From weaving, to painting, to pottery, to bead work, to wood carving… you will find numerous artistic crafts to buy, learn or photograph.
There are several interesting markets in the Western Highlands, notably the Solola market on Tuesdays & Fridays.
There are numerous possibilities to learn how to paint local Mayan art in San Juan, but we have a local young Tzutujil artist that we love and connect you with; Francisco. Contact him on [email protected]
Maybe you are lucky enough to catch a Guatemalan traditional street dance?
Weaving/Natural Dye Workshops
Learn about the artisanal knowledge of dying cotton using native plants and experience the weaving using a backstrap loom in San Juan. Also make sure to visit the women’s collectives in San Juan and Santiago. You can also buy beautiful textiles there.
Learn how to prepare the flavours of traditional Mayan cuisine. We can help you book a class in San Pedro or at the cooking school in Santa Cruz.
Exploring small local fruit and vegetable markets is a visual delight.
Paddle Board Tours
Combine beautiful views, tranquility and a workout at SUP Atitlan in Santa Cruz.
Explore Lake Atitlan beneath the surfers with ATI divers in Santa Cruz to see volcanic rock formations and hot-spots. Atitlán is one of the few places to do high altitude scuba diving.
See the mountains and surroundings of lake Atitlan from the back of a horse, starting from San Pedro.
Lake Atitlan’s water is perfect for swimming (the year around temperature is 72 degrees Fahrenheit/22 degrees Celsius. Day time temperatures can reach into the upper 80’s F/ 20’s C, while nights often see temperatures in the low 60’s F/ 15-17 C.
At the nature reserve next to the hotel you can rent kayaks by the hour. Or join a kayaking tour with Los Elements Adventure Center in Santa Cruz.
Get moving at different dance events, such as ecstatic dance at the Yoga forest, or a world beat dance party at Del Lago.
A birder’s paradise… check out the hummingbirds, the quetzal (the Guatemalan national bird) and over 200 other species of birds, both endemic and migratory.
Jumping in the lake
The San Marcos nature reserve is less than 5 minutes from the hotel. You will find a platform overlooking the lake to cliff jump into, as well as, numerous peaceful spots to swim, a few trails and a Mayan alter.
Butterfly Sanctuary & Ziplines
Visit the Geo dome with over 1000 butterflies or see the vulcanoes while flying through the air at the Reserva Natural Atitlan. Or check out there beautiful trails or hanging rope bridges.
Local Permaculture Farm
Visit Atitlan Organics farm in our neighbor town, Tsununa, for one of their weekly tours to learn more about permaculture.
Shangri-la Atitlan in San Marcos offers a tour through the Barrio that ends in their coffee lab to learn the art of coffee roasting and the process from bean to cup.
We can arrange an amazing guide to hike on footpaths between the small Mayan villages or visit Indian’s Nose for the sunset.
We can hire a boat for you to have a day or half day touring around the lake (with or with out a local guide).
Holistic Therapies & Massage
There are numerous qualified therapists in San Marcos offering a range of different therapies. When you arrive at the hotel we can give you a suggestion about our favorite therapists. Also check out: the Holistic cottage, Flower house and East-west center.
Meditate at one of the daily classes at Las Piramides del Ka in San Marcos.
Numerous options in San Marcos, choose between many different kinds of yoga, teachers and studios with beautiful views or tranquil gardens. Classes daily at 7:30 and 9am.
Attend one of the different kinds of mayan ceremonies or workshops in Mayan astrology.
Experience a ceremony with the heart opening food of the gods. Public ceremonies with the “Chocolate Shaman” twice per week in San Marcos.
Check out some fantastic blues on Friday nights at Blind Lemons. The best spot on Lake Atitlan to feel the blues…
Do none of the above and just take it easy in our beautiful garden or your own private terrace.