Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan is a family owned and operated 4 star Extended Stay Hotel located at the edge of Lake Atitlan, near the town of Panajachel, in the Guatemalan Highlands.
Our Heritage: Atitlan was judged by the noted European travelers Alexander von Humboldt and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World fame) to be the most beautiful lake in the world. Atitlan was formed by a volcanic caldera and is the deepest lake in Central America. It is surrounded by picturesque volcanoes and escarpments. The Kaqchikel Maya make up 95% of the local population and have a vibrant and colorful culture.
Our family ownership of the San Buenaventura Valley has enabled us to maintain the surroundings in a sustainable way. The Valley is home to our family coffee groves and our Atitlan Nature Reserve, dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna of the Lake basin and to environmental education. This Reserve is open to the general public and features signed nature trails, a butterfly preserve, hanging bridges that cross picturesque ravines, and a zipline that traverses the natural forest canopy of the Reserve.
Our Hospitality: The hotel has fully furnished and equipped finely designed houses that can lodge from four to six guests comfortably, suites for two and standard hotel accommodations ideal for one or two guests. While we list standard fixed rates through travel agencies we are flexible and frequently offer specials, depending on season and circumstance. Because of the impact of the global economy on international tourism, now is an especially good time to contact us.
Our facilities include a bar and restaurant, heated pool, Mayan sauna or “tuj”, Jacuzzi and areas to rest and relax at our private beach. If you wish, you can rent a bicycle to ride on our roads and trails in the old Hacienda San Buenaventura. At the front desk you rent kayaks that you will find at the beach. We also have a pier and boat services so you can visit the Mayan towns around the lake.
Other services: Despite our relative remoteness, we offer a full range of tourist services. We are adjacent to the lake-front community of Panajachel, which has banking, shopping, live entertainment and other tourist attractions.
Our clients are afforded special access, at special prices, to half and full-day tours conducted locally by Aventuras en Educacion, S.A. These tours are arranged and mostly guided by Richard Morgan Szybist. Morgan is author of the Lake Atitlan Reference Guide and other eco-cultural books on Atitlan (available through www.amazon.com). Multi-day tours for small groups are also available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly for information on these.
We create tailored programs built around conferences, seminars, and retreats to suit your special interests, away from distractions and in an inspiring, memorable setting. We are in touch with a broad range of human resources in the field of natural health and healing and we offer guided tours that explore the Mayan cultures.
Our ever Spring-like weather is especially attractive to groups in northern climates seeking respite from harsh winters.