"Busy doing nothing..."
Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
84Trip End Jan 25, 2014
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Our arrival in San Marcos was not very relaxing, with a precarious tuk tuk ride in the driving rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The setting on the beautiful lake however, couldn't fail to relax immediately and the journey soon ebbed away. All the accomodation is hidden down little lanes in a warren of rough stone paths. We found a lovely hostel, with a "dorm" that looked more like a ski lodge, with just six beds, split over two large floors and a perfect little balcony on our floor. We unpacked, settled in and didn't stray very far for the next four days; just content to kick back and relax
Thursday was market day in nearby Chichicastanango, so we decided to liven ourselves up and head there. Rather than take a shuttle we took the longer, but more scenic route of boat and chicken bus. As we cruised across sun dappled water, alongside lake-side retreats and pretty countryside, it was definitely the right choice. The chicken bus route was a winding one, up and around the hills overlooking the lake and three buses later we arrived in Chichi. The market itself is held twice a week and is a bustling, brightly coloured melee, which attracts both tourists and locals alike. We wandered for a few hours, marvelling at the craftmanship in the beautiful textiles available. I managed to leave without splurging, however Anna had arms full by the time we were retracing our steps back down to the lake, this time in the pouring rain once more!
Next stop is still on the lake, but over to the more lively San Pedro for the weekend.