Hotel La Paz in San Marcos
When you enter the grounds of Hotel La Paz, you leave San Marcos la Laguna and the rest of the world behind and step into a holistic sanctuary of tranquility and peace. For “peace” is the meaning of the hotel’s name in Spanish.
The Classic San Marcos Hotel
The first hotel in San Marcos la Laguna, Hotel La Paz opened its doors in 1993 and opened the door for travelers seeking a closer connection with nature and a tranquil place to stay at Lake Atitlan. It is the creation of Benjamin Herrarte, a Guatemalan-born environmental designer.
The grounds are so spacious that you would hardly know that private rooms and a bungalow are hidden behind walls and fences for privacy. A five-foot high stone wall surrounds La Paz, providing security. Towering trees, ferns and exotic plants line the footpaths that lead to secluded spots for a quiet conversation or meditation. Hammocks and big cushioned chairs and benches make staying at La Paz a comfortable and relaxing.
All Organic Restaurant
La Paz is as well known for its organic restaurant as well as for its accommodations. All vegetables are grown locally without chemicals, artificial ingredients or processed foods.
An A-frame palapa is the home of the restaurant, where mystical music plays softly as hummingbirds dart in and out and butterflies flutter past. Steamed vegetables, burritos, crepes and pastas are but a few of the tempting and healthy meals.
Prices are also good: in January 2014, the Lunch Plate with the daily special was only Q35. For dinner, La Gran Paz comes highly recommended. You may dine downstairs, or in the terrace. The friendly and attentive staff adds to the pleasure of dining at Hotel La Paz.
Things to Do at Hotel La Paz
The temescal, Mayan for sauna, costs a mere Q25 and is also open to non-guests. Yoga classes are available, and you could not find a more suitable place for them.
Affordable Spanish language lessons are another option. Massage courses and massages round out the on-site activities.
Tours of nearby attractions such as Indian Nose and the San Marcos area itself provide more things to do here. Hidden nooks offer a place for conversation, to read or write, or to simply relax and enjoy your solitude. But if you’re planning a party or event, the huge circular palapa makes a fine setting for a big crowd.
The hotel’s logo, which is the Maya hieroglyph for the nahual kej’, is the symbol for Deer, which means balance in Mayan astrology. A stay at this intriguing hideaway or even a meal or stroll around the grounds can bring balance and peace into your life, so drop in the next time you’re in town and enjoy the La Paz experience.
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