Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – San Marcos la Laguna – Guatemala

This is a small town located on the western shore of Atitlan Lake and is the perfect getaway to Tajumulco Volcano. It is a place where yoga retreats, restaurants, cheap hotels & bars abound in the middle of vegetation. San Marcos is noticeably divided in two sections: the touristic area which is right in front of the lake and the actual town.

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Where is it?
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What to do?

  • Spa/Hot Springs
  • Sunbathe in the shores of the lake
  • Tour to Tajmulco Volcano
  • Rock jumping into the lake
  • Spanish classes

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2 Responses to Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – San Marcos la Laguna – Guatemala

  1. Ryan says:

    Spent a weekend at Lake Atitlan this past September. We made our home base in Panajachel but took day trips to some of the other communities around the lake, unfortunately we were never able to make it to San Marcos, much to my dismay :(. But everywhere else we traveled to seemed to have its own wonderful and unique personality to it, an amazing trip all around. Did you by chance ever make your way over to San Pedro? From your description and picture of San Marcos it sounds like the two villages are very similar, small streets, geothermal pools, and a very relaxed lifestyle.

    Beautiful place with wonderful people 🙂

    • Hey Ryan,

      I did make it over to San Pedro. A few times. I actually studied Spanish for one week there! They are very similar. But San Pedro has more hippies that like to party too much, while San Marcos has more yoga, new age types:)

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