Vacation Home El Castillo on Lake Atitlan
Jinava Bay Lake Atitlan, 07016 San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala –
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Suzanne, Susana and Vicente
Our home is located on Jinava Bay, the quietest cove on the lake and well placed to provide easy 5 to 17 minute boat rides to the villages of San Marcos, San Pedro, San Juan and San Pablo as well as Santa Cruz, Tzununa, and Jaibalito. We are located right on the lake and enjoy a private dock for our guests as well as a canoe for their use. Our motorized launch the "Susana" and operator can be rented for easy access to any of the villages noted above. Jinava bay enjoys protection from afternoon winds and afford guests wonderful views of some of the most famous villages across the lake. Cloud formations and sun sets are sensational. On-site security is 24/7. Nearby restaurants are available or for a fee, Rosa can prepare meals for you.
My husband Earl "Vicente" and I retired from a market research business in the United States in 2017, but we started visiting Guatemala in the 1990s. In 2007 we founded a women's nutrition education program on the other side of the mountains across the lake. Known as Seeds for a Future, the program supplies education and coaching in nutrition and raising small animals and vegetables to women heads of household in 1,000 plus families. We have also fostered the planting of more than 15,000 food and lumber producing trees. Find our Seeds for a Future page on Facebook, or in Spanish, look for the Semillasparaelfuturo.gtm page.
As noted above, San Marcos and the nearby villages are some of the most famous historic and living Maya villages in Guatemala. They are delightful to visit and for shopping and cultural activities. In addition, the lake and mounts around it are delightful for all manner of hiking, climbing and water sports enthusiasts. San Marcos, the village in which we are located is famous for its friendliness, tranquility and or its holistic opportunities as well as, for such a small and intimate village, an unusually fine array of quality restaurants and socializing. Grocery needs can be met at several stores in town, along with markets and stores in other villages on and around the lake front. All guests will be offered help with arranging their transport needs, along with extensive Welcome Notes and whatever "concierge" support they might need.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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Area Info –
Volcano Atitlan10.9 miles
Quetzaltenango Central Park18.8 miles
Restaurants & Markets
a dozen restaurants downtown Restaurant0.5 miles
same as above Cafe/Bar0.5 miles
stores and open market in town Supermarket0.5 miles
vendors all over own Market0.5 miles
Indian Nose Mountain2.5 miles
House in on the lake shore Lake0 miles
La Aurora Airport50 miles
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Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 7 per day.
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Freedom to eat when you want
- Wine glasses
- Dining table
- Coffee machine
- Cleaning products
- Electric kettle
- Wardrobe or closet
- Free toiletries
- Body soap
- Walk-in shower
- Toilet paper
- Additional bathroom
- Guest bathroom
- Bathtub or shower
- Shared toilet
- Attached bathroom
- Shared bathroom
Space for everyone to be together
- Dining area
- Sitting area
Media & Technology
Fun for everyone under one roof
- CD Player
- Laptop safe
- Hot tub
- Non-feather pillow
- Trash cans
- Tile/Marble floor
- Private entrance
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
- Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Sit back and relax
- Outdoor furniture
- Outdoor furniture
- Sun deck
Health & Wellness Facilities
- Hot tub/Jacuzzi Additional charge
Food & Drink
- Bottle of water
- Grocery deliveries Additional charge
- Tea/Coffee maker
- Water sports facilities (on site) Additional charge
- Horseback riding Off-site
- Diving Off-site Additional charge
Outdoor & View
Enjoy the view
- Landmark view
- Mountain view
- Garden view
- Lake view
- Shuttle service
- Public transit tickets Additional charge
- Airport shuttle (additional charge)
- Airport shuttle (free)
- Shuttle service (additional charge)
Entertainment & Family Services
- Books, DVDs or music for children
- Board games/puzzles
- Daily housekeeping Additional charge
- Laundry Additional charge
- Designated smoking area
- Smoke-free property
- Non-smoking rooms
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Refundable damage deposit
A USD300 damage deposit is required 14 days before arrival. This deposit will be fully refunded 7 days after check-out, as long as there isn't any damage to the property.
Children & Beds
Children are welcome
|0 - 11 years||
Can use an existing bed
|$10 per child, per night|
The maximum number of children allowed in existing beds depends on the room you pick. Double-check your selected room for the maximum capacity.
No cribs are available
No extra beds are available
This property only accepts cash payments.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
This is a private home. Party groups are not welcome and will not be booked.
Payments must be made before arrival via PayPal, unless special payment arrangements are made directly with the property once the reservation is confirmed. The request for payment via Paypal will be sent upon booking.
Directions for arriving will be sent to all confirmed bookings.
A damage deposit of USD 300 is required. The host charges this 14 days before arrival. This will be collected by PayPal. You should be reimbursed within 7 days of check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full by PayPal, subject to an inspection of the property.
Please inform El Castillo on Lake Atitlan of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.
Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.
This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.