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San Andrés (Guatemala)

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San Andrés (Guatemala)

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The dramatic streets of San Andrés on Lago Petén Itzá

San Andrés is a small town on the north shore of Lago Petén Itzá in Petén.

Get in[edit]

To get to San Andrés you can take a local bus (colectivo) from the main bus terminal in Santa Elena. The ride is usually around 45 minutes and is by far the cheapest way to get there.

Colectivos run every day from 6am until 5pm between San Andrés and Santa Elena.

Get around[edit]

The cheapest way to get around town is to walk, but on very hot days and for visiting neighboring town San José you might wish to take a tuk-tuk. They are very cheap and readily available around town.

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It's all about the lake here, and on ridiculously hot days it is just the perfect place to be, deep down in the crystal clear waters of Lake Peten Itza.

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  • Learn Spanish

San Andrés is a lovely little town where the local people are very polite and helpful. This is particularly pleasant and useful when you are undertaking intensive Spanish classes in the town. The language schools are all community based projects and include home-stays as part of the study package. The people of San Andrés although mostly of Maya Itzá descent, speak Spanish exclusively and they speak the language well. The town boasts two Spanish language schools, Eco-escuela de Espanol [3], and also through Volunteer Peten [4].

Neighboring San José has a very similar option for learning the Spanish language through Bio Itza [5].

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A local specialty is a home made ice-cream named Helado Loco (Crazy Ice-cream). Various homes in the town and some smaller shops will be able to sell them on some days. Apparently it is a great antidote to a hangover, but sure worth trying since the ingredients include Coconut and Jabanero Hot Sauce (among many other things).

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  • Villa Benjamin, +502-55210677, [1]. A small family run hotel perched above the lake offering spectacular views.  edit
  • San Damiano (10km from San Andrés by the lakeside), Caserío San Pedro (Take a Q5 bus from San Andrés from 7am to 7pm or a Q40 tuk tuk.), +502 4050-4909, [2]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. A quiet guest house right on the lake with two basic rooms sharing a bathroom and one luxury room with AC and private bath. Perfect to relax by the lake for a few days after a jungle adventure. $20-80. $20-$80. (17.011518,-89.848353) edit


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