Previously a private estate but now an exclusive beautifully decorated hotel overlooking the startlingly blue Lake Atitlan and surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and indigenous villages - one of Central America's most spectacular sights.
One of Guatemala's finest hotels with magnificent views of Lake Atitlan and surrounding volcanoes.
Beautifully furnished guest rooms with stucco walls painted in rich Guatamalan colours, arts, furnishings and heirlooms all around.
Boasts an outdoor lap pool on the sun terrace, perfect for soaking up the rays with a picturesque view of not only one but three volcanoes on the horizon.
Award-winning Relais & Chateaux restaurant where you can enjoy Guatemalan-inspired cuisine made with ingredients sourced from neighbouring farms.
Casa Palopo is a charming retreat and well located to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan and the cultural delights of the surrounding area, boasting views from each of the nine bedrooms and the separate villa.
Casa Palopo’s suites have been lovingly decorated with oversized furnishings that evoke Guatemala’s Mayan heritage, private sun decks and floor-to-ceiling windows. The fabrics are beautiful and there is a real emphasis on comfort and impeccable service. There is a private villa with two bedrooms and a pool available within the grounds, furnished in an African colonial style, which is perfect for guests wanting a secluded retreat. The Relais & Chateaux Restaurant is the ideal place to sample delicious local cuisine.
Visits to the surrounding villages are a must, particularly that of Chichicastenango which holds a fantastic market on Thursdays and Sundays selling local artefacts and wonderfully colourful textiles, a true characteristic of the Guatemalan people. Other activities include bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, and waterskiing on the crystal clear waters of the lake.
Please note that Casa Palopo does not accept children under 10 years of age.
When to visit
All rooms have a terrace and lake view, and it is lovely to be able to throw open the shutters and gaze on this stunning Central American scene complete with volcanoes.
Casa Palopo is set high above the spectacular Lake Atitlan on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village, with a view of three volcanic peaks - Toliman, Atitlán and San Pedro. Located 90 miles from Guatemala City in the Guatemalan Highlands.
15-hour international flight to La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City. From the airport, Casa Palopo is a 3-hour 30-minute car transfer.
Authentic Mayan village visit
Located in the hills above Lake Atitlan, San Jorge La Laguna is a small Kaqchiquel town that's a 10-minute drive from Panajachel, the lake's main hub.
Biking Lake Atitlan & village tour
Explore the shores of Lake Atitlan by bike and discover the many traditional villages that surround the lake, dotted between its three volcanoes, as well as soaking in the region's natural beauty.
The pretty highland town of Chichicastenango is famed for holding the biggest and best market in Guatemala, where indigenous peoples come from all over the area to sell their wares. Spend a full day exploring the maze of stalls and observing local life.
Chichicastenango Market by Helicopter
Buzzing with local life, Chichicastenango Market is full of stalls stocking food, random household objects and handmade textiles, and is a wonderful place to go for a spot of people watching. Fly there by helicopter and soak in amazing views on route.
Lake Atitlan Village Tour - Santiago & San Juan La Laguna
Take a boat across the calm waters of Lake Atitlan to the villages of Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan la Laguna, each with a distinctive character yet both very charming and two of the most fascinating of the surrounding villages.
On market day (Tuesdays & Fridays) the village of Solola, on the shores of Lake Atitlan, is bursting with life and local Maya people from all around the area flock to buy and sell their wares dressed in traditional costume and brightly coloured textiles.