| by Kenneth Chase | 43 comments

Guatemala, Rent a House, Lake Atitlan

It’s my birthday and I found my dream home.
And I wanted to show it to you because it’s beautiful. And I had all these plans to go
places, but I’m right here in paradise. So I don’t have to leave. So here is the
view that I see. And I can hear the lake in the morning. And this is the front gate. And
these are my little chicken friends. They’re very happy chickens. And I go up this path
to my house. And this is where I live. You go up here.
Hello, chicken. It’s like a fairy land. It’s just what I like. My office. It looks out over the lake and the hummingbirds.
And some chairs over there. And the front door. And here we go in the kitchen. Isn’t this
cute? I love my kitchen. I’ve been cooking very happily in here. And then we go into
the living room. I love it. The beautiful windows. And here’s my bedroom. And I’ve
been sleeping so well every night by the lake. It’s beautiful. And here’s the view that I can see from
my couch. Look at this tree right next to the house. It feels like a home. There’s
my desk area, a little messy. And then out the front door again. So this is the first day that I got to spend
in my house all by myself because I’ve been working and teaching. And I just couldn’t
leave because it’s so beautiful here. And it’s the best birthday gift I could have
gotten. So for those of you who think I’m not wearing
any clothing, I am. I’m not naked. I bought a new—new to me—sundress for five dollars
U.S. There’s a good recycling clothing ethic here. There’s nothing that you would find
in the shopping malls. No Macy’s, no Bloomingdales. And, you know, it’s brand new. I think this
dress is brand new. Because it doesn’t feel like anyone’s ever worn it. And I’m enjoying
it so much, even though I haven’t worn green in a long time. Ah. So the chickens come and see me, but they’re
still a little shy. This guy looks like he’s been pecked to death. But I’ve never seen
anyone doing that to him. And that’s my view from the patio.



Jun 6, 2011, 3:02 am Reply

Happy birthday

Papanrehal Papan

Jun 6, 2011, 3:15 am Reply

Happy birthday..

Sloane Woodford

Dec 12, 2013, 10:00 pm Reply

and many happy returns are wished for you.

Dan McLaughlin

Mar 3, 2014, 6:27 pm Reply

My son just came back from San Lucas.  He was there for a week assisting the mission work for the people.  You have a beautiful set up there.  When we return to the mission we will stop to see you.  Dan McLaughlin, New Jersey


Apr 4, 2014, 12:05 pm Reply

When I retire in 2 years I've been thinking of traveling by motorcycle from New York to that area and take spanish lessons… How much would the monthly rent be for something similar???  That view would be fantastic…thanks Mary


May 5, 2014, 10:44 pm Reply



Jun 6, 2014, 9:54 pm Reply

Nice video Mary!!  I've been in 58 countries around the world from Norway to Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, etc. and Guatemala is one of the best countries I've seen.  I am going back there in December.  God bless!!


Jun 6, 2014, 9:55 pm Reply

Oh I almost forgot!!  Happy Birthday!!


Dec 12, 2014, 1:56 am Reply

Beautiful place. The chicken you thought was "pecked to death even though you have never seen being pecked at" is in fact a turken AKA "rubber necked chicken". it's an old breed and that was the way god made them.

jose cruz

Mar 3, 2015, 2:51 am Reply

Is beautiful like you!!! ?

jose cruz

Mar 3, 2015, 2:52 am Reply

Is beautiful like you!!!?

Bailey Gray

May 5, 2015, 3:47 pm Reply

Hi Mary, you're in Hawaii now? Why did you leave Guatemala? I ask because my husband and I are considering moving there. I feel like I'm only hearing about the positives, but would love to know the negatives before we go. Thanks so much for your response in advance. I bet Kauai is AMAZING! I hope you're loving life.

Mary Bartnikowski

May 5, 2015, 7:54 pm Reply

@Bailey Gray I really loved this house but since I was there I've been to Cambodia, Burma, Belize, India, Nepal, Thailand – Guatemala was a place for a long visit but I was searching for what I have found in Kauai. 🙂 I can tell you a lot about Guatemala I offer a travel consulting service to answer all your questions and share contacts with you. I do recommend a trial visit before moving to Guatemala. My email is [email protected] Thank you for watching! Blessings to you.

David Joura

Jun 6, 2015, 7:44 pm Reply

I like the view but not the house. I would build a better and bigger house there since its a great view, and have a decorator to help me and it would look awesome! just saying

Amir G.

