Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life in Guatemala A to Z: Casa Colonial

Casa Colonial is the hotel owned by my family and is the motivating force that brought my husband and me to Panajachel, Guatemala.

It is right off the main street of Panajachel, only blocks from Lake Atitlan, and it offers a wonderful vacation experience for guests. Besides the usual shopping and dining of local Mayan fare, guests can do an all day boat tour of villages along Lake Atitlan, and many other activities depending on your interests.


The rooms are bright and cozy, with access to the beautiful balconies pictured above, and this scenic lake only a short walk away.

Ready for the boat tour around Lake Atitlan. Shopping, hiking, touring historic sites, ending with a late lunch of fruit and seafood at a fabulous restaurant in the village of Santiago. A long day but a good one! Now back to Casa Colonial Hotel for a nap in Room 3, under the open window.

Does it sound good to you? The website is still under construction but please take a moment to like the Facebook page!

43 comments:

  1. It definitely sounds good to me! You are making me want to visit Guatemala. Such gorgeous pics.

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  2. Simply gorgeous! Is the weather warm all year round?

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    1. Maria, Yes, the weather is ideal all year round. Because of the lake the temperatures are warm but moderate, around 70s during the day and sunny, nighttime gets cooler so you need to sleep with a blanket. The "winter" is still warm but rainy-- it's what's called the rainy season.

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  3. Wow. That's beautiful. What a gorgeous lake shot. Naps too! I'm shuttering with delight.

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  4. That's great that you have family already there.

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    1. Yes, it made a huge difference in getting settled! I'm sure my husband and I wouldn't have been so adventurous in moving to Guatemala otherwise.

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  5. You really go places, Karen. :-) This one looks like a perfect place where we can all unwind. Love it!

    Oh, I liked the page, by the way.

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  6. It sounds like my kind of hotel! Lovely pictures.

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  7. Guess I missed that part about you being a hotel owner. The place looks beautiful!

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    1. Siv, it's not me, it's my family. I've got way too much to do with writing and editing to work on another business.

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  8. It looks beautiful. I hope your business is successful.

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  9. Wow. How beautiful! I don't like to fly, but I think that might be worth the discomfort of an airport!

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  10. Aren't those lovely columns of colonial style luscious? I can imagine myself there with a tall, cool drink and an excellent book. Of course, I'd have a hard time reading when there's so much beauty to gaze at.

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  12. I am so jealous. And I'm a recovering exclamation point addict myself, restraining not to leave one right here. Do you get inspired by those stunning views? I would write all day and never leave.

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  13. Somewhere else to put on the must-visit list!

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  14. Looks like a nice place to be parrot head and listen to some Jimmy Buffet songs,
    Came over from A to Z challenge.
    I would offer you coffee but I think long island ice tea would be better.

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  15. I've never been to Guatemala, but now I'm thinking I need to add it to my "Must Visit Someday" list :-)

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  16. What a beautiful place! I've never been to Guatemala, but I have always dreamed of owning a B&B. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

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  17. Thanks for the glimpe into you life in such a beautiful place.
    ellouisestory.blogspot.com

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  18. What a beautiful place to live!

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  19. Oh My Nuts, you have a family hotel?! That is crazy cool. I suppose that didn't take too much convincing to move there then?

    It looks great and that scenery is beautiful! I've never been to Guatemala, but I definitely wouldn't rule it out!

    Thanks again for stopping by earlier :)

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

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  20. What a gorgeous place! Thank you for introducing me to a country I usually hear very little about.

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  21. Wow this looks beautiful. I love to see other places and learn about them. Great blog. I'll be back to see more.

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  22. That hotel building is really beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier :)

    KC @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit

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  23. Loving your A-to-Z blog! Guatemala is very pretty!

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  24. Looks lovely! It definitely makes me want to come visit. :)

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  25. Such a great blog, Karen. I featured you as my "C" post. Have a lovely A to Z! Drop by for a visit.

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  26. Visiting from A/Z; beautiful place to visit! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    betty

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  27. The photos are gorgeous! I'm sure a lot of hard work goes into your average day, but it looks like you are living a dream come true!! I'm very happy for you.

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  29. Hi Karen - the hotel looks fantastic and those views .. well I for sure would love to come out and visit - perhaps one day - who knows. That Bougainvillea reminds me of South Africa .. stunning and I'm so pleased you're out there to help out when necessary and then write as and when you wish ..

    Cheers - glorious! Hilary

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  30. Wow! So beautiful!
    Now on my bucket list! Are you staying there long-term?

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    1. Mimi, Staying on is our plan for now. We are enjoying it a great deal!

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  31. I caught sight of this post in your sidebar and had to check it out. What a lovely looking hotel with so many nice spots to visit. I know you must be happy there.

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  32. Are there more pictures available? On the website, there are only 4-5 of the suite with kitchette, none of which are of the bathroom and only one of the kichenette. I didn't see any of the accommodations on the Facebook page.

    Thanks,
    Tony

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