Lago de Atitlán
Good for: Families, solo travelers, Spanish classes, exploration, mayan culture
Not good for: those who dont like 3rd world!
Lonely Planet review for Lago de Atitlán
This dramatic crater lake is surrounded by looming volcanoes and its shoreline is dotted with traditional Mayan villages. For travelers, this is the beautiful heart of the Guatemala highlands, a place to kick back, relax and soak up the cultural scene.
Panajachel is the main lakeside town and where most foreigners stay. On the southern shore, Santiago Atitlán is a Tz'utujil Mayan market town with strong traditions, and a large arts and crafts scene. San Pedro Laguna is another village popular with backpackers for its language schools and proximity to San Pedro volcano. Boats run frequently across the lake, connecting villages.