San Marcos Lake Atitlan Guatemala, long considered a spiritual haven, San Marcos is a cornucopia of meditation, yoga, alternative therapies, and massage centers. San Marcos is located on the western shore of Lake Atitlan in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. The village has stunning views of the three volcanoes that surround the lake, Volcano San Pedro, Volcano Toliman, and Volcano Atitlan.
How To Get to San Marcos Lake Atitlan Guatemala
You can easily get to San Marcos from Panajachel by public boat transportation. The main pier is located one block from Calle Santander. Just ask for the San Marcos, San Pedro, and Santa Cruz boats and they will give you directions and let you know which boat to get on. The cost is Q25.
Where to Stay
There are many places to stay in San Marcos. A few of the locations we would recommend are the following. El Dragon Hotel is unique in that it is located directly on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The hotel has clean, large rooms and absolutely stunning views of the lake.
We also recommend the Lush apartments which have seven unique suites and three rooms available for rent.
The furniture in the rooms is locally made and the art in each room is unique and one-of-a-kind. Most of the suites have incredible views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes, as well as a private terrace or balcony, offering guests a harmonious balance with the surrounding nature.
San Marcos Lake Atitlan Guatemala Restaurants
If you like pizza, pasta, or curry and are in San Marcos then Restaurant Fe is the place. Ideally located with an open, airy, and friendly staff this restaurant provides a unique and varied menu of pizza, pasta, and curry.
Don’t miss the coconut curry it was absolutely amazing. The portions are large, really fresh, and reasonably priced. Don’t forget to have the Nan bread. You won’t be disappointed.
Another great place is the new El Dragon Restaurant which is connected to their hotel serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their wonderful fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes and their lemon pie is awesome.
The views of the lake from their patio are incredible. Open to the public.
Things to Do
Along with myriad meditation, yoga, alternative therapies, and massage centers, you will find a Nature Reserve called Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve.
This park offers a pathway that takes you high up the hill where you can find three Mayan altars and a view that will make the steep hike well worthwhile. You can also head to the diving platform and go cliff jumping and swimming. The entrance fee is Q15.