Lake Atitlán Guatemala (What You Need To Know About this Volcanic Paradise) - Great Escapes Journal (2022)

A Complete Guide To Visiting Lake Atitlan For the First Time

Quaint colonial villages, rustic wooden piers, volcanoes, and unbelievably blue water – does a place like this even exist?

Surrounded by volcanoes and nestled in the mountains of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is home to rich cultures, beautiful landscapes, and plenty of space to rejuvenate.

Lake Atitlán is known for it’s beautiful villages, rich Mayan culture, and a beautiful volcanic lake that invites people from all over the world to come and relax.

Some people say that Lake Atitlán is the most beautiful lake in the world, and in fact, is being pushed by Guatemalan's tourism institute to be nominated for one of the seven wonders of the world. 

My family and I just returned from Lake Atitlán this summer and I want to help you,

Know what to expect as you plan your trip to Panajachel and Lake Atitlán.

You Will Learn:

  • Where Is Lake Atitlán (And Why Is Panajachel Popping Up In Your Google search)
  • Best Way To Get To Panajachel
  • What Is The Weather Like At Lake Atitlán
  • 3 Awesome Lake Atitlán Villages
  • The Perfect Lake Atitlán Day-Trip Itinerary
  • A Mysterious History Of Lake Atitlán
  • Killer Sunrise Photography Location (and the best time of day!)
  • Top Hotel With A Parrot In Panajachel
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Lake Atitlán Guatemala: What You Need To Know

Where is Lago Atitlán (and what is Panajachel)?

Lake Atitlán is located in the Sololá Department of southwestern Guatemala, in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range directly west of Guatemala City. When you search for Lake Atitlán on Google you will find tons of references to Panajachel.

Panajachel is a town on the northern shore of Lake Atitlán, and is the main hub for tourists and visitors entering the area. It is the center of the tourist trade, and serves as a base for visitors crossing the lake to the other small villages and towns.

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Travel Tip: Guatemalan natives may say Lago Atitlán or Panajachel, but both refer to the same general location. 

Panajachel is 2 hours 55 minutes (115 km) from Guatemala City, and 2 hours and 23 minutes (82.1 km) from Antigua. Both routes are via thePan-American Highway/CA-1 (CHM-11).

Typically, you will only encounter significant traffic delays in Guatemala City. The road is paved the entire way, but winds around the mountains making the distance feel greater. Plan to take motion sickness pills along if you struggle with that.

Zoom out on the map to see where Lake Atitlán, Antigua, and Guatemala City are located in the grand scheme of things.

Travel to Panajachel (The Gateway to Lake Atitlan)

Travel Tip: Always travel to Lake Atitlan through Panajachel. Panjachel is the tourism hub and you'll save money and have a better trip. 

Other than renting your own car, you will find three main ways to travel from Antigua or Guatemala City to Panajachel.

  • Public Buses (referred to as “Chicken Buses” by foreigners)
  • Shuttle Buses through tourism agencies
  • Private Shuttles (up to 4 people)

Because we were travelling with our girls, we booked a private shuttle from a friendly local family who owned a laundry and tourism service on 7th avenue in Antigua. The cost was 800 Quetzales or approximately $125 (round trip) for our family.

Private shuttles are the most expensive, but the most comfortable method of transportation in Guatemala. We coordinated with the driver and were dropped off at our hotel in Panajachel, and then picked up and returned to our lodging in Antigua at the agreed upon time.

Travel tip: Download Whatsapp and familiarize yourself with it before visiting any Central American country. Most businesses and people use as their main communication method. Whatsapp data is included for free on all Guatemalan cell phone plans from Movistar and Tigo.
Book A Private Shuttle To Lake Atitlan

Book a private shuttle before you arrive using GuateGo (link here). They are a reputable and reliable business. You will find competitive prices and have the peace of mind knowing your travel arrangements are taken care of. The only reason I did not book with GuateGo is because we knew the family business who we made arrangements with.

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Lake Atitlán Weather (What to Expect)

The Best Five Months of Weather at Lake Atitlán are:

  • January
  • July
  • October
  • November
  • December

These months combine for average temperatures between 68°F and 77°F. You are most likely to have a sunny and warm day if you visit during one of these months. But, bring an umbrella or rain jacket no matter when you visit. It’s always fun to be the one who is staying dry when a surprise rainstorm rolls through.

