Lake Atitlán

Trail views really don't get much better than from the rim of this legendary lake.
Elevation: 1660m (5446ft.)
Highest Point: 3,535m
(11,598ft)
Average Temperature:

18.3 °C / 64.94°F

Elevation: 1660m (5446ft.)
Highest Point: 3,535m
(11,598ft)
Average Temperature:

18.3 °C / 64.94°F

Everyone knows about Lake Atitlán but few are familiar with the incredible terrain that surrounds the world’s most beautiful lake. Powerful geology gave birth to this enormous supervolcano later on sprouting three perimeterial volcanoes. The mountains and canyons around Lake Atitlán spider for miles in a complex network of ridges and drainages. Rising to the east are the mountains of Tecpán and Maria Tacun with heights equal or greater than Vocán San Pedro (10,000ft). The area is home to coniferous dry forests and seasonal lagoons.

Highlights

Grand views from almost all trails.

Steep rocky terrain in the enormous caldera of an ancient supervolcano.

Living Mayan culture - an anthropological time-capsule

Highlights

Grand views from almost all trails.

Steep rocky terrain in the enormous caldera of an ancient supervolcano.

Living Mayan culture - an anthropological time-capsule

Dry Season

Jan-Apr

Dry

Jan-Apr

Wet Season

May-Oct

Wet

May-Oct

Warmest Month

May

High:

26.6°C / 80°F

May

High:

26.6°C / 80°F

Coolest Month:

January

Low:

12°C / 54°F

January

Low:

12°C / 54°F

Routes:

The topography within 2 miles of Lake Atitlán contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,044 ft and an average elevation above sea level of 5,573 ft. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,949 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,976 feet).

History

Guatemalans have long penetrated the terrain in effort to homestead and grow crops. Agricultural horse and foot trails serve as indigenous highways that connect the region. Tecpán – Pana is a favorite local