Lake Atatlin

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Lake Atitlan is located in the Guatemalan Highlands, about 73 miles (120 km) northeast of Guatamala City.

It is situated at an altitude of 5,120 feet (1,560 m), surrounded by three volcanoes that are reflected in the lake and create great vistas.

The lake is ringed by small towns, many retaining Mayan traditions, that can be visited on foot or by mountain bike.

Hiking the volcanoes and boating (eg, kayaking) on the lake are also popular.

Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Save to My Planet

3.5 acre lakefront on Lake Atitlan

Located in Cerro de Oro, this holiday home features a patio. The property is 47 km from Antigua Guatemala and features views of the mountain. Free WiFi is featured . The unit is fitted with a kitchen. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.



Posada Los Encuentros

Offering a solar-heated hot soak tub, sauna and a garden, Posada Los Encuentros is located in Lake Atitlan, 700 metres from Panajachel town centre and 2 km from Lacustre de Atitlán Museum. Free WiFi is available throughout. Average score from 62 guest reviews: 8.2/10.



Hotel Kakchiquel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Kakchiquel offers accommodation in Panajachel. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a TV with cable channels. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.3/10.



Hotel Helen

Offering a terrace and views of the sea, Hotel Helen is set in San Pedro La Laguna in the Solola Region, 14 km from Panajachel. Certain rooms include views of the mountain or lake. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 7.7/10.



Hotel y Restaurante Bambu

Located on Lake Atitlan, Hotel y Restaurante Bambu is located in Santiago Atitlán. This secluded, tropical-style property also offers guests free kayak rental. Average score from 94 guest reviews: 9.2/10.


See all hotels in Lake Atatlin.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Artist's Loft

Artist's Loft

Artist's Loft is a holiday home with a barbecue, set in San Marcos La Laguna. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. The holiday home is composed of 1 bedroom and 1. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 10.0/10.


White Room

White Room

Offering a barbecue and views of the mountains, Volcanoes and lake, White Room is situated 2 km from San Marcos La Laguna, 10 km from Panajachel. Free WiFi is offered. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 9.5/10.


Armonia Homes

Armonia Homes

Featuring free WiFi, Armonia Homes offers accommodation in San Marcos La Laguna. Private parking is available on site. Certain rooms include views of the mountain or lake. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 9.4/10.


Hotel Villas Balam Ya

Hotel Villas Balam Ya

Set on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Villas B'alam Ya offers a private dock area, free kayaks, a hot tub, and a complimentary light American breakfast. Each villa has a balcony with views of the lake. Average score from 110 guest reviews: 9.3/10.


Villas Jucanya

Villas Jucanya

Offering a garden, Villas Jucanya offers accommodation in Panajachel. Antigua Guatemala is 49 km away. Featuring a terrace with lagoon views and country-style décor, the villa features a dining area and seating area. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 9.2/10.


Villa Santa Catarina

Villa Santa Catarina

This charming hotel is set in pretty gardens in Santa Catarina Palopo, on the edge of beautiful Lake Atitlan. It offers elegant rooms with furnished balcony and an outdoor pool, 5 minutes’ drive from Panajachel. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$103 - $132

Lomas de Tzununa

Lomas de Tzununa

Lomas de Tzununa is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan and boasts an infinity-edge swimming pool with views of the surrounding mountains. Continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 8.9/10.


Lake Villa Guatemala

Lake Villa Guatemala

Lake Villa Guatemala is a detached villa with a garden, set in Santiago Atitlán in the Solola Region. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a microwave and a fridge. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.9/10.


Tzampoc Resort

Tzampoc Resort

Offering an outdoor pool and a hydro-massage hot tub, Tzampoc Resort is located in Santa Catarina Palopó. It features gardens and terraces with views of Atitlan Lake and also includes free daily breakfast, plus free Wi-Fi and parking. Average score from 91 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


Casa Prana Hotel in Atitlan

Casa Prana Hotel in Atitlan

Located 1 km from Santa Cruz La Laguna indigenous village, Casa Prana Villa & Suites offers an outdoor pool, a furnished terrace and 9-acres garden. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi in all areas. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


El Castillo on Lake Atitlan

El Castillo on Lake Atitlan

Situated in San Marcos La Laguna, this holiday home features a terrace and a garden with a sun terrace. Guests benefit from balcony. Free WiFi is featured . The kitchen has an oven. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan is a rustic-style property offering extensive gardens and panoramic views of Atitlan Lake. It has an outdoor pool, hot tub, and a botanical garden. Average score from 111 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Located just outside Santa Cruz La Laguna, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, views of Lake Atitlan and the 3 volcanoes beyond. Its Hummingbird spa has a gym and hot tub. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$308 - $312

Cabañas de Tzununa

Cabañas de Tzununa

Cabañas de Tzununa is set in Tzununá, 10 km from Panajachel. Each room has a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. The rooms have a private bathroom. Cabañas de Tzununa features free WiFi . Average score from 11 guest reviews: 8.2/10.


Porta Hotel del Lago

Porta Hotel del Lago

Set next to Lake Atitlán, Porta Hotel del Lago offers views of the Guatemalan Highlands. It features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and gym. Each attractive room has a terrace with lake and volcano views. Average score from 281 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$97 - $316

Hotel Rancho Grande Inn

Hotel Rancho Grande Inn

Offering an outdoor pool, plus a spa and wellness centre, Hotel Rancho Grande Inn is located in the town of Panajachel, just 12 minutes’ walk from the Atitlán Lake shore. Free Wi-Fi access and breakfast are offered. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 7.7/10.


Santa catarina del Lago

Santa catarina del Lago

Santa catarina del Lago is located in Santa Catarina Palopó, facing Lake Atitlan. It features a private hot tub and a garden. Toliman Volcano is less than 30 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 76 guest reviews: 7.7/10.



Highlighted Interests:

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Scenic Waterways
Lake Atitlán is a beautiful volcanic lake, especially popular among backpackers. The lake is situated at an altitude of 1,560 meters, which keeps air and water temperatures cooler than in lowland regions of Guatemala.

The lake is surrounded by small villages, with lodging available most places. Panajachel is best known, and a good entry point, but more off the beaten track are San Pedro La Laguna or the "less party, more meditation" village of San Marcos.
There are three volcanoes in the surrounding area. All are climbable. Visits to Atitlan and Toliman can be arranged from Pana, and to San Pedro from San Pedro village.
Hiking and Trekking
There exists a vague, and at times somewhat precarious, path that encircles pretty much the whole lake. New holiday homes and hotels have restricted some of the access to the lakeside path, but it's still possible to walk it. Swim in the beautiful water anytime you need to cool off. Wave down a boat from any of the countless jetties if you get tired and want to return back home.
Other Interests:
Unusual Local Feature
Unique Cultures
Kayaking and Canoeing

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