Great comfortable apartment to stay in when visiting Guatemala! Close enough to Antigua to do some exploring and far enough to relax and get cozy!
“When I first booked the apartment, I was really looking for something close to Antigua, because I thought we'd be spending a lot of time down there and Chimaltenango is only a 25 minute drive in traffic. When we arrived, we were welcomed by Patty, who speaks only Spanish, but is so very hospitable. She took us through the entire apartment and showed us where everything was and how everything worked. We spent two weeks there over Christmas and into the first week of January of the new year. What we expected versus what we received fully exceeded our expectations. There is a tienda, tortilleria, and carneceria right across the street. Practically anything you need, you can find at any of those places. There are a lot of street food vendors in the neighborhood and the area is very safe to walk around. We left our vehicle out on the street and nobody ever touched it, but just in case, and for the comfort of guests, there is a gated area to keep your vehicle, if you would like. There are also street lights you can keep on and security cameras if you choose to use them. We ended up making friends with a few of the neighbors in the vicinity, who in turn took us around the entire area of Chimaltenango. We spent Christmas and New Year's Eve with families who were so happy to have us as guests. As midnight of Christmas and New Year's came around we had a feast of grand proportions and lit off so many fireworks the entire neighborhood was covered in ash. The community is so welcoming and eager to try to get to know the foreigners that they make every effort to have a conversation, whether you speak Spanish or not. This place truly made for a spectacular segue into the new year. I cannot recommend the neighborhood enough. We felt very fortunate to be able to spend the holidays making new friends and creating unforgettable experiences. We hope to return.”
Es muy céntrico con mototaxis y buses para toda la ruta centro sur y occidente del país a minutos de sitios turísticos como antigua y Panajachel, o la ciudad. hay supermercados, bancos, farmacias, tiendas de conveniencia todo está a la mano y es un lugar seguro los apartamentos están en un tercer nivel y tienen todos los servicios, con bonita vista a volcanes. a 2 cuadras del mercado y de la plaza central hay muchos negocios en la localidad es un área concurrida y comercial ideal para paseo.
“What a surprise! We lived in Guatemala the whole summer (Our whole family volunteered on house building projects this summer) and lived in several cities. Parramos was our last community to build in, but did not have suitable housing for us to rent. Near to Parramos, this listing in Chimaltenango was the best size and price for our last two weeks. We could only see a picture of the dining room and the kitchen on the listing, so not having more pictures was a concern. We thought it would be small, but the description indicated there were multiple beds so we figured we would be fine. When we arrived we were in a concrete jungle, and we were definitely a little worried. Winston led us up the stairs and in the door to his apartment, and we were amazed! The rooms were quite large/spacious. There were floor to ceiling windows letting in a generous amount of light. Stylish furniture and colorful artwork (gorgeous canvas mural of Lake Atitlan on one living room wall!) Our kids were equally astounded ("Mom, didn't you say this was going to be a humble place?"). Winston actually only had one king bed in the home, but he had offered to get us more beds even before we arrived. My husband was afraid that might mean borrowed beds from who knows whose house, but when we accepted Winston had men bring in two brand new double mattresses, box springs, and bedframes. Not only that but several sets of brand new sheets and blankets, and he let the kids choose the bedding they liked. This was definitely not a germ-scary place to stay. It was well stocked with amenities like toilet paper, hand soap for the bathroom, a laundry basket, etc. These sorts of things were missing in several other places we rented, so we were glad to have them. This place did not have any dishcloths to wipe the table, or washcloths for the shower, or trash liners to replace the ones that were currently in the trashcans, but then the other Airbnb places in Guatemala did not have those things either. This place was not setup for a large family like ours - there were only two bath towels, and we had to buy a 10" cooking skillet - but spacewise we could really spread out. Winston had Netflix so were were able to watch a movie together twice. Only a few things that could have been better. The wifi did not work super great, and the sinks only had cold water. A nice sunlit courtyard had both a pila sink and a washing machine, but you had to babysit the latter during a wash cycle because it would randomly turn off, and we had to use a garden hose to add water during the rinse cycle. At least we could do laundry, as most rentals in Guate do not have a washer at all. The apartment was really warm (July), and at night we would have appreciated some fans, but Winston said he in a couple months he is have air conditioning put in here. Our only real difficulty was that we were right by the main intersection so there was A LOT of road noise. I had thought it might actually make good white noise to help us sleep better, but we woke up around 4am every morning when the honking ramped up - Oh my, the lovely people of Guatemala do love to honk their horns! I think they may use their horns more than their brakes! So basically it was really hard to get enough sleep with so much noise. I am still really glad we had the chance to stay here. Lodging near the main intersection made for easy access to buses, and there were multiple grocery stores nearby, even a church around the corner. And looking out our windows at all the people coming and going made for some really interesting people-watching. Winston works on the bottom floor, so he was always available if we needed anything. Overall a really great place to stay.”
Fuego is a wood cabin located in Xenimajuyu Tecpan. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or family/friends activity in the open air of Guatemala’s countryside. The cabin is close to Iximche ruins, the fist Guatemalan capital. Outside the cabin, you can have a bonfire and enjoy the cold climate Tecpan has to offer while sharing a hot cup of coffee/chocolate.
“A place out of the ordinary! Ideal to relax as a couple! Very pretty! Invite to come back!”