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Viva San Pedro ! MY 27th 2012,

Sunday’s Edition

Viva San Pedro

The future of tourism in San Pedro ?

Will the lake rise more ? Will tourism grow, stagnate or go down ? Will the religious fanatics make this place an alcohol free town or will we continue to be a cool party place? Will tourist spent their days in their hotel rooms connected to Facebook or will they go out and meet people and do activities ? Will the economy go so bad that backpackers will stay home because they cant find a job or will they leave the rat race and join us in living an alternative lifestyle ? Will Guatemala get a grip on the rising violence or will “Mano Dura” win the war on organized crime ? The person that can answer these questions would be a millionaire. Unfortunately, the only thing we can do is to try to survive in this slow economy, try to give the customer a good service, so they talk positively about San Pedro, come back or even choose it as

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there home. All the problems mentioned above are actually not too damaging of our lifestyle, for now. We know San Pedro is not perfect, but yes, to us, it is still paradise. We hope you will like your stay in San Pedro. Don’t forget it takes more than a day to understand its charm. And if you like it, please tell the people you meet while travelling. So many other destination are creating a bad reputation for San Pedro to try to keep the customer in there town. Only you can change that by telling other travellers you meet how much you liked your stay in San Pedro. If you do, I am ready to bet we will overcome the economic crisis and be here and evolving to offer even more services to receive the persons you send our way. Thanks for helping.

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Learn to paint while in San Pedro On of the most original souvenir you can bring home from San Pedro is a Mayan style painting. But you don’t have to pick one on the wall of a gallery. Just paint your own. Gaspar, a local artist has decided that teaching you how to paint in the local style was his challenge. For an hour or for a couple of weeks, he will provide you with the secret techniques that makes Mayan painting so distinctive. (Gaspar : 4521-0895. Located beside Hotel Paraïso)

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Buying a land in San Pedro Sure, you’ll here some horror stories about lands that were bought from an owner that wasn’t the real owner. It happens. But don’t get scared, most transaction are completely legit. Buying a land in San Pedro is legal even only if you have a tourist visa. You don’t have to be a resident to be a land owner. The first thing to check, is that the paperwork of the land are in order. First thing to do is to check with a lawyer of your choice. If the lawyer knows the family of the sellers, it’s even better. Secondly, ask the neighbors of the land you want to purchase if they know the owner and if there is any problem with the land. Most of the times, the neighbor knows about any dispute about the land next door. Be careful with any piece of land that is closer than 200 meters from the lake. Everyone will tell you it’s OK to buy it, but in fact, some laws applies to those lands and you may end up having limited ownership if the government decide to enforce them. Obviously, the other reason to stay away from the lake is that the level is on the rise. Many Gringos and Locals

are learning this right now at great cost. This lake has no outlet, so the lake can rise many vertical meter more. So it seems best to avoid that risk. The land you buy can be register or not. But if it isn’t you wont be able to register it in your name. Only citizen of Guatemala are aloud registering a land in the official cadastre. But it doesn’t mean you cant legally own a land, it only mean it’s a public deed and is not register. No big deal. To find witch lands are for sale, you have to make contact with some local guides that are the unofficial real estate agent. Sure they will take some commission, isn’t it normal ? Two of the most famous person to help you for that are Samuel Cumatz, otherwise touristic guide and Chico, otherwise farmer. If you need to reach them, come to La Piscina San Pedro to get there phone number. Owning a land in this little paradise is wonderful. Make sure you take all the logical steps for the adventure to be a positive experience not a nightmare.

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See you Sunday at noon for the BBQ !


Punk Party at Barrio ! Friday, the 25th of may was the Rising Minds Punk Party at El Barrio. This party was also the farewell to Charlie and Matty who are soon leaving us for the north. It started slow. But it didn’t take long for the fiesta to switch to second gear. With the help of live Music and Karl D.J.’s work, the place turn nuts, The bar was invaded by some who couldn’t stay quietly on the dance floor. Some even accidentally (...), lost part of their clothes in the night where up to 3 stripteases were reported... It was

a night to remember. So to make sure we don’t forger, here some pictures of the craziness.

