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A pleasantly peaceful lakeside village in the highlands.

There’s no better way to get a feel for the Mayan culture of Guatemala than by immersing yourself in the lakeside community of San Marcos. A three-hour journey from Guatemala City via bus, boat, and tuk-tuk will take you to the indigenous town tucked away between the mountains and volcanoes of Lake Atitlàn.

The locals dress in an abundance of bright and cheerful garments, not for show, but because their cultural traditions remain intact and untouched by modern times. This authentic, native touch imparts a genuine experience to those who visit the town. So much, in fact, that San Marcos has developed a very strong expat community of foreigners who now inhabit the area and live a harmonious life closely connected to nature as the Guatemalan locals do.

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