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Top 10 Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Things to Do

Whether you will be spending One Day at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala or a month like I did, you will fall in love with what Lonely Planet named Eden on Earth.

When I glanced at pictures on Instagram of Lake Atitlan, or learned via resources like Adventurous Kate, I knew I wanted to stay at Lake Atitlan for a month during my travel to 7 Continents.

From the moment I arrived for Glamping by Lake Atitlan, I was blown away with the surrounding pristine beauty and once in a lifetime experiences.

My Top 10 Lake Atitlan Guatemala Things to Do includes water activities, village exploration, nature discovery, cultural experiences, visiting the most magical hotel in Guatemala. and foodie favorites!

Casa Flor Ixcaco Weaving Experience in San Juan La Laguna

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Stays & Transportation

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!

Lake Atitlan Guatemala Glamping

Instagram Behind the Scenes Reel

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

Top 10 Lake Atitlan Things to Do

You will find water sports and activities, village exploration, nature discovery, culture experiences and foodie favorites all around Lake Atitlan. My favorites include taking boat rides, swimming, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, giving back with a weaving experience, visiting villages around Lake Atitlan, spending the day at Cerro Tzankujil, experiencing Guatemala's most magical hotel, shopping at Calle Santander and Street Markets, and foodie favorites!

I am sharing what I experienced, and logistical things to consider in planning your visit. This is something I keep in mind always to save time and money whether you are taking boats or TukTuks around Lake Atitlan.

In putting together the Top 10 in and near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, I considered how I would experience the place knowing what I know now, and to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable!

1 Boat Rides Around Lake Atitlan

Likely, you will end up experiencing a boat or lancha ride when you get to the lake. Depending where you stay, you may likely arrive at Panajachel - the transportation hub of Lake Atitlan, and then take a public lancha to another village in the lake. There are 19 municipalities and 12 villages named after the apostles.

I recommend you take the public lancha. Depending how close you are, you won't pay more than 25Q / about $3-$4 one way. You can't visit Lake Atitlan without taking boats/lanchas unless you want to go by TukTuks which are noisier, bumpier, slower, and likely more expensive.

Not only that, but taking a boat ride across the lake multiple times a day, week, and/or month, reminds you of its astounding beauty.

Whether you spend One Day at Lake Atitlan or longer, this is a MUST!


2 Swimming at Lake Atitlan

You can't visit Lake Atitlan without swimming in the lake! It is stunning and refreshing with pleasant temperatures. There are places at the lake that are better and cleaner to swim.

You may spend an hour to making it a part of your every day at the lake easily.

San Marcos La Laguna

I found the waters are incredible at San Marcos La Laguna for free at the docks close to the public boat stop. When you get off the boat, walk to the right along the lake. Relax and enjoy swimming at the lake close to the docks and around the shore.


One of my other favorite places to swim at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala includes the village of Jaibalito at La Casa del Mundo.

La Casa Del Mundo Guatemalas Most Magical Hotel


3 Water Sports around Lake Atitlan

You may spend days, weeks and months enjoying water sports on Lake Atitlan. Two of my favorites include kayaking and stand up paddle boarding early in the morning. There is nothing like being immersed in the limitless views of the lake, volcanos, and blue sky.