CASA KAKTUS, Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala
Why Casa Kaktus? The creation of Casa Kaktus was an extensive task! The building was originally a Mayan boarding school. When it closed, the property was left abandoned for many years. When we took on the house, it was in very bad condition and the only things that looked alive in the garden were the three cacti! We started our work here by relocating them together in a new rock garden and the rest of the project grew from there! The spelling of Ka is a reference to the Kaqchikel Mayan community and culture here in Santa Cruz. The spelling of ak is a reference to Ak, the Mayan turtle, symbol of water and the earth. As we have a background in turtle and marine conservation work, and as we are here at the lake, it seemed fitting to include that too!
In the creation of Casa Kaktus we have tried to up-cycle furniture and reuse existing materials wherever possible, while utilising local, natural materials such as bamboo and maguey. Our style is simple and rustic, but practical and modern. We try to keep our impact on the lake as low as possible by reducing waste, using environmentally friendly products and creating compost for our plants.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our aim is to provide a relaxing and friendly place to stay, where you can unwind from your day and soak up the atmosphere of Lake Atitlan,
We would like you to feel at home at Casa Kaktus and we offer a wide range of communal spaces for guests' use. In addition to the huge roof terrace, Casa Kaktus also has a living / dining room with book exchange and a large patio area with hammocks for relaxing, We also have a large communal kitchen, and beer and bottles of wine for sale.
Feel free to ask us any questions and we will do our best to help you. We can arrange shuttle services and also give you advice on things to see and do while you are at the lake or in Guatemala.