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.


About Jenny Trozell

Swedish girl with a passion for travelling, Latin dance and meeting new interesting and fun people :-)

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Guatemala and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Malou Prestado

    Great post and pictures!

    • Thank you Malou! Great that you are blogging about The Netherlands. I have lived there 6 years. Ik spreek ook Nederlands 😉 Look forward to explore your view about “the dutch” and I totally agree with what you write under “about me”. The Netherlands has a certain reputation but it isn´t the dutch peopel themself that are living up too this. Groetjes uit Zweden!

  2. Hi Jenny!

    Nice to follow your travel. It looks really nice and very informative as usal!

    Take care 😀

    Hugs, Marika

  3. Beautiful photos, Jenny!

  4. Hi Jenny, it is very nice to se Your picture and Your comments around this part of the world! It is still on my heart.
    I have been around at Central America (several times) for long time ago as an sailor.
    When You describe Your experience I still can notice in my memory what my delightness
    was of this area of the world.
    I really looking forward to follow Your trip around our wonderful world!


    • Thank you Ingemar, your words make me happy 🙂 Now I understand you must have seen a lot as a sailor. Travel memories lasts forever. Blogging about past trips is a good way to re-live it…

  5. Central America is on my list – South America was amazing so I’m determined to return at some stage and do the bits I missed – happy travels

  6. Your pics are making me want to buy a ticket to Latin America now!!!

  7. This looked a beautiful spot to stay from these photos. Perhaps we should go back to Central America one day.

    • It is truly real beauty! And I can inform you (since you don´t want too much excitement ;-)) that it is very convenient to travel around in this region. There are small shuttle buses that can bring you from A to B. Very organized everywhere!

  8. This is so exciting!!!!!!! I love your blog and I am so glad I can be reading your blog before I leave there 🙂

  9. These are so gorgeous. That part of the world is so gorgeous. I have always dreamed of shooting a wedding there!

    • Thank you Andy! You’re a really great photographer, I am sure it would be a success 🙂 What I loved about Guatemala were all the colours everywhere!

  10. fantastic shots Jenny, love them!! Nice! 😉

  11. Yeah, it is a magic place!

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