Formed over 80,000 years ago by a violent volcanic eruption, Lake Atitlan is one of the world’s most beautiful lakes and both an incredibly tranquil and cultural place to relax for a couple of days.
Characterised by iridescent waters, imposing volcanoes whose fertile slopes support coffee and maize, this is also where the country’s Mayan culture and customs are at their strongest. You can experience their resilient traditions and way of life in the colourful, authentic Mayan villages around the lake such as Santa Catarina Palopo or San Antonio Palopo.
From the very easy going to the highly active, there are numerous ways to enjoy your time on the Lake; kayaking, taking a ‘lancha’ (small boat) between villages, hiking volcanoes, bicycling, bird watching and horse riding.
We have also selected only the very best accommodation for your time here in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
When to go
The Lake and Guatemalan highlands are a year round destination. November to April are probably the best months to go.
What to do
- Volcano Tours
- Bike Rides
- Coffee Tours
- Bird Watching
- Village tours
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Accommodation in Lake Atitlan
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