Lake Atitlan in Photos

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Dalene & Pete Heck

It’s all about the lake. The magical, seductive, lake.

The towns have their own appeal, to be sure. At least, that’s what others have said, although we didn’t quite find it ourselves. Panajachel is essentially one long road full of restaurants and peddlers of the usual souvenirs. San Pedro had a cool, relaxed vibe, but almost a little too so for our liking.

I am sure there are other reasons to enjoy this area. But for us, it was all about the lake, and views of the dormant volcanoes nestled up to it.

Lake Atitlan Sunset

The town of San Pedro, on the other side of the lake from Panjachel.

The town of San Pedro, on the other side of the lake from Panajachel.


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  • February 4 2013

    Stunning pictures of one of my most favorite places!

    • February 8 2013

      Thanks Andi! It has good reason to be one of your favourites!

  • A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer)
    February 4 2013

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I’m not really into South America all that much but this is just WOW – fantastic job on capturing the area!

    • February 8 2013

      Have you been to South or Central America before? There is SO much gorgeousness! I think you need to give it a shot. πŸ™‚

  • February 5 2013

    I was there a couple of years ago and the lake was filled with thick green slime. Is that still a problem?
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    • February 8 2013

      We saw no thick green slime, and even spent quite a bit of time on the water kayaking. Hopefully that means the problem was solved!

  • February 5 2013

    This is one place I’m really, really bummed that I missed out on in Guatemala. It looks amazing! That second photo especially… wow!
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    • February 8 2013

      So many reasons for you to go back Amanda! πŸ™‚

  • February 5 2013

    Looks absolutely stunning, guys! The one from the Kayak is just amazing, so much movement in the clouds and water. I look forward to reading more about Guatemala πŸ™‚

    • February 8 2013

      Thanks Sarah! The waters were pretty rough so it was tough to take photos, but we got a few! Guatemala has been a really incredible experience for us, we’ve got lots to say about it. πŸ™‚

  • February 5 2013

    There you go again, showing me a place with style and details as only you can!
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    • February 8 2013

      Very sweet of you to say Maria! Lake Atitlan is a pretty special place, these are only a few of the many, many pictures we took!

  • February 5 2013

    These photos are incredible, you just transported me right there with you; I could hear every ripple of water. Simply stunning!
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    • February 8 2013

      Glad you liked them Hannah. We are such *water* people, any place we can visit that allows for kayaks quickly rises up on our charts. πŸ™‚

  • February 6 2013

    Wow, how gorgeous! Looking forward to more revelations about Guatemala.

  • February 6 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Looks like a fantastic place to go kayaking.
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  • RyukyuMike
    February 5 2013

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing !

  • February 6 2013

    This has already been said before, but I had to add it too: GORGEOUS photos!

  • Laura @Travelocafe
    February 7 2013

    It looks absolutely stunning, and your photos are amazing as always!

  • February 8 2013

    It really is all about the lake! I’m curious to see how Lake Nicaragua compares.

    • February 9 2013

      You must report back, please. πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous! I really need to go back to Guatemala because I only saw Antigua and the surrounding area.
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    • February 9 2013

      We haven’t traveled too far in Central America yet, but this country really left an impact on us compared to some of the others. You do really need to go back! πŸ™‚

  • February 12 2013

    I can see why you liked this place. It’s just beautiful!
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  • August 14 2013

    How beautiful. Your photos are stunning! Must go to Guatemala!
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