I expected to have a wonderful time at Lake Villa Guatemala after viewing the website, (I actually chose to travel to Guatemala BECAUSE of this vegan bed and breakfast), but it surpassed my expectations.
Traci and Mark are wonderful hosts. I really appreciated how they provided information about local activities and food.
My boyfriend and I stayed with them for three days and not only enjoyed their beautiful, comfortable home (RIGHT on Lake Atitlan, but also quiet,) but their company. We loved conversations over dinner and felt like we were talking with interesting, intelligent, cultured, fun, kind friends.
On the same note, both Mark and Traci are very supportive of personal space. Though it is their home, I never felt like I couldn’t leave to take a nap or eat breakfast with just my boyfriend, if I wanted to. The house is large and there are areas to practice yoga, relax in a hammock, or even lift hand-weights. Truly, Traci works with her guests to tailor the trip and activities to personal preference. She even asked us which foods we liked/did not like before arriving to Guatemala!
And the food. We were so happy! Haha. Traci cooks everything vegan and from scratch, including her breads. She gives guests a guide about what she can make, and lets you make suggestions. I am certain that even non-vegans would enjoy her cooking. We were so happy with the meals that we bought dinner each night too! (Breakfast is included).
We explored Santiago by ourselves one afternoon and had Traci and Mark with us the next day to visit towns around the lake. One day when we needed a guide to hike Cerro de Oro, Traci contacted a trusted friend to help us make the climb.
I can’t say enough about our stay at Lake Villa Guatemala, the view, and our hospitable hosts. Thank you Traci and Mark for a wonderful time!