The Bamboo Palace in Guatemala

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The Bamboo Palace in Guatemala

To get to San Marcos la Laguna is an experience itself

This place is for total relaxation and next level spirituality. From your bed you can see the volcano – that creates the energy everybody’s talking about in this little village, and the garden is a little fruit jungle with papaya and pineapple.

EAT

Delicious lunch at Moonfish Café – try pure cacao with honey  

Great ice coffee and sweets at Circle Café   

Dinner at Lush Café – it’s like having dinner in the jungle!  

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DO 

Stroll around the little village and go down to the lake and enjoy the volcano view and a refreshing dip. Buy fresh vegetables and local Guatemalan food at the market and make dinner at home in your big tree house in the jungle!  

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If you are interested in yoga, meditation and different kind of courses to find inner peace, this is the right place. Many people come to San Marcos la Laguna to take a course for 2-4 weeks to cleanse their soul and find inner peace. I didn’t do this while I was visiting, but I met a few who said that the volcano and the lake make your feelings stronger and helps you get closer to “the answers” you are looking for. This place is known for its spirituality, so be prepared to meet others who are here for the same reasons.  

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STAY 

This place is for total relaxation! The small village contains of a couple of cafés and restaurant, a football court and a fruit & veggie market. Many of the locals originated from the Mayans, so the girls and women wear beautiful traditional clothing.  

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So when you visit this place you need to stay in Haley’s Bamboo Palace. This place gives you the perfect jungle experience with fresh fruit, like pineapple and papaya (seasonal), in the garden and waking up to the sound of the birds outside your bedroom. From your bed you can see the volcano and your little balcony upstairs is surrounded with plants and flowers. Your open kitchen has everything you need to make a home cooked meal. Explore the little village, and have your own little jungle home totally for yourself.  

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Worth mentioning about going to Guatemala:   

Be prepared to travel a bit for the experience of San Marcos la Laguna. From Guatemala City it’s about 4 hours by taxi. You can easily get one from the airport (around 100 -125 Guatemalan Quetzal). If you Google San Marcos la Laguna, you can find descriptions like; “how to get in?” But the travel is definitely worth it when you arrive this serene place, and especially if you stay at Bamboo Palace.   

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One thing that’s a bit disappointing about small places like San Marcos la Laguna is that it attracts people who like to make the place “their own” and it can ruin the culture and atmosphere. Don’t go there to smoke weed and “find yourself” without respecting the rules and norms of the country. The police are pretty strict around this subject. 

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