Casa Colibri and Casa Colina are popular and profitable vacation rentals on Airbnb.com. Each house has three-bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Casa Colibri was designed by an international architect and constructed in 2009. Casa Colina, originally built in 1998, was thoroughly renovated in 2011. Both villas are beautifully designed with high ceilings and tastefully furnished with antiques and Mayan paintings.
Each villa offers fireplaces (Casa Colibri has five!), tiled floors, fully-equipped chefs’ kitchens, dining patios, spectacular vistas from all rooms, covered and open balconies, beautiful master suites, attractive guest bedrooms and marble baths. Each villa combines local charm with modern amenities including high speed Wi-Fi and security alarm systems. Casa Colibri has an additional amenity, a six-person, cedar wood Swedish sauna.
The villas enjoy an ideal location in a quiet cove yet are a quick three minute boat ride to one of the most charming villages on Lake Atitlan, San Marcos la Laguna. Pedestrian only, the lakeside village is a unique and harmonious blend of ancient Mayan tradition and international culture, a celebration of artisan shops, art galleries, and delightful restaurants serving local and multi ethnic cuisine at amazingly low prices. The village is most known for its full array of excellent spas , yoga and massage studios, and healing centers. It is home to Las Piramides, a renowned retreat center which draws visitors from around the world.
The Villas lie in a private cove beside a sacred Mayan cliff. It is conveniently close to charming San Marcos la Laguna –a 3 minute boat ride–but far enough away to ensure peace and tranquility . Travelling around Lake Atitlan is not only convenient and easy, – it’s also fun. Regularly scheduled water taxis called “lanchas” are the main source of transportation. They pass by every 20-30 minutes , going left to Panajachel l and right to San Marcos, and stopping for passengers at private as well as public docks. Simply walk down to your own private dock, wave your hand and a public lancha will come by to transport you to San Marcos and the other unique Mayan villages around the Lake. Boat travel is inexpensive, convenient and fun!
However, if you are hardy and prefer walking, you can hike up the steep hillside to the road. It is a 15 minutes’ walk to San Marcos.