Practical Information in Lake Atitlan

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Prior to arriving at the deepest lake in the whole of Central America, it is advisable to read the following Lake Atitlan practical information. It will give you details on the settlements around the lake and eventually help you in making your decisions on where to stay, what to visit and how to make payments.

Villages around Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is surrounded by numerous little villages. They are very rich in Mayan cultural heritage and traditional costumes are still worn by many of the village residents, with each village having its unique costume style and traditions. On Fridays, representatives of all villages gather at the city of Solola and sell their crafts at the Solola Market, which makes it a definite must-visit. When coming to see the lake, tourists usually stay at San Pedro la Laguna or Panajachel, as these two settlements offer the best accommodation options and have some nice small restaurants available. However, most attractive to tourists is the village of Santiago Atitlan, as it has preserved most of the ancient Mayan culture compared to the other villages around.


The villages around Lake Atitlan are always open to tourists, and the people are very friendly. That’s why you can easily pay for all services by using the local currency, the Guatemalan Quetzal. However, you can get Quetzals only from banks and ATMs at the bigger cities and keep in mind that the only exchange currency accepted is the US Dollar. However, some of the locals accept payment in dollars as well.

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