Peace for the soul in scenic Lago de Atitlán
We got a short but wonderful introduction to Costa Rica. Rather than hopping around too much we choose four nights in Las Fortuna and four nights in Montezuma. We also had two nights in San Jose, upon arrival and departure. We flew from San Jose to Guatemala. The airline was kind enough to upgrade us to first class and even though the flight was short it was certainly appreciated. We transferred from the Guatemala city airport to Antigua, immediately purchased a bus ticket to Lago de Atitlán and hopped on a shuttle bus that took us to our pre-booked hotel Jinava. Lago de Atitlán is breathtaking. It is a lake in the highlands surrounded by several volcanos. Jinava was absolutely peace. The only sound was the many colourful exotic birds that sang for us. The view was just green flowery garden, lake and a 3000 meter high volcano. We paid around 10 Euro per nigh here for a room with two beds and a bathroom that, by the way, came with a house spider that refused to leave 🙂
A nice way to spend the day is to walk from town to town or to visit different villages by boat taxi. Different Maya groups live around the lakes and they dress in beautiful colorful clothing and live a very traditional life around the shore of Lago de Atitlán.
Louise and I hired a private guide one day that walked with us for about 4 hours from one town to another. A beautiful but rather tuff walk from San Marcos to Jaibalito with magic views. The guides dog Goldie followed us the whole way!
Depending on which village one stays in around the lake, the view is different. Another important thing to know before choosing your accommodation is a that each village around the lake has its own ambiance. Hotel Jinava is situated in San Marcos La Laguna, a small town that attracts spiritual souls. Jinava is a bit from the main area which we were thankful about once realizing there was a lot of chanting going on early in the mornings down in the village. We had a few amazing days in this region. From our hotel you had the best view one can ask for and a bunch of very service minded gentlemen’s made sure we felt taken care of.