Explore Atitlán

As a guest of Porta Hotel del Lago, you’ll be surrounded by the rich culture, millennial history and natural beauty that has inspired – and continues to inspire – so many visitors and locals alike. 
“[Lake Atitlán is] the most beautiful lake in the world." – German Explorer, Alexander von Humbolt
“[Panajachel and Lake Atitlán are] the most magnificent spectacle we ever saw.” – Nineteenth Century Explorer, John. L. Stevens
"Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."– Renowned Author, Aldus Huxley

Come and design your own opinions and stories, as you learn about the volcanic explosion approximately 85,000 years ago that formed Lake Atitlán’s inspiring sapphire waters. Hear the legend of the Mayan princess who sacrificed herself for the man she loved and causes the wind (Xocomil) that blows across the lake every day at noon. Explore underwater cliffs and spectacular rock formations that offer scuba divers an unforgettable experience. Enjoy spectacular kayaking, or fish for black bass which can weigh up to four kilograms. Looking for a real challenge? Scale one of the impressive volcanoes –Volcán San Pedro, Volcán Atitlán or Volcán Tolimán – that towers more than 3,000 meters over the lake or experience the rush of paragliding.

Below, you will find more information on the most popular attractions and things to do in and around Panajachel and Lake Atitlan. For assistance with arranging tours, recreational activities or anything else you might want to experience during your visit to Lake Atitlán, please ask our staff.

Contact our Tour Desk Services.

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Diving

Distance:: 1.1 MI from hotel
Overhead View of Water

The ideal place for scuba diving in Lake Atitlán is Santa Cruz La Laguna. Lake Atitlán is considered the deepest in Central America (approximately 1,115 feet deep, but its total depth is unknown). It possesses spectacular underwater cliffs, the famous ancient under water Maya city of Samabaj, and rocky formations as well as deep thermal waters due to the volcanic nature of the lake.

Fishing

Fishing

Lake Atitlán is up to 7.5 miles wide and offers the ideal place for fishing black bass (known locally as mojarra), which weighs up to 4 kilograms. There are boats for rent at many locations on the lakeshore.

Hang Gliding and Paragliding

Aerea View

Depending on climate conditions, hang-gliding and paragliding are two of the most exciting activities in Atitlán. You can fly from San Jorge La Laguna or Santa Catarina  Palopo and admire the entire lake’s splendid landscape.

Kayaking, Water Skiing and Sailing

Kayak on Water

You will be able to rent a kayak in any place near the water to practice one of the most interesting sports on the lake. Consult the hotel’s reception desk for the best schedule. Waterskiing, Sailing and Windsurfing are among other water sports that are other exciting options. It is possible to find these services in Panajachel and Santa Cruz La Laguna.

Mountain and Volcano Hikes

Volcano

The three volcanoes of Atitlán offer an excellent opportunity for mountain climbing. San Pedro volcano (3,020 m/9,900 ft) and Atitlán volcano (3,535 m/11,600 ft) provide a challenging ascent of a medium to difficult rating. The Tolimán volcano (3,158 m/10,360 ft) is currently closed due to improvements being made in its surroundings. Ask the reception desk of the hotel for more information.

Birdwatching

Bird in Tree

The lake, with its local flora and fauna, is home to the many migratory bird varieties. You will be able to observe more than 50 bird species in the surroundings of Panajachel, inside coffee plantations or up in the cloudy hills. You might also spy the Horned Guan (Oreophasis dervianus), a local endangered species.

Cycling

Bike on Top of Mountain

Explore the surroundings of Panajachel. You will find good prices of bicycles for rent in Calle Santander and the surrounding area. If you have your own bike and you like cycling, the tour on the lake road that passes through all the small towns around it is one of the most beautiful trips that Guatemala can offer. Mountain biking can also be practiced on the paths and slopes of  Santa Catarina Palopo and San Antonio Palopó as well as the other towns.

Boat Journeys

View of Water from Boat

Visiting the neighboring towns by boat is something that you cannot miss. You can discover vessels that offer a variety of rates and different hours at all the public docks and explore the 12 gorgeous and unique towns around Lake Atiltan, such as Santiago Atitlan and its one of a kind artists or visit San Pedro La Laguna for a great nature hike.

Religious Sites

Church

You can participate in religious services and masses on Sundays in any church in the towns on the lake. One of the most popular places of worship is Santiago Atitlan due to its devotion to the image of Maximón, a local saint attributed to mystic powers.

Crafts

Ceramics

Panajachel's Santander is famous for its many artisans along the street displaying their textiles, arts, woodcrafts, painting, jade and stone jewelry and souvenirs of all types. San Pedro La Laguna pottery is well known for its quality and beauty.

Porta Hotel del Lago

Water and Mountain View

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Panajachel, Sololá. Guatemala, Central America 07010

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