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Second-hand clothes, hip and unique pieces

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We also do alterations & repairs

Trust us to organize your activities and all your transportation needs.

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Agencia Maya Tzutujil (Also Postal Services)


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Fine products from around here If you have a kitchen and you sometimes prefer to cook for yourself, you should know about some interesting products available in San Pedro. First, for all your meat needs, you can trust the products of Smokin’ Joes’. Nestor who makes the BBQ at the Pool on Sunday also sells his meat in convenient sealed package to carry home. Pastrami, Smoked Pork, Bacon, Filet Mignon Steaks, many kinds of Sausages, Salami and more. Those products are available at La Piscina or at Multi Market Central, in front of the main market. He also can supply you with sauerkraut. At tienda Joanna, you’ll find the product made by Las Lagartigas, a American couple that lives in Santiago. They make

RESTAURANTE 15 years of experience in serving you the best food Happy Hour 5-8 pm Great daily specials

different kinds of marinades and jams. They also make beef jerky. Most of their product are only available at Joanna, near the Pana Dock. The health food store, neighbor to Tienda Joanna also offers ingredients for gluten intolerant persons and a bunch of hard to find healthy products and ingredients. You can find fresh pastry and bread at Idea Connection. Tortillas can be found in many places. It’s not advertised so you have to ask a local persons to show you were they can be found. Patricia, (5252-0107) offer homemade Lemon Curd, a wonderful sweet and tangy lemon spread for toast, pancakes, biscuits, or as pie filling; it is made with fresh Guatemalan ingredients! She also make sourdough breads, ideal for sandwiches. If you know of any other homemade products, write us at vivasanpedroguatemala@gmail.com and we’ll talk about it in a next issue.

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Friday : Fish Night

Jenny’s Closet Slightly Used Clothes, Amazing Prices

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Wednesday night, 7 pm

Pub Quiz

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San Pedro Yellow page ! If ever you need to do a reservation for a room, a restaurants or any other services available in San Pedro, here’s a little directory you should keep for future references. Alex, La Piscina San Pedro ...........................3076-4554 Daniel, La Piscina San Pedro ........................5304-7357 Ada’s Massage ...............................................5471-1590 Barbara, Sina’s Pet Paradise .....4124-0874....7721-8243 Mikael, Hotel Mikaso ....................................7721-8356 Manuel, Flor de Cafe .....................................4157-0156 Karl, El Barrio................................................4424-6941 Rest. Milas .....................................................5861-3299 Hotel Sakcari..................................................7721-8096 Santos, Cafe La Puerta ...................................4050-0500 Ramon, Escuela San Pedro .......5715-4604....5966-2072 Idea Connexion .........................4354-6118....5287-7366 Mike, The Buddha..........................................5798-6604 Nick, The Buddha ..........................................5127-1828 Olivier, Le Jardin des saveurs ........................4370-6853 Paul, The Clover ............................................4289-4363 Blake, Ventana Blue .......................................5284-2406 Jarachik ..........................................................4903-6476 Jakuu’ .............................................................5084-4084 Zoola .............................................................. 4211-7973 Hotel Lola .................................7721-8153....5139-4619 Agencia Maya Tzutujil (Shuttle)....................5293-6885 Salud Para Vida ............................................................... Pub Allegre/Tienda Joana .............................. 4172-5811 Dean Sparrow, D’Noz ....................................5578-0201 Claudio, Pollo Pedrito ...................................4726-8377 Mingo, Ninos ISP...........................................4265-9397 Yo’Mamas Casa .............................................................. TukTuk ...........................................................4491-3962 Jose, TukTuk ..................................................4747-9796 Taxi.................................................................5139-3645

Solar Pools ..................................................... 5770-5119 Thermal Pools ................................................................. Andrea’s Massage ..........................................4188-6874 Nestor, Smokin’ Joes’.....................................4252-7227 Felipe, Propane Gas .......................................4141-4124 Niki, Coco’s Bar.............................................4969-6144 To add your number : vivasanpedroguatemala@gmail. com

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Home Cooking, Homemade Pasta or Take Away Open from may 23rd to may 30th Closed may 31, june 1st to 4th Open june 5th to 9th 12:00 - 17:00

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