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Guatemala Top places to visit (2019) Why you should visit Guatemala TRAVEL GUIDE | What to see / do

In this travel guide video we tell you why should should visit Guatemala and we share our top 5 sights in Guatemala. We had a fabulous time exploring Guatemala and hope that if you have a trip planned it will help you decide what to see and do during your time there.

We show you the following top places
- Guatemala City
- Antigua
- Lanquin & Semuc Champey
- Flores
- Tikal

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What it's like to live on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

What it's Like to Live on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

So many people have asked us what it's like living on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. This video is the first of several we will be uploading to show just that! Lake Atitlan is an incredible place, and to live there is an amazing experience.

Lake Atitlan has been called the most beautiful lake in the world. Surrounded by steep mountain walls and framed by 3 ancient volcanoes, it has a reputation for being a mystical place. It draws visitors from all over the world.

Lake Atitlan is located in the Guatemalan highlands about 90 miles from Guatamala City. The lake bed is actually a Caldera from the eruption of an ancient super volcano and reaches depths of over a 1,000 feet (340 meters), making it the deepest lake in Central America. Evidence of the regions volcanic past is all around from ash cliffs, to verdant farming along the mountain sides. Of course it's impossible to ignore the towering volcanoes, San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlan looking over the lake like sentinels.

Atitlan is surrounded by towns and small cities many of which are only accessible by boat. Some of these rise straight up the sides of the mountains, seeming to defy gravity.

There is a very strong indigenous Mayan influence in the area and well over 20 different indigenous languages are spoken in Guatemala. Several of these can still be heard around Lake Atitlan where cultural identity is still very strong, despite western influences. Locals wear traje tipica, or 'typical clothes' and carry on life in much the same way as their ancestors, though every so often you'll see a smart phone tucked in their waistbands.

The jumping off point for most place around the lake is a town called Panajachel or Pana for short. The reason Pana is the center for the tourist scene at lake atitlan is because it is one of the most accessible towns on the lake. The main highway runs through it. Pana is also built on an area of the lake that is relatively flat, due to the river valley that it's situated in. For these and other reasons most people traveling to Lake Atitlan will pass through Pana at one point or another.

Within Pana itself there are several things to see and do, including visiting the historic church of Saint Francis of Asissi, with its original facade from the 16th century, visiting the Nature Reserve, attending a Spanish school, and of course shopping.

Within Pana people get around mostly via Tuk Tuks, small motor scooter carriages, that zip around town like red ants. You'd think the tuk tuks would slow down with the bumpy roads, and yet they fly at insane speeds to get you there on time! A tuk tuk should cost you 5 Quetzales in town per person, and 10 for longer rides.
most drivers don't charge for kids.

Pana has a fairly large harbor and a large fleet of public and private boats called Launchas. The launchas will take you to any other town on the lake and run from sun up until sun down. Just be aware that the lake is smooth in the morning and choppy in the evening, and when I say choppy, I mean really choppy!...this is almost always the case.

Most of the towns around the lake have a hustle and bustle about them. There is a palpable energy in the air, and nowhere is this more prevalent than each towns local market. In these markets local merchants buy and sell all sorts of goods. You can find pretty much anything you could ever want in the market. From meat, and fresh produce, to clothes and shoes. In the market there are no set prices and haggling is common. If you're a foreigner though be prepared to pay top dollar!

The schools around lake Atitlan may not look like schools elsewhere, but they are excellent. When the kids play...they play hard, and when they work, they work hard. We were very impressed with the schools in Pana and our kids loved them.

If you visit Lake atitlan, go to Calle Santander, even if you don't intend on buying anything. It is such a fun place to walk and observe the people, and take in the smells, sights, and sounds. If you look like a foreigner, just will be approached by many street vendors! Your two favorite words may become No, Gracias!

As far as things to do in Pana and around the lake, most of the regions tourist draw is for sightseeing. There are of course lake activities, such as kayaking and paddle boarding, but most people come to shop for local handiworks, especially the beautiful weaving that the region is known for. Each town along the lake shore is different. San Marcos for example is known as the spiritual or hippie town on the lake, while San Pedro is the backpacker town. Each place is different and worth visiting. You can also hike up several of the peaks around the lake, including the volcanoes.

