thank you to everyone in advance for every piece of advice.
Just to give you the back story..been all around a lot of Central America, mostly Costa Rica as my dad moved there in 1989... and I have been to Guatemala once, went to beach area too, had the pleasure of staying one night in Santa Catarina de Palopo and toasted marshmallows in Pacaya another staying in cute Antigua. Well I fell in love with lake Atitlan as one of my favorite CA places, go figure. (Copan, Honduras and Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua being another 2 faves) and have been waiting to get back ever since.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last October. After 6 mos of chemo, surgery, and radiation, they docs told me to go enjoy my life, as nothing traditional is working on me...
I figured why not go hang out where the energy is amazing, meet some mystics, look into every alternative I can afford, and get to have an amazing view and sunsets...and I love rain. Since I can't move around very much, I will need a nice view : )
As much as I loved Palopo, it was one lane that had roadblocks from construction a lot, and if I need to go to the hospital quickly, then probably not the best. Unfortunately the same goes for Santa Cruz probably, where I thought I really wanted to be maybe..as getting a water taxi at midnight might be impossible...
so I need you experts...ex-pats..local biz people...anyone with knowledge to help me with some serious advice, asap.
I have looked at Pana area hotels and rentals til I am blue in the face...so many sound great. Las Terrazas in Palopo was beautiful, and very affordable...I need something similar to that and with more amenities, somewhere by Pana. I will probably need a hotel for a week so I can figure out where and what to rent monthly. Here is a list of what I think I will need for the hotel:
-up to $60 usd a night for 2, hopefully less money for a week.
- I want a lake view, but I realize a lot of places won't be ground floor with a view. I can walk up maybe one flight of stairs maybe on a good day. Wheelchair accessible would be great, but i can walk enough if parts aren't...i read that Santa Cruz is alot of paths too, not so great for me overall.
- I will need someone to get/cook me food, so a small fridge in room/hotplate would be a blessing too, but I should have someone with me for the hotel portion of my stay
-pretty clean rooms and helpful staff. My immunity sucks, so I will pay extra to have it cleaned more if needed.
-internet. I am fine buying the stick if needed...whatever is most affordable. I will have to get a cellphone also.
-A balcony or semi private garden area would be super.
I could go on, but just think of someone partially physically handicapped on a lower budget. I don't need a ton of accessories in my room, but a comfy bed is most appreciated as I will be spending the majority of my time there.
For the rental I would like a one bedroom, but an extra double or day bed. I have someone that will split it with me and use it as a base for exploring Tikal, Semuc...etc. As full a kitchen as possible...someone to cook, clean, do laundry. same thing as above...i really need a great view, comfy bed, terrace...one floor would be best...any type of hot tub would be amazing...love sustainable...co-ops...eco friendly, gardens, would consider being a room mate but I'm pretty useless and stuck in bed mostly. I do need the bathroom inside the dwelling in case it's a day where i cant do much. Not a clean freak, but has be sanitary. I was a yoga teacher, web designer, and make jewelry...all of which I can still do from bed kinda too, and love meeting people and having friends.
I hope this gives everyone reading a good idea of me, and I just want to enjoy every day that I can. Please feel free to contact me here or by private message. Again, I thank everyone so much for all advice. It is embarrassing to have to explain so much about myself, but I need every day to count now, and the quickest best advice I can find.