Lake Atitlan, located in the Department of Sololá is considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the famous writer Aldous Huxley. The lake is 144 kms. of Guatemala City and is, without a doubt, the most important natural attraction of Sololá and one of the best known in Guatemala. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro, form the natural frame of the Iago. It has an area of 125 square kilometers and is located at 1.560 meters above sea level. The lake complements its beauty with scenic roads, beaches, riverside villages, mountains and volcanoes. It offers excellent opportunities to develop sport fishing, sailing, kayaking, free flight, water skiing and naturalistic recreation, as well as visiting the Mayan populations of the area.
Lake Atitlan boat tour Guided
Considered the “most beautiful lake in the world” according to National Geographic and the British writer Aldous Huxley, it is located in the Department of Sololá.
The word “Atitlán” comes from the combination of two Nahuatl words, “Atl” meaning water, and “Titlán” meaning “between”, so it is interpreted as “between the waters”.
It is surrounded by three spectacular volcanoes that are the Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro, which together form a unique setting in the sunsets and sunrises.
The lake is surrounded by different towns that are: Panajachel, Santa Catarina Palopó, San Antonio Polopó, San Lucas Tolimán, Santa Cruz, San Pablo, San Marcos, Santiago Atitlan, San Juan and San Pedro; Each one of them offers different experiences to the tourist through its culture and traditions.
Lake Atitlan offers various activities such as kayaking, free flight, water skiing and boat trip, as well as visiting the Mayan populations of the area.
The lake is surrounded by a legend that brings Misciticismo to its beauty and is known as the “Legend of the Xocomil” and is that until today from five in the afternoon you begin to feel a wind that does not allow navigation by the lake. According to the inhabitants of the area, legend has it that a maiden named Citlatzin, fell in love with a commoner named Tzilmiztli, and being a forbidden relationship and not being able to be together, they decided to sink into the depths of the rivers. When this happened, the waters mingled furiously mixed by the wind and so the beautiful lake was formed.