Speaking of rain, the rainiest months at Lake Atitlán are: June, July, August, September and October.

You Can Spend Christmas in Panajachel

December and January are two of the driest months of the year at Lake Atitlan. If you’re wanting to soak up some sun, relax, and enjoy something different this holiday season, consider a trip to Guatemala.

Travel Tip: Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday in Guatemala due to the Catholic influence. Because of this, the tour boats will not be on their normal schedule on Christmas Day. You will need to plan to stay in one of the villages if you're here on December 25, or take a chance at catching a larger public boat. 
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3 Awesome Lake Atitlán Villages

These villages are best, and for some, only accessible from the lake. Because of this, boat tours are the #1 Thing To Do at Lake Atitlán.

You do not need to book your boat tour in advance. There are plenty of boats and most of the hotels will help you book a driver or tour on the day you arrive.

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Boats begin leaving the docks in Panajachel by 7:00-7:30 in the morning and continue throughout the day until dusk. Carry cash to pay the pilots and follow their instructions the best you can.

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At certain times of the day the marine patrol will be on the docks, and your driver will want to make sure you’re wearing a life vest before you leave. Not only is this a good idea for your own safety, but it also to helps the drivers stay legal and avoid costly fines.

Travel Tip: My family and I booked a boat for the four of us from the lobby of the Posada de Los Volcanes hotel (hotel website). The staff is very friendly, know English, and was able to arrange for our pilot to meet us in the lobby at the designated time. Cost: Approximately $100 USD for the four of us on a private boat 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
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The Perfect Lake Atitlán Day-Trip Itinerary

Approximate Time: 9:00 – 3:00 PM (6 hours)

1 Start in the morning and get a boat straight across the lake to San Juan La Laguna. Spend an hour and a half exploring the quiet and friendly little village. Visit Cafe San Juan (map here) to enjoy an espresso in a comfortable family-run coffee shop. You even can play the Marimba, Guatemala’s national instrument, as you wait for your coffee.

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2 After an hour and a half, meet your boat back at the docks and climb aboard for the short hop across the bay to San Pedro. San Pedro is on the southwest shore of Lake Atitlán and has a population of 13,000 people. This village is known for it’s nightlife, Spanish language schools, and gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes. There are quite a few restaurants and coffee shops just above the docks, so this is a great spot to stop for lunch if you are hungry.

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3 Your final stop will be Santiago. Upon stepping off the docks you’ll notice that the people in this town are hustlers and will try to sell you whatever they are vending. It’s a great place to buy a few souvenirs if you want some. As you walk the streets, notice that most of the older men here still wear the purple traditional Mayan clothing. It’s not common in all areas of Guatemala. Locals told me that the traditions of the Mayan culture are quickly losing popularity among the younger generations. Enjoy the history in Santiago.

Travel Tip: If you're not used to street vendors, it is easy to feel overwhelmed in places like Santiago. It's okay to simply smile and say "No Gracias" if you'd prefer to keep on walking. You're probably the only one that feels uncomfortable.
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Know The History of Lake Atitlán (Before You Go)

A man by the name of Roberto Samayoa was diving one day in 1996 when he stumbled upon the ruins of old buildings and huge ceremonial stones.

His grandmother had often told stories of a sunken church in the bottom of Lake Atitlan but until this discovery those stories had just been legends. [Sarah Grainger – Reuters]

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It’s A Lake of Mystery

The site that Samayoa discovered has been receiving interest from archaeologists and is now a very tightly guarded secret, as to it’s location. There have been multiple altars and worship sights discovered as scientists use sonar and other technologies to uncover and make sense of the ruins.

It is believed that the lake’s rising water levels, or a catastrophic event such as an earthquake caused the island city to sink below the surface. To this day it remains hidden.

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Locations for: Amazing Sunrise Photos!

