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Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán)
Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán)

Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán)

The Basics

Whether setting sail on a boat tour, exploring lakeside Maya villages, or hiking through Atitlán Natural Reserve, there are plenty of options for discovering Lake Atitlán. On the northeast shore, the lively village of Panajachel is the starting point for most visitors, but Lake Atitlán tours also run from Antigua and Guatemala City. In addition to taking in views of the beautiful lake, adventure tours offer a more active experience, including kayaking excursions, sunset bike tours, hiking, rock climbing, and even paragliding over the lake.

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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua
Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua
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$107.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very nice excursion
Miguel was a great guide and driver. He was on time, patient, informative, helpful and caring. The lake is very scenic and we had the choice of what area we wanted to visit. There was a steep uphill walk with the kids but we were able to go at our own pace. Boat ride back was bumpy and the engine cut off close to end. Not too traumatic. The people were friendly and we got a few souvenirs.
Michelle_D, Mar 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Panajachel

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Great Guide! ...
Florian_F, Oct 2021
Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from Panajachel
Great Guide! Humberto was very knowledgeable an helpful. He even defended us from stray dogs on the mountain. He also brought coffee! Can only recommend!
star-4
Must See Experience in Lake Atitlan
Lokoskales, Sep 2021
Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves
This was an enjoyable tour. Lee was very informative and ensured you had the local historical and cultural context for each ceremony location. It is very likely you will have a chance to catch a ceremony, so do not miss this experience.
star-5
Full day at Lake Atitlan …
Jay_C, Aug 2021
Full Day at Lake Atitlan & Cultural Towns + Breakfast, Collective Tour
The day trip was amazing! Ruben was very knowledgeable as we ate traditional dishes, visited several great towns and had an amazing, detailed boat ride and visit to Lake Atitlan. I highly recommend the tour with Ruben and Carlos!!
star-5
We had a blast!!
Matthew_Jade, Jul 2021
Lake Atitlan ATV Tour
Neimus was our tour guide and he was very nice and helpful. It was our first time riding ATVs and it was a blast!! We highly recommend Simoon Tours & Rentals if you want a fun way to visit nearby villages and experience the surrounding culture. The ladies in Santa Catarina Polopa we're beautiful and amazing as well. We also enjoyed our drink vouchers for the dreamboat bar! Book here, you won't forget the experience! Thanks Neimus!
star-5
Mayan textile tour was terrific...
Peter_W, Jul 2021
Full Day at Lake Atitlan & Cultural Towns + Breakfast, Collective Tour
Ruben, the guide, and Carlos, the driver, were always top notch, first rate ....The tour was well executed and Ruben knowledgeable as ever....He should have been a history teacher!
star-5
Pana and lake Atitlan tour...
Peter_W, Jul 2021
Chichicastenango Ancestral Mayan Market & Lake Atitlan with Lunch in Panajachel
Great tour with Winston...he was the best....He had a great knowledge of the area and explained it well...
star-5
Wonderful experience
SKE, Jul 2021
Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves
Our guide was incredible. We really enjoyed learning the history of the town and the way a lot of the local people intertwine aspects of Catholicism and Mayan traditions. This was a realistic, interesting, learning experience. Thanks so much!
star-5
Amazing tour!
Jacqueline_C, Jun 2021
Kayaking on Lake Atitlan
Amazing experience! Salvador was an excellent tour guide and went above and beyond our expectations! Would highly recommend!
star-5
Could not have been better.
Matt_L, May 2021
Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua
What a wonderful way to experience the area, with Lee and his wife and a team of local tour guides. in hindsight I may have stayed the night there at the lake. Kayak Guatemala offers a well organized and very professional experience with lots of depth and very educational. Highly recommend.
star-5
A Must Do
Standralyn_T, Feb 2020
Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City
From the front door pick up at our hotel to the kindness & patience of our guide, this trip was awesome. The van was clean & comfortable, the information was valuable and the views and people were amazing. The lake is beautiful and a must do activity.
star-4
Definitely a must have experience...
Abel Bryan D, Oct 2017
Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Guatemala City
Definitely a must have experience. The tour guide was friendly and the vehicle was comfortable and clean. We enjoy off the beaten path experiences, however this is fairly cookie cutter which makes for a calm, pleasant day. Being foodies, the best part was the restaurant stop on the way back!
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Lake Atitlian Tour
elaine_L, Sep 2021
Lake Atitlan Day Tour From Antigua
This by far was one of the best tours I didvqhile I was in Antigua. First the communication with the operator was active and helpful. The driver was very engaging and patient. When I got to Panaachel I meet with mybtour guide . He was awesome we went to three villages in one day . I was totally emerse in the cultures from every village. At the end of the day he took me to a great restaurant in Santiago for lunch the food was great. Overall great experience. You should definitely choose this tour. You get to see alot in one day. I will definitely book with the operator again when next in Antigua and refer my friends when they visit

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The easiest way to explore the lakeside villages is by boat, and local ferries run from Panajachel to most destinations.

  • The only ATM is located in Panajachel, and most villages only accept local currency, so stock up before you head out.

  • The main transport options around Lake Atitlán are small boats and tuk-tuks, so pack light as there’s not much space for heavy luggage.

  • Swimming in the lake is possible at designated areas.

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How to Get There

Lake Atitlán is a 3- to 4-hour drive from Guatemala City. Shuttle buses connect Panajachel with the city center and La Aurora International Airport.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Lake Atitlán is during the summer season (November–April), but visiting in winter (May–October) offers cooler weather for hiking.

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The Villages of Lake Atitlán

The liveliest place to stay is Panajachel, while tranquil San Marcos is known for its yoga resorts and laid-back atmosphere, and San Pedro is the party hub for backpackers and international travelers. To experience local Maya culture, head to San Juan, known for its traditional handicrafts; visit Santiago Atitlán to learn about Maya traditions; or browse the market stalls in Chichicastenango or Sololá. If you really want to escape the tourist trail, visit the tiny villages of Tzununa or Jaibalito.

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