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Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

[ 1 ] February 13, 2011 | Alison Adey

Fancy throwing yourself off a cliff into the cool waters of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala? San Marcos has its own jetty where swimmers can catapult themselves into the water 10m below.

The stunning backdrop of volcanos makes for a fantastic photo – so get your mate to climb down the cliff to get the perfect snap.

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

How to get there

Lake Atitlan is 3.5 hours from Antigua and should cost around 60Q for a shuttle bus.

If you’re already on the lake, and staying in the backpacker town of San Pedro, take a water taxi (15Q each way) or hire a kayak (8Q per hour) and sail across. It should take around 40 minutes and you can leave it on a nearby beach.

How to avoid bruises

Make sure you land feet first and tuck your arms in as you enter the water. If you stick your arms out (or worse still, bellyflop) you’re guaranteed to come out with some mean-looking bruises.

TOP TIP Nervous? Get it over with asap. The longer you think about it, stare at it, put it off, cry, the harder it gets.

Looking for more exciting things to do in Central America? Go caving in Lanquin or swim with sharks in Caye Caulker.

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Category: Adventure, Central America, Fun stuff!, Guatemala, Lake Atitlan

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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