bamboo architecture in San Marcos de Atitlán

When arriving in San Marcos de Atitlán from across the lake on a boat, you can’t help but being struck by the beauty of its most remarkable bamboo structure, the Tai Chi Temple. This temple is built on a cement foundation, but the last and most visible part of it is entirely made of bamboo and wood, although reinforced with steel where necessary.

In the neighbouring villages on either side of San Marcos, you have two other awe-inspiring natural buildings using bamboo structures, the Methodist Clinic in San Pablo towards the west and the Bamboo Hotel in Tzununa towards the east.

All of these buildings, and many other privately owned houses that I can’t show here, have been built by Charlie Rendall from the Return to the Forest Natural Building School.

So here is a showcase of some of these remarkable buildings, with some images of the building stages of the Bamboo Hotel that I was fortunate enough to participate in.


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