Lake Atitlán: a massive shout out to the hostel La Iguana Perdida
When we finished relaxing at the amazing Zephyr Lodge in Lanquin (read about it here), we decided to go to Lake Atitlán. Lake Atitlán is a lake in the Guatemalan Highlands (1500 metres) so be prepared for lower temperatures (around 19 Celsius degrees). The lake is surrounded by three volcanoes and is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It took us about twelve hours to get there from Lanquin, but the trip was quite comfortable because we booked a shuttle which had plenty of space. Also you will have amazing views because you go through the mountains. I love how the traditional outfits of the Mayan people changes when you go to another part of Guatemala. In Western Guatemala the clothes are way more colourful and the details are so beautiful!
We arrived in Panajachel (a little town at lake Atitlán) late in the evening and we had intense tropical rain and there was a national holiday, so it was not possible to go to the hostel we wanted at that time. We ended up in a really cute hotel where we stayed the night. Panajachel is an amazing place for souvenir shopping. There are so many (outside) shops where you can find amazing traditional stuff. They also have huge markets every week, so make sure to check the market days if you’re planning to go here. Another thing I would really recommend if you want to enjoy some great food is the restaurant Hana (Calle 14 Febrero). We had some breakfast here and it was so good! From Eggs Benedicts and hash browns to pancakes and fresh fruit (and amazing coffee – but you will find that every where in Central America).
Relaxing at La Iguana Perdida
We stayed at the hostel La Iguana Perdida during our time at lake Atitlán in Guatemala. This beautiful hostel is located in Santa Cruz at the Northern shore of the lake. The hostel has an amazing view over the lake and the volcanoes. The only way to go to this beautiful place is by water taxi, which is already an amazing experience!
I loved this hostel because it’s so nice and easy going, the major thing you have to do here is just relax and enjoy your stay! They also have a family dinner every night where you will eat amazing and healthy food with the whole hostel! It’s a great way to meet other travellers and hear about their stories. Also the food you can order for breakfast, lunch or if you want a snack are very yummy and there are a lot of healthy choices. For example they have olive bread with tomato, avocado and basel mayonaise and smoothies. Other things you can do here is scuba diving (I still regret I didn’t go when I was there – it’s the deepest lake in Guatemala), get a massage and yoga in the morning.
A really nice thing to do is to go to one of the towns around the island. We decided to check out San Pedro, which is 40 minutes away by water taxi. The water taxi will be already a great experience because you’ll see so many great views. We didn’t really like San Pedro. There are a lot of tourists, but if you want to party this is the place to go. It’s also the place if you need to get some money from an ATM. We had some coffee and waffles in a cute vintage look a like cafe with a beautiful lake view.