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Lake Atitlan Tours

With its glistening blue waters framed by a trio of volcanic peaks and a fringe of lush greenery, Lake Atitlán is surely one of Guatemala’s most stunning natural wonders. The deepest lake in Central America lies in an ancient caldera amid the mountainous landscapes of the Guatemalan Highlands.

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 
 
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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Hike Around Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, null
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Hike Around Lake Atitlan

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Join this half-day tour and get ready to hike around one of the best places of Lake Atitlán. You can see the locals people working on their corn field, ...  Read more

Location: Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Santa Catarina Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike, Panajachel, Hiking & Camping
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Santa Catarina Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike

Discover the explorer in you as you hit the trail and hike the diverse landscapes, learn about the Mayan culture, and visit the colorful village of Santa ...  Read more

Location: Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Day Tour to Atitlan Lake from Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Hiking & Camping
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Day Tour to Atitlan Lake from Guatemala City

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This is an area with a lot of mountains with beautiful volcanoes and landscapes where the color of the typical clothes and the noise of the local business are ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.00
Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua

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Lake Atitlan is often called as "the most beautiful Lake in the World". Join us and take a tour around the most important towns that surround Lake ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua, Antigua, Day Trips
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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua

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Enjoy a day out on one of Guatemala's most beautiful lakes on this sightseeing cruise with transport from Antigua. This exciting full-day tour takes you to ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.99
Solola Market, Panajachel Cloud Forest and Mayan Villages from Antigua, Antigua, Day Cruises
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Solola Market, Panajachel Cloud Forest and Mayan Villages from Antigua

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This full day trip takes you high into the mountains above Lake Atitlan and features the Solola market, Panajachel, small farms, and Mayan villages. Drive ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $107.79
Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua, Antigua, Cultural Tours
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Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua

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Travel to Lake Atitlan and choose your options. High impact activities for those who are physically active or low impact activities for those who want to ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.75
Lake Atitlan: Upper Mayan Trail from Antigua or Panajachel, Antigua, Day Trips
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Lake Atitlan: Upper Mayan Trail from Antigua or Panajachel

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This full day tour takes you high into the mountains above Lake Atitlan on a strenuous hike ending in Solola. Explore the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and ...  Read more

Location: Antigua or Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $91.99
Sunset Mountain Biking Tour on Lake Atitlán, Panajachel, Day Trips
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Sunset Mountain Biking Tour on Lake Atitlán

Ride a mountain bike and enjoy one of the most beautiful view and sunset on Lake Atitlán.

Location: Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Antigua, Antigua, Bike & ... 
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Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Antigua

Departing from Antigua, visit Lake Atitlán and its surrounding villages. This tour is a winning combination of scenic beauty and a relaxed atmosphere, ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

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