If you arrive on an early flight (before 1pm), you can get to us in one day using a private shuttle service. Private shuttle will be the most direct, or you can come in a collective shuttle via Antigua which will take more time. For the collective shuttle option, take a shuttle from the airport to Antigua (Q100) and then get on the first shuttle leaving for San Marcos la Laguna or Panajachel. Collective shuttles usually leave twice daily, around 8am and 3pm, we recommend the morning shuttle in order to arrive in San Marcos with plenty of time before dark and to find Circles Cafe for a 3pm escort service. A 3pm shuttle from Antigua will arrive 6.30-7pm and this is too late to arrive to The Yoga Forest.
1. Get to Antigua – Antigua is the tourist hub of the country and nearly all transportation runs through here. There are shuttles every hour from the airport to Antigua (Q100, 45mins-1.5hr depending on traffic)
2. From Antigua direct- Get a collective shuttle direct to San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5-4.5hrs depending on traffic, roads and weather). You can also come via San Pedro la Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5-4hrs). If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo la Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (Q5) to San Marcos la Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the ‘lancha’ boat (Q10) to San Marcos.
3. From Antigua via Panajachel – From Antigua take a collective shuttle service (Q90) approximately 2.5hrs to Panajachel. From Pana take a ‘lancha’ boat (Q25) from the public dock (muelle publico) to cross the lake to San Marcos La Laguna. The lancha leaves every 30mins until 7.30pm and usually takes around 1 hour.
4. Arriving into San Marcos la Laguna; We are a 25 minute hike from the lakefront (15mins escorted along the mountain paths to The Yoga Forest from the back of town. Please find The Yoga Forest Meeting Point at Moonfish Cafe, just 30 meters down the path to the lake from the basketball court in the town center. We offer a free escorted walk from Circles Cafe at 3pm each day when we are expecting arrivals. Please inform the Circles staff that you are wanting an escort to The Yoga Forest, so that they may call us for the 3pm service. If you plan to make your own way to us, please do not arrive before 2pm. If you arrive to Circles Cafe after 3pm, please ask them to call the tuk-tuk driver Luis (4710 7754) or Juan (58335658) and they will escort you to the forest via tuk-tuk to the closest road access point and then walk you from there, you will need to pay them directly Q20 per person for this service. Please do not arrive alone, or after 6pm, if you arrive late, stay in town and come up the next day.
If you wish to visit town during your stay with us, we can escort you down by our local staff and a Q20 (US$3) fee will be added to your bill for each escorted trip down the mountain. To come back up, you can meet the free 3pm escort service again at the YF Meeting Point if there are arrivals expected that day, otherwise it will be the same charge of Q20 (US$3) to send a staff member to escort you. If you wish to return to the forest later than this time, then you can use the Luis tuk-tuk service as above. If you are happy to adventure your own way, follow the instructions to the right, and keep and eye out for the painted flowers on stones along the pathways, like the image below.
Private shuttles are highly recommended and can be arranged for a direct service from Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna for a cost of Q800 (US$110). Our drivers will meet you on arrival at the airport, or hotel, and upon arrival walk you to the Forest or arrange our staff to meet the car when it arrives for an escort. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this for you.
Private Shuttle Cancellation Notice; Please be aware that short notice of less than 24hrs of a cancellation or delayed flight etc are still due for full payment. If a driver needs to be sent twice to get you (for them it is an 8 hour journey!) you will need to pay the cost of both trips.
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Concerned about safety in Guatemala?
Guatemala is a beautiful country, from the people to the culture to the landscapes, offering amazing experiences to any traveler. Safety is as much a consideration here as in any developing country you may visit or in any touristed area where economic disparity exists. If it will be your first time to Guatemala, or you are a concerned traveler, we always recommend private transport for peace of mind, which allows us to be in touch throughout your journey to The Yoga Forest.
While traveling and when visiting towns and villages, we advise mindfulness. Don’t flash expensive devices or carry large amounts of cash. Theft tends to be petty and opportunistic. Take care with your valuables and lock them away safely. During your stay at The Yoga Forest, 24/7 security is provided on the property as well as storage for valuables in our office safe. Additionally, escorted walks by local villagers are provided to and from our out-of-town location upon request for a small fee of Q20.
The Yoga Forest
San Marcos La Laguna
T: (+502) 330 118 35