Guatemala is filled with killer photography locations, and you’ve probably seen this gorgeous view in magazines, blogs, and on Instagram. Here’s how to find this location and make your own magical sunrise photo of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

  • The location is Panajachel. When you are at the shore of the lake, the rustic docks are super easy to find. In case you have any trouble, the map below shows you the location of the exact dock that I framed in the photo above. There are many similar docks along the beach though, and you will probably find an even better composition than I did.
  • Get up early. This is a must for taking an amazing photo of the lake. By the time the sun peeks above the volcanoes it is already a while past sunrise and the magical light is beginning to fade.
  • Be respectful! I can’t emphasize this one enough. You are a tourist, and these docks are being used by locals to make a living for their families. If a dock is in use, move on and find another one that is empty.
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Where To Stay In Panajachel?

You’ve got some activities planned but you need a place to stay. If there is availability, you should try to book a room at Posada de Los Volcanes (map here). The reasons for this hotel are:

  • Breakfast is cooked fresh and served every morning from a menu with multiple options.
  • Rooms are clean and fresh
  • Shopping, coffee shops, and restaurants are on the street just outside the lobby
  • The hosts give friendly advice and local tips on activities and food options
  • Location is perfect. It’s just a few minute walk to the docks which will help you get those killer sunrise photos.

Aaaand….

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The hotel host is a friendly talking parrot named Paco! My girls loved talking to him in the mornings, and he made our breakfasts a lot of fun!

I hope you can make this trip happen! You won’t regret it.

Have You Already Been Lake Atitlán in Guatemala? What Was Your Experience Like? Tell Us About Your Trip In The Comments Below!

If you are in Panajachel then you definitely need to make it to Antigua in the same trip. Even if it’s just for a day it would be worth it. In fact you’ll be able to hit each of the locations in this post below if take just a bit of time and plan ahead.

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FAQs

What is Lake Atitlan known for? ›

Gallery. Located in the department of Sololá, Lake Atitlán is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Guatemala, and was nominated as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is considered to be the most beautiful lake in the world, and it is also conceived as one of the most unique places.

Why is Lake Atitlan special? ›

Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Formed 84,000 years ago during an enormous volcanic eruption, Lake Atitlán is Central America's deepest lake, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes covered with blooming wildflowers most of the year.

Can you swim in Lake Atitlan? ›

It's generally considered safe to swim in Lake Atitlan. Many of the lake's hotels and resorts boast swimming areas and docks, and some of the towns also have public swimming areas. San Marcos, with its nature reserve and massive diving platform, is an especially popular spot for bathers.

Which group of people live near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala? ›

Located in Guatemala's Western Highlands, Lake Atitlan is a tourist-friendly area rich in the Mayan culture. There are more than 20 Mayan ethnic groups in Guatemala, and the Lake Atitlan area is home to a handful of them, most notably the Tz'utujil and Kaqchikel people.

What is the safest city in Guatemala? ›

10 Safest Cities in Guatemala
  1. Antigua Guatemala. Antigua Guatemala was once the capital of Guatemala and reigned as the colonial capital until 1744 when a devastating earthquake destroyed the city. ...
  2. Chiquimula. ...
  3. Panajachel. ...
  4. San Pedro la Laguna. ...
  5. Chichicastenango. ...
  6. Quetzaltenango. ...
  7. Flores. ...
  8. Santa Elena.

Are there mosquitoes in Lake Atitlan? ›

Mosquitoes – Lake Atitlán is at altitude and there are no mosquitoes.

Can you drink the water in Lake Atitlan? ›

The tap water at Lake Atitlan is not safe to drink. You will need to drink bottled water, boil it, use a steripen or treat the water with tablets.

How many days do you need at Lake Atitlan? ›

I would recommend at least one week in Lake Atitlan, if not more. I understand most people visit the lake on a weekend trip or even a full-day trip from Antigua, but I would encourage you to slow it down even more.

Is Lake Atitlan sacred? ›

In the Guatemalan highlands, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Antigua, lies Lake Atitlan. Renowned as one of the world's most beautiful lakes, this volcanic crater is the deepest lake in Central America, and is considered a sacred place amongst the Maya people.

Are there monkeys at Lake Atitlan? ›

About 10 minutes into the hike, you come to a platform where you can observe spider monkeys and coatis, a racoon-like creature. The monkeys aren't wild - they were pets whose owners couldn't handle them - but it is cool to see them in forest. Definitely bring some bananas, or buy them at the visitor centre.

Is Lake Atitlan water warm? ›

On average the water temperature in Lake Atitlan stays around 70°F (21°C), due to the thermal heating emitted from the surrounding volcanoes.

