If you’ve ever been to Guatemala, you know there are a lot of special places here. The lake (Atitlan) is my favorite…you can escape the city and the noise and the stresses of everyday life to sit on the shores of a lake surrounded by volcanoes (I’ll never get over the volcanoes). If you’re looking for luxury, a fun hostel, handmade textiles, yoga, or culture, it’s all here.
We left around noon on Tuesday (the lake is about a 2.5 hour drive from Antigua), but not before having my favorite tortilla soup at Finca Filadelfia.
We arrived in Panajachel around 4pm, and our hotel was just a quick 10 minute drive from Pana. We stayed at Villas Balam Ya, which is a sister property to the beautiful Meson Panza Verde hotel in Antigua. To put it simply, it was incredible. As art lovers, we appreciated the carefully curated collection displayed in our villa, the wood burning fireplace we lit each night, and of course, the views.
We stayed in the Main Villa, which was huge! It had two master suites, multiple outdoor areas, a full kitchen, etc.
The next morning, our complimentary breakfast was delivered to our room at about 8am (morning people over here). I loved all of the fresh fruit <3
After breakfast, we showered and then took a short drive to the nearby town of Santa Catarina Polopo. We shopped for textiles here, since I especially love the colors the artisans use near the lake (lots of blues and greens). The Huipil below took 3 months to make, with everything done by hand.
There were some cool bags too, in designs I hadn’t seen before
After picking up some last Christmas gifts, we headed to Panajachel to spend a bit of time shopping and enjoying the views. Maya went swimming again, and then we stopped for lunch at Deli, which has a million vegan/vegetarian options (right up our alley).
We ordered a smoothie to share with cacao, banana, and macadamia milk, and then a veggie sandwich full of all.the.veggies. Wishing there was a restaurant like this in Antigua!
And since it’s almost required to have a daily espresso in Guatemala, we stopped at our favorite spot in Pana (Cafe Loco).
We went back to the hotel after our coffee break to swim in the lake, which was absolutely freezing 🙂 Later, we opened a bottle of wine we had been saving for a special occasion, and Christopher surprised me with his fire lighting skills 🙂
It was a perfect couple of days with my little family- we have come so, so, far in just two years <3