Guatemala is a stunning country, full of dense jungles, towering volcanoes, and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. And although we spent an entire month in this wonderful country, we didn’t move around much — our time was divided between two specific locations.
Although there are several ways to enter Guatemala, we decided on the overland route via bus, from San Cristobal (in Mexico) to Lake Atitlan. The journey was long and chaotic, but made for a fantastic entrance to Guatemala.
Lake Atitlan is one of the most famous backpacker destinations in all of Latin America. With several very different villages dotting the shoreline, there’s a place for every type of traveller — from the backpacker to the aspiring yogi, or those looking for a comfortable resort.
Our personal favourite is the laid-back village of San Pedro la Laguna, on the far end of the lake. We enjoyed one week there, which was only a tease. With all of the things to do in San Pedro, it was hard to leave.
Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll have no problem occupying your time with the fantastic and unique activities to do on Lake Atitlan. You can hike a volcano, practice yoga, go kayaking across the lake or tour an organic coffee cooperative.
Another wildly popular spot in Guatemala, and where we spent the other half of our time, is the colonial town of Antigua. Here, you’ll find some delicious Guatemalan cuisine, incredibly cheap Spanish language schools, and the chance to spend the night on an active volcano.