Relaxing at San Pedro, Lake Atitlan
So it has taken me a while to catch up with this blog as over the last month of the trip we were very busy, then I lost my camera and then the memory card in my spare camera decided to format itself in Belize, deleting all photos of the remainder of the trip in Guatemala! So I was hoping that I would be able to recover these photos in time to write my blogs about the rest of Guatemala but unfortunately after spending $70 on a data recovery program – it didn’t work and I’m left with a handful of photos to share from Bens iPhone. Not having these photos has also made me reluctant to write about this section of the trip as I feel without the beautiful photos I am not able to portray the beauty of the places as well. But here goes:
We made our way from Antigua to Lake Atitlan – which looked like an easy 2 hour drive away on google maps – but ended up being a 4.5 hour bumpy shuttle van ride down a rocky, dirty road that twisted down a steep hill down to the lake. I spent the entire trip worried for our luggage which was thrown onto the top of the van with nothing securing it down and only a 20cm high metal frame keeping it from sliding off as we zipped around corners. My anxiety was only heightened when we drove past 2 suitcases sprawled open on the road. We finally made it luggage and all – to the lake side village of San Pedro where we would spend the next 3 days. It is a small town split into two areas – hippy tourist area with cafes, yoga retreats, art shops and dreadlocked nomads filling the streets along the lake and then the Guatemalan side with local markets and indigenous people going about their daily lives.
We stayed at the Mikaso hotel – located right on the lake with a large rooftop patio and restaurant offering up amazing volcano views that can be viewed from your table or one of two public hot tubs. We spent our days wandering the streets, looking at all the interesting people and their art, eating at funky cafes and family ran Guatemalan restaurants and relaxing in the afternoons watching the sun set over the lake with some well made cocktails from our hotels patio bar.
It was a very relaxing 3 days and it felt like it was over as soon as it begun, we packed our bags and headed back to Antigua where we would be taking an overnight bus north to the majestic ruins of Tikal.