In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Riviera de Atitlan
On Lake Atitlan
Central America is an up
and coming retirement and tourist destination known for its climate, friendly
locals and cost of living. Because it is
so close to the States and is on Central Time, travel to Guatemala is not a
long, arduous journey and is a safe location to visit and to live.
Panajachel (where La
Riviera is located) is situated on
Atitlan, considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
There is a good mix of local indigenous and Expats inhabiting the town.
General cost of living in
this area is on par
with northern Thailand. The weather is some of the best in the world, and
shorts and t-shirts can be worn year round. The people are extremely friendly
and engaging. Security is
La Riviera de Atitlan
is located in the little inlet to the left of Panajachel as shown on the map
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
There are public and private boats that can
take tourists and locals to any of the dozen towns on the lake, and each has
their own flavor.
La Riviera currently caters
to foreign tour groups, but anyone can stay in these beautiful high rise
From the lakefront looking
Three tower buildings with
approximately 90 rooms in the middle and right side tower. In the left side tower
are condos for sale or rent. It's all considered La Riviera.
The view from a launch on
The town of Panajachel has
an approximate population of 15,000. It is not seen here but is off
to the right out of the photo. It is a walkable distance but most people would take a tuk-tuk for
about 10 Quetzales or $1.30USD.
The pool area
The place is clean and
has well maintained gardens. It has a large pool and two Jacuzzis, one under
cover. There is access to the man made beach below.
This is the view from the
pool area to the beach where there are kayaks and paddle boats. Public
launchas will stop by here at the dock to pick you up and take you anywhere
around the lake for 25Quetzales, about $3USD.
More lake front with view of two volcanoes.
There is a small beach area
not shown in this photo. The volcanoes in this photo are Volcan Atitlan
and Volcan Toliman. Volcan San Pedro is to the right, outside the photo. In front
of the two volcanoes is a large hill called Cerro del Oro. One can arrange to
hike up Volcan San Pedro.
Large living area with cable TV
Rooms with one bed run
$95USD per night. This is the living room with a view of the lake from the
Bedroom with view
Views of the lake are from
each room of the apart-hotel.
The hotel also provides a
restaurant, bar, sauna, work out room and game room. There is a guard at the front entrance
with whom visitors must register before entering the compound.
Kitchen has electric stove,
refrigerator and microwave, dining room table and chairs. It's spacious and
Bedrooms with two beds run
$126USD per night. Discount for stays of a week or longer must be arranged at
the office downstairs.
View from room of three
Panajachel is located to
the left of this photo. The larger town of Santiago is directly across the lake
between the volcanoes and is about a 45 minute launcha ride. San Pedro
and San Marcos are to the right of the photo. Volcan San Pedro is on the right
in the photo.
View from room
of pool area
elevators which connect each floor. Launchas will take you anywhere on
the lake, and tuk tuk drivers can take you into town in about 10 minutes. This
hotel offers privacy and amenities and is still close to the town of Panajachel
where there are restaurants and bars, coffee shops, dentists, doctors, native
markets, grocery stores, the large cathedral, plaza and a host of shopping
selections for souvenirs.
Hotel La Riviera de Atitlan
Reservations: 502. 2335.
3516 or 502. 7762. 0210
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your
Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.