hotel gardens
Nature reserve waterfall

The valley of San Buenaventura has seen tremendous transformations from an ancient Mayan village at the end of the 1700s to a sugarcane plantation in the mid 1800s to a coffee plantation in the early 20th Century and, finally, in 1989 the opening of Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlán. 


With roots in the Valley of San Buenaventura

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlán is an extended stay hotel in the San Buenaventura valley. It is located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, at the edge of the town of Panajachel, in the Guatemalan Highlands.


Atitlán has been judged by noted European travelers, to include Alexander von Humboldt and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World fame) to be the most beautiful lake in the world. It is formed by a volcanic caldera and is the deepest lake in Central America. The lake is surrounded by picturesque volcanoes and deep escarpments. Its mile-high location provides an eternal Spring-like climate. Its population is 95% traditional Mayan - a vibrant, friendly and colorful culture.


The San Buenaventura Valley is home to several resort hotels and a Nature Reserve. Two of the valley's most important features are our own coffee forest and the Atitlán Nature Reserve. Our forest is a natural habitat for a large variety of native and migratory birds. Bird watching guests have free access to our network of private wooded trails. The adjacent nature reserve is open to the general public and features signed nature trails, a butterfly sanctuary, hanging bridges that cross picturesque ravines, and ziplines that traverses the natural forest canopy.


Our hotel has uniquely designed houses which are fully furnished and equipped to lodge four to six guests comfortably. We also offer suites for two to four, and single and double rooms. While we have fixed daily rates, we have special prices for extended stays and frequently offer seasonal specials.


Our facilities include a bar and restaurant, heated pool, Mayan sauna or “tuj”, jacuzzi and areas to rest and relax at our private sand beach. You can rent a bicycle in town to ride on our roads and trails in the old Hacienda San Buenaventura. At the front desk you can rent kayaks kept on the beach. We also have boat services so you can visit the Mayan towns around the lake.


Other services: We offer a full range of tourist services. We are adjacent to Panajachel, which has banking, shopping, live entertainment and other tourist attractions.


Our clients are afforded special access, at special prices, to half and full-day tours conducted locally by Aventuras en Educacion, S.A. These tours are arranged and mostly guided by Richard Morgan Szybist Morgan is author of the Lake Atitlán Reference Guide and other eco-cultural books on Atitlán (available through Multi-day tours for small groups are also available. Contact directly for information on these.


We host weddings and tailored programs built around conferences, seminars, and retreats to suit your special interests, away from distractions and in an inspiring, memorable setting. We are in touch with a broad range of human resources in the field of natural health and healing and we offer guided tours that explore the Mayan cultures.


Our ever Spring-like weather is especially attractive to groups in northern climates seeking respite from harsh winters.