Where is Lake Atitlan?
Guatemala is Central America's largest and most populous country. Most Guatemalans, including those around the lake, live in the temperate mountainous region called the Western Highlands. Northern and eastern Guatemala, as well as the Pacific coast, are lower and much hotter.
Lake Atitlan is 15 degrees above the equator and 1560 meters (5100 ft.) above sea level. The combination makes for an ideal climate. It's never uncomfortably cold or hot. The rainy season lasts from May to October, but the sun does shine some almost every day. Indeed for most of us who live here year round the rainy season is our favorite time of year.
The lake is about a two and a half hour drive from Guatemala City or Antigua. Most arrive at the lake in Panajachel and stay in a hotel there or take a boat to other hotels on the lake.
Getting to Panajachel is easy. Travelers usually fly into Guatemala City and go directly to Antigua, where they spend a few days before coming to the lake.
To book transport to the lake please go to: Shuttle buses and private vans to and from Lake Atitlan
San Lucas Toliman
- Singles from $40 to $80 – Doubles from $50 to $95
- Triple $95 – Quadruple $110
While San Lucas Toliman, on the lake's southern shore, is one of the largest towns in the region, there is only one good hotel, Hotel Toliman. The hotel also has the town's best restaurant and garden.