Introducing San Marcos la Laguna
Without doubt the prettiest of the lakeside villages, the flat shoreline in San Marcos La Laguna has paths snaking though banana, coffee and avocado trees. The town has become something of a magnet for hippies with a purpose, who believe the place has a particular spiritual energy, and is an excellent place to learn or practice meditation, holistic therapies, massage, reiki and other spiritually oriented activities.
Whatever you’re into, it’s definitely a great place to kick back and distance the everyday world for a spell. Lago de Atitlán is beautiful and clean here, with several little docks you can swim from.
Boats usually put in at a central dock just below Posada Schumann. The path leading up to the village center from here, and a parallel one about 100m west, are San Marcos’ main axes for most visitors.
The nongovernment organization (NGO) La Cambalacha (5590 2649; www.lacambalacha.org), which provides space, technical training and teachers for projects that get local kids involved in theater and the arts, is based here. It’s always looking for volunteers.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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