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Guide to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala: 4 Things You Can’t Miss

Welcome to one of the planet's most beautiful and often overlooked places, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Located in the highlands of Guatemala, the lake is surrounded by lush mountains, quaint tiny Mayan villages, and three volcanoes.

But there's more to Lake Atitlán than meets the eye. Buried deep within the mountains and volcanoes is a rich and humbling culture that is too often misunderstood.

Things to See and Do Around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


There are 11 charming Mayan villages around Lake Atitlán, each with distinct character and traditions. Take a boat ride, jump in a tuk-tuk, hop in the back of a pickup truck, or grab a microbus or chicken bus to some of these destinations.

1 – Explore the Mayan Villages

Embark on a hiking adventure to one of the volcanoes surrounding Lake Atitlán. The most popular options are Volcán San Pedro, Volcán Tolimán, and Volcán Atitlán. Hiking one of these volcanoes offers scenic views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.

2 – Hike the Volcanoes

For a more thrilling experience, rent a kayak or try stand-up paddleboarding on the lake. Paddle along the calm waters, explore hidden coves, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

3 – Water Activities Around the Lake

Visit the San Juan La Laguna village, known for its vibrant art scene and sustainable practices. This charming little area recently got a facelift and has become one of the more popular villages around the lake.

4 – San Juan La Laguna

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