How clean is Lake Atitlan Guatemala? ›

Most of the lake has excellent water quality for recreational purposes; it is drinking-water quality. The less cleaner areas are at the front of the largest towns such as Santiago Atitlán, San Lucas and Panajachel.

Does Lake Atitlan have good WIFI? ›

Lake Atitlan Internet Speeds + SIM Cards

Internet speeds vary around the lake. You can expect the wifi at most hotels and restaurants to be no more than 5-10 Mbps.

What animals are in Lake Atitlan? ›

Many migratory birds use Lake Atitlán as a wintering ground: Pied-billed Grebe (Podylimbus podiceps), Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) and American Coot (Fulica Americana). Roadrunners (Geococcyx velox), which are typical for Xeric Associations occur in the region as well.

What language do they speak in Lake Atitlan? ›

Lake Atitlan is home to multiple Mayan languages. In Panajachel they speak Kaqchikel and in San Pedro, Tz'utujil. While most local people do speak Spanish, it is not their first language. Spanish is spoken out of necessity and is more of an afterthought.

Where do the rich live in Guatemala? ›

Zones 9 & 10

Avenida La Reforma, just south of the city centre, separates the two zones, with Zone 9 to the west and Zone 10 to the east. These tree-lined avenues are home to Guatemala's wealthiest residents, as well as the city's most expensive hotels.

What is the most common crime in Guatemala? ›

Tourists don't tend to experience violent crime in Guatemala; the most common type of crime reported by tourists is theft and armed robbery. Purse-snatchers and pickpockets are often found in popular areas, large cities, and crowded markets.

How do you keep bugs from biting you in Costa Rica? ›

DEET and Picardin Options

The CDC recommends an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET. You can buy repellent at most grocery and convenience stores in Costa Rica, but unfortunately they mostly carry ones that have 15% DEET. This may work for a short amount of time but a higher concentration will last longer.

Do you need bug spray in Guatemala? ›

If you'll be traveling in Guatemala during this time of the year be sure to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitos, since they can transmit malaria. A good way to do so is by using insect repellent with DEET and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Where is the safest place to live in Guatemala? ›

Safest Places in Guatemala
  • Antigua Guatemala. Antigua Guatemala is a classic colonial town with beautiful neighbourhoods to stay at, and a great place to kick back or wander around the cobblestone streets. ...
  • Xela (Quetzaltenango) Quetzaltenango is commonly referred to as Xela (pronounced Shela). ...
  • Lake Atitlán.
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Can I brush my teeth with the water in Guatemala? ›

The tap water in Guatemala is not safe to drink and water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water is recommended. Milk may be unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is advised.

Why can't you drink the water in Guatemala? ›

95% of the water in Guatemala is dangerous to drink.

Furthermore, 97% of the lakes and rivers in Antigua are contaminated. Drinking water in Guatemala that has not been purified can lead to nasty digestive issues from the bacteria and parasites that are ingested.

Why can't you drink Spanish tap water? ›

In terms of safety, the tap water in Spain is perfectly drinkable. However, as mentioned previously, depending on the area in which you reside, your tap water may have a certain odour and/or taste. This can be due to the higher levels of chlorine, sediment and minerals that it contains.

What can I bring to Lake Atitlan Guatemala? ›

What to Wear When Traveling in Guatemala, Lake Atitlan is a hiking and sightseeing paradise. Lightweight pants, jeans and a short-sleeved shirt are perfect attire. Good sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must when hiking as the sun is very strong during daytime hours.

How much cash should I bring to Guatemala? ›

Guatemala is one of the most affordable countries in Central America. You can travel very cheaply or spend a little more and live in real comfort or luxury. Budget travelers can get by on as little as $20 a day, while $70 a day will allow you to travel reasonably well.

Is it safe to travel to Lake Atitlan? ›

Lake Atitlan is very safe — one of the safest places in Latin America. Like all other destinations, keep an eye on your belongings and don't drink too much.

Who is the God of Guatemala? ›

The most likely answer for the clue is DIOS.

Is Guatemala a Mayan or Aztec? ›

The majority of modern-day Maya live in Guatemala, which is home to Tikal National Park, the site of the ruins of the ancient city of Tikal. Roughly 40 percent of Guatemalans are of Mayan descent.

