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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
Located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, this is a more rural setting than Antigua so you get even closer to the Mayan traditions. There are daily yoga classes by the lake, horse riding, hiking, nightly movies and a Sunday night pub quiz. You can take a boat across the lake to Panajachel for shopping and a beautiful national park with monkeys and butterflies, on to San Marcos to get your auras cleansed and to San Juan for its great cooperatives run by women producing beautiful fabrics from natural dyes.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
This horseshoe shaped bay in the south west of Nicaragua serves as the base for the nearby surfing beaches. It is small enough that you will feel at home very quickly and you can catch a daily shuttle from Casa Oro hostel to Remanso or Maderas beach. Discover the hidden surf spots by catching a ride on Ricardo Conde´s boat for a night or two. He brings surfers out to relatively unspoiled spots that are most-easily reached by boat.


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