When you combine this magnificent lake with the incredible backdrop of the nearby volcanoes, it's a total sensory overdose and no wonder this is the main tourist attraction in Guatemala. This hippy hangout, since the 1960's is the essence of relaxation and natural beauty with some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. Panajachel and San Pedro are the main points on the lake to spend a night or ten and there are more remote towns on the lake if you are looking for a more remote experience than these vibrant towns can offer.
Panajachel is one of the most populated parts of lake Atitlan on the lake and can even be a little rowdy, but it’s still definitely worth a visit. There is a reasonwhy thousands visit and its a major attraction on the backpacker trail. It has the best sunsets, the best nightlife and easily the best market, so if you’re looking to stock up on beautiful Mayan clothes and textiles,Panajachel is the perfect launching spot for a visit to Lake Atitlan.
San Juan La laguna is just a five minute drive from busy San Pedro. This colourful town has hardly any tourists, which is the perfect part of the lake if you are looking for remoteness, peace and quiet! San Juan is known especially for its art, it’s a great place to pick up some canvases to take home. If you textiles are your thing, you can try your hand at traditional weaving in Lema, which is the perfect place to purchase stunning, woven, authentic, Mayan textiles.