Top 10 Things to do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

March 6, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Discover the best top things to do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala including Lake Atitlan, Hotel Atitlan Gardens, Volcan San Pedro, Iximche, Indian Nose, Colonial Church, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Finca Xetuc, Cojolya Museum and Store, Galeria Imox.
Restaurants in Lake Atitlan

1. Lake Atitlan

Guatemala +502 5554 2598
Excellent
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4.5 based on 642 reviews

Lake Atitlan

Reviewed By EmanneercsAllowed - Palo Alto, CA

Until recently, this was probably a stunning lake. Surrounded by volcanoes and charming villages, it looks idyllic, and unlike any other lake I've ever visited.
Unfortunately, the lake is seriously polluted. So even if the surface looks calm, boating across it is a jarring experience, a continuous and not exactly gentle bump-bump-bump. The locals seem to be used to it but for me, a half hour of this was torture -- and I'm in good shape with no back problems.
Although there are roads connecting some of the lake towns, visitors are warned not to take them because of robbers. I don't know if this is a valid concern or not. I never felt unsafe among the hordes of tourists and we tuk-tuked from San Juan to San Pedro, no problem.
Finally, after Reading about "magnificent volcano views" I was prepared for unprecedented photo ops (I'm a photographer). Unfortunately, I learned too late that March and April are the hazy months. Still a good time to visit because it's dry and the temperatures are comfortable, but don't expect the spectacular vistas you'll see online. Sunsets, though, are pretty impressive even with the haze.

2. Hotel Atitlan Gardens

Behind Atitlan Hotel, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
Excellent
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4.5 based on 223 reviews

Hotel Atitlan Gardens

Reviewed By Clopez4C - Mexico City, Mexico

Great place with amazing view and great services. People make you feel at home. Restaurant and bar are a great place to dine but we decided to try the restaurants in town. 5 minutes away. The only down side is the WiFi is extremely slow but who needs it to be able to walk on their Gardens?

3. Volcan San Pedro

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala +502 7762 6204
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Volcan San Pedro

Reviewed By TA_Member36 - England

This is a very worthwhile trip while in Panajachel. You take a ferry across the lake, then it's a tough, steep, 4-hour climb through the rainforest to reach the summit (a wonderful viewpoint down to the lake and across to the wooded hills of the Guatemalan highlands.
However, as an early (6am) start is required, make sure (before handing over any money!) that your tour company will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. We used Adrenalina tours for our trip. Despite paying $54 each for our trip, they refused to pick us up at our hotel (the El Sol, 2km from the centre of Panajachel) because it was "too far" from their office in the centre. We had to organise our own tuk-tuk to take us to Adrenalina's office (at 5:45am in the dark!). When we got there, there was no-one to meet us, so we made our own way to the ferry terminal. Eventually Adrenalina's representative arrived at the ferry and we were on our way.

4. Iximche

Excellent
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4.5 based on 264 reviews

Iximche

Reviewed By vmimartins - Guimaraes, Portugal

The ruins are very interesting but the use that they still today makes them even more interesting. We watched a Mesoamerican ball game that was being played by local youngsters and we attended a Mayan ceremony that was taking place there...

5. Indian Nose

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala +502 4736 4960
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Indian Nose

Reviewed By עוז א

Indian nose is a great view point of the Atalian lake. In a good day you can see a couple of volcanoes!

6. Colonial Church

Center of Town, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala
Excellent
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Colonial Church

Reviewed By vmimartins - Guimaraes, Portugal

The Guatemalan are very religious and this is notorious because of the number of churches, especially the Evangelicals, that exist in the country.
The most interesting of the older Catholic churches is the fact that they mix the native religions with the Catholic religious cult and the churches are a sample of this interesting mixture of cultures.
Churches like this one are a good example of the cultural mix.

7. Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

San Marcos Village, San Marcos La Laguna 07016, Guatemala
Excellent
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

Reviewed By Yasser H

Best visited early in the morning before the crowds. Get ready for some amazing views, tons of song birds, wild flowers etc.
Don't forget to go for a swim in the lake, the water may feel a bit cold a first but then you get use to.

8. Finca Xetuc

Highway to San Pedro La Laguna, 7 kms from Santiago | Highway to San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala +502 5742 8975
Excellent
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5 based on 49 reviews

Finca Xetuc

Horseback Riding & Hiking; Bed & Breakfast

Reviewed By golfinggirl802 - Tampa, Florida

My husband & I had a superb visit to Finca Xetuc with Jim & Nancy! We booked the suite and the afternoon horseback ride & hoped Mother Nature would cooperate with the rain. Our trip started from Panajachel via boat to Santiago Atitlan at 10:45am....MoreWe're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Finca Xetuc and look forward to your return. Thank you for your description and favorably reply for others to know.

9. Cojolya Museum and Store

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala +502 7721 7268
Excellent
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Cojolya Museum and Store

Reviewed By lpalantone - New York City, New York

I highly recommend contacting the Cojolya Association in advance to book a two-hour tour. The tour offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Association, including its history, partner artisans, and the design process. During the tour, we met several of the artisans. They explained to us the process of dyeing, using the foot loom, doing backstrap weaving, and more. They also provided really helpful context on how this differs from design and craftsmanship in other countries and gave me a great appreciation for the artisans and the work of the Association. At the end of the tour, they'll show you the museum and you can purchase items to take home.

10. Galeria Imox

Calle 4-46 6ta, San Juan la Laguna 07017, Guatemala +502 5310 8235
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5 based on 34 reviews

Galeria Imox

Reviewed By heyjudithz - Knoxville, Tennessee

If you are going over to San Juan de Laguna, take plenty of cash, as most places don't take credit cards. The Imox does, however. It is full of indigenous, colorful creations that would brighten the dreariest of days.

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