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Expand your soul and spirit in the artistic, spiritual town of San Marcos la Laguna

San Marcos La Laguna is one of the most special places I got to know. If you are into arts and spiritual practices this is the place for you.

by ijuri.sAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaGuatemala21 days / March - April 2022

Highs & Lows

The community, the activities and the landscape as it is bordering Lake Atitlan.

Infrastructure such as transportation and waste managemant in the town as well as in the whole region.

Itinerary Overview

I stayed there twice for around two weeks. I loved it for its activities such as yoga classes, breathwork, ecstatic dances, cacao ceremonies and all kind of interesting workshops. I also met some of the most interesting, humble and loving people there. The town attracts a special bunch of people which make a very special community which I vibed with a lot.

The landscape of the region is also stunning. Lake Atitlan is situated in a vally surrounded by the vulcanoes San Pedro, Tolimán y Atitlán. On a clear day you can even observe the active volcano Fuego. 

The climate is also a big plus of this region. Being around 1400m above sea level, all year through one can enjoy mild temperatures between 15-25 degrees celius. I recommend travelling in the dry season (december - march) as you will have warmer temperatures and on most days a clear sky. 


  • 9 Nights: Tzununa
    Fair quality-price relation, direct access to the lake, very quiet.
  • 12 Nights: San Marcos La Laguna
    One of the better and price worthy hostels in town. It has a well equipped kitchen and is very central.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Book your place early-ish in advance. For priceworthy options I recommend the hostels La Fe, Casa Madera, Awachoch or Hostal del Lago.

  • How was the food?

    La Paz, Samsara's Garden, Il Giardino

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Come with an open mind and no itinerary and let yourself be taken by the flow of the town. Everything is very spontaneous.

  • Packing tips?

    Nothing special.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Arrive to the lake to Panajachel. You can use chicken buses. From there take a boat to San Marcos La Laguna which should not cost more than 25Q.

  • Booking details?

    Many places are not on common booking sites on the internet. The best is to book a few nights via a booking site and then once you arrived checking out other places.