Small Town, Big Adventures: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

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Located in the highlands of Guatemala, the lake is surrounded by mountains, quaint tiny Mayan villages, and three volcanoes. 

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There are 11 charming Mayan villages around Lake Atitlán. Take a boat ride, jump in a tuk-tuk, or grab a microbus or chicken bus to some of these destinations.

Explore Mayan Villages

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The most popular options are Volcán San Pedro, Volcán Tolimán, and Volcán Atitlán. Hiking one of these volcanoes offers scenic views of the lake.

Hike the Volcanoes

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Rent a kayak or try stand-up paddleboarding. Paddle along the calm waters, explore hidden coves, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Water Activities Around the Lake

Robin Canfield

Join a guided nature walk, birdwatching excursion, or coffee farm tour to learn about the region’s biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and conservation efforts.

Enjoy Ecotourism

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Sample traditional dishes such as pepián and chiles rellenos, or try local specialties like atol. After dark in Panajachel, the streets come alive with food carts and pop-up restaurants.

Experience Local Cuisine

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