“Please be aware there is no road access to Santa Cruz”

It seems almost incomprehensible that the big trip begins in only 3 days.

I’ve received several emails over the past 24 hours, reminding me of my upcoming (and no longer cancellable) stays in Antigua and Lake Atitlán in a little over a week’s time.

I’ll be staying in Casa Kaktus in Santa Cruz La Laguna, a small town set at the base of the volcanic hills of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. I’ll reside there for 3 nights to take in the views of the crater lake and the surrounding volcanoes, allowing my brain to melt in the serenity of this remote paradise. I’m excited for the accommodation itself, which has a ‘9.6 – Exceptional’ rating on Booking.com and will be costing me a modest $32 AUD per night for a private room with a double bed and lake views.

This is my room (I think):

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And this is where I’ll be enjoying my (free) breakfast, each morning:

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I loved their email which included the following, charming details that fully acknowledge that I’ll be slipping away into obscurity, miles from any cityscapes and traffic jams.

Please be aware there is no road access to Santa Cruz. To get here from Panajachel you need to go to the Tzanjuyu dock where the boats leave roughly every 20 minutes for Santa Cruz. It costs Q10 and takes about 15 minutes. The last boat leaves at 7:30pm.

When you arrive at the Santa Cruz dock, take an immediate right and follow the lake-side path (unpaved, some wooden walkway) past the Iguana Perdida and the Casa Rosa until you come to a little path with the Casa Kaktus sign. Follow the path up to our door, about 70m. It’s not a long walk from the dock, about five minutes.

We have a young dog Bilbo, who will probably greet you at the door. He likes to pretend he is a door-bell and alert us when someone arrives, so please don’t be alarmed if you hear any barking!

I did a little dive into Instagram to check out some images of the location and found Bilbo – he’s a gorgeous little dude:

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I can confirm that I’m keen for free hugs.

The butterflies are definitely stirring in my belly which, I must say, has become a little more rotund over the last week whilst staying at my parents’ place. Having lived and worked for the last two years in Sydney, it’s been a while since I spent some quality time at home so my folks like to demonstrate their love by spoiling me with home-cooked meals.

Hopefully I’ll sweat out the excess sides and desserts when I’m scaling those volcanoes on the lake :-)

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