San Marcos La Laguna is a quiet village situated at the shore of the Atitlán Lake. San Marcos lies on the north coast of the lake and is easily reachable by boat or via road. It is known for its hippie culture and considered as a spiritual mecca. The fact that there are almost no roads in the whole village contributes to the chilled-out and spiritual feeling. You will walk on small paths through avocado groves and banana plantations. Homemade, beautifully painted signs at every junction will guide your way.
It is the perfect place to lose yourself and to forget the daily routine for some days. While practising yoga, Reiki or by enjoying a massage, doing meditation or one of the many offered therapies, you can fill your batteries with new energy. San Marcos is a laid back and relaxing village, offering everything for your spiritual needs and to connect with your inner self. In this “spiritual heaven” you can find many yoga retreats and spiritual centers. A famous one is the “Centro de Meditación Las Pyrámides”, which offers yoga, meditation and massages.
Another must-see is the nature reserve Cerro Tzankujil, which charges a small entrance fee of 15 Quetzales. Over here the Atitlán Lake presents itself in the best light. The water is crystal-clear, blue and clean, inviting for a refreshing bath in the lake. The nature reserve was inaugurated in 2011 and offers easy access to take a swim in the lake as well as fun platforms to jump into the lake. Furthermore, you can take a short hike to a holy Maya altar situated up the hill. If you are very adventurous, you can hike up even further and enjoy beautiful panoramic vistas over the lake and the volcanoes. Afterwards you can reward yourself with a refreshing bath in the lake.
The easiest and most spectacular way is to get to San Marcos La Laguna by boat. Boats leave from Panajachel or San Pedro Laguna.