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Casa Palopo

Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala

Casa Palopo is a beautifully decorated and intimate boutique hotel, perfect for couples overlooking the startlingly blue Lake Atitlan and surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and indigenous villages. One of Central America's most breathtaking sights.

At a Glance

  • One of Guatemala's finest hotels with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan and surrounding volcanoes

  • Beautifully furnished guest rooms with private terraces

  • Boasts an outdoor lap pool on the sun terrace, perfect for soaking up the rays with a picturesque view

  • Just nine rooms and a private villa provide an exclusive and intimate feel - superb for honeymooners and couples

  • Award-winning Relais & Chateaux restaurant

Culture, Honeymoon

Insider's View

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.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Sunsets over the lake are breathtaking - whatever you do, don't miss the chance to sit on your terrace with a drink in hand watching the goregous sunsets turn the lake pink. 

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Casa Palopo or take a look at our itineraries to Lake Atitlan


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 artifacts and wonderfully colorful 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 15 years of age.


Casa Palopo offers nine spacious suites adorned with contemporary and indigenous artwork. There is also a three-bedroom luxury villa featuring a private lounge, open fireplace, large lap infinity pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor living area and butler service. There are now interconnecting room options which can work well for older families.


Children over the age of 15 are accepted at Casa Palopo. We recommend the property more for couples and honeymooners as it has a more grown-up, romantic feel, however the addition of interconnecting rooms means that it an also work well for older families.


Casa Palopo features a swimming pool, small gym, Relais & Chateaux restaurant, bar, wireless internet, private beach by the lake with gardens and jetty and two helipads.


Casa Palopo offers activities such as bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, waterskiing and cultural visits to the surrounding villages and markets.

Location & Directions

Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala

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.

When to go

Guatemala is called the "Land of Eternal Spring" because the average annual temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (a bit cooler, especially in the evenings around Lake Atitlan, 5,000ft elevation). While June through August see the most tourists, April, early May and November for gorgeous weather and smaller crowds. The rainy season lasts from May to October, typically beginning each day with clear skies and clouding up and rains beginning after mid-day. The Semana Santa (Easter week) proceedings in March or April are very popular and bookings need to be made far in advance. High season rates apply for most hotels both During Semana Santa and the Christmas/New Years seasons.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Casa Palopo or take a look at our itineraries to Lake Atitlan

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