"San Pedro's easy living" Top 5 Page for this destination San Pedro La Laguna by acemj
San Pedro La Laguna Travel Guide: 55 reviews and 90 photos
San Pedro de la Laguna is another one of the many towns dotting the edge of Guatemala's picturesque highland Lake Atitlan. The lake is certainly the reason that most visitors come to this part of the world, but the towns also have a lot to offer in terms of culture and local lifestyle. San Pedro's culture has morphed in the last thirty or forty years from a place where locals went about their lives in the traditional ways to a place where locals are attempting to maintain their customs not only for the sake of their customs, but also to attract tourist dollars. In some ways, it seems like the poor man's version of Panajachel, but I'm sure San Pedro fans would call it the more peaceful, tolerant and Bohemian version.
My buddy Ryan and I were only here for an afternoon, but we enjoyed the atmosphere and on my next trip to Lake Atitlan, I'll definitely try spending a night here. After we got off the boat in San Pedro, we began exploring the town by finding a narrow dirt path that seemed to be mostly locally tread. We weren't here more than five minutes before we were talking to a guy named Indie from South Africa who was living here, bartending at one of the lakeside places frequented mostly by travelers. After asking him what we should do in San Pedro on limited time, he said, "First things first, you should have a joint with me." Ha! Thanks for the offer Indie, but that's not my thing. He was a nice guy, but we decided to set off on our own and take in the sights without any herbal enhancements. Apparently, there are no police here, so that type of thing is commonplace, making San Pedro a hippy paradise.
San Antonio Polapo is about a twenty minute ferry ride from San Pedro across the lake. There's really not a lot to see... more travel advice
I wasn't here long enough to really guage how the local economy is or what type of lifestyle the locals really have, but... more travel advice
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