San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlán - Stein Travel

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Welcome to San Pedro La Laguna

The holiday destination of San Pedro La Laguna has a relaxed, bohemian feel with a superb setting and is one of the most popular lakeside holiday spots. The village is centred on the Catholic Church and the market place and narrow cobbled streets lead sharply up the hill from the ferry docks.

Spread around the centre of San Pedro La Laguna are coffee plantations, and little picturesque paths among them lead along the lake to where boulders and beaches provide ideal opportunities for some peaceful sunbathing and swimming. In the San Pedro La Laguna village there are also thermal pools offering further ways in which to relax while on holiday, with superb views of the volcanoes an added luxury. Volcán San Pedro, behind the village, offers some strenuous hiking rewarded with breathtaking views.

The official language is Spanish but English is understood in hotels and tourist destinations. Many indigenous languages are also spoken.

The official currency is the Quetzal (GTQ) divided into 100 centavos. In 2001 the US Dollar became the second official currency alongside the Quetzal and both are accepted. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are accepted, though some more than others. It is recommended to take travellers cheques in US dollars. Cash exchange is easier, but more risky. Visitors are not advised to exchange money at the informal booths on the street. There are ATMs in the towns and cities, which accept American Express and Visa. MasterCard and Diners Club have a more limited acceptance.

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