids, social anthropologist, life learner, journalist, and artist. I worked as an independent consultant for rural community projects in many different assignments for more than 30 years. Watercolor teacher in my own studio for 14 years. University instructor at Caltech, Art Center and CalPoly SLO, CA for 4 years. Now semi-retired, mostly conducting a personal agroecology project in beautiful Lake Atitlan. I am interested in inmersión learning as a tool to spread sustainable living models. Also interested in natural medicine, and ancient nutrition. I participate in workshops and research studies to learn more about healing and sacred arts.
Born in San Diego California from a Guatemalan mother and a Peruvian father, both outstanding people. At 65 years old, I am a gardener, mother of 4 amazing grown-up children, grand…
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We all enjoy our privacy around here. Our dock is a nice place to converge, enjoying nice conversations and mingle, if that is what you want. Sound travels up, so voices will tell you if there is people or not at the dock and you get to choose what to do.

The garden is spacious and we have a food forest always in process, with fruit trees and eatable and medicinal herbs (exotic and native) to enjoy. Each house has its private surroundings and pretty much there is not visibility from one house to the other, which is considered a nice advantage.

I live in the grounds and enjoy company and conversation as well as only answering questions and helping guests getting by. Feel free to look for me in the thatch roof house, up top.

Our team is formed by three young adults: Joaquin, Juan and Angelica, all very nice people, and myself. We all work in maintaining the beach, garden and houses. Angelica, Joaquin and Juan come every week day from 7:30 am to 4/5 pm and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon. When I travel, Juan sleeps over and stays on the grounds on weekends.
We all enjoy our privacy around here. Our dock is a nice place to converge, enjoying nice conversations and mingle, if that is what you want. Sound travels up, so voices will tell…
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