San Marcos La Laguna has seen the end of ‘free love’ with the emergence of a new class of commercialized hippies. Find out what spiritual retreats and other seminars are on offer?
Things to Do in San Marcos La Laguna
Aside from hostels, cafes, Spanish lessons, and spiritual healing there is literally nothing to do in the touristy section of town. There is one main path filled with business after business, and that’s it. Don’t expect any to be cheap as they are run by foreigners. Expats have set up spiritual retreats and other seminars that cost up to two months of living on Lake Atitlan!
The best part of visiting San Marcos La Laguna was the local section consisting of a church, plaza, and playground. The stone church was ordinary inside and out.
We enjoyed watching the faithful crawl on their knees to the altar before returning the same way.
Staying in San Pedro La Laguna, you don’t get to see or hear wildlife much. Listening to birds sing showcased just how small San Marcos La Laguna really is. The whole town could probably fit inside the plaza’s auditorium.
Tucked behind the plaza is a small playground. It has a few of your childhood classics including slides and monkey bars. Sometimes you have to make your own fun, or just leave in 40 minutes like we did.
Getting To and From San Marcos La Laguna
Getting to San Marcos is easy from San Pedro La Laguna. Simply hop into a ferry that stops at San Juan La Laguna, and then San Marcos La Laguna. Locals pay Q5, but foreigners are required to pay Q10. The return trip goes straight to San Pedro La Laguna.
***The Final Word – There is absolutely no reason to visit San Marcos La Laguna, even if you are or have a hippy fetish.***
If you have visited and do like the village, what makes it appeal to you?
Easy DIY travel outside city centres using public transport
Visited in September 2016