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One Day at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Lake Atitlan surrounded by 12 villages named after the 12 apostles is heavenly. Lonely planet once named Lake Atitlan "Eden on Earth". It is easy to see why.


Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in all of Central America with a maximum depth of about 340 meters, or about 1, 120 feet. The lake is about 7.5 miles at its widest point. It is breathtaking to the eyes with endless exploration all around you.


That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day at Lake Atitlan or in Guatemala, but about one and a half months! I am spending five weeks at Lake Atitlan.


If you don't know where to start with your time at and near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, I am here to help you #createit! Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel globally.


While there is plenty to experience one day all around Lake Atitlan to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will definitely want to consider staying longer.


Follow this One Day at Lake Atitlan Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in and around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.



Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Kayaking at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala near Jaibalito with views of San Pedro Volcano



My Experiences with Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

This is my first time in and near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Thanks to Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, and my Airbnbs in San Marcos La Laguna and San Pedro La Laguna, it likely will not be my only time visiting Guatemala.


There is so much to experience in and near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala including the nature, adventures, villages, and food.


Although I am staying in Guatemala for about a month and a half, I love to create adventure days to share for myself and others whether you are somewhere short or long-term and want to create adventure days too. That's why I created One Day Travel guides.



View of San Pedro La Laguna from Cerro Tzankujil Reserve in San Marcos La Laguna


Travel fills me up. New people, adventures, and experiences are something I love. My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.)


My travels in Guatemala include a focus on nature, adventure and healthy travel experiences.


If you didn't know, I lost over 55+ lbs 7+ years ago and have kept it off. In addition, I haven't drunk alcohol for over 5 years now. I feel healthier than High School.


Disclaimer: Average person who uses Herbalife Global Nutrition loses 0.5 to 1 lb a week with healthy active lifestyle.


Lake Atitlan Airbnbs

For my second stay in Guatemala, I went glamping by Lake Atitlan for four days in San Marcos La Laguna. For my third stay in Guatemala, I stayed at an Airbnb Digital Nomad Chalet in San Pedro La Laguna for a month!



Glamping at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala via Airbnb Bliss Land Bell Tent











Instagram Behind the Scenes Reel






All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or Airbnb photos.













Fun Facts About Lake Atitlan

No trip to Guatemala is complete without visiting Lake Atitlan, named Eden on Earth by Lonely Planet. The beautiful, breathtaking and blue waters surrounded by volcanos emits an incredible spirit all around the lake.


With the 12 villages named after 12 apostles, you may spend weeks, months, and a lifetime easily at Lake Atitlan. When I changed my travel plans after Costa Rica from Nicaragua to Guatemala, I knew I wanted to spend a minimum of a month here. I am so glad I did.


Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America with over 340 meters, 1,100+ feet at its deepest point. While Spanish is spoken all around the lake, there are over 22 languages regularly spoken in Guatemala. Depending which village you visit, they may be speaking a different Mayan language from the last village you visited.


What you may not know is the country has been inhabited for over 20,000 years with over 22 languages regularly spoken in Guatemala. Interestingly, the CIA overthrew the socialist government in 1954. In addition, Guatemala experienced the longest civil war in Latin American history, and its effects are still experienced today.


Lake Atitlan boasts incredible nature, views, weather and experiences all around you. It is surrounded by volcanos, and views you may see from incredible view points like Indian Nose near San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala.


I love visiting Lake Atitlan and the villages surrounding the lake in Guatemala. I enjoyed spending the day experiencing a boat (Lancha) around the lake, swimming and kayaking, La Casa del Mundo in Jaibalito, Cerro Tzankujil in San Marcos La Laguna, Weaving demonstration in San Juan La Laguna, Panajachel Market, and foodie experiences all around Lake Atitlan.