The lakes of Guatemala are famous for their natural beauty, colourful Mayan villages and relaxed way of life. Check out Lake Atitlán and Lake Petén Itzá on your next Mayan adventure.
Lake Petén Itzá
Lake Petén Itzá is one of the largest lakes in Guatemala. At the southern end of the lake, you’ll find Flores. This island town was a Mayan settlement and makes for a great base for your adventures in this part of Guatemala. From here you can drive an hour to the Tikal ruins or stroll the cobblestone streets of charming Flores. Take a boat trip around the lake, it’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing.
Lake Atitlán is one of the deepest lakes in Central America and is famous for the beautiful waters and traditional villages nearby. The surrounding area is full of mountains, jungles, and volcanoes to be explored.
The best way to explore the area is by boat and tuk-tuk. The villages are famous for their women’s weaving cooperatives, coffee, handcrafted goods and artwork. Each village is special for something different and only a short boat ride between them. The best place to start your adventures is Panajachel, it’s the largest village and a great base to start checking out the area. Pick up your souvenirs, snacks, use the ATM and then take a boat ride to the villages. Make sure you visit Santa Cruz for great views from the top of the hilltop town, San Marcos for yoga, San Pedro for the Spanish schools and San Juan to learn how to weave.