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  • Paddling on Lake Atitlan
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Traditional Mayan woman
  • Sunset over Lake Atitlan
  • Shaman ceremony above Lake Atitlan


Lake Atitlan

Three hours north of the capital, Lake Atitlan is the jewel in the crown of the Guatemalan highlands – a shimmering expanse of turquoise water framed by rugged hills and soaring volcanoes. For centuries Tz'utujil and Kaqchiquel Mayas have plied its shores and continue to do so today leaving a legacy of indigenous languages, regional textiles and fiercely proud traditional villages. Stay a few days and you can enjoy breathtaking views across the water; take boat trips to the nearby villages such as Panajachel, San Pedro La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan and delve into Atitlan’s rich heritage. Close by, you can explore the wonderful market towns of Comalapa and Solola while for adventure enthusiasts, you can paddle, bike and hike along the shores of the lake.   

Lake Atitlan Hotels

$$$$$ Casa Palopo Lake Atitlan

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Award-winning Casa Palopo is among Guatemala’s finest hotels, a sumptuous lake-side retreat that oozes charm and sophistication. Originally a family home, it is tucked into the steep hillside just...

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$$$$ Hotel Atitlan Lake Atitlan

Pretty terraced gardens and sweeping, uninterrupted views across the water, the Hotel Atitlan is among the most popular options on the lake and is in easy walking distance of the neighbouring Mayan...

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