Local Attractions

Overlooking beautiful Lake Atitlán, just steps from the city center, Porta Hotel del Lago is one of the best-located hotels for experiencing the vibrant attractions and exhilarating things to do in Panajachel, Guatemala. Stay with us and 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 Aldous 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 Atitlán. 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.