Thursday's Child: La Fortuna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Last week I wrote about visiting San Juan La Laguna, a Guatemalan village on Lake Atitlan. We stayed at the lake for two nights near the end of a very active holiday and were ready for a break. What we got was a little slice of paradise.




La Fortuna is a small inn on the northern shores of Atitlan. Set in a private cove among mountains and volcanoes, the property is accessible only by boat. From the minute we disembarked at their dock, we felt like private guests at a beautifully rustic home. The sense of privacy was enhanced by the fact that there are only four bungalows on the property, all set a distance apart. (We had the one closest to the water, seen in the photo at the top of the post and below.)


Dinners and breakfasts were served on our private porch – dinners by candlelight, breakfast in the bright sunlight. So during every meal, we enjoyed the beautiful view of Lake Atitlan's clear blue waters.




We were happy to relax for much of our stay, but we spent one afternoon hiking up the hill that overlooks La Fortuna. When the owners, Steve and Kat, bought the property, the foliage was so dense and the path so steep that it took two men six months to carve out a path. We followed it to the end with the company of the owners’ dogs and, upon reaching the summit, they enjoyed the view with us.



12 comments:

kirstenlopresti said...

What a beautiful spot! I have to go there.

Angie Schneider said...

So peaceful and beautiful...indeed a paradise!

Valerie Gamine said...

Ah, lush and lovely; what an enchanted looking bungalow! I shall be daydreaming of tropic isles all through the week. :)

Elzbieta Hester said...

Gush...I love the cabin, the water, the mountains, the green jungle...paradiso!

ela h.
Gray Apron

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Wow, what a beautiful, peaceful, serene spot this is! Can I come with you next time? =)

Joyti said...

Your photographs are utterly beautiful! I feel more relaxed just looking at them. Sounds like a wonderful getaway...

Monet said...

Just magical. What a calm and peaceful place. Thank you for sharing Beth!

Barbara said...

What a lovely way to end your busy trip. Serene and beautiful. Love the views!

Gloria Baker said...

how beautiful pics Beth always amazing me how many places you had visited beautiful!

grace said...

pretty dogs!! the views aren't too shabby either. :)

Liz Berg said...

Wow, what breathtaking photos! It looks like a heavenly spot to visit!

allieksmith said...

Those dogs! The bungalow! Wow. Beautiful!

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