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Lake Atitlan | © Tucker Sherman / Flickr
Lake Atitlan | © Tucker Sherman / Flickr

5 Unmissable Sights Around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Updated: 12 May 2018
When first arriving on Lake Atitlan, the idea of relaxing for the duration of your stay can be a tempting one. After all, the lake has plenty of incredible restaurants and places to stay, all surrounded by jaw-dropping views of volcanoes and mountains. But the most rewarding way to see the lake is by getting out and exploring it. Here are five sights that shouldn’t be skipped.

Indian Nose

Look at the top of the mountain line across the lake from San Pedro for long enough, and you might just be able to make out what looks like the profile of a person’s face, if they were lying on their back. The highest point of the face is the Indian Nose, one of the most popular hikes on Lake Atitlan.

Most people start the hike in Santa Clara la Laguna, a sleepy village above the lake. To get there, either join a group tour from San Pedro or take a chicken bus. From there, the walk makes its way down to San Juan la Laguna, on the lake’s shore. For a truly unforgettable experience, join one of the sunrise tours. It’s well worth the early start.

Lake Atitlan sunrise