Lake Atitlán is a beautiful volcanic lake in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The lake, 320 metres deep, is 19 km long and 10 km wide, with an area of 127.7 square km. It occupies a valley dammed by volcanic ash. Tz’utujil and Kaqchiquel Mayans have plied its shores for centuries and continue to wear vibrant ropa típica and practice age-old Mayan customs today, particularly in towns such as Santiago Atitlán and Santa Catarina Palopó. Panajachel is one of Atitlán’s main hubs and offers a comprehensive selection of hotels, restaurants, pharmacies, and shops. It also serves as a base for travelers looking to explore the lake’s other villages.