Lake Atitlan, Lake Atitlan

Set against three volcanoes jutting up from its southern shore, Lake Atitlan represents the deepest body of water in Central America. The basin of the lake comes from volcanic origins, with its waters filling a large caldera. The villages and towns that surround the lake remain the preserve of the indigenous Maya people, and their authentically rustic atmosphere and charm complement the look and feel of the natural wonder. Swim, kayak, cliff-jump, or rent a boat for the day and glide across the water to visit the villages. Add Lake Atitlan and other attractions to your Santa Cruz La Laguna trip itinerary using our Santa Cruz La Laguna route planner.
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  • Huxley never said this. He compared Lake Atitlan, mostly unfavorably, with Lake Como. The quote is tourist propaganda. Also Huxley was almost legally blind. Might as well "quote" Helen Keller.  more »
  • I can't imagine a person not being in awe and love with this beautiful lake. Hopefully, they can get in it too, meaning swim. We stayed at Kaalpul Atitlan Eco Hotel & Spa, which had its own swimming a...  more »
  • Spent 3 nights here in 2008 at Casa Polopo on Lake Atitlan. Part of our package included an all day boat tour of the lake and several of the villages on it. These villages are known for various crafts...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful and peaceful places we’ve ever been to. The energy and atmosphere there is special. I’ve been single, married, and with my family and every time it has been amazing. Highly recommend putting Lake Atitlan on your list. It’s on my Top 5.
  • Incredible destination with a great diversity of exploration and adventure opportunities. Pana is a great launching point, and the Dreamboat Hostel is a fun, inexpensive place to stay and a good home base for venturing to the small communities that dot the lake. The small boats for hire at the public dock can vary in price depending on how local one looks, and it's always best to purchase your ride onboard, as opposed to paying anyone in the street.
  • Fantastic place to spend a week and visit the small villages surrounding the lake. There is a volcano you can walk up to but I'd advise you to use a local guide so you don't get lost on the return route.
  • I could live here. Spent a month here...nothing but the world's kindest people and beautiful views.
  • Lovely lake, is just beautiful! There are a lot of places to meet around there, restaurants, local food and handicrafts.
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