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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Lake Atitlan – pictures to inspire your next trip

Lake Atitlan – pictures to inspire your next trip

[ 0 ] April 3, 2011

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Lake Atitlan should be top of your agenda. Be inspired by some of our favourite pictures…

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Pictures to inspire your next trip - Fabulous Travel Guide

Fallen in love yet? Wait until your cliff jumping in San Marcos or enjoying a pool party at Zoola hostel.

Where to stay in Lake Atitlan: Zoola hostel

Where to stay in Lake Atitlan: Zoola hostel

[ 0 ] April 1, 2011

Looking for a hostel in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala? Zoola in San Pedro has breathtaking views, a pool overlooking the water and plenty of social areas for guests to relax in.

And if you like spacious dorms, firm bunkbeds (these are made of stone) and pool parties on the weekend, this is your place.

Zoola hostel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Zoola hostel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

The restaurant is another reason to stay at Zoola. We love the low tables, straw mats and colourful pillows – a great combination that simply oozes backpacker style. Try the falafel pitta bread and delicious breakfast menu.

Zoola restaurant, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Prices cost from $6 for a dorm and you’ll need to book ahead – this one has been recommended by the Lonely Planet so it gets booked up fast.

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Visit volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Visit volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

[ 0 ] March 30, 2011

If you thought Lanquin was pretty, gear yourself up for Lake Atitlan – another one of Guatemala’s hidden gems. Surrounded by volcanoes and shrouded in mystery, this dramatic region is as breathtaking as it is unique.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - What to do in Lake Atitlan - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay

Lots of backpackers choose to stay in San Pedro (pictured below) where there’s cheap accommodation, great Spanish schools and a lively bar scene. Those looking for a more tranquil vibe should head to San Marcos where impromptu yoga classes spring up on the cliff tops. Love to shop? Panachel is packed full of souvenir stores and boutiques.

San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – Fabulous Travel Guide

What to do

* Brush up on your Spanish skills

If your Spanish is a bit rusty, why not take a class? Lake Atitlan has some of the cheapest schools in Central America. San Pedro Spanish School is one of our favourites with sunny classrooms and professional teachers. Five days is just $70 – and you get 4 hours per day, one-on-one tuition.

* Go cliff jumping in San Marcos

Throw yourself off a 10m-high platform (pictured below) into Lake Atitlan. The stunning backdrop of volcanoes makes for a fantastic photo.

* Hike San Pedro Volcano

Love treking? Climb the beautiful San Pedro Volcano and experience some of the best views in Central America. Make sure you take a guide – robberies have been reported on some of the trails.

* Relax in thermal springs

Enjoy fantastic views of the lake as you laze around in thermal pools in San Pedro.

Looking for more places to visit in Guatemala? Don’t leave without swimming in the crystalline pools of Semuc Champey, one of our favourite places in Central America.

Watching the sunset in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Picture of the week - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

[ 6 ] February 16, 2011

Fallen in love yet? Wait until you’re cliff jumping in San Marcos or exploring the crystalline pools of Semuc Champey in Lanquin. Guatemala has it all, so get booking those flights now. No excuses.

Watching the sunset in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Picture of the week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Watching the sunset in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Picture of the week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

[ 1 ] February 13, 2011

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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