Road to San Pedro, San Marcos Atitlan Now Open

Roadwork on 148, the road from the main highway to Lake Atitlan, is complete, so no more delays for now.

Road repairs in Jocotenango, just outside Antigua, has also been finished, so traveling between Lake Atitlan and Antigua now takes 3.5-4 hours by shuttle.

We recommend the Casa Verde shuttle, as they have been running a small bus instead of a van recently. More comfortable seats, better shock absorbers and more space make a big difference, especially on the last hour of the ride down 148.

Ladies Night at El Dragon Hotel and Restaurante in San Marcos la Laguna at Lake Atitlan

Every Friday night in September, ladies drinks and beers are half-price at the lakeside bar, where this photo was taken last week. And you can get an all-night Jacuzzi Pass for just Q50. El Dragon also has a great restaurant, and the best Key Lime Pie south of the Florida keys. A friend who was there last Friday said, “Dragon rocks!”

El Dragon Hotel and Restaurante is on the shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, in the village of San Marcos la Laguna.

Complimentary snacks are served at 8 PM, and “Roving Boca Blasts” are also on the agenda. El Dragon is near the football field in San Marcos la Laguna, a quick boat ride from San Pedro and Santa Cruz. For more info, see El Dragon Hotel.

Guatemala Independence Day Fiesta — The Main Event is September 15.

Whenever you hear the local high school marching bands practicing day and night anywhere in Central America or Mexico, you know a big holiday is coming soon. Right now, everyone is gearing up for the September 15 fiesta to celebrate Guatemala’s birthday all over the country.

September 15th is also the birthday of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which all declared independence from the Kingdom of Spain in 1821. The nations of Central America were initially a union called the Federation (or United States) of Central America.

All-you-can-eat Barbecue at Maya Moon Lodge in #Tzununa

The Saturday barbecue starts at noon every Saturday at this cliffside three-level in Tzununa #Atitlan. Great drink specials and beer deals too!

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It’s a five-minute boat ride from San Marcos. See their site at Maya Moon Lodge.

Security and Safety Around the Lake

It’s hard to run into trouble here. Most parts of the lake are safe most of the time. But like anywhere else, it’s when you let your guard down that they get you. And read our Safety and Security FAQ, at the end of the page.

#EarthquakeGuatemala July 7 2014

Today’s earthquake in Guatemala was epientered near the Mexico border city of Tapachula and felt from Mexico City to El Salvador. At #Atitlan, the earthquake, “Sounded like a freight train rolling down Volcan San Pedro and headed straight for my house,” said one retiree living in San Pedro la Laguna. “It was like it everything was in slow motion, then it hit by house. When the house started shaking, I rand for the door.”

Residents of San Marcos la Laguna reported things falling off shelves and other damage. More severe damage and deaths occurred closer to the border, especially in San Marcos, Huehuetengano, which was hit by a 7.5 earthquakes in 2012.

Boulders and landslides are being cleared from the roads, but shuttles are still running between San Pedro and Antigua. For more news, see Lake Atitlan News.

Hotels and Hostels at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

#LakeAtitlanHotels like Hotel Mikaso, Casa Atitlan (formerly Hostel Jarachik), Hostel Zoola and Maya Moon Lodge are some of the top hotels in Guatemala, thanks to their location on beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Hotel Mikaso at Lake Atilan is the classiest hotel in San Pedro la Laguna.

Hotel Mikaso at Lake Atilan is the classiest hotel in San Pedro la Laguna.

For more info on hotels and hostels at Atitlan, see Hotels at Lake Atitlan.

Cinco de Mayo Day in San Pedro la Laguna and Panajachel

The traditional Santa Claus piñata will be the star of the show at today’s Cinco de Mayo party at The Deep End Bar and Pool in San Pedro la Laguna, Lake Atitlan. Alegre Pub hosts a Cinco de Mayo party tonight, with Q5 tequila shots and Mexican beer specials.

In Panajachel, the places to party are Cafe Atlantis and Circus Bar.

Cinco de Mayo (which means “fifth of May”) is celebrated across the top half of Central America, even though it is a Mexican holiday. It recalls the day that Mexican troops defeated Napoleon’s French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla.

For more Guatemala vacation information, see Lake Atitlan Party and Travel News.

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.

Hotel of the Month: Maya Moon Lodge in Tzununa

Maya Moon Lodge opened just a few months ago and soared to the top of the list of hotels and hostels in the San Marcos la Laguna area. It’s on the shore at Tzununa, a five-minute boat from from San Marcos.

They have private cabanas and shared accommodations at economical prices, a fantastic and unique view of Lake Atitlan from the three levels of the lodge, and a spacious restaurant/bar with a Saturday barbecue. For more info, see