We’re now into week four of our Spanish studies at The Co-operative of Guatemalan Spanish Teachers in San Pedro, Guatemala, and the Spanish is noticeably improving.
Having spent two very interesting weeks with Jose, Maria & two year-old Felix as part of our homestay with a Guatemalan family, we both decided that our studies would benefit from a bit of ‘space’ for a couple of weeks. Although we’d thoroughly recommend the homestay experience to anyone learning Spanish in Guatemala, you are living with a family & depending on various factors such as the size of the family’s house, number & age of the children, and their TV watching habits etc. you may find that from time to time it can prove a challenge studying.
What you may lose in terms of privacy however, is more than made up for with the extra Spanish conversation practice the family provides, and of course what you learn about Guatemalan life.
Luckily for us, nearing the end of our homestay early last week, Tina was walking past one of the backstreet restaurants near the Cooperative School, and having struck up a conversation with the manager was offered a house rental. We went to see the house, and couldn’t really believe it – a house with a beautiful garden right on the shore of Lake Atitlan (see photo above). We accepted right away and moved into our new house two days later.
Photos of our new house & garden
Podcast: Studying Spanish in Guatemala Episode 1
Podcast: Studying Spanish in Guatemala Episode 2
Podcast: Studying Spanish in Guatemala Episode 3
Costs of studying Spanish in Guatemala
Accommodation costs: Guesthouses range from $4 a night, for a basic room with a private hot shower, up to about $20 a night for something much fancier.
Study costs: About $90 a week for 20 hours one-on-one Spanish language tuition (a significant proportion of this is used to help out particularly poor local families that the Cooperative school works with).
Homestay costs: About $60 a week for accommodation, with 3 meals a day provided 6 days a week (on Sundays students eat out).
Restaurant costs: Meals average about 25 Quetzals ($3.30) in most of the ‘tourist restaurants’ but are as little as $1.50 in other restaurants. A soft drink is about $0.60, a litre of local beer is about $3.50.
House costs: A bit less than the homestay with two meals a day in the manager’s restaurant thrown in. We’re not sure how this compares with other houses in the area, but imagine that if you’re staying here longer term you should be able to find something comparable.
3 thoughts on “A house by the lake in San Pedro La Laguna”
My wife & I are planning to spend 2 to 3 months in San Pedro starting in January. We were there last winter. We would like to take our dog. Would you please tell me where I can go to rent the house you rented.
Thanks a million.
You could contact Lorenzo at http://www.cooperativeschoolsanpedro.com/ and ask for him to pass a message onto Jose & Maria about the house that Tom and Tina stayed in when they were there… Jose and Maria aren’t online, or at least weren’t when we were there. Good luck!
Dear Tom and Tina,
Great website! Hope your travels continue to be awesome. We’ve been at it for two years so far and loving every bit of it.
Was wondering if you could provide more info about the house you rented in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala. We are here now and asked at Cooperativa about the place but couldn’t get much information. Do you remember the name of the cafe that the owners worked at? And I wasn’t sure if Jose and Maria were also the names of the people who owned the place… or only of your homestay family.
Would be so grateful for the info as the place looks perfect and so far we’ve either seen total duds or places way out of our price range.
Big good travel vibes! And Muchas Gracias 🙂
Miin and Niel