When is the high season?
The high season is from November through April, the main difference during quiet season (May-October) is that the afternoons can be rainy, the mornings however (and even many evenings) are still gorgeous and it is very green. Many people actually prefer the 'green season'.
Is there a bank or ATM?
The closest ones are in San Marcos & San Pedro, a few min by public transport, but they are sometimes empty.
We accept GTQ, USD, EUR & Paypal on site.
Are there any shops nearby?
In our village Tzununa there are only a few little local shops with not much choice. However, you can find almost anything (including imported goodies) in the shops and fruit & veggie stands in the village of San Marcos, 15 min by three-wheeler taxi ($2) from Mahadevi Ashram. The health food stores in San Pedro and Pana have even more choice.
What is the climate like?
While at a tropical latitude, our altitude is 4,500 ft/1.500 m, so during the day we enjoy around 20-25°C / 70-80°F year-round, but it can still feel chilly in the early mornings and when it's raining. Good to keep long sleeves handy, but it's never under 10°C/50°F at night. From May through October there is rain in the afternoons (less so in July/Aug), while November through April is largely dry. Many agree that the Lake has the perfect climate over all and call it 'the Land of Eternal Spring'. Generally, be ready to live much closer to nature and her forces than in any city.
What are the dining options?
Tzununa has very limited dining, we serve all vegan, sattvic & delicious meals at the ashram. There are several good restaurants in San Marcos, about 15 min by boat or three-wheeler taxi ($2) or a very beautiful 45-min walk.
How about swimming in the lake?
This is a wonderful experience as the lake has hot springs at its bottom, which keeps the temperature warmer than expected at this altitude. You can just walk down to the lake beach from the ashram or visit one of several amazing spots to dive off of. There is even a scuba diving outfit a couple villages over to explore the underwater ruins etc. There is no algae problem anymore.