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'''San Marcos''' is a quiet town on [[Lake Atitlán]] in [[Guatemala]].
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'''San Marcos La Laguna''' is a quiet town on [[Lake Atitlán]] in [[Guatemala]]. The town has become a bit of a Mecca for all things spiritual, with several meditation, yoga, and massage centers. It's one of the most beautiful spots on the lake, and quite easy to lose a few days in.
 
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The town is popular with New Age types, and has several meditation, yoga, and massage centers.
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==Get in==
 
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==Get around==
 
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The most striking feature of this town is that it has practically no roads -- everything is reached by thin foot paths through trees and between buildings.  Handmade signs direct you to the most common destinations at any intersection.
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The most striking feature of this town is that it has practically no roads — everything is reached by thin foot paths through trees and between buildings.  Handmade signs direct you to the most common destinations at any intersection.
  
 
==See==
 
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
* '''Moonfish'''- Excellent mostly vegi fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chai tea, the best, house-roasted coffee in the world, brownies made with their own cacao, grilled tofu sandwiches, pizzas, salads from their garden, and more.
 
* '''Moonfish'''- Excellent mostly vegi fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chai tea, the best, house-roasted coffee in the world, brownies made with their own cacao, grilled tofu sandwiches, pizzas, salads from their garden, and more.
* '''Aacalaax'''- hotel has an excellent tappas menu. Eat dinner in candlelight on a balcony, overlooking the garden and the lake.
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* '''Aaculaax'''- serves a good breafkast from 8AM-1PM daily, on a balcony overlooking the garden and the lake.
 
* '''Los Pyramides'''- The retreat has a great little veggie restaurant open to non-guests.
 
* '''Los Pyramides'''- The retreat has a great little veggie restaurant open to non-guests.
  

Revision as of 03:30, 28 December 2008

San Marcos La Laguna is a quiet town on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The town has become a bit of a Mecca for all things spiritual, with several meditation, yoga, and massage centers. It's one of the most beautiful spots on the lake, and quite easy to lose a few days in.

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Get in

Take a shuttle boat from the public dock at Panajachel (Q20, 45 minutes).

Get around

The most striking feature of this town is that it has practically no roads — everything is reached by thin foot paths through trees and between buildings. Handmade signs direct you to the most common destinations at any intersection.

See

Do

  • Rock Jumping - There are a series of rocks that can be accessed by foot via the shore of the lake. From there, its a long way down to the water. What fun! Swiping of wallets, cameras, and pants have been known to occur, so come with minimal items.
  • Yoga - Many places run early morning yoga programs, that are of minimal cost or free. Hatha dominates here.
  • Akab'al Spanish School, + 502-41 44 06 12 (), [1]. Study in a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere surrounded by nature. individual training $4-$5/hr for 10-30 hrs/week. Add $50/week for homestay.

Buy

Eat

  • Moonfish- Excellent mostly vegi fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chai tea, the best, house-roasted coffee in the world, brownies made with their own cacao, grilled tofu sandwiches, pizzas, salads from their garden, and more.
  • Aaculaax- serves a good breafkast from 8AM-1PM daily, on a balcony overlooking the garden and the lake.
  • Los Pyramides- The retreat has a great little veggie restaurant open to non-guests.

Drink

Sleep

  • Hotel Aaculaax, (Get off at the dock, head up the paved path and follow signs to your left), [2]. At this little ecolodge each room is unique, built into the steep hillside, and decorated with recycled glass and murals. Excellent restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Rooms $42, suites $82.
  • Hotel The Retreat, +502 5857-6397, [3]. Bed and breakfast in individual thatched huts, and a spiritual retreat centre. Set on its own mountain overlooking Lake Atitlan. Five minute walk to the village. $150/day including food.

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