On my way down from Quetzaltenango (Xela) in Guatemala I stopped at San Pedro la Laguna right by the Lake Atitlan.
I stayed at Hotel Peneleu which was awesome because I had a private room with bathroom and lake views for 25Q – about 2.5€. This hostel is next to Hotel San Francisco, also supposed to be good price-quality wise.
I decided to spend a week in this little town as it was so relaxing and cheap. I also met a group of artisans in the hotel.
The area has many attractions, you can hike to the near volcano and discover a sweet view of the lake by the Mirador. You can arrange a horse ride for a whole afternoon. You can scuba dive in the lake. You can rent a kayak with your buddies. And there’s also a really young and energetic nightlife in town, you will find a lot of tourist studying spanish in one of the multiple spanish schools in town
San Marcos is the neighboring town, and it’s a much more relaxed and espiritual place. Spanish schools are replaced by Yoga schools over there. I joined Anita and the guy from el Salvador on a tuk-tuk ride around the lake and we stopped at a little park in San Marcos where you had a nice Mirador and some crazy 7m-trampolin jumps.
After a fantastic week in San Pedro la Laguna I jumped on a bus and headed north to Coban – I was told there was a special Rainbow Gathering over there, so I wanted to check it out.
Pictures of Lake Atitlan