Beautiful, Calm, Quiet, Hillside Cabin with Beautiful Panoramic View at Village Edge.
To reach El Jocotel, one ascends on foot to the upper limits of the village of Tzununa', then continues on a curving path through a canopy of coffee taking you out of your world and into a calm, tranquil garden where you can rest and reflect.
Some local friends invited me in. I invited the garden and the dogs and cats and water. The garden invited the hummingbirds and butterflies and now you can take tea with them.
The house is a simple, rustic one room log cabin with adjoining outdoor, open kitchen. From the front porch hammock or chairs, a visitor can enjoy the 200 degree panoramic view of Lake Atitlan, four volcanoes, and tremendous valley of Tzununa. The house sits on a fenced-in 1-acre Permaculture coffee, banana and tea herb farm with chickens, dog(s) and cat(s) and worms.
Guests will have access to the cabin with it's spacious front porch. Here one can sit in a chair, lie in the hammock or clear the space for spiritual practice. There are two yoga mats. You can also have your run of the property, which is almost completely covered in coffee trees, but also includes some other climbable trees.There is a manual coffee grinder. The kitchen is outfitted with a three burner stove and everything you should need to cook a nice meal. Guests can eat (or work) at the kitchen table which can be used as a versatile workspace.
There is no electricity at the cabin. There is no internet. These things are available just below in the village, a five minute walk down the hill. The cabin is about a ten-minute walk uphill from the furthest point of tuk-tuk or car.
Общение с гостями
Interaction with guests is minimal but I am often around and happy to explain how the farm is intended to work as things come together. I can also show you which teas, greens, and herbs are available for harvest to use fresh in the kitchen. A staff member or volunteer may be on the property working with the animals or in the gardens. Someone will come around to clean up and sweep the house. Guests are not responsible for animal care. I am available to answer questions and help with arrangements for local guides, travel, help carrying items up the hill and laundry. If I'm out of the area, I work with a friendly local family and they can be visited for assistance with most things.
Другие важные подробности
The most challenging thing about staying up the cabin is bringing in the food, so we take care of this for you. A local person will go to market and stock the house with ingredients for you to prepare in the kitchen. You will arrive with ingredients available: fruit, vegetables, pasta, rice, herbs and spices. Herbs for flavoring and making tea, as well as cooking greens will be available for harvest fresh from the gardens. Market trips are made at least twice every week to restock your supply. Also, you can let us know what types of foods you like or special dietary concerns while communicating ahead of time. The kitchen will have stocked oats, rice, beans, oils, lard, salt, pepper, some spices and common cooking instruments. So far, we have no oven. Specialty items such as nuts, cheese, liquor, pharmacueticals can be added to your market trip a la carte and prices are given on a menu at the house. We will do our best to look for whatever you need. We know where to find most things and we're happy to pick them up for you to make your stay smoother and more enjoyable.
Please treat the village and its people with respect. Consider yourself a representative of El Jocotel when you come stay. This means maintaining a great relationship with the locals, among whom we live. The custom here is to address a someone you pass on the trail or the street. Please do so and take the time to stop and chat with locals who often have questions and enjoy the exchange. You'll usually be happy you did. Please smoke cigarettes outside of the cabin.
I'm a 30-year-old expat who came to Guatemala to build a life I liked much more than the one I had in the states. Instead of working a job I hated for way too many hours, now I get up when the sun comes over the distant mountains beyond Lake Atitlan and hits me in the face and I get up, drink my own coffee, feed my animals, work in my gardens and food forests and bake bread in the village below. I also do some casual writing and photography and enjoy reading in my hammock.
I offer a room or tent on my mountain coffee farm. People take rooms because they like the tranquility, beauty and solitude of the location. I'm open to hanging out, taking hikes, talking about coffee and offering guidance to help make your Lake Atitlan stay as nice as possible. I'm available by phone or visit if I'm around and if I'm not around, one need only visit a local Mayan family that can help with most things.
I can help with arranging:
-travel within Guatemala and CA
-market trips for groceries