Antigua Guatemala is such a magical place but nothing compares to Lake Atitlan’s magic. It’s true Mayan magic. If you’re in need of some soul searching, yoga, shaman healing, or cultural exploration, this is your place. Lake Atitlan is just 2 hours outside of Antigua Guatemala and one of the most spiritually awakening places I’ve been. It’s home to expats, yogis, and shaman healers, it fosters a very spiritual environment where you can easily lose yourself in it’s calmness.
I highly recommend hiring Mario from Ride with Mario to take you from Antigua Guatemala to Lake Atitlan. On your way, be sure to stop at Chichicastenango, one of the worlds largest textile markets! Chichicastenango is one of my favorite destinations in Guatemala.
Wedding at Lake Atitlan
Niko and Gabby are residents of Guatemala City. We connected via instagram and decided to meet up and do a little mini engagement shoot at Lush Atitlan. Niko and Gabby are such amazing people, they are truly the best representation of Guatemala! Kind, warm, helpful and down to earth. I can’t thank them enough for showing us around San Marcos and so excited about seeing their Wedding in Lake Atitlan. You’ll arrive in Panajachel and make the trek across cobble stone roads to the lancha dock. It’s not impossible to bring your suitcases but I do suggest packing rather light or be prepared to hire to locals from some help. When we arrived, two boys around the age of 10 carried our MASSIVE suitcases on their backs for a few Quetzales. Lanchas are boats that take you around the different “islands” of Atitlan. Expect about a 30 min boat ride from Panajachel to San Marcos. Be careful about the boat schedules if youre visiting one are of AtWe stayed in the area of San Marcos where Lush Hotel is nestled into the forest. Lush Atitlan San Marcos La Laguna
Lush Atitlan staff helped us navigate around San Marcos and even capture some big insects that found their way into our hotel room! Every morning we would make our way to their rooftop terrace for a complimentary breakfast.