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Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan Highlands

Visit serene Lake Atitlan in the Central Highlands

A scenic two-hour drive from Antigua transports travellers to the central highlands and the serene expanse of Lake Atitlan

Nestled within the crater of an ancient volcanic eruption, Lake Atitlan captivates with its breathtaking beauty and rich, vibrant culture, with picturesque towns. Each town is a gateway to indigenous villages and traditional communities, offering endless opportunities for exploration. The lake's tranquil waters beckon visitors to embark on adventures through its diverse lakeside towns, accessible by small, motorised boats known as 'lanchas'.

While bustling hubs like Panajachel cater to tourists with a range of amenities, smaller villages offer glimpses into the authentic Guatemalan way of life. Here, locals adorn traditional attire and ancient Mayan customs endure. In San Juan La Laguna, Mayan women impart lessons in traditional weaving and herbal medicine, inviting visitors to delve into the cultural heritage of the region. For the more adventurous, hiking trails beckon, including the ascent of dormant Volcan San Pedro, nestled within a protected wilderness area.

Lake Atitlan serves as a base for exploring the surrounding highlands, where time seems to stand still in traditional villages and market towns. A visit to the famed Chichicastenango market offers a window into Guatemalan life, where centuries-old traditions mingle with the vibrant energy of daily commerce. Amidst these cultural excursions, allow ample time for lakeside relaxation, to savour the mesmerising vistas and bask in the warm embrace of the perpetually sunny skies.

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