When should I go to Lake Atitlan? ›

Although Lake Atitlan is great to visit throughout the year, aside from Hurricane prone months, the best time of year to travel is right after the winter season.

Are there crocodiles in Lake Atitlan Guatemala? ›

Definitely not. over a year ago. No, the water is absolutely beautiful, as is the volcanoes.

Are there spider monkeys in Guatemala? ›

The Yucatan spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi yucatanensis), also known by its mayan name "Ma'ax", is a disputed subspecies of Geoffroy's spider monkey, and is one of the largest types of New World monkey. It inhabits Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. It is a social animal, living in groups of 20-42 members.

Are there a lot of monkeys in Costa Rica? ›

The Central American squirrel monkey is most often seen in Manuel Antonio National Park and Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica.
...
Costa Rican monkey species.
Common NameMantled howler
Scientific NameAlouatta palliata
FamilyAtelidae
Average Size – Male7.150 kg (15.76 lb)
Average Size – Female5.350 kg (11.79 lb)
3 more columns

Is Guatemala a safe place to travel? ›

Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. Although the majority of serious crime involves local gangs, incidents are usually indiscriminate and can occur in tourist areas. Despite the high levels of crime, most visits to Guatemala are trouble-free.

What is the warmest water in the world? ›

What is the warmest body of water on Earth? The hottest ocean area is in the Persian Gulf, where water temperatures at the surface exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Another hot area exists in the Red Sea, where a temperature of 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit has been recorded at a depth of about 6,500 feet.

How clean is the water in Guatemala? ›

In 2017, the Environmental Ministry affirmed that 95% of surface water sources in Guatemala were found to be contaminated. Due to the lack of regulations and policies – such as a water law and poor resource management – limited access to potable water affects the country's most vulnerable populations.

What is the biggest environmental problem in Guatemala? ›

Guatemala's main environmental problems are deforestation—over 50% of the nation's forests have been destroyed since 1890—and consequent soil erosion. As recently as 1993, the nation obtained 90% of its energy from wood, losing 40,000-60,000 hectares of forest per year.

What are the beauty standards in Guatemala? ›

Natural Beauty

This is not to say that Guatemalan girls are inferior in curvaceous forms and beautiful facial features. However, their beauty is modest, pure, and not defiant. The natural beauty of Guatemalan women allows them not to use a lot of makeup and still look attractive.

Is the sand in Guatemala white? ›

It's probably one of the most famous beaches in Guatemala. Its waters are warm and the waves are moderate. The sand is white and fine and there's plenty of vegetation, especially coconut trees.

Where should I live on Lake Atitlan? ›

The Best Towns Of Lake Atitlan
  • #1. San Pedro La Laguna – Best Overall Lake Atitlan Town (Wifi, Lifestyle, etc)
  • #2. San Marcos La Laguna – Hippie, Chill Vibes With Good Veggie Options.
  • #3. ...
  • Take A Shared Shuttle.
  • Take An Uber.
  • Lanchas – “Public Boat Taxis”
  • Tuk Tuks – “Land Taxis”
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How is the Internet in Guatemala? ›

Broadband internet in Guatemala 2005 - 2020

Guatemala is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 50% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 4% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s).

Can you walk around Lake Atitlan? ›

Whether you are a newbie hiker or a prolific mountain climber, there are some truly incredible hikes to do around Lake Atitlan. Cross maize and coffee plantations, stroll between colorful indigenous Maya towns, and trek up steep slopes to reach the summit of ancient, and once volatile, volcanoes.

What is Lake Atitlan known for? ›

Gallery. Located in the department of Sololá, Lake Atitlán is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Guatemala, and was nominated as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is considered to be the most beautiful lake in the world, and it is also conceived as one of the most unique places.

Why is Lake Atitlan special? ›

Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Formed 84,000 years ago during an enormous volcanic eruption, Lake Atitlán is Central America's deepest lake, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes covered with blooming wildflowers most of the year.

Is there Shark in Guatemala? ›

In Guatemala, sharks are one of the main fisheries for the region of the Pacific and one of the main artisanal fisheries in the Caribbean of Guatemala.

Is Lake Atitlan swimmable? ›

It's generally considered safe to swim in Lake Atitlan. Many of the lake's hotels and resorts boast swimming areas and docks, and some of the towns also have public swimming areas. San Marcos, with its nature reserve and massive diving platform, is an especially popular spot for bathers.

