Top 5 Must Do's in Lake AtitlanEdit This
While you are traveling through Guatemala, stop and take in the Lake Atitlan Must Do’s. Lake Atitlan is considered to be the most beautiful lake in the world.
1. Take in the View
With the beautiful clear blue waters of the lake and the volcano rising up along the edge, the views of Lake Atitlan can’t be beat. No matter if you are laying in a hammock swaying with the breeze or hiking around the lake, the views are unparalleled. You may even want to take in the view as you zip along on a canopy tour.
2. Take a Hike
You could hike the full circumference of the lake; however, this would take many days. There are guided multi-day hiking tours that are available. These hikes will take you to the 12 different villages that surround the lake over a period of 3 or 4 days. If a multi-day hike isn’t for you, there are also hiking trails that take you from Santa Cruz all the way to San Marco that only takes about 2 ½ hours. An even shorter hike, which lasts about an hour, is the hike from Santa Cruz to Casa Del Mundo for a picnic and a swim.
3. Climb a Volcano
Volcan San Pedro is the easiest of the three volcanoes to climb. This is a day-long hike and the views are amazing. These hikes should be guided however.
4. Visit Santo Antonio and Santiago de Atitlan
The town of Santo Antonio offers some of the most beautiful ceramic pottery in Guatemala. There is a stunning church that overlooks the shoreline. The people also are known for growing anise and making reed mats. This is a wonderful little community where you can find souvenir pottery or just a nice place to spend the day. Santiago is the largest of the communities surrounding Lake Atitlan. The main street is lined with numerous shops offering paintings, weavings, as well as pottery and jewelry. Santiago is also popular for its deity, Maximon. When you arrive you will be surrounded by children who wish to take you to Maximon’s house, for a small price of course.
5. Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side
Another little village on the shores of Lake Atitlan is the town of San Marcos. The town is full of spiritualists and healers who can fix every ache and pain you may be feeling. The tourist section of the town begins at the waterfront and consists of a maze of pathways throughout the village.