After an early morning chicken bus around curvy mountain roads, a minibus/colectivo down washed out dirt roads, a ride in the back of a pick up truck going down switchbacks into the lake, and a tuktuk through two small cities, we arrived in San Pedro. We couldn’t have asked for more of a Latin American adventure.
This was definitely a change from the genuinely Guatemalan city of Xela. We were used to all signs in Spanish, all locals, all Guatemala all the time. This was a tropical paradise with most signs in English and expats and hippies all over the place. I’m sure if you were just traveling through Guatemala, this would be a normal backpacking stop.
To be honest, we really didn’t like San Pedro. And as much as people like this little town, we just couldn’t get into the vibe. It was culture shock to us. We did love the hotel that was suggested by the Globetrotter Girls here. It was hard to feel at home when I felt like we were in an alien place.
However, we did take part in one of the things San Pedro was known for – it’s thermal pools. Think of it as a hot tub with a lake view. At $5 a person, you have free reign of the pools for the entire day AND it is BYOB! How can you go wrong with that?!?!
Be sure to give them 30 minutes to an hour heads up before you plan on enjoying the pool so they can prepare it for you. They do have pools for quite a few people so if you have a few friends that are into serene relaxation, check it out.
We timidly walked up to our heated pool (we really didn’t know what to expect) and the owner pulled back the tarp in one fell swoop. Steam danced on top of the water, delightfully playful and weaving – beckoning us to come in.
One toe in…
WOOO that is hot.
After all the stress of leaving our host family and our new Guatemalan life behind, our problems slowly melted away listening to birds, wind through the banana trees, and enjoying a gorgeous view of Lake Atitlan.
I really love my life.
Find the Buddah Bar (one of the most popular tourist/expat bars) and go down the alleyway to the left of it (there are colorful coffee beans painted on the floor). If you follow it past the coffee shop when the path starts turning into dirt, you should start seeing signs pointing the right direction.
We were NOT paid for the review of the company. We genuinely suggest this place because it was one of our favorite moments from our visit to San Pedro!