Lake Atitlan Journals

On the shores of Lake Atitlan

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A February 2013 trip to Lake Atitlan by MichaelJM

Atitlan Nature Reserve Photo, Panajachel, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: We visited this large lake, the markets of the area and mixed with the locals in their traditional dress

Santiago de Atitlan

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Santiago de Atitlan Photo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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Leaving the small village of San Juan behind us we head off to Santiago and although we had a smooth crossing earlier on in the day the lake was now much less forgiving. Indeed as the motor launch hit the waves it felt like we were landing on a bed of concrete. Soon I learnt to let my body relax through the bumps and in a perverse kind of way I began to enjoy the journey. Ahead of us we had a fantastic view of the volcanoes Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro and I could begin to understand their sheer size and how impressive all this could have been to the early Maya People. At one stage there was a discussion from our guide about whether or not we could complete the journey but she felt, on b...Read More

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San Juan la Laguna

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Attraction | "Not quite a tourist free zone!"

San Juan la Laguna Photo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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I guess we were like many tourists to the area as we set off for our full day lake tour. However, ours would not turn out to be a standard trip and we ended up having a conclusion to our day that will not be experienced by many. But more of that later...We take the short walk from the hotel lobby to the jetty at the water’s edge and then clamber aboard the small boat that will take us on our adventure across the lake. Our guide for the day is extremely personable and we were all soon engaged in discussion as the boat left the shore of our hotel in the direction of San Juan La Laguna. The lake was calm and as we got half way across the boat’s engine was turned off and we were ab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2013

San Juan la Laguna

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Solola Market

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Attraction | "Shopping with the locals"

Solola Market Photo, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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Today we set off for our two night stay at Lake Atitlan. We set off prompt at 9.00 and our driver anticipated that our travel time would be around two to three hours. We hardly seem to notice the "free massage" from the cobble streets of Antigua and soon we are on the smooth roads that will take us to the Lake. We’re pleasantly surprised by the well maintained highways of Guatemala and the driver makes good progress though the unremarkable landscape and unimpressive villages on route.We are surprised of the speciality of the workshops on route until we find that many are servicing the trade in converted pick-up tracks that have been imported from USA. Apparently clapped out vehicles are br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2013

Solola Market
Town Centre, Solola
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Hotel Atitlan

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Hotel | "The shores of Lake Atitlan"

Hotel Atitlan Photo, Panajachel, Guatemala
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The Hotel Lake Atitlan was our residence for the next two nights and it, as its name suggests has a prime site at the side of the lake. We’d arrived at lunchtime (or that’s what my digestive system was suggesting) and were too early to check in. However, a rather off-handed receptionist allowed us to sign in and said he’d ensure our room was ready around two. We were not worried as we were planning to eat and having entrusted our luggage to the hotel porter we meandered through the hotel to the side of the swimming pool with a great view of the lake. Beers ordered we perused the menu and after discussion and several changes of mind we made our luncheon choices. The beer slipped down a treat and ...Read More

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Hotel Atitlan
6 Calle 6 - 38 Zona 9 Local 6, Buenaventura
Panajachel, Western Highlands

Atitlan Nature Reserve

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Attraction | "Monkeying around"

Atitlan Nature Reserve Photo, Panajachel, Guatemala
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Close by the hotel was a nature reserve and we all thought it would be an interesting diversion for the afternoon. It was only a few minutes away from the hotel and the admission charge was 55 questas each (£4.50 in English money) and soon we were clamouring up the uneven track following the signs to the monkeys.It was a bit of a haul but just when we thought we might have taken the wrong turning we heard the sound of rustling in the trees above us. We paused and looked up expectantly, and for several seconds none of us could see anything other than trees. Then suddenly, as one, we exclaimed and pointed towards a black silhouette – it was a spider monkey. And then not only one but 4 or fiv...Read More

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Atitlan Nature Reserve

Panajachel, Western Highlands