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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
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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua
star-4.5
USD107.00 per adult
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A mandatory experience
The most memorable part for me was seeing all the indigenous people and learning about how they make textiles and weave scarves.
Anya_K, Mar. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Panajachel

star-5
Fun for the whole family!
Pepe_F, Mar. 2022
Lake Atitlan ATV Tour
Excellent experience. Our guide (Joshua?) was fantastic. Kind, funny, and happy to please. He has great English and all of the stops were excellent! One of the best things we did in Guatemala. Joshua was also considerate of everyone's safety and clearly takes his job seriously. Thanks for a fun time for our whole family!
star-5
Must do Sunset ATV tour in Panajachel
Carlyle_W, May 2022
Lake Atitlán Sunset Tour
This was such an awesome ATV Tour around Panajachel. I highly recommend it as it was the perfect length. My tour guide Joshua was very knowledgeable and personable throughout the various stops we made. We even stopped at a cultural center to get snacks and do some shopping. He has perfect English and was good at checking to make sure I was at a safe distance behind him while we drove all the up a mountain and back at night.
star-5
Great Day Trip
Ty_H, May 2022
Private Full-Day Lake Atitlan Tour
We had a great day with David. He made sure to bring us to see the amazing artisans and made sure everything was easy and enjoyable! Would definitely recommend this tour to see the lake!
star-5
Best excursion to end the week with!
AubreyAshley_M, May 2022
Rest and Relaxation at Lake Atitlan from Antigua
Elain was wonderful! My fiancée and I had a great time and the massages were amazing. I empower everyone to check this oasis out!
star-5
Great Time with Jon Carlos!
Alycia_A, May 2022
Lake Atitlan ATV Tour
I really enjoyed this tour! It was a great way to see some of the village. Jon Carlos was a phenomenal guide with a wealth of knowledge. I definitely recommend this tour!
star-4
Very nice!
Francisco_D, Apr. 2022
Visit Three Mayan Villages - Lake Atitlan
Elena, our tour guide was excellent. She was very helpful and adapted the pace for our 2 and 6 years old kids to also have fun. The boat ride is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the landscape and relax.
star-5
Best Time Ever
symone347, Apr. 2022
Private Full-Day Lake Atitlan Tour
Fabio was an amazing driver and made the trip so much more enjoyable! We had a wonderful time at lake atitlan with Elaina as well. We learned so much! If you’re ever in Guatemala City and want to really See the lake, this tour is GREAT!
star-5
GREAT SUNRISE
KALLIOPI_D, Apr. 2022
Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from Panajachel
At the end it was worth it the very early wake up. The guide was excellent and very helpful. Everyone who visit Atitlan Lake must do this tour.
star-5
Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan
Minerva_S, Apr. 2022
Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City
Guide (Tino) and driver (Mynor) very nice and professional. I learned a lot about Guatemala 🇬🇹 just be aware that you will spend 6-8 hours on the road.
star-5
Really great!
Claudia_S, Mar. 2022
Lake Atitlán Sunset Tour
It was an amazing tour. I would absolutely recommend it!! I saw two very nice towns (off the beaten track) and a stunning sunset.
star-5
Absolutely beautiful day!
McKenzie_M, Mar. 2022
Full Day Collective Tour To Lake Atitlan + Panajachel + San Juan +Santa Catarina
Ruben was a wonderful tour guide! He is very knowledgeable about Guatemalan history. We got to see so many beautiful cities that we wouldn’t have made it to on our own. The boat ride on Lake Atitlan was very rough/bumpy. But it was worth it because my boyfriend proposed at the lake, and Ruben took some amazing photos of us!
star-5
Great tour & guide!
Cassalynn_G, Mar. 2022
Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua
Fantastic tour! Gustavo was a really great guide. Thanks for a great time, Gustavo! While the drive from Antigua is a bit long, we're glad we went and experienced Lake Atitlan. There were a lot of unexpected surprises during the tour.

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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