What language do Mayans speak? ›

Yucatec language, also called Maya or Yucatec Maya, American Indian language of the Mayan family, spoken in the Yucatán Peninsula, including not only part of Mexico but also Belize and northern Guatemala.

Do you need to speak Spanish in Guatemala? ›

Spanish is the official language of Guatemala. As a first and second language, Spanish is spoken by 93% of the population. Guatemalan Spanish is the local variant of the Spanish language.

Is Lake Atitlan sacred? ›

In the Guatemalan highlands, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Antigua, lies Lake Atitlan. Renowned as one of the world's most beautiful lakes, this volcanic crater is the deepest lake in Central America, and is considered a sacred place amongst the Maya people.

Are there Mayan ruins near Lake Atitlan? ›

Mayan Ruins Iximche Guatemala is the closest Mayan ruins to Lake Atitlan Guatemala. Located near Lake Atitlan this Maya Kakchikel site is a fun day trip from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, and Antigua Guatemala.

What language do they speak in Lake Atitlan? ›

Lake Atitlan is home to multiple Mayan languages. In Panajachel they speak Kaqchikel and in San Pedro, Tz'utujil. While most local people do speak Spanish, it is not their first language. Spanish is spoken out of necessity and is more of an afterthought.

Why is Lake Atitlan so deep? ›

Although it is recognized as Central America's deepest lake (estimated at over 340 meters), Atitlán is so deep it has yet to be properly sounded. It is the result of a massive volcanic explosion 84000 years ago, known as the Los Chocoyos eruption.

Who is the God of Guatemala? ›

The most likely answer for the clue is DIOS.

Can you drink the water in Lake Atitlan? ›

The tap water at Lake Atitlan is not safe to drink. You will need to drink bottled water, boil it, use a steripen or treat the water with tablets.

Is Guatemala a Mayan or Aztec? ›

The majority of modern-day Maya live in Guatemala, which is home to Tikal National Park, the site of the ruins of the ancient city of Tikal. Roughly 40 percent of Guatemalans are of Mayan descent.

Are there monkeys at Lake Atitlan? ›

About 10 minutes into the hike, you come to a platform where you can observe spider monkeys and coatis, a racoon-like creature. The monkeys aren't wild - they were pets whose owners couldn't handle them - but it is cool to see them in forest. Definitely bring some bananas, or buy them at the visitor centre.

What animals live in Lake Atitlan? ›

Many migratory birds use Lake Atitlán as a wintering ground: Pied-billed Grebe (Podylimbus podiceps), Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) and American Coot (Fulica Americana). Roadrunners (Geococcyx velox), which are typical for Xeric Associations occur in the region as well.

What language do Mayans speak? ›

Yucatec language, also called Maya or Yucatec Maya, American Indian language of the Mayan family, spoken in the Yucatán Peninsula, including not only part of Mexico but also Belize and northern Guatemala.

How many days do you need at Lake Atitlan? ›

I would recommend at least one week in Lake Atitlan, if not more. I understand most people visit the lake on a weekend trip or even a full-day trip from Antigua, but I would encourage you to slow it down even more.

Is it safe to travel to Guatemala? ›

Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. Although the majority of serious crime involves local gangs, incidents are usually indiscriminate and can occur in tourist areas. Despite the high levels of crime, most visits to Guatemala are trouble-free.

Is it safe to travel to Lake Atitlan? ›

Lake Atitlan is very safe — one of the safest places in Latin America. Like all other destinations, keep an eye on your belongings and don't drink too much.

What is at the bottom of Lake Atitlan? ›

The city is located at the bottom of Lake Atitlan, in the Solola Department, near the town of Panajachel. An international team of experts has explored the 2,000-year-old sunken Mayan city of Atitlan and declared it a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Is Lake Atitlan warm? ›

The annual average temperature in Lake Atitlan is around 19°C to 25°C (66°F to 77°F). It never gets too cold or too hot which is what I heard about the weather in Lake Atitlan but I couldn't comprehend what they meant. You really need to be there to experience the perfect temperature!

Videos

1. Guatemala: Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, and Tikal Ruins (Guatemala Series Part 3/3)
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