Where to Party at Lake Atitlan during Semana Santa

Semana Santa at Lake AtitlanSan Pedro and the rest of the lake is filled with travelers from Guatemala as well as from around the world, all here to celebrate Semana Santa. Look for parades, bands and “flower carpets” in the main part of town, such as el centro (up the hill) in San Pedro.

Across the lake, Circus Bar, Cafe Atlantis and Restaurante Casablanca have Semana Santa specials, with live entertainment at Circus Bar and Atlantis.

Parties, Bands, DJs in San Pedro

Lots of parties, too. Tonight there’s live music at Zoola and Alegre Pub. El Barrio Bar’s “Fiesta Latina” kicks off with a band tonight and features live music or a DJ through the rest of the week. Lots of action at the new Paul’s Gaff, too.

In the zona viva, people are partying in the street from noon until late. For something different, grab a liter of draft Gallo beer in front of Johanna’s Mini-Mercado.

If you are here for Easter Sunday, head over to Smokin’ Joes’ BBQ at the pool on the way to the Santiago dock.

Authentic Mayan Meals at El Barrio Bar in San Pedro la Laguna

Every Thursday evening, El Barrio Bar serves the only pure Mayan food in San Pedro la Laguna.

Pepian, a stew, is one of the authentic Mayan meals served on Thursdays at El Barrio Bar in San Pedro la Laguna.

Tonight’s dish is Pepian, a sort of chicken stew flavored with chocolate. They start serving around 6 PM, and portions are limited.

Fiesta in San Marcos la Laguna

The annual fiesta in San Marcos la Laguna is happening right now, so hop on the next boat and head on over. This fiesta lasts all weekend. For more about this part of Lake Atitlan, see San Marcos la Laguna News.

Cacao Ceremony at 5th Dimension in San Pedro la Laguna

This event takes place on April 9, Wednesday at 12:30. The Fifth Dimension is in San Pedro la Laguna’s zone viva, between Hostel Fe and the Orbita Spanish School, at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Cacao was a beverage of the Mayan gods.

Cacao was a beverage of the Mayan gods.

The ceremony is on  10 Jaguar in the Mayan Sacred Calendar. Jaguar is a sign of inner strength and the sign most likely to attain the highest levels of spirituality.

Wednesday at The Fifth Dimension in San Pedro: Legends of Lemuria and Atitlan

Some local legends link Lake Atitlan with the lost continent of Lemuria. There’s a free talk about this by Dee Lee on Wednesday, 2 PM, at The Fifth Dimension. And also an all-day pizza special, 20% off.

Lemuria and Lake Atitlan legends suggest a link between these two ancient centers of civilization.

Pizza 20% off All Day! Long Live Lemuria!

It’s just between Hostel Fe and Hostel Casablanca.

Mayan Astrology and Cosmovision at Lake Atitlan

You can get your Mayan day sign and a full reading from several daykeepers at the lake. Kaqchikel and Tzu’tujil Maya can do so in Spanish or English, and several non-Maya also do authentic Mayan astrology readings. In San Pedro, check it out at Sina’s Books. In San Marcos, ask at Tienda 2012.

Mayan Astrology at Lake Atitlan

It is even possible to study the Sacred Calendar and Mayan spirituality in San Marcos and San Pedro. For more about Mayan astrology, see Mayan Astrology

13 Baktun Ceremonial Meal in San Pedro la Laguna

Mayan Dining for End of the World at Lake Atitlan

In San Pedro on December 21, 2012, Cafe la Puerta will serve nine tipico Guatemalan foods starting at noon. Some are World Heritage dishes, and it’s only Q40.

Restaurante Cafe la Puerta in San Pedro la Laguna

Cafe la Puerta is a great place for lunch or breakfast all year ’round. They make their own bread, even the tortillas. For more info, see Cafe la Puerta.

Holiday Dinner at Hotel IslaVerde: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Christmas Dinner at Hotel IslaVerde

Christmas Eve dinner at Santa Cruz, Lake Atitlan, will be an outdoor affair this year. In addition to roast stuffed turkey with organic side dishes, a wild berry sauce and a dessert buffet, there will be Mayan ceremonies, music and other entertainment. Boats will leave from San Marcos, but the hotel can arrange for boats from other towns (with enough people) if you with them. Lake residents get 20% off the Q275 cost.

New Year’s Eve Dinner in Santa Cruz

At Hotel IslaVerde, the New Year’s Eve party will feature a gourmet dinner with filet mignon and freshly cooked vegetables. Boats will also go to and from San Marcos, and others can be arranged.

For more info and to make reservations, see Hotel IslaVerde in Santa Cruz, Lake Atitlan

Party Schedule for Alegre Pub’s 10th Anniversary Party this Month

Alegre’s 10th Anniversarys celebration starts December 19 and last through the 26th, with special events and discounts at San Pedro’s original sports bar. Also lots of special events:

Thursday 20th: Diertricht from El Artesano in San Juan will serve up his famous cheese plates. Live music from 6 PM.
Friday 21st: Baktun 13. A cultural experience about the end of the Mayan Long Count’s current era. Documentary, 6 PM. Presentation on subject, 9 PM. Mayan Ceremony.
Saturday 22nd: Anniversary Party sponsored by Brahva: 4 Brahva dancing girls, DJs, music, Q5 Brahva and Brahva Extra and lots more.
Sunday 23rd: Pub Quiz with Q600 in cash prizes, 7:30 PM.
Monday 24th: Christmas Eve live music. Reggae & Hip Hop from Roots Cafe!!!
Tuesday 25th: All-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet from 10:30. Q50 for advance ticket sales (Q60 on the day).
Traditional Christmas dinner from 6 PM. Q60 for advance ticket sales (Q70 on the day).
All Week: Litros of Brahva Q22, Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Whisky all Q10.

For more info about the bar, see Alegre Pub.

Lake Atitlan, the most magical lake in the world, is a laid-back place in Guatemala.

Lake Atitlan is a great place to vacation or live. San Pedro la Laguna, Panajachel, Santiago, San Marcos and Santiago are home to retirees from around the globe, as well as to the living Maya. These are some of the most affordable places to live in Central America.

A variety of bars and restaurants provide cheap to moderate dining options, and there’s lively nightlife in San Pedro, Santiago and Panajachel.

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