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Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. In fact they say its the most beautiful lake in Guatemala.Imagine an immense lake, sparkling in the sunlight, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes.
We were here after a long 3 hour drive from Guatemala...More
This place is a MUST when in Antigua. It does take a couple of hours to get there however the journey itself is worth it. Driving through winding roads, though local villages to the dock where you pick up a water taxi at Pana. The...More
We took a day trip from Antigua to Lake Atitlan thinking we'd be leaving the impoverished area and going to the more upscale tourist area. Not. The lake was ok- not a clean pristine one and surrounded by volcanos which was nice.
The ride there...More
Don't miss Lake Atitlan (or Pana as the locals call it) when you visit Guatemala. When you arrive at the docks there will be plenty of water taxis waiting to pick you up and take you around to your town of choice. Each town set...More
A lake surrounded by volcanoes could make for a movie scenario, but in this case is real... Wherever I stopped for a picture, it gave a wonderful view.
It would give for a couple of days, enjoying the small towns in the lake shore, and...More
Don't bring your children between the ages of 18 and 30...you will lose them to this paradise. Wow if I were 25 years younger I'd find every way to live there....the people are great...friendly.....all walks of life...Meditation at San Marco....Israeli hippies of San Pedro...the history...More
Beautiful place. Almost necessary to take a boat ride to see the towns on the lake. San Juan is the cleanest. Has good shops and tour guides. Less cut throat than the other cities. They really go after the tourists there. Not too much to...More
If you only choose to visit on town(pueblo) it has to be San Juan. It is clean, calm and very charming.
Out three town tour, in short:
San Juan - charming and peaceful.
San Pedro - full of hippies and wannabe sovereign citizens. Mainly americans...More
Lago Atitlan is a gorgeous place in the bowl created by three volcanoes. It features several small Mayan communities on its shores, each with its own unique culture. All the towns are accessed by lanchas which crisscross the lake all day long or by shuttles...More
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Five days on the lake is a good amount of time. Panajachel is easily the biggest town. It has the most restaurants and shopping, but I enjoy staying in one of the smaller towns. The boats to and from the villages are very... More
Five days on the lake is a good amount of time. Panajachel is easily the biggest town. It has the most restaurants and shopping, but I enjoy staying in one of the smaller towns. The boats to and from the villages are very cheap. You can easily and cheaply visit all of them in the time you are there. The boat rides cost from 10 to 15 quetzales, depending on how far you go. San Marco and San Pedro are medium size villages, each with their own charm. We stayed in Santa Cruz, which is small but beautiful. Santiago is a town with more of a local infrastructure than any other on the lake other than Pana. We hiked from Santa Cruz to San Marco. Very nice hike. My friend hiked to the top of Pedro Volcano. It's about 1,500 meters of elevation gain. Nice view, but some huffing and puffing. A restaurant in Pana that doesn't look like much but which has excellent food is Deli llama del Fuego. If you like to shop, go to the Chichi market, about an hour away, two days a week. Have fun.