Five days Lake Atitlan
Five days Lake Atitlan. Discover Lake Atitlan activities few experience.
Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is renowned for its stunning beauty and rich cultural experiences.
Here are some of the greatest activities you can enjoy around the lake, that most never have time or even know exist.
  • Visit a Women’s Weaving Cooperative: Many villages around the lake, especially San Juan La Laguna, have weaving cooperatives where you can witness the traditional backstrap weaving techniques used by Mayan women for generations. You can also purchase beautiful handmade textiles directly supporting the local community.
  • Explore the Mayan Markets: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by visiting the markets around the lake. Haggle for traditional textiles, handicrafts, souvenirs, and fresh produce.
  • Witness a Traditional Mayan Ceremony: Mayan spirituality is very much alive around Lake Atitlan. You might be fortunate enough to witness a traditional ceremony performed by a Mayan shaman, especially during festivals or special occasions. Be respectful and ask permission before taking photos or videos.
  • Take a Cooking Class: Learn how to prepare delicious Guatemalan dishes from local experts. Many cooking classes are offered around the lake, allowing you to experience the flavors and traditions of Guatemalan cuisine.
Lake Atitlan offers a variety of hikes, from easy lakeside strolls to challenging volcano ascents. Here are a few of the most popular options:
  • Volcán San Pedro Hike: This is the most popular hike around the lake, and for good reason. The views from the top are incredible, and the hike itself is a challenging but rewarding experience. The hike is about 5 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 4,000 feet. It takes most hikers between 3-5 hours to complete.
  • Volcán Atitlán Hike: This hike is more challenging than San Pedro, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The summit is at 3,535 meters (11,600 ft) elevation, and the hike can take anywhere from 5-8 hours to complete. Campgrounds are available along the route, so you can make it an overnight trip.
  • Tolimán Volcano Hike: This is the least popular of the three volcanoes around the lake, but it’s still a great option for experienced hikers. The hike is about 7 miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet. The views from the top are just as impressive as the other two volcanoes.
  • Indian Nose Hike​ Sunrise: The Indian Nose Hike for Sunrise is a popular activity for visitors to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The hike is relatively short, but it is a steep climb. The reward at the top is incredible views of the lake, volcanoes, and surrounding villages.
  • Godinez Mirador: The Godinez to Mirador Montenegro hike is a beautiful route that offers stunning views of Lake Atitlan. The hike itself is fairly easy, taking around ​4​ hours to complete. The trailhead is located one mile outside of the village of Godinez​ and finishes in the village of Santa Catarina Palopo.
  • Grow Your Own Cure Herbal Medicine Workshops Grow Your Own Cure offers a 2-day Immerse Yourself in Mayan Herbal Medicine Workshop. This workshop is a great option for those who want to learn more about traditional Mayan herbal medicine. In this workshop, you will: Explore the medicinal gardens in San Pedro and San Juan
    Meet with local Indigenous healers
    Learn about the history, cultivation, and role of medicinal plants in Mayan culture
    Learn how to make simple herbal remedies
This workshop is a great way to deepen your understanding of herbal medicine and experience the rich culture of Lake Atitlan.
Lake Atitlan is known for its beautiful scenery and its delicious coffee.
The volcanic soil and cool climate around the lake create the perfect conditions for growing coffee beans. Coffee from Lake Atitlan is known for its bright acidity, full body, and chocolatey flavor.
Tours that focus on coffee: These tours will take you to a coffee plantation, where you will learn about the coffee-growing process, from seed to cup. You will also get to see the roasting process and enjoy a tasting of freshly brewed coffee. Some tour operators offer coffee tours.
Chocolate Tours and Workshop This tour, offered by Ethical Fashion Guatemala, is a great option for those who want to learn about the history of chocolate making in Guatemala and how chocolate is made from bean to bar. You’ll spend a morning learning about the process and making your own delicious Mayan chocolate using heirloom stone tools.
Here are some Lake Atitlan hotels you can consider:
  • Hotel Atitlan (Hotel): Upscale hotel with stunning views of the lake, offering luxurious rooms and suites, a spa, an infinity pool, and multiple restaurants.
  • Casa Prana Hotel (Hotel): Posh lakeside hotel offering elegant suites, plus an outdoor pool, spa treatments & upscale dining.
  • Hotel Villa Santa Catarina (Hotel): Subdued, lakefront hotel featuring an all-day restaurant, a game room & an outdoor pool.
  • Tzampoc Resort (Resort): Relaxed quarters in a serene lakeside resort offering a spa, an outdoor pool & a trendy bar.
  • Casa Palopó – Relais & Chateaux (Hotel): Warm quarters, some with lake views, in a casual hotel offering a restaurant & an infinity pool.