Guatemala Snapshots: Lake Atitlán

This alpine lake is one of Central America's most scenic destinations


Central America’s deepest lake has been called one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world. Plunging to depths of more than 1,000 feet, the sky-blue waters of Lake Atitlán provide a dramatic counterpoint to the towering green slopes of the volcanic peaks that ring the shore.

Located in the highlands of Guatemala, some 30 miles northwest of the historic city of Antigua, Atitlán is one of the country’s most popular scenic attractions. A growing number of international travelers are drawn to the surrounding mountains to enjoy activities ranging from lake tours and volcano hikes to immersion in the region’s traditional Mayan culture. No visitor to the lake should pass up a meal of fresh-caught fish, which are served up at a number of waterfront eateries.

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