It began with the lodge: A dreamy Instagram put up despatched by a good friend showcasing a stunning cliffside property alongside Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, accessible solely by boat and amazingly well-priced for the spectacular views and personal, casita-like rooms we may keep in. After I later discovered myself packing for a visit to go to stated lodge, I additionally wanted to consider a day in Antigua, the in a single day hike my pals and I signed up for in the course of the first leg of the journey, and the assorted modes of transportation we’d be taking all through the week, baggage in hand. Learn on to see what was on my packing listing for Guatemala, from my favourite backpack duffel to a headlamp and cozy linen pants.
The place I stayed:
La Casa del Mundo was actually the spotlight of the journey—we opted for a set, which had three beds and a captivating little patio the place we’d sit and browse within the mornings and sip cocktails within the afternoons. The property is just accessible by boat, so we hopped on a ferry in Panajachel, the primary hub guests enter by way of to get to the numerous small cities across the lake, and zipped over in about 20 minutes.
If stairs aren’t within the playing cards, this property is just not for you—it is constructed right into a cliffside (Lake Atitlán is in an enormous volcanic crater, in spite of everything), and has a maze of winding stairs main as much as the casita-style rooms, entrance workplace and restaurant, and quite a few out of doors seating areas, every with their very own mixture of hammocks, garden chairs, and chaise lounge chairs. On the lodge, we rented kayaks and paddleboards to take onto the lake, and will leap (or stroll) in from numerous factors across the base of the property. Stairs apart, it offered the final word leisure we would have liked after the difficult hike up the Acatenango Volcano. Whereas I am joyful we left in the course of the afternoons to go to extra of the lakeside cities, I may have simply spent just a few days doing an entire lot of nothing proper there at La Casa del Mundo.