Touring the Mayan Villages around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Lake Altitlan in Guatemala was formed many years ago, in fact it is right on top of the crater of an old massive volcano. As the back ground you will see more volcanoes and beautiful villages. It is a great place where tons of activities are offered. The most popular destination of the area is the town of Panajachel with its funky cafes, delicious restaurants and fun markets.

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The Indigenous Towns of Atitlan you should Visit:

Santiago de Atitlan

This is a traditional Mayan town with volcanoes as the background. None of the other Lake Atitlan villages will give you an insider view of how the indigenous of this region live. You will bump into locals wearing their traditional clothing as they pass by.



I think of it as a tourist oasis conveniently located on the banks of Lake Atitlan with a view to die for. This cute and colorful town is located between San Pedro, Atitlan, and Toliman volcanoes. Some of the things you will find in it are: colorful markets, good restaurants and cafes, plenty of activities, and a great nightlife. This is normally the home base for traveler’s adventures in the area.

San Marcos la Laguna

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This is the best place for relaxation of the area, there are all sorts of activities for spiritual enlightment like yoga retreats and any number of ‘new age’ activities. There are also some options for lovely accommodations with a beautiful background.

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San Pedro la Laguna

This is also a great stopover with volcanoes surrounding it. In it you will find a high ex-pat population but as you can imagine the Mayan population is even larger. I was truly surprised by the amount of great accommodations and fantastic restaurants that I found here. It has the reputation of being a place to relax but it also offers some fun stuff.

These villages are one of the best places to get to know the still alive ancient Mayan culture in Guatemala. Plus the back ground is amazing.

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