Aug 8, 2015, 1:16 am Reply

This is beautiful Mary.  I'm going there next month and would love to find a similar place to rent or even this specific place.  Could you perhaps let me know how to find this house and if not this specific one, how to go about finding a beautiful peaceful house on the lake?  I would be really grateful.
If you don't want to reply here you can also write to my email coconutberg at gmail com
One more question – did you have any problems there with crime, like theft or personal safety?  


Claudia Lobos

Jan 1, 2016, 10:40 am Reply


Azay Deelay

Jun 6, 2016, 9:23 am Reply

Is there a web site one can go to to find a house like this on the lake? I'd only rent for a month. Please anyone….help me find this info.


Jul 7, 2016, 8:06 am Reply

Lake Atitlan – Hotel in La Bella Guatemala

de mun upswing

Feb 2, 2017, 7:17 pm Reply

I've heard there are attacks on the paths between the villages around lake Atitlan, is that true or not? is this region more secure than the rest of Guatemala (a fairly dangerous country I've bee told)

Barry Lyndon

Mar 3, 2017, 10:05 pm Reply

Happy 65th! You look great, for your age!

barry langford

Jul 7, 2017, 8:28 pm Reply

Wondering about rental price range, coming in the next year to check it out for relocating from mexico

Edy Lopez

Oct 10, 2017, 8:12 pm Reply

Nice video do you have family I don't see your family soon and douther you single

Henri C

Oct 10, 2017, 10:04 pm Reply

Nice find Mary, congrats:)))

alex arriaza

Dec 12, 2017, 8:57 pm Reply

how much is a house like that in the lake?

Alejandro Ambrocio

Dec 12, 2017, 4:10 am Reply

Happy Birthday Mary, your smile is so cute, gift me your eyes? Where are you born? Tell us about price a house there.

Josue Zacarias Gonon

Feb 2, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

hi mari im new here

Emilio Vanegas

Feb 2, 2018, 6:23 pm Reply

Thanks you for showing me your beautiful home, and if the lake Atitlan is great !

Johnny Giron

Feb 2, 2018, 11:11 pm Reply

Beautiful video in paradise…. Well, that poor little chicken without feathers on its front, it's call an English chicken…
Funny looking animals but feisty little guys…. hahahaha!

M Miller

Apr 4, 2018, 2:56 am Reply

Lovely place. I know that you lived here some years ago but do you remember about how much it rented for a month? I want to rent a place there for 4-6 months this coming winter. I have been there before in late summer…thought I'd try out the winter season. Is it considerably cooler in the winter? Is it mostly overcast then or more blue sky and sunshine?

m miller

Jun 6, 2018, 8:45 pm Reply

Which village were you in?

melisa castellanos

Jul 7, 2018, 1:33 pm Reply

Muy lindo lugar!! La casa, la tranquilidad que se ve en ese lugar, mas el clima, la etica de reciclaje y los precios, es envidiable!

israel rodas

Aug 8, 2018, 7:13 pm Reply

Very nice house!! Saludos desde xela

Fred Brillante

Oct 10, 2018, 8:46 pm Reply

Just returned from a medical missions trip to San Pedro la Leguna also on the lake. It's beautiful but the lake is polluted and you can't drink any tap water. In fact we dispensed quite a few anti parasitic`s. The narrow uneven cobblestone streets with tuktuk`s speeding by are not ideal for elderly folks. The people are wonderful but poverty is everywhere and every street has a number of dogs who belong to No one roaming around unleashed and pooping everywhere. It's very inexpensive if you have American dollars or euros and fairly safe at least in San Pedro but there are drawbacks that no one seems to mention. And I wonder why this is?

nightslayer 508

Oct 10, 2018, 5:06 pm Reply

Yes my friend see if you could maybe do something about dating and relationships?

nightslayer 508

Oct 10, 2018, 5:08 pm Reply

I like what you got on it's a nice outfit you look sexy ?

nightslayer 508

Oct 10, 2018, 5:16 pm Reply

Very nice house are you still there wow?

nightslayer 508

Nov 11, 2018, 12:05 am Reply


Jay C

Feb 2, 2019, 1:25 am Reply


fernando herrarte

Feb 2, 2019, 5:31 pm Reply

I love I look so beautiful ??

Jose Alonzo

Mar 3, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

Omg it's so nice. I love it

El Tropico

Mar 3, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

You people are late to the fuckin party.

Augustin Barrera

Apr 4, 2019, 9:54 pm Reply

Beautiful video.

Jay Colborn

Aug 8, 2019, 3:39 pm Reply

How does your shower work? Do you have good water pressure and hot water? Your toilet? Bobo Andy refused to answer those questions, which made me suspicious of his motives. Then he wanted "donations" for his "retirement home" for expats, where I and others would provide money and he would provide "advice". He rejected joint ownership unless he had all control.

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