Made it to Guatemala after six amazing weeks in Mexico, and I am still stunned by this beautiful place. I didn't expect Guatemala to be very different than Mexico, just because it's so close, but it's something totally different . Guatemala is amazing, everything I have seen so far is just goregeous, and I am happy I decided to stay here for a few days (almost went directly to El Salvador to surf).
Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake just a few hours drive from Guatemala city. The lake is surounded by mountains and small cute little villages with a different vibe in every village. In one of the small villages called San Pedro, there is a Volcano, this makes the views around the lake amazing and it's possible to do multiple hikes around the lake. You can get around the lake pretty easy with boats for a cheap price and the boats go all the time during the day. Don't plan to go back to your village to late though, the boats stop going around sunset. You can also travel between the villages with a tuk tuk, but it's not recommwnded at night. I chose to stay in a small quiet village called San Marcos, based on the research I did in advance.
San Marcos is a tiny little village on the lake, known for it's chill vibe, amazing places to do yoga, organic food and a hippie vibe. Lake Atitlan and San Marcos is amazing, but I can't decide if I like the vibe here or not. I know that I don't feel at home here like I do in other small, hippie, yoga towns. I live in a hostel called "Hostel San Marcos", wich I can highly recomend, around 6 USD for a bed and breakfast, good athmosphere and amazing breakfast.
Part of the reason I came here, was to try and reconnect with my yogapractice, but I don't feel that this is the right place, especially not to get a lot of new input from other yogis. My yogaexperience here is still very limited, and I know this is very honest and direct, but it's only my personal experience. I have decided to stay here at the lake a little shorter that I planned, and rather do a few extra nights in Antigua (more about Antigua later). I love a relaxed and chill vibe, but San Marcos is maybe a little to chill. I need to moove (and because of my tiny budget I can't afford to do any activities)! I have been in bed before 9 pm every day. Except from this the lake and San Marcos is so beautiful and totally worth a visit, most of the people I meet here love the vibe here.
My favourite place in San Marcos so far is the "yogaforest", this is a yoga retreat center in the middle of the jungle a 20 minute hike from San Marcos. You just follow the flowers on the rocks to get there.
I have one more night at the lake before I go back to Antigua. Today I am travelling to one of the other small villages around te lake called "Santiago", and we might end the day with a yin yoga class at the yogaforest. I am just gonna enjoy the silence while it is still here, simulair feeling to beein at my cabin in Norway.