Living on Lake Atitlan is an incredible experience and one that you will never forget!

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Lake Atitlan Guatemala Travel Guide | 90+ Countries with 3 Kids

Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular places to visit in Guatemala, and for good reason. Imagine a huge lake surrounded by volcanoes and dotted with traditional villages and small towns, each with their own personality. 

Being that Lake Atitlan is easily accessible from the travel hub of Antigua, many travelers add a stay at the lake to their Guatemala trip.

You'll mingle with locals, backpackers, yogis and church groups on mission trips. You can choose to spend your time relaxing, hiking, volunteering, getting off the grid, hanging out with other foreigners, drinking a beer on the lake, cleansing your body and soul, or all of the above!

There are lots of things to do in Lake Atitlan, plus it’s perfect environment to get away from it all and simply relax. It's no surprise that people often end up staying around Lake Atitlan for much longer than expected.

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Guatemala - 10 Things That Shock Tourists in Guatemala

What to see and do in Guatemala is only the beginning. The fun culture shocks when we travel are some of the things that make travel great. So whether you are heading to the Mayan Ruins of Tikal, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua, the capital of Guatemala City, or off to hike one of the volcanoes, there is plenty to surprise travelers when they visit Guatemala.
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Top10 Recommended Hotels in Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala: 1. Hotel Atitlan *****
2. Porta Hotel del Lago *****
3. Regis Hotel Spa ***
4. Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago ***
5. Hotel Villas Balam Ya ****
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9. Hotel Reserva Natural Atitlan
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1. Panajachel, 07010 Sololá, Guatemala, From € 154
Hotel Atitlan is a rustic-style property offering extensive gardens and panoramic views of Atitlan Lake. It has an outdoor pool, hot tub, and a botanical garden.
2. 2 Avenida 6-17 zona 2, 07000 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 95
Set next to Lake Atitlán, Porta Hotel del Lago offers views of the Guatemalan Highlands. It features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and gym.
3. Calle Santander, 3 Ave 3-47 zona 2, 10010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 73
Located in Panajachel, 49.9 km from Antigua Guatemala, Regis Hotel Spa features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi. The resort has a playground and hot spring bath, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
4. Calle Monterrey, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 65
Located in Panajachel in the region of Solola, 40.2 km from Quetzaltenango, Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago features a playground and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
5. Km 4 carretera hacia Santa Catarina Palopó, Sololá, 07011 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 262
Hotel Villas Balam Ya offers accommodations in Panajachel. Free private parking is available on site.
6. Final Calle Santander, Esquina de las Buenas Nuevas, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 104
Located in Panajachel, 40.2 km from Quetzaltenango, Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site.
7. Calle 15 de febrero 2-50 Zona 2, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 38
Hotel Utz Jay is located in Panajachel, 49.9 km from Antigua Guatemala and 40.2 km from Quetzaltenango. Free private parking is available on site.
8. Finca San Buenaventura, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 65
Featuring free WiFi, Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan offers accommodations in Panajachel, just 38.6 km from Quetzaltenango. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
9. Antigua Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala,
Located in Panajachel, 38.6 km from Quetzaltenango, Reserva Natural Atitlan features a terrace and a private beach area. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
10. Calle Santander 5-51 Zona 2, 07010 Panajachel, Guatemala, From € 61
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Posada De Los Volcanes offers accommodations in Panajachel, just 40.2 km from Quetzaltenango.

LAKE ATITLAN, GUATEMALA (LAGO DE ATITLÁN) | TRAVEL VLOG | Hike Volcanoes, Learn Spanish, and more!

Welcome to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala! The lake is the largest in Central America and offers a load of outdoor activities. There are multiple volcanoes to hike (I hiked the San Pedro volcano which you can see towards the end of the video), which can be pretty intense. There are also more casual hiking options too, as well as kayaking and swimming too.




I stayed in San Pedro la Laguna (or simply San Pedro to the locals), a small town on the western shore of the lake, for two weeks. My main purpose was to learn and study Spanish for two weeks before spending the next 2.5 months on the road in Spanish-speaking countries.

