There are many beautiful places in the world, and I’m lucky enough to have seen very few of them. One of those places is a lake nestled in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands called Lake Atitlán.
Lake Atitlán sits in an enormous volcanic crater, surrounded by mini-mountains, volcanoes, and Mayan villages.
There are a few different towns that surround the lake. The one you will likely arrive to – if you choose to visit- is Panajachel. It has amazing vendors and a lively atmosphere that will make it difficult to leave at all. The town I stayed in was San Pedro.
San Pedro gets wild at night and is as laid back and tranquil as it comes during the day. You can relax, go for a hike, go kayaking, or get to know the locals. Or you can go eat at El Barrio, an expat hotspot and allergy-friendly restaurant. And if that doesn’t convince you enough, maybe these 13 photos will.