A LITTLE MORE LAKE ATITLAN
A LITTLE MORE LIKE ATITLAN – PHOTOS FROM LAKE ATITLAN, GUATEMALA
|Photo taken from San Marcos the looking out across the lake at Volcan San Pedro|
|Finally finding someone on the lake side – Most of the land by Lake Atitlan has been eaten up by the water|
|The second keenest fisherman looking risky on a homemade canoe|
|Enjoy the depths of Lake Atitlan|
BUDGET HOTELS AND HOSTELS ON LAKE ATITLAN
Lake Atitlan has a whole range of hotels and hostels to suit any budget. For the budget option and for backpackers it is cheapest to stay in a dorm room. For low-mid range travellers it is also cheap to stay in a private shared bathroom accommodation on Lake Atitlan in a hostel. For mid-range budgets there are a wide range of Hotels on Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan Hotels vary depending on destination. Panajachel being the priciest of the lakeside resorts to stay on. Try La Casa del Mundo has great views of the lake, the hotel has a large terrace/balcony that guests can enjoy.
In San Marcos on Lake Atitlan there are also a range of Yoga retreats and quirky hotels and hostels that can be enjoyed by tourists. Some of it is a little out there be warned.
If you do decide not to book a hotel as high quality hostels are available as another accommodation option on Lake Atitlan I recommend you stay clear of Hostel Fe in San Pedro. Its a great place for eating and drinking with some of the cheapest drinks and best food in San Pedro but the rooms are terrible and from our experience the bed sheets do not often get changed. You can party all night here and even cure your hangover with a lake jump from their platform. The only upside to staying here is the delicious free breakfast.
|Posing/trying to take the perfect Lake Atitlan photo|
|Its not rare to see locals using the lake for various things such as washing their clothes|
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR LAKE ATITLAN DESTINATION
|Swatting up on Lake Atitlan from Panajachel|
Spanish lessons and homestays are widely available around Lake Atitlan and each of the villages offer a unique living experience. We also found Spanish lessons in Guatemala to be cheaper than in other Central American cities, the homestay option works out as the best value package but others stay in hotels and hostels whilst learning Spanish too. Guatemala is said to have the easiest accent for learning Spanish which also attracts toruists hoping to brush up on their Espanol.
|Thanks for having us Lake Atitlan – You are stunning|
LAKE ATITLAN – SURVIVAL GUIDE
Getting to and around Lake Atitlan on a budget
Chances are you’ll be arriving to one of the Lake Atitlan villages on a chicken bus – a Guatemalan speciality. Ask around before jumping on a bus to find out the village they are going to. Don’t be afraid to say no to bus drivers. There’s always a sense of urgency with Guatemalan bus travel and this extends to Lake Atitlan. Plenty of busses leave around the clock so if you are unsure ask someone or look for other backpackers.
Money, currency and ATM’s
Don’t be surprised if you hear someone speaking Mayan or another ancient language around Lake Atitlan – the various villages of Lake Atitlan are home to several ancient languages along with strong English speaking locals. Many locals will choose to speak their native village language so don’t be surprised if Spanish isn’t the first language you hear upon arrival.
Things to avoid when at Lake Atitlan