Lake Atitlan

Beyond the spectacle it offers, it has a mystical vibe that energizes and humbles you at the same time.

Lake Atitlán is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Beyond the spectacle it offers, it has a mystical vibe that energizes and humbles you at the same time.

There are many destinations within Lake Atitlán. It is not one specific place, but many big and small villages spread around the lake. You can stay as long as you want around Lake Atitlán. You´ll find enough things to do and see.

The best way to experience the lake and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain landscape and its three majestic volcanoes is by boat. It is also the best way to enjoy a village-hopping tour to visit the different towns around Lake Atitlán, each of them has its own identity and charm.

The most popular after Panajachel, are Santiago Atitlán, Santa Catarina Palopó, San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, and San Marcos La Laguna.

The Mayan culture is alive and present everywhere you go.

Panajachel (we call it Pana), as the entrance to the lake, is very well connected and offers the most variety of services in terms of commerce, accommodation, and food. Calle Santander, the street that connects the center to the shores of the lake, is a great place to buy souvenirs at good prices and look around the infinity of craft shops.

Close to Pana, you will find Santa Catarina Palopó, a small town full of colorful buildings painted by its inhabitants.

In Santiago Atitlán you can visit Maximón, a Mayan deity and folk saint resulting from the religious syncretism between the Mayan culture and the Catholic religion. Maximón’s effigy resides in a different household every year. Those seeking miracles, good health, and love make offerings at his shrine in exchange for his favor: liquor, hand-rolled cigarettes, and money.

San Pedro is the backpacker’s destination. The party town around the lake with many hostels. San Marcos is the holistic and relaxed option, and San Juan La Laguna houses the artisans of the lake.

In places like Santa Cruz La Laguna, Jaibalito, and San Lucas Tolimán, you will experience traditional Mayan villages that are authentic hidden gems.

Hi, I'm Paula!

Hi, I'm Paula!

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