There are a number of outdoor activities while you are visiting Lake Atitlan from a short lake shore hike and paragliding. Some of them, of course, are water-related like scuba diving at La Iguana Perdida Hostel/Hotel.
We, La Fortuna, have complimentary kayaks and paddle-boards for guests. It is a perfect morning activity while the water stays calm. A lot of our guests use them during their stay before they go out to explore other parts of the lake.
This Californian couple, Jessica and Paul, who had stayed at La Fortuna recently sent us some pictures of them paddle-boarding. Enjoy!!!
If you have been to Guatemala you probably have noticed that there is NO Starbucks (maybe one in Guatemala City?). I bet you have seen and have been to at least one of the coffee shops (instead of a big coffee shop chain cafe) that sells freshly ground coffee grown locally.
Coffee production in Guatemala has started in the 1850’s and has been one of the main Guatemala’s income resources. The Guatemala’s highlands’ climate makes it possible for Guatemala to produce the most distinctive and finest coffee in the world. La Fortuna which used to be a coffee plantation also produces fair amount of coffee beans on our property roasted at Finca Azotea in Antigua and served with your breakfast.
Antigua is not only the beautiful colonial city but also is the most suitable place to grow coffee by its surrounding three volcanic mountains. If you stop by Antigua you can sign up for a coffee tour to learn how to grow, roast and sold worldwide. Finca Azotea has its own coffee museum and tour every day with English speaking local guide. A coffee NGO called De La Gente runs a coffee tour by appointment with a local farmer and a bilingual translator if necessary. If you would like authentic Guatemalan souvenirs, don’t forget to buy a bag or two during the tour.
Did you know that “Atitlan” is a Mayan word, which means “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”? Furthermore, Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, called Lake Atitlán “the most beautiful lake in the world”!
The lake is surrounded by a number of small villages, inhabited by predominantly Tz’utujil and Kakchiquel, modern-day Maya, who wear traditional clothing. They’re are known for their handcrafted products, including jewelry and clothing.
It is surrounded by three volcanoes on its southern end and Atitlan Lake itself is a result of volcanic activity that occurred nearly 85,000 years ago.
Come visit us and find out even more interesting facts about this beautiful lake!
The architecture at La Fortuna at Atitlan was inspired by a backpacking trip Kat and Steve took in 2009. The outdoor bathrooms are reminiscent of a bungalow they stayed at in Bali, and the roof lines are reminders of some of the gorgeous bungalows they stayed at in the Gili Islands. All the materials used in the creation of the buildings and furniture are locally sourced and crafted by local craftsmen.
The personal touches are present everywhere you look from the knick knack filled custom bar in the reception to the hand made glass beads made by Steve’s artist mom to the beautifully crafted wooden boxes made by a local non-for-profit carpentry school found in the reception building.
One of our favourite eco-design elements on the property is the stunning floating staircase in the front reception building. As a child Steve was mesmerized by the famous floating staircase in a church in Santa Fe and was so happy that he could reproduce it on the property.
The property features a wood heated hot tub on the waterfront which is hot each afternoon starting from 3pm.