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“Beautiful views”
Review of Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This area has some wonderful views both the lake and the volcanic scenery are beautiful.We stayed in Panajachel and took boat trips to 3 very different places on the lake. The people who live here are the living Maya and have fairly basic and simple lifestyles.The most developed village was San Juan La Laguna some weaving/craft shops etc have been set up here.Then we went to Santiago Atitlan which was a poorer village - the people here amazed me by weaving names with thread on to pens in seconds! The final village was San Antonio Palopa where many children were begging -and it tugs the strings of your heart. Well worth visiting- a humbling experience.

Visited November 2013
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Panajachel, Guatemala
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“Tour Guide Pedro - San Pedro de Laguna Tourguide”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Lake Atitlan is magical place surrounded by pretty villages. If you are in San Pedro de Laguna, look out for tour guide Pedro who did an amazing job of showing us around, even recommending some local herbs for the pesky cough! In case you want to arrange a tour, his phone number is 42387648...or just ask for him as you get off the boat.

Visited November 2013
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Bogota, Colombia
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“Lovely Trip - be aware of non reliable”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

I adored the lake and the interaction with the Indian communities an their amazing market, one thing that I didn't liked, were the sellers of boats rides, that aren't even the owners, they just want you to pay a boat for yourself at a very expensive price, and gain the commission, big one. Don't accept that and go directly or the boat - bus our the boat owners, despite they will insist.

Visited June 2013
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“Maybe the Most Beautiful Lake in the World”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This lake would be beautiful, even without the colorful towns and stunning volcanoes. OK, maybe I am a little biased, but this place is amazing.

Visited October 2013
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Cartersville, Georgia USA
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Maybe not the most beautiful lake in the world but on a nice day it will give any a run for their money. Main thing to see is the boat ride to visit the villages around the lake.

Visited October 2013
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