Lake Atitlán


Travel through the Guatemalan Highlands with its great mountain peaks, plateaus and valleys to Lake Atitlan, famous for its astounding natural beauty and colorful Maya villages. Simply arriving at Lake Atitlán is a 20-minute experience. We begin our decent of some 2000 feet with the lake in view. The three volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlán stand out like majestic guards over what Aldous Huxley called the “most beautiful lake in the world”. The word “atitĺán” is a Maya word that translates as “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”.

Arrival at Hotel Atitlán is magic. From the moment you walk into the lobby and see the indigenous artwork and colonial antiques you will feel the ambiance of the hotel and what is yet to come. Your room will have a spectacular view of the botanical gardens and the lake surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. Once you check in, you will never want to leave. The New York Times said, “There is only one truly sumptuous place to stay, the Hotel Atitlán, a fantasia of ornately maintained gardens, caged parrots, hand-carved furniture and gorgeous tile work”.

Hotel Atitlán is “home” for the Explore Guatemala Creative Workshops. With workshop facilities, “the Ranchito”, nestled in the lower gardens, on the water’s edge with magnificent views of the volcanoes, lake and Indian villages it is absolutely awe inspiring.

Boats will transport you to the surrounding Indian villages where artists abound; painters, potters, and women weavers famous for their intricate weaving and embroideries.


Prices are per person, based on 1 to 6 people traveling together throughout the duration of the trip. Per person price is lower for more people, so get your friends to join you:


Lake Atitlán

1 Person
(Single Occupancy)
2 – 3 Persons
(Double Occupancy)
4 – 6 Persons *
(Double Occupancy)


•  8 Days, 7 nights lodging, including Breakfast and all hotel tips.
•  Airport transportation (additional transportation, Guide, and modeling services may be    arranged at a nominal fee)


•  Airfare from your hometown to Guatemala
•  Art supplies
•  Airport baggage handling tips (we recommend 5 Qs per bag)
•  Guatemala Airport Security Tax (Q20.00) or any additional security or airport tax
•  Alcohol or personal room charges

*For more than 6 people, contact us for rates.

** Longer stays or add-ons may be arranged.

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