(Editor’s Note – This original post from January 2012 has been updated to reflect current Guatemala vacation details.)
Take an all inclusive Guatemala Tour with Caravan Tours and you will also get to visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala.
Lake Atitlan Facts
Some interesting Lake Atitlan facts that will make you want to visit soon:
- The locals refer to Lake Atitlan Guatemala as Lago de Atitlan
- Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in all of Central America
- Lake Atitlan elevation is unique; about a mile above sea level
- Lake Atitlan location prevents the lake water from flowing into any sea
- Lake Atitlan is known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
In the Mayan language, Atitlán translates to “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”. To this day the Atitlán area of Guatemala is rich in Mayan culture with locals known to be friendly, welcoming, and even a little shy.
Other Interesting Lake Atitlán Information
Lake Atitlán is often at the top of any tourist list for “Things to See in Guatemala” as it holds a reputation of being a picturesque setting with exotic must-see features.
Lake Atitlan location is quite unique because it is surrounded by three dormant volcanoes and steep cliffs. Atitlan Lake itself is a result of volcanic activity that occurred nearly 85,000 years ago.
Lake Atitlán is located in the coffee growing region of Guatemala with its water supporting many coffee farms in the area. Other Guatemala farm crops such as corn, onions, tomatoes and the pitahaya fruit are also grown and cultivated in this area thanks to Lake Atitlán’s deep water basin and plentiful supply of water.
When visiting Lake Atitlán Guatemala, vacationers get first hand interaction with local Mayan people who live in small villages throughout the area. Traditional Mayan dress and farming techniques such as hand-tilling are still evident in this beautiful region of Guatemala.
Lake Atitlán Boat Tour
Boat tours operate across Lake Atitlán giving visitors on Guatemala vacations a unique chance to cross the expansive open waters and see other areas of the lake not otherwise accessible.
The open waters also give Guatemalan vacationers the opportunity to take in 360 degree views of Lake Atitlán, including the three dormant volcanoes:
- Volcán San Pedro
- Volcán Tolimán
- Volcán Atitlán
Lake Atitlán Hotel
Caravan Tours’ fully guided Guatemala vacation includes a two-night stay at Hotel Lake Atitlán situated on the beach of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. This Lake Atitlan hotel offers fantastic views of the lake and the three surrounding Guatemala volcanoes. As part of the “elite core” of Guatemala’s finest hotels, Lake Atitlán hotel is both intimate and elegant and uniquely visitor friendly.
Tropical botanical gardens and rainforests on the property provide excellent opportunities for Guatemala bird watching. The nearby Nature Reserve, which is just a short walk away, provides opportunities to explore a butterfly reserve, a suspension bridge and to see spider monkeys in their natural habitat.
Visitors on Guatemala vacations are given ample time between planned excursions in the Lake Atitlán area to rest and enjoy the amenities of Hotel Lake Atitlán. Leisure exploration of the above locations, or quiet rest by the hotel pool area, are always popular choices. Whatever you choose to do, the dramatic scenery of Lake Atitlán Guatemala is like no other Central America destination.
Check Out Caravan’s All Inclusive Guatemala Vacation
Two nights at Lake Atitlán in Eastern Guatemala is included as part of Caravan’s affordably priced all inclusive Guatemala Tour. These fully guided Guatemala vacations are the best way to enjoy the natural tropical surroundings and Mayan history of Guatemala.
To hear what others are saying about this popular Central American, fully guided vacation please visit Caravan’s Guatemala tour reviews page or to book this tour, please:
Call Caravan toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)