There are 12 small villages encircling the lake and each offers its own distinct look into the past and present ways of the people who live there. As for the lake itself, situated in the highlands of the Sierra Madres, many say that it has powerful energy fields running through it—regardless of what you believe, it offers some spectacular scuba, swimming and boating opportunities.
Inspired by the powers the waters of the lake are thought to have, numerous yoga retreats and yoga “farms” are scattered throughout the region. A distinct bohemian vibe combines with a holistic approach to mind, body and soul healing as many come to the area to take part in these retreats.
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Known as the area’s scuba capital, many come here to experience what diving down 200-300 meters feels like in a high-altitude lake. As the waters are still rising, entire villages have succumbed, meaning upon diving you might come across buildings and houses deep below the water’s surface.
The most visited town on Lake Atitlan, this is as much about an old-world vibe as it is about new world nightlife, dining and dancing. It has become pretty touristy in recent years, but it represents a very popular starting point for backpacking to other small villages and towns along the lake.