Sometimes, I just can’t be bothered with dorms.
And after three days of trekking from Xela to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala with Quetzaltrekkers, I was ready for some time to myself and to relax.
Jarachik, a cafe/hostel/guesthouse in the lakeside town of San Pedro la Laguna was recommended to me by Anthony and Elise, who hadn’t stayed there during their time in San Pedro but knew it to have fast wifi and good food. It’s also one of the Globetrottergirl’s top picks for the area – I was sold.
And prepared to pay up to 80q a night ($10) to get my own room.
So imagine my surprise when this room was offerred to me for 50q a night – it even included an ensuite. And that’s the standard rate, posted on the wall, with no bargaining!
San Pedro la Laguna has some of the cheapest and best value accommodation in all of Guatemala.
Things I loved
The food at the adjoining cafe/bar was amazing, varied and slightly cheaper than other San Pedro stalwarts like Buddha Bar, D’Noz and Nick’s.
The staff were incredibly friendly, and Maria always remembered my name (probably because I could never figure out the trick with the key to get the Yale lock on my door open).
I could get the wifi signal in my room, too, which is always a plus.
San Pedro in general has really fast wifi and great food, so if you’re looking for somewhere to bask in sunshine and get some work done for a few days, San Pedro is the place.
Things that could have been better
The room had two big windows but no ceiling fan or aircon.
I actually prefer a ceiling fan (probably because I grew up without air conditioning in my house) and in the dry season it must get pretty hot inside the rooms – a ceiling fan or a portable fan wouldn’t go astray, but that’s a minor detail.
The practical stuff
Jarachik has no website, email address or reliable phone number that I could find. It’s across from Clovers, down a dirt path away from the Pana dock – take a tuk tuk when you first arrive to get your bearings.
There are a few private rooms plus some dorms, so chances are if you turn up around lunchtime on a weekday you’ll get a room. At the weekends Lake Atitlan gets pretty busy with language school students from around Guatemala so it might be worth arriving on a Thursday or Friday.