San Pedro La Laguna Lake Atitlan, one of my favorite villages that dot the shores of Lake Atitlan is San Pedro La Laguna. San Pedro La Laguna is one of the larger villages on the Lake with a population of 10,000 people. It is located on the southwest shore of Lake Atitlan just below San Pedro Volcano.
The hike up San Pedro volcano provide panoramic views of Lake Atitlan, a stunning lake that sits in a deep basin surrounding the mountains and two other volcanoes— Toliman and Atitlan.
Lake Atitlán (Spanish: Lago de Atitlán, [atiˈtlan]) is a lake in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is in the Sololá Department of southwestern Guatemala. Atitlan means “at the water” in Nahuatl. It is the deepest lake in Central America.
San Pedro La Laguna (Spanish pronunciation: [sam ˈpeðɾo la laˈɣuna]) is a Guatemalan town on the southwest shore of Lake Atitlán. For centuries, San Pedro La Laguna has been inhabited by the Tz’utujil people, and in recent years it has also become a tourist destination for its Spanish language schools, night life, and proximity to the lake and volcanos.
Local crops include corn, beans, coffee, and avocado. Some women make belts, shawls, and skirts with a back strap loom. San Pedro graduates large numbers of teachers who work the Atitlán area. Activities for tourists include hikes to the top of the San Pedro volcano or the Mayan Face, studying Spanish, partying in the restaurant sector down by the lakeshore, volunteering, and learning local crafts.
San Pedro La Laguna Lake Atitlan | How to Get There
There are multiple shuttle companies leaving Guatemala City to Panajachel several times a day. It takes approximately 3.5 hours and will cost $22.00 USD. If traveling from Antigua, a popular tourist destination in Guatemala, shuttles also leave multiple times per day. It takes approximately 2.5 hours from Antigua and will cost $12.00.
Once you are in Panajachel you can reach San Pedro by taking a shuttle boat, also called a launcha, from the public dock at Panajachel. It takes approximately 45 minutes and will cost Q25.
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