How bike-friendly is San Pedro (Atitlan) and nearby?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 13, 2012 12:23 PM Last Post By: canoekayak
Nov 9, 2012 9:24 AM
How bike-friendly is San Pedro (Atitlan) and nearby?I'll be settling down in San Pedro La Laguna for a potentially longish time, and plan to rent an apartment/casita by the month either along Finca Rd (north of the Santiago dock) or just south of the Pana dock (between San Pedro and San Juan). Ideally, I'd like to be close enough San Pedro to bike into town whenever I feel like it, but be far enough away from the center of things so I can enjoy the peace and calm of the lake without hearing tuktuks honking and the local marching band blaring all afternoon. I have a few questions:
1) Is it generally considered safe for a gringo to bike in these areas on a daily basis? What about nights? I'm not talking about the "big" roads that connect the villages (i.e., not that main road connecting San Pedro and Santiago that some people say is dangerous). I'm talking about Finca Rd and the little lakeside roads/paths south of the Pana dock, like 1/4-1/2 mile outside of the main part of town in either direction.
2) Where do people lock up their bikes when they bike around the zona viva in San Pedro? I know that many gringo-places let you bring your bike inside while there -- but not everywhere has this option and I won't always be going to gringo-places. Do people just lock their bike up outside on the street? What do they lock/secure it to? That seems like asking for trouble, but I don't know of other options. Are there any places in town that would let me lock up my bike safely inside and then leave it there for the day while I go elsewhere? Is there a part of town that would be "safer" to lock up my bike outside -- e.g., by the Pana dock? (Since there are always people around there, it seems like someone would be less likely to mess with my bike.) In general: How much would I need to worry about bike theft?
3) Can you get good bike locks in San Pedro or Pana? I have a really good Kryptonite lock here in the states -- but if possible, I'd prefer not to fly with it since it's so heavy and I already have a s**tload of stuff. I can bring it if it's advisable though.
4) When it rains, is it impossible/difficult to bike on the roads around San Pedro (due to mud)?
5) Anyone been there recently know if the Finca Rd (re-)construction is done?
6) Do the boat captains care if you bring your bike on the public boat between villages? Extra charge?
I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who've owned or used a bike in San Pedro to hear about their experiences and advice.
Nov 9, 2012 11:39 AM
Nov 9, 2012 1:58 PM
Nov 13, 2012 12:23 PM
3La Calle de Finca to town is really easy and safe by bike. Its a dead end road, so its safe if you stay off to the side. I'm typing this from a house on Finca right now. Getting to Market or the Bank on the hill is one heck of a climb. To rent a bike, Rudy at the San Pedro Spanish School is a great resource. He has a desk there, and coordinates activities, and hooked me up with a moto for a month.
Construction is still going on, but I have no problem on a motorbike as the pavement is all done. If you take a tuk tuk from town, you will have to walk to get to the end of the pavement, but it should be open soon. I'm told the rainy season is over, and currently the weather is beautiful.
There is a bike shop up by the market, but I don't know if they sell locks. would bet the Hardware, just a bit downhill from the market sells locks. You don't need anything heavy duty here, just a basic deterrent. For the motorcycle, the guy told me it was no problem. Nobody was going to touch it, as everyone here knows who owns the bike.
Overall its a very safe area by Guatemala standards. If your on Finca, no real problem. If you decide to ride from San Pedro to San Marcos at night... I wouldn't reccomend it.
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