Overview

In turn cobalt glassy-clear and silver misty, mirror-calm and wispy-waved, Atitlán is one of the most captivating lakes in the world. Many visitors linger here, and the shores are dotted with international communities as well as traditional Mayan villages. The lake is fringed by tiny fields where smallholders cultivate kitchen garden crops on fertile soils, beyond which are fuming green volcanoes which cast ever-changing shadows over the water. Lakeside settlements, most easily reached by boat across the water, are enlivened with textile markets, each with its own costume and character: Sololá and Santiago de Atitlán are among the largest and most interesting.

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The weather in Lake Atitlan and villages is wide and varied

The shores of Lake Atitlan are dotted with traditional Mayan villages and fringed by tiny fields where smallholders cultivate kitchen garden crops. Beyond are fuming volcanoes which cast ever-changing shadows over the water. Lakeside settlements are enlivened with textile markets, each with its own costume and character: Sololá and Santiago de Atitlán are among the largest and most vibrant.

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