The San Pedro Spanish School is a long established school (14 years at time of writing) and is well organised with teachers using whiteboards and pages of exercises. Learning happens at individual tables scattered around the grounds of the school with some down on the lake shore.I also appreciated being able to talk to a local (Mayan) about some of...more
Hey everybody,planning on a trip to Guatemala?Don't miss the unique atmosphere of San Pedro,hang around with the coolest travellersor settled gringos, kayak or hike, meetpeople you were dying to talk to when on the way!I would especially recommend Clover as a spot to eat,Klara as a massage girl and Dnoz for book exchange.Zoola is the place you...more
San Pedro is, in reality, divided into 2 very seperate towns. Lower, by the beach & between the 2 embarcaderos, is the international zone. This is jammed with a huge variety of hotels, hostels, rooms for rent, etc. There is even a guy, Fransisco, from Ecuador, who owns a laundry near the lakeside who has 4 large, brightly painted canvas teepees...more
San Pedro is more exciting at night when a lot of people venture out to the bars and restaurants. During the day, it has a very laid back feeling. The locals are very friendly and are used to travelers. There is a Spanish school here that constantly keeps the town stocked with a fresh crop of travelers eager to practice their Spanish. There are a...more
The Main Catholic Church is the center of town and is located up the hill from the main dock. It was the site of a tragic murder in the early '80s that had to do with Death Squads that terrorized Guatemala during that time, but I don't know all the details. My Rough Guide (that was stolen in Antigua) had some general info about it, but again, I...more
Art Café El Colibri is a laid back spot on the shore of Lake Atitlan. In really beautiful garden you can relax with your book and a cup of local fresh coffee. Café specializes on creps, don´t miss it! You can also support a special educational project by painting a cup there. For just 16 Q you will help to local students to go to the university....more
I have never met such rude and inconsiderate people as when I went to this restaurant. While trying to appear like a french restaurant, they were actually just a bunch of drunks and druggies, quite rough and rude. The owners were very unpleasant and I would recommend that anybody avoid this place. The food was mediocre at best.more
El Jardin is on a corner of the main calle past several other food and drink places. That said, the garden is laid out in such a way that you can have private tables among the trees for two or bigger groups can be housed in a covered area.I avoided this place for quite a few days as it is on the (relatively) pricier side. However, after having had...more
Located in a self-proclaimed "Canadian-Style" house a bit off the beaten track, the cafe offers good food, a nice view across some trees towards the nearby mountains and very friendly service.I resisted going there because of the "Canadian-Style" description but was very pleasantly surprised when I eventually did drop in. It has the fastest wi-fi...more
Located in the grounds of the San Pedro Spanish School, it opens at 7am and offers pretty good breakfasts and lunches with very pleasant staff. It offers good wi-fi connectivity and has a very pleasant upstairs deck (no balustrade on the stairs) under a palm-thatched roof. Several of the tables upstairs have power-points next to them.I spent many...more
An Irish pub, run by Irish folk, in San Pedro with a bar and a pretty decent menu. It has average decor and no wifi.The biggest drawback is that the manager and friends and clients smoke while eating and drinking. If you're a non-smoker, either sit outside and upwind if possible or avoid the place. The Irish Stew, only available on Saturdays and...more
One of the best nightclubs in town... lot of electronic music, lot of freaks and lot of dope. San Pedro is a very particular place, and this is in the heart of town. Depending what kind of party you are looking for, you may enjoy it or not.
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Hi all the shuttle busses are more or less the same. when you get off the plane get to the people who are waiting at the doors of the arrivals keep your eyes and ears open for i guy wanting to take you to antigua, ask how much? about 100 Q they take you to antiqua your drop off point is your pickup point for your bus to san pedro. hostels are...more
If you are going to Antigua there are companies that have newer Toyota microbuses that leave from the green building near the main dock at 9AM for US$8, no need to pay 3 times as much as the locals do for the boat ride to Panajachel and then take a chicken bus to Antigua. The microbuses from San Pedro go over the hills above Lake Atitlan and you...more
Up from the lake near the main church, you'll notice the main market, which was a bustling center of activity when we were there. I wasn't there to shop, but it looked like there were plenty of good options here including all kinds of local foods, clothing and Mayan craft items.
I wasn't here long enough to really guage how the local economy is or what type of lifestyle the locals really have, but just strolling along the dirt paths brought us upon some local dwellings that looked pretty run-down and poor. There seems to be a divide among the Bohemians and travelers and the locals, although not any animosity or tension....more
I talked with a few travelers in San Pedro who couldn't stop raving about the place. One guy who was traveling for a year (must be nice!) stopped in San Pedro intending to stop for a few nights and had ended up staying for three months. Apparently, he couldn't get enough of the place (or was it the marijuana that seems to be pretty easy to get and...more
I've heard that if you are here at the right time, coffee berries are growing on plants on the edges of town and the flowers from these plants provides a pleasant and distinctive smell that perfumes the air. While we didn't smell that, we did see coffee being dried in the sun. Many Pedranos make their livings by growing and producing coffee,...more
Wanted to warn everyone of a recent event that happened while me and two friends where staying in San Pedro la Laguna. It was a friday and we thought that it would be a good idea to take a shuttle service to Antigua on Saturday morning so we went into a small travel agency called "Maya Tzutujil" its up and to the left 15 meters from the Panajachel...more
When I tried to get a public ferry this morning in Panajachel to San Pedro, a guy approached me and asked where I was going. When I told him, he said "no boats today" - ostensibly because of the poor weather (it was pouring rain). Since I come from a sailing background, and since there was hardly a breath of wind, I figured this was BS and headed...more
I had heard about the drugs in San Pedro, but being comfortable in that type of environment, I decided to spend New Years there. Complete disappointment. During the day, you will see walking zombies. You will feel a very negative energy there. The location is amazing and beautiful, and i highly recommend visiting during the day to eat at local...more
There are several well-dressed street vendors offering scarves, etc. Typically, they are dressed in blue, sport a flashy traditional headband and speak fair English. They are very expensive!
Unique Suggestions: Halve the price being asked.
Fun Alternatives: You can get far better deals from shops on the main road leading into the centre from the Panajachel dock.
San Antonio Polapo is about a twenty minute ferry ride from San Pedro across the lake. There's really not a lot to see here other that the main church which is dramatically poised on the top of a hill with an eagle's eye view over the lake. The view itself is worth a trip, but you'll also have the opportunity to see the local Kaqchikel people....more
There is a boat dock in San Pedro that serves nearby Santiago Atitlán, a nice little excursion from here. Upon arrival in Santiago Atitlán, you're likely to be swarmed (maybe that's too strong a word) by kids trying to take you to the Mayan saint Maximon (more on him on my Santiago Atitlán page) for a small fee. The main street from the lake that...more
San Pedro doesn't have a lot of actual cement streets. I saw a map painted on the wall of a restaurant that showed a couple main streets and a bunch of dotted lines representing "footpaths" which are just narrow dirt paths like you can see in this picture. I was glad that we weren't here in a rainstorm as I can imagine it would be a sloppy affair!...more
This kid was sitting on his front step by himself apparently keeping watch! Good little soldier. We smiled at him and said, "Hola!" and he smiled back but apparently was shy and got up to go back inside to his mommy. Bad little soldier.
Overall, the people here were very friendly, probably as a result of years of contact with peace-loving hippy travelers who I'm sure have infused some money into the local economy and not caused too much disruption with the local lifestyle.