Digital Nomad's Guide to Exploring the Villages of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Curated By

Andrew Fox

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  • Guatemala

  • Digital Nomad Travel

  • City Travel

  • Lakeside

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

A wooden dock at the water of Lake Atitlan.
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Welcome to Lake Atitlan, a digital nomad's paradise surrounded by vibrant Mayan villages and stunning natural beauty. As you balance work and exploration, here's a guide to immersing yourself in the unique charm of the various lakeside villages.

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Where to stay in Lake Atitlan

Lush Atitlan

Handcrafted, family-run eco retreat in the hills above Lake Atitlan.

Eagle's Nest Atitlán - Yoga, Dance & Community

Discover serenity and connection at Eagle's Nest Atitlán, where yoga, dance, and community come together in harmony.

Posada de los Volcanes

A charming inn nestled near volcanic landscapes, offering a tranquil retreat with breathtaking views.

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Things to do in Lake Atitlan

Selina Atitlan offers a full-fledged workspace at an affordable rate.

1. Panajachel: Setting Up Your Base

Accommodation: Choose a hotel or guesthouse in Panajachel, the main hub. Posada de los Volcanes and Atitlan Villas offer comfortable stays.
Coworking Spaces: Opt for Selina Atitlan or Impact Hub Antigua in Panajachel for reliable workspaces and a community of fellow digital nomads.

2. San Pedro La Laguna: Balancing Work and Play

Accommodation: Consider Eco-Hotel Mayachik for sustainability and great views.
Work Spots: Visit La Puerta, a café with a tranquil garden, for a peaceful work session.
Exploration: Dive into local culture by visiting the San Pedro Market and enjoy the vibrant nightlife after work.

3. San Marcos La Laguna: Spiritual Serenity

Accommodation: Choose a lakeside retreat like Lush Atitlan or Eagle's Nest Atitlan.
Work Spots: Explore the cozy Shambala Café or PYRIT Yoga & Café for a unique work environment.
Exploration: Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere with yoga classes, holistic therapies, and a visit to the famous Pyramid of the Moon.

4. San Juan La Laguna: Artistic Vibes

Accommodation: Opt for Posada Schumann or Hotel San Juan.
Work Spots: Head to Mero D'Oro, a café with a creative atmosphere, for work sessions.
Exploration: Discover the vibrant street art, cooperative workshops and the Women's Weaving Cooperative for a cultural experience.

5. Santiago Atitlan: Rich Cultural Heritage

Accommodation: Stay at Hotel Bambu or Hotel Hospedaje Guatefriend.
Work Spots: Explore Café Loco for a mix of work and local flavor.
Exploration: Visit the Maximon shrine, the local market, and the textile museum to dive into the town's cultural richness.

6. Santa Cruz La Laguna: Tranquil Retreat

Accommodation: Enjoy the tranquility at La Iguana Perdida or Isla Verde.
Work Spots: Work with a view at The Clover, a lakeside café with a stunning panorama.
Exploration: Take a dip in the lake, hike to the Indian Nose viewpoint, and experience the peaceful atmosphere of this lesser-explored village.

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Connectivity Tips for Village Exploration

eSIM Card: Purchase an eSIM card via Airalo for consistent mobile data throughout your village explorations.
Transport: Use public boats or private shuttles to navigate between villages easily.

Health and Safety in the Villages

Local Cuisine: Savor local dishes but ensure they are prepared in hygienic conditions.
Altitude: Be mindful of the varying altitudes in different villages and take it easy to acclimate.
Emergency Contacts: Note down emergency numbers and the location of medical facilities in each village.

Need to Know

Lake Atitlan's diverse villages offer a perfect blend of work and cultural exploration. Tailor your digital nomad experience to the unique vibes of each lakeside gem and make the most of your time by the enchanting waters. Enjoy the journey!

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Relax in the Mexican Caribbean: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Guatemala.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Guatemala.