Volcano on Lake Atitlan and Mayan girls

Lake Atitlan
One of the most enchanting places in the world

About Lake Atitlán and Chichicastenango

Lake Atitlán is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has been referred to as the "Guatemalan Riviera" for its authentic ethnicity, beauty, intimacy, and elegance. Lake Atitlan's natural beauty is unique and truly impressive. There are lots of activities around the lake to keep tourists occupied for many days. Some of these activities include exploring Mayan villages and caves, shopping in outdoor markets, horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, nature preserve excursions, trips to the butterfly preserve, and meeting local artists.

Few people visit Lake Atitlán without stopping to admire the Quiché Mayan village of Chichicastenango (only 40 minutes away from the lake by shuttle). Chichicastenango is famous for its Thursday and Sunday outdoor markets. Many visitors come here to observe Mayan religious practices close-up.

Book shuttle service from Panajachel to Chichicastenango
Reserve a guided tour of Chichicastenango

 

Panajachel

Panajachel is the biggest village on Lake Atitlán. It offers tranquility, excellent hotels, fantastic restaurants, and an outdoor Guatemalan crafts market. Boats leave from Panajachel taking passengers to the other side of the lake and back. Some interesting places around Panajachel include the San Buenaventura nature and butterfly preserve, the Lacustre Museum (exhibiting ceramics taken from the lake), and an excellent art gallery exhibiting the work of local artists including the internationally renowned artist Nan Cuz. Panajachel celebrates its village fair on October 4th with a procession, fireworks, and rides.

Reserve a shuttle from the airport to Panajachel
Book a guided tour of the Buenaventura butterfly preserve

 

Great Walks

There are many incredible sites to see for those who like to walk. From Panajachel it takes just 45 minutes to get to the village of San Jorge or the Mayan caves nearby. The walk from the village of Santa Cruz to San Marcos is very beautiful and takes 2 and a half hours. A precious stroll through the Nature Preserve takes a minimum of two hours. If you would like a guide to accompany you on a walk or would like to book a guided tour of the Mayan caves in San Jorge we would be more than happy to accommodate you!

For those who like to climb volcanoes an excursion up the the Tolimán Volcano or the Volcano of Atitlán is available from the village of Santiago Atitlán.

Book a guide for a hike up one of the volcanoes