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Spectacular LAKE ATITLÁN GUATEMALA 2020 | From the Sky | The MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE in the WORLD

Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must visit place when you visit Guatemala 2020. It is the most beautiful lake in the world. This volcanic lake surrounded by three volcanoes, mountains and charming Mayan villages is a top destination when you travel Guatemala.

If you have the chance to visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala 2020 or in the future, we highly recommend you to do it. It is one of our favourite destinations in Guatemala and in the world.

We are spending 8 months travelling in Guatemala, the country where Giorgio was born. Our Guatemala Travel Vlog 2020 (and 2019) Series will bring you to the most amazing places in Guatemala. This Lake Atitlan Guatemala Drone video shows you some of the most beautiful places and views you can find on your Guatemala travel.

In Spanish, Lake Atitlan is called Lago de Atitlan, and it is the deepest lake in Central America. The lake has a maximum depth of about 340 metres. It is situated in the district of Sololá in the western highlands of Guatemala. The lake is 18 km wide and 10 km long. It lies at an altitude of 1,562 m. It is surrounded by the three volcanoes: Volcan Atitlán, Volcan Tolimán and Volcan San Pedro.
The lake is located about 50 kilometres from Antigua Guatemala, which is also a popular and beautiful travel destination in Guatemala. It easy to travel from Lake Atitlan to Antigua Guatemala.

The lake is surrounded by many villages and towns in which Maya culture is still prevalent. Traditional clothes are still worn by many Mayan people.
Lago de Atitlán is an endorheic lake, feeding into two rivers. The lake basin is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed by an eruption 84,000 years ago.

The towns and villages around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala are: San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Panajachel, Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Tzununá, San Pablo La Laguna, Santiago Atitlán, Santa Catarina Palopó, San Lucas Tolimán and San Antonio Palopó. Each town is unique and you should visit them all if you have the chance. San Juan Guatemala and San Pedro Guatemala are neighbouring villages but completely different. We recommend you to visit San Juan Guatemala 2020 and also San Pedro Guatemala 2020.

We hope you like our Lake Atitlan 2020 video. Next week our next Guatemala vlog 2020 will be out!

Let us know in the comments below if you have been in Guatemala, or if you plan to travel to Guatemala located in Central America.

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Guatemala: Chichicastenango Market, El Mirador, Flores, Lago de Atitlan, Livingston, Monterrico, Parque Central Quetzaltenango, Santa Catalina Arch, Volcan Pacaya, Tikal

5 Things NOT To Do in Guatemala

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With its lush landscapes, Mayan ruins, and towering volcanoes, there aren't too many things not to love about Guatemala. But like most countries, there are some Things NOT To Do in Guatemala.

1. Don't Visit Guatemala City
According to the U.S. Department of State's travel notice, the city is rife with violent crimes against U.S. citizens and foreign travelers. The capital was once considered safe, but those days are long gone.

2. Don't Wear Flip Flops to the Mayan Ruins
Unless you want to lose your footing and sprain an ankle, leave the flip flops in your suitcase. The ancient Mayan Ruins are over a thousand years old, staircases may be unstable, and grassy areas uneven. So watch your step!

3. Don't Have Your Heart Set on Delicious Coffee
Guatemala may be known for producing some of the best brews you'll ever taste. Sadly, most of the coffee is exported, which means you won't be sipping a cup of Guatemalan joe during your stay.

4. Don't Travel at Night
It's a necessary precaution when traveling, especially in Guatemala. When night falls, the chances of becoming a victim of a crime are far greater.

5. Don't Take Photos of the Locals Without Permission
There are unsubstantiated rumors in Mayan communities that foreigners have the intent to steal their children and sell them abroad. A Japanese tourist was tragically killed by an angry mob of 500 villagers after he took pictures of indigenous women and children in a market.

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Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico, is home to volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, features the stately National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Antigua, west of the capital, contains preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Lake Atitlán, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is surrounded by coffee fields and villages.

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Lake Atitlan on Foot and by Kayak! | GUATEMALA TRAVEL VLOG

We've now settled in our new home for the next month on the shore of Lake Atitlan and are absolutely loving it! Our Airbnb is on the hillside just outside of San Pedro La Laguna which is the town we begin to explore in this episode.

In the 2nd half of todays vlog we decide to get a different view of this beautiful place and rent kayaks to explore a hidden gem of a beach on the other side of the bay to San Pedro!

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What to do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala? These are our Top 10 Things To Do And See if you're planning a trip to the beautiful volcanic Lake Atitlan and its villages!

- Visit the town of San Pedro La Laguna

- Go on a coffee tour

- Visit San Juan La Laguna

- Explore the Nature Reserve in Panajachel

- Rent a Kayan and reach secluded beaches

- Visit Santiago Atitlan

- Visit Santa Cruz La Laguna

- Try some local Guatemalan food

- Enjoy shopping in the various villages and buy some local products

- Go on a sunrise hike to Indian Nose

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What to Do in Guatemala - Lake Atitlan and Antigua 2018 ????????

Earlier in the year, Amy and I visited one of the most beautiful countries of the world, Guatemala. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the country before my research. However, I am so grateful that I was able to experience it first hand. On our trip, we went to two locations - Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

Antigua is an old colonial town that has a really unique blend of Central American and European culture. The city is paved with cobbled stone and is filled with bright colorful buildings. Antigua is very walking friendly is known for its restaurant and cafes. There are abundant hospitality options, but we really enjoyed staying at the AirBnB Calle “Casa Girasol” and eating at Los Tres Tiempos restaurant. The city is known for its pictureqsue landmarks- Santa Catalina Arch, Central Park Plaza, Central Market - and they are all really close to each other. If you want to see a gorgeous view of the city, the hike up to Hill of the Cross is absolutely worth it. You can definitely walk there from the city, but we recommend taking a tuk-tuk.

Lake Atitlan is a massive body of water with breathtaking views of multiple volcanoes. There are really diverse communities scattered around the Lake. Some of the villages range from a yoga center for hippies to a local fishing village known for ceramics. Its definitely worth to visit all (or most) of them. However, we de-prioritized going to the touristy towns like Panjachel. Public transportation is fairly easy to navigate. Every half hour, there will be public boats or lanchas that will take you around the lake. We stayed at one of the most beautiful AirBnbs, the Lakefront B&B owned by a woman named Dita. It was truly a magical experience. Everything from the modern room aesthetic, private access to the lake, and curated breakfast/dinner selection made the stay remarkable.

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Guatemalan STREET FOOD from the GODS in Lake Atitlan | Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

On my second day in Guatemala in partnership with the Real Intercontinental Guatemala we explored Santiago Atitlan the most important town on Lake Atitlan. Here we tried some of the best street food in Guatemala!

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When we arrived in Santiago Atitlan we headed straight for Maya Patin a local street food on Lake Atitlan which is a small salted fish mixed with tomato paste in a banana leaf. It was salty and spicy, super delicious!

Next we continued up the town and we stop and had a spicy Guatemalan snow cone. It was a little spicy but the lime made it extra delicious!

We then visit Maximon, the Maya god or grandfather of Santiago Atitlan. The maya people of Santiago Atitlan believe that he protects the town. You can see him smoking cigarets and drinking! Pretty amazing experience!

To end our day in Santiago Atitlan we visited a local fish restaurant and ate some Black Bass. I had it with a white wine sauce and I also put some spicy sauce they had which was super spicy. Mariel challenged me and I won!

From there we crossed the lake back to Panajachel and drove 3 hours back to Guatemala City to the Real Intercontinental Guatemala. We had dinner at their Japanese restaurant Tanoshii. We went all out with three rolls of sushi, sashimi and sake!

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Covid 19 Lockdown in Lake Atitlan Guatemala | Central America Travel Vlog

Covid 19 in Guatemala is something we never could have predicted. Guatemala went into a complete lockdown in March 2020 and we just happened to be in Lake Atitlan at the time.

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How Does Vacation Home Rental Work in lake Atitlan Guatemala?

How Does Vacation Home Rental Work in lake Atitlan Guatemala?


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