Lake Atitlán is a body of water in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. Ringed by steep, verdant hills, it’s known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. The busy town of Panajachel, where vendors sell traditional textiles, is a popular gateway to the lake. On a former coffee plantation, the Atitlán nature reserve offers trails and a butterfly garden.

Surrounding towns and destinations: 

Panajachel, a.k.a. Pana, is the most popular town for tourists to visit, and if you’re going to visit only one town in Lake Atitlan, this would be the one.

Pana also has the best selection and prices in Guatemala. If you’re looking to buy souvenirs, this would be the best place.

Top activities:  

  1. Atitlan Nature Reserve & Zipline 
  2. San Marcos Yoga
  3. Lake Boat Tour 
  4. Crossroads Coffee 
  5. Mayan cooking class
  6. Take a sunset cruise
  7. Scenic bike tour

Top Ten Things to Know About Lake Atitlan

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