Sometimes, 84,000 years after the fact, cataclysmic events can be appreciated for their unexpectedly incredible consequences. The volcanic eruption that gave us Lake Atitlán is one such event. Considered the deepest and arguably the most beautiful lake in Central America, this ~350 m deep body of water is perhaps the most well known destination in Guatemala: one which Aldous Huxley famously described as being "really...too much of a good thing."
So just what is there to do here? Well, more than can be summed up in a couple paragraphs; but that's why they invented highlights, right? Let's start with the surrounding volcanoes, including San Pedro (3,020 m), Atitlán (3,557 m) and Tolimán (3,158 m). All three can be hiked/camped on, though we'd recommend using a guide to avoid any trouble with potential burglars (better safe than sorry). Then there's the lake itself, perfect for swimming, cliff jumping, kayaking (preferably in the mornings, as afternoons tend to be a bit choppy) or just a day spent boating from one relaxed town to the next. It's even possible to bike/hike around the entirety of the lake, though you'd do well to plan your route thoroughly and consult with some knowledgeable locals beforehand.
Is your appetite sufficiently whetted? Impressively enough, we've only just begun to chip away at the iceberg that is Lake Atitlán, so now it's time to dig into both our links and related activities to help flesh out your adventure. Just make sure you give yourself enough time (a few days at least), then come experience this singularly spectacular Guatemalan treasure.