Lake Atitlan, and the Guatemalan towns of San Pedro la Laguna, San Marcos, Panajachel and Santa Cruz are the vacation secret of the tropics. Lake Atitlan vacations offer hotels and restaurants for all budgets.
Home of the living Maya, Lake Atitlan combines cultural tourism with eco-tourism in a laid-back holiday setting Lake Atitlan is not only Central America's most affordable travel destination, it is also becoming a favorite option for overseas retirement.
Fun Things to Do
Vacation activities at the lago include hiking nature trails and volcanoes, kayaking, guided tours and cruises around the lake, massages, meditation, fishing, Spanish language schools, art lessons and galleries, and Mayan astrology readings based on the Mayan tzolkin calendar.
Hidden by a ring of mountains and volcanoes in the picturesque highlands of Guatemala, the lake has a variety of hotels, hostels and other lodging options, a wide assortment of restaurants and other dining opportunities, and enough bars and clubs to make this lake the nightlife capital of Guatemala.
San Pedro, Santiago, San Marcos, Santa Cruz
San Pedro la Laguna,
Santiago, San Marcos, Panajachel, Santa Cruz and other Mayan villages and
towns ring this fifty-square mile lake the way planets circle the sun. Some
villages and tourism areas can be reached only by boat or on foot, and have
the feel of a tropical island.
After dark, the lively nightlife scene
in San Pedro and Panajachel features everything from disco and rock to
trance and techno. Travel to the lake is by way of Antigua, which also has
an array of restaurants, hotels and nightlife. Other people arrive here
from Xela, known as Quetzaltenango, by shuttle or chicken bus.
Spanish Language Schools, Massages
Spanish schools around the lake are among
the least expensive on the planet. Most offer budget rooms and meals as
Just plain relaxing is also popular. Choose from a Maya-style
massage, thermals springs that spill into
the lake, saunas, yoga and meditation. A vacation at Lake Atitlan is often
more than just getting away from it all. It can also be about
forgetting it all for awhile.
Lake Atitlan Vacation
This site provides a detailed look at the key
villages around the lake, where Maya garbed in traditional huipiles
share cobblestone streets and shaded trails with visitors from around the
You will also discover travel
tips and information on lodging, from budget hostels to
boutique hotel rooms
and luxury resort villas in San Pedro la Laguna, Santiago and other towns.
And the best restaurants for
dining out. Many restaurants at the lake serve international cuisine in
addition to Central American meals, and prices are among the lowest in the
This site has travel tips on hotels,
transportation, shuttles, buses and boats around Guatemala, a
country rich with cultural and history in the form of Tikal's Maya pyramids
and the colonial ruins of Antigua, as well as tropical scenery such as cloud
forests and rain forests, rivers and black sand beaches. A new section
provides guides to day trips around the lake, Antigua and
Monterrico on the Pacific coast.
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Travel Info: Atitlan.NET