Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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Caelum et Terra, "HEAVEN AND EARTH"

2-6 Keys 4 Bedrooms 8 Guests 5 Baths

Description

We call it 'Caelum et Terra' (Heaven and Earth) as it is a place to relax and enjoy. Peace and spirituality are felt throughout.

You will be welcomed with flowers and breathtaking views of the San Pedro, Tolimán and Atitlán volcanoes.

Enjoy an art collection representative of many of Guatemala's most respected artists.

The author of “Brave New World”, Aldous Huxley, called Lake Atitlan “the most beautiful lake in the world” and anyone who has been to the lake would most likely agree.

Legend has it that the chapeau-elephant-boa constrictor drawing on the first page of Antoine Saint-Exupery’s novella "The Little Prince" was taken in part from Lake Atitlán, where the author saw the Cerro de Oro: the “hill of gold” and this became the model for “the boa constrictor digesting an elephant”.

Skyline colors change throughout the day spanning from blue, green, grey, yellow, and red.

Services in the home are similar to a fine hotel. Pedro and our staff are there for you* to cook, clean and serve the best margaritas or negronis.

Recently renovated, the house, on two levels (Master en-suite bedroom on entry level, 3 en-suite bedrooms on lower level) is quite colorful and extremely cozy. Enjoy reading, listening to music, admiring the surroundings, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit or watching TV (cable and Direct TV are both available).

Choose among a number of outdoor activities on and around the lake: swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, birdwatching, paragliding, zip lining, yoga classes, boating, shopping for unique hand made local wares, taking affordable Spanish classes and cultural activities or simply explore the surrounding towns, each with a distinctive character and size.

Our adult-children are constant visitors (31 to 37) years of age) and enjoy the home as much as we do!

The property is not equipped with air conditioning as the fresh local climate does not require it. Regardless, tower fans are available for your use. SUV is recommended due to the currently unpaved road from Santa Catarina Palopó to the home.

Special thanks to Alfredo Rodriguez-Allen and our Third Home guest, Mick Spilsbury for contributing to the photographs on this site.

**Pool may be heated for a fee of $300.00 (optional).


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Property Details

Size

Private Residence with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 5 baths, 5920 square feet, 550 square meters

Bedrooms

King, 2x Queen, 2x Queen, and 2x Queen
8 guests maximum

Nearest airport

Guatemala City
3 hours by car / 20 minutes helicopter

Property View

Three volcanos and Lake Atitlan

Property ID

04954

Amenities

No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Additional Fees

* The cost for the staff, who manage the home and guest needs during your stay, is $300 per week, to be paid upon meeting the owners.
**The pool may be heated for a fee of $300.00 (optional).

Activities of Interest

  • Arts
  • Hike
  • Shopping
  • Watersports
  • Paragliding
  • Zipline
  • Birdwatching

Places of Interest

  • Panajachel
  • San Marcos
  • San Pedro
  • San Juan
  • Chichicastenango



Reviews

Carlos

April 2021

SIMPLY MAGICAL

This villa is a dream, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world with no less than three imposing dormant volcanoes and a dozen or more charming lakeside villages dotting it’s Shores. Pedro and Teresa, housekeepers and cooks are attentive and keep the house spotless. Please don’t be influenced by the US media and it’s cascade of negative publicity, Guatemala is beautiful, safe and exotic, As anywhere, exercise reasonable precautions. You don’t need a car, we took an Uber from Guatemala to Antigua for a week, cost approximately $30, and from Antigua to Lake Atitlan approximately $75, and from Atitlan back to the airport proximately $85.. We made a deal with the same driver to come pick us up as there are no Uber’s in Atitlan, everybody goes by water taxi and Pedro can arrange this. (Be sure and include Antigua in your itinerary!) ”

JennyBess

December 2020

The best ThirdHome property we have ever seen!

Where to begin? This property is perfect: we simply could not have had a better experience in our stay here. We have stayed in many ThirdHome properties, and without exaggeration, our stay at Caelum et Terra was our favorite property of all time. Unlike in some other ThirdHome properties, we truly felt that we were guests in someone's home. The owners are extremely responsive, checking in to see how we were enjoying our stay, following up for feedback: they welcomed us warmly into their home and we couldn't be more grateful for that. Pedro and Teresa, the housekeepers, were incredible: Teresa makes the best tortillas we've ever tasted! Her cooking is incredible, as are Pedro's cocktails. Pedro arranged for launch services to the surrounding villages on the lake for us, which was extremely helpful. It truly felt like we were staying in a high end hotel: their service was impeccable. And let's not forget the most important part: the views. We spent three weeks at this property, and for the most part, we stayed outside on the deck, looking across the expansive volcano views, while working, reading, playing chess, practicing yoga, and more. We felt immensely relaxed and peaceful. Santa Catarina is a lovely village, in part because it's really not especially touristy: the busier villages are across the lake in San Marcos and San Pedro have entirely different characters. We were so glad to be slightly off the beaten path. As for recommendations nearby, we had a few lovely dinners at Casa Palopo, within walking distance from the house. We highly recommend renting a 4x4 or pickup truck: at one point en route, a bridge had completely washed out and we needed to cross a little river to reach Panajachel, the nearest large town. And speaking of Panajachel, we had a wonderful time wandering around the downtown markets there: note that the only ATM nearby is located there. Other recommendations--horseback riding tour of coffee plantations organized by Cafe Cristalinas in San Pedro was excellent. Sababa in San Pedro for delicious Israeli food. Yoga Forest in San Marcos (a little hike, but well worth it) for a gorgeous retreat center built into the mountainside. Shangri-La in San Marcos for the best cup of coffee we tasted in Guatemala. Chichicastenango for the most incredible artisan market and a spectacular drive. We simply cannot wait to return: thank you, thank you, thank you to the hosts for some of the best travel of our lives!”

Tim

January 2021

Amazing location and experience

This was one of the best Thirdhome stays that I have had. The house and property are absolutely impeccable. The views of the volcanos and of Lake Atitlan are incredible. The photos on the Thirdhome listing for this property do not do the house and the grounds any justice. It is way better than what shows. The owner, Alexandra, was great and answered any and all questions regarding her beautiful home and the activities in the area. The staff of the home, Pedro and Teresa, were warm and accommodating and took great care of us cooking delicious food the entire week. Am looking forward to hopefully returning to Lake Atitlan and Caelum et Terra someday. ”