Traci has been cooking since age 10. She switched to a plant-based diet in 2007, and learned to cook all over again. In 2017, she completed the Plant-Based Professional course at Rouxbe.com online culinary school.
Tee W United States
I had stayed here when this Shangri-La first opened. It was a wow, undiscovered jewel. The memories of the handmade cashew milk that was richer than cream in my coffee... truly amazing. Having recently returned and communing with Tracy (and Mark!) has made this non-social media guy - motivated to venture into the virtual world letting everyone know of this extremely special place. While it has been discovered...it remains a place that feels off the beaten path with high end personal connection and luxury!
a traveler United Kingdom
Set in a beautiful location on lake Atitlán with lake frontage this B&B was excellent. Super comfy bed, hot tub and best of all sumptuous vegan cooking. If you're a meat eater you'll still love the food! Traci and Mark were really helpful and fabulous hosts. I will come back. The lake is an amazing experience.
Paquita Z United States
This is a wonderful experience. The location is beautiful, Traci and Mark are excellent hosts, not only providing useful information but also fun conversation that helped us understand the region better, and of course the food is excellent. Traci and Mark were also very accommodating of our logistical desires, which helped us make the most of the limited time (3 nights, 2 days) that we had available to us. I would love to come back here.
I expected to have a wonderful time at Lake Villa Guatemala after viewing the website, (I actually chose to travel to Guatemala because of this vegan bed and breakfast), but it surpassed my expectations. Traci and Mark are wonderful hosts. I really appreciated how they provided information about local activities and food.
My boyfriend and I stayed with them for three days and not only enjoyed their beautiful, comfortable home (RIGHT on Lake Atitlan, but also quiet,) but their company. We loved conversations over dinner and felt like we were talking with interesting, intelligent, cultured, fun, kind friends.
On the same note, both Mark and Traci are very supportive of personal space. Though it is their home, I never felt like I couldn't leave to take a nap or eat breakfast with just my boyfriend, if I wanted to. The house is large and there are areas to practice yoga, relax in a hammock, or even lift hand-weights. Truly, Traci works with her guests to tailor the trip and activities to personal preference. She even asked us which foods we liked/did not like before arriving to Guatemala!
And the food. We were so happy! Traci cooks everything vegan and from scratch, including her breads. She gives guests a guide about what she can make, and lets you make suggestions. I am certain that even non-vegans would enjoy her cooking. We were so happy with the meals that we bought dinner each night too! (Breakfast is included).
We explored Santiago by ourselves one afternoon and had Traci and Mark with us the next day to visit towns around the lake. One day when we needed a guide to hike Cerro de Oro, Traci contacted a trusted friend to help us make the climb.
I can't say enough about our stay at Lake Villa Guatemala, the view, and our hospitable hosts. Thank you Traci and Mark for a wonderful time!
Bill J Puerto Rico
If you are ready to disconnect from the stresses of a busy life, I highly recommend the Lake Villa Guatemala. It is one of the most peaceful places on the planet. Only several hours from Guatemala City, on a road that can be a little bumpy in places, the time flew by as we chatted with our driver, Mark. We stayed in the Lake View room which offers great privacy and beautiful views of Lake Atitlan. We enjoyed fresh French Press coffee in our room each morning as we watched the fishermen out for their morning rounds. The vegan cooking workshop was great as we learned new ways to prepare wonderful gourmet meals each afternoon. The meals were delicious and we were never hungry. I even came home 3 pounds lighter from the healthy meals. Traci and Mark were very gracious hosts and tended to our every need. They guided us on tours and shopping in the many adorable villages around the lake. Both are very talented musicians and singers and we were delighted as they performed fun songs from folk to modern rock. Traci even found a fantastic place for my wife to get a facial, which she thoroughly enjoyed. We enjoyed learning about the Mayan culture and the very friendly disposition of the local Guatemalan residents. Hiking the volcano in Santiago was arduous, but the views from the top are spectacular. Mark’s son, Kyle was our wonderful guide for the hike and we were impressed by his knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Spending afternoons in the hammocks down by the lake with a good book was very relaxing and nap inducing. While our trip was to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday, don’t wait for a special occasion to visit this incredible place. Everything was perfect.
Melissa L United States
I’m pretty sure I’ll never eat that well again for a six-day stretch! I took Traci up on her offer of a vegan cooking workshop at Lake Villa Guatemala and it was exactly what I was looking for. We (used loosely - I did a lot of learning from the expert) cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of my stay (with a couple of exceptions to accommodate boat trips during the day). Everything (truly not an exaggeration) was delicious and I left for home with doable recipes, tips from an experienced chef, and a desire to see how vegan I can be (I’ve been vegetarian for years but only experimenting with veganism). The setting is beautiful, the bed and breakfast beautifully appointed, and I thoroughly enjoyed outings to several indigenous villages and kayaking on the lake. Traci took care of everything - including transportation to and from Guatemala City - and she and her partner, Mark, had lots of Guatemala-related knowledge which I was eager to lap up. Traci was lovely and my stay delightful. I highly recommend Lake Villa Guatemala. What a gem!
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