House Detail

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Location:
Tiny Wild House is located on Barrio 3 of San Marcos La Laguna. It’s behind radio tower. It’s 3 minutes walk up from Moonfish Cafe and Blind Lemon’s Restaurant. Click this MAP to see exact location of Tiny Wild House.

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Electricity
My neighbor, Rigoberto manages electricity system and bill. He will tell you how much electricity you used every month and you will pay him. It’s about Q100~Q200 ($13~$25) /month.

Rigoberto lives left front of Tiny Wild House and you will see him every day. So, you can ask him to fix any issues such as fixing water, electric, and roof. He doesn’t speak English at all. So, you have to speak Spanish to communicate with him.

Water Tank:
I have a Huge water tank (450 Liter/120 gallon) ! You can take shower every day!!!

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I got a super high tech Gas Heating Shower System!

Refrigerator
I have a refrigerator!

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Cooking stove
The center burner is not working. Don’t attempt to use the center burner! It can be dangerous.

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Gas tank for cooking stove locates under the stove. Once a while, you may exchange gas tank. It’s Q120 to exchange the tank.

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Below is a cart for gas tank

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No Internet/Wifi
Right now, I don’t have internet in the house, since there are so many restaurants with free wifi in San Marcos and also there are many Internet Cafes. If you want to set up Internet in the house. Please check this Page.

Temperature
Ground floor is made of Adobe and always cool, and cozy during the daytime.
The bedroom (2nd floor) is made with wooden wall and it gets very hot daytime and gets very cold at night. Please prepare for it!

Bed size
Bed size is 74″ x 48″ It’s a perfect size bed for 1 person, but it’s not big enough for a couple. But if you want, you can buy a bigger bed for me, and throw away the old one. Let me know, before you do that.

Robbery/Burglary/Theft (and all kind of crimes)
My area is know to be safer area of San Marcos. However, Robbery/Burglary/Theft (and all kind of crimes) are pretty common in Guatemala. Please be aware of that. I don’t recommend you to keep expensive items in the house. Please understand that you will take responsibility for any lost/stolen items.

Key Issues
There are keys for gate and house door. I recommend you to lock both keys. Even you lock gate key, I don’t recommend you to leave your items in garden, since gate and fence are not very high and it’s pretty easy for them to come into the garden and take anything.

Water issue
I don’t recommend drinking water from tap water. I recommend closing your mouth when you take shower. For brushing your teeth, I recommend using purchased water. A tienda (store) is only 1 minutes walk from the house.

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Parasites in food and water
Parasites (in food and water) is very common around Lake Atitlan, and it is the worst part of living in Guatemala. Below is some interesting articles about parasites.
TOP 4 WAYS YOU CAN GET A PARASITE INFECTION
How to eliminate intestinal parasites naturally
Cleanse your system of parasites naturally
Eliminating The Parasites That You Almost Certainly Have

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Toilet
Please don’t throw toilet paper into toilet!

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Toilet papers/Papers/Burnable items
Please burn papers/toilet papers at fire place as picture below.

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Compost
And please read an article about compost “12 Things Not To Put In Your Compost Pile”

Plastic/metal/Non-burnable garbage
Non-burnable garbage is collected on Every Tuesday at 10am. It’s Q5 for a large bag. You can ask Rigoberto for the detail and getting help to carry them.

Balcony
View from balcony is nothing amazing as you can see the picture below.

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Mice
I fixed all holes of my house, so mouse will not come into the house. Yay! However, there are many mice in San Marcos. They become active at night. So, please close windows and all doors at night.

Pets
I don’t accept any pets (dogs/cats/birds) in (and around) my house, since I get allergic reaction from animal hairs. Please understand.

No Dogs!!!!
There are many many dogs in San Marcos. And many of them carry ticks, fleas , scabies, lices and bed bugs. Please don’t touch them. And dog poops contain dangerous parasites. Please never walk barefoot on (San Marcos) street. Parasites would go soak in from your barefoot skin.  Dogs (in San Marcos) can get aggressive at night and can be dangerous. And they make crazy barking sound couple times every night. Please prepare for that.

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Dogs Rabies:

If you get bitten by angry dog, I recommend you to go to doctor.

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Ticks/Fleas/Bed Bugs
Most of dogs (in San Marcos) carry ticks, fleas, scabies, lices and bed bugs. Please don’t touch them. If your clothes and sheets are attacked by these bugs, pour boiled water on them to kill them. And please don’t bring any animals to the house!!!

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Bed Bug

Please do best effort not to bring Fleas/Bed Bugs into the house. If you bring Fleas/Bed Bugs, please inform me, honestly, ASAP. And please put all clothes/sheets into boiled hot water to kill them. Also you can buy “Diatomaceous Earth” powder to kill them.

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Scabies (Sarcoptes Scabiei)

Scabies is a mites (parasites) live on/under human skin. If you don’t treat them quick, they will keep eating your body like termites. And they will keep spreading to anyone you touch. They lay eggs on human skin and eggs are very well protected, so it’s very difficult to kill them. They are very tiny and go inside skin. And you cannot see them. Below is photos of scabies bites and marks of eggs.

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(Photo: Dog with Scabies /Sarcoptes Scabiei)

How to avoid Scabies
1. Don’t touch dogs.
2. Never use someone’s yoga mat.
3. Wash your clothes every day. Especially, when you go to restaurant, your clothes can catch scabies.
4. Wash your sheets every day.
5. When you handshake, wash your hands with soap, right away.
6. Don’t sit on public toilet seat.
7. At restaurant, don’t put your elbow and wrist of table.

Here is how to deal once you notice you might have scabies.

1. Stay away from anyone since you don’t want to give the parasites to others.
2. Go to doctor in San Pedro (Los Volcanes Clinic).
3. Every day, you have to wash your clothes, sheets, mattress cover and blanket with hot boiled water.
4. You need to take shower every morning and every night using Soap (Jabon de Azufre).
5. Most likely, doctor would tell you to cover your full body with pesticide cream (Permetherine 5% Cream).

Termites
Termites are the most dangerous bugs for the house. Most of time, you will not see them, since they eat only inside of woods. If you see them, please kill them.
There will be one day or a few days in March or in April, bunch of termites ants fly into the house. It happens just once a year. They fly into wooden house, and then next day they cut their wings and go into wooden parts of house and keep eating house for full year.
It’s pretty easy to kill them when they have wings. All you have to do is to sweep them with broom and burn them. But once they cut their wings, they just go inside of woods and you will never be able to see them. And then they will keep eating house. So, please watch out for that day.

How to kill termites 

Termites with wings

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Termites without wings

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Below is termites in action

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Scorpion

You may see some spiders in San Marcos. I have not seen scorpion in my house for a while. But you may want to watch out the tiny scorpions. I heard that the tiny scorpions will give you more pain than bigger scorpions. Please check inside of your shoes before you put them on. And check your bed and sofa before you sit. I heard it can be pretty painful if you get stung by them, but they will not kill you. Personally, I never got stung by them, yet.

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Drinking Water/ Toilet Papers/ Gas Tank
I buy Drinking Waters/ Toilet Papers / Gas Tank from the tienda (store) below. It’s 1 minutes walk from my house.

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Below is a cart for carrying water.

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Below is a tienda (store) has ATM macine. 3 minutes walk from my house.

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Below is garbage cans in San Marcos

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