While planning your trip to Lush Atitlan and San Marcos La Laguna please consider that it takes about 4 hours to get from the closest airport in Guatemala City, We are about 3 hours from Antigua (depending upon traffic).
The most convenient way to get to us is we can send our driver to pick you up at virtually any destination in Guatemala and he will bring you to Lush Atitlan (on your timetable) in a private van. Otherwise, there are shared tourist vans and public buses.
We do not recommend driving, if you are not used to driving in the 3rd world.
One of the most striking features of San Marcos La Laguna is that it has practically no roads — everything is reached by thin foot paths through trees and between buildings. Handmade signs direct you to the most common destinations at any intersection.
The homemade paths have a very intimate feel to them. They are surrounded by the plants and flowers that create almost fences that guide you in the correct path.
There are minimal streetlights, so we would recommend paying attention to where you are going and don’t be scared to ask the locals if you are lost! Be sure to carry a flashlight with you if you will be walking home at night.
The majority of the travel within the area around Lake Atitlan is by boat. There are fifteen ‘major’ pueblos or small towns surrounding the lake, San Marcos included. (See our FAQ”s page for boat schedules).
Please feel free to contact us with any help you need planning your trip to Lush Atitlan and around Guatemala.
Directions below the map.
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From both the airport in Guatemala City and hotels around Antigua, there is a shuttle service that brings you to the edge of Lake Atitlán to the town of Panajachel. There is also shuttle service directly to San Marcos. From Panajachel there are ferries every half hour that will bring you to San Marcos La Laguna after a beautiful 45-minute ride. Once at the dock in San Marcos, all you have to do is follow the signs to Lush, which is about a 10-minute walk.
Private shuttles from various locations around Guatemala can be organized bringing you directly to San Marcos.
Driving from Guatemala City to San Marcos
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND DRIVING IF YOU ARE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO THE ROADS HERE IN GUATEMALA!
Driving from Guatemala City by road approximately 4 hours drive (175KM). Drive 149 KM on the Pan-American Highway with direction Quetzaltenango (road sign 149KM), then merge on the road to the left with direction to Santa Clara and San Pablo La Laguna. Once you arrive in San Pablo keep driving for another 3KM to San Marcos La Laguna. This road can be in very poor condition, so we would recommend taking the alternative route via Panajachel. There are also direct shuttles or bus services from Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna.
Driving from Guatemala City via Panajachel then ferry to San Marcos
Driving from Guatemala City to PANAJACHEL is about 3 hours distance from the capital by the Panamerican highway and there are a number of shuttles and buses that make the trip. Once you get there you should find the regular boat service to San Marcos La Laguna leaving from the Tzanjuyu dock at the entrance of the town. These public boats leave every half hour to San Marcos between 6:30 am to 7:00 pm. This trip takes about 45 minutes.