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Friendly local people, delicious cuisine and a host of activities both day and night make San Pedro one of the most visited towns on Lake Atitlan. If you are visiting this special place you will need to take more than just a couple of days to unmask the many charms it has to offer.

Surrounded by the dramatic slopes of Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro volcanoes, the lake itself is a stunning sight. There are many ways to enjoy nature’s bounty whilst in San Pedro: take a kayak out on the lake; hike up San Pedro volcano or The Nose; get a guided tour to one of the many nearby attractions such as the zipline; take a mountain bike ride to feel the adrenaline pumping but above all take the time to gaze upon the calm beauty of the lake. No digital image will ever do justice to what your eyes will see.

Getting a feel for the local culture couldn’t be easier or more fun. The Mayan people are very polite and friendly, expect to be greeted by pretty much everyone you see! The best time to see the hustle of local life is early in the morning at the market where you can buy fresh local produce and sample some cheap and tasty street food. Try the everything sandwich for only Q2.50! With your bag full of local produce, take a walk around the rustic streets of San Pedro and see how the Maya people live.

San Pedro is also home to a large community of English speaking people. Visit the tourist area or ‘Gringotenango’ and sample a wide range of reasonably priced, fresh and tasty menus. There are many bars within this area, all of which offer a variety of entertainment from poolside boccie ball to darts or pub quizzes and just good old-fashioned socialising.

This little piece of paradise really does exist and it’s just waiting for you to grab your camera and explore every inch of it!

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March 2019