Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lago de Atitlan Large Map

Lago de Atitlan, located a mere 3 hours from Guatemala City’s international airport, is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Upon entering the ridge on your journey from Solola to Panajachel you are greeted by the enticement of the blue waters, and a trio of volcanic peaks (Volcan San Pedro, VolcanToliman and Volcan Atitlan). The lake itself offers an array of travel opportunities and one could easily spend a month touring the “pueblos” on the lake without ever moving on to other destinations. Visitors to Panajachel can easily and affordably travel from town to town on public boats locally called “lanchas” which depart from two separate public docks. The northern dock leaves frequently for San Pedro with stops in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Jaibalito, Tzununa, and occasionally San Juan la Laguna. And the southern dock leaves frequently for Santiago de Atitlan.

Lago de Atitlan Sunset from Santa Cruz Dock

As a tourist, you can expect lanchas to cost anywhere from 10q ($1.25) to 30q ($4.00) depending on your destination. Lago de Atitlan is also a great launching point visit other destinations around Guatemala including Chichicastenango (Chichi), Antigua, and Quetzaltenango (Xela). Panajachel is the lake’s primary tourist city and has the largest number and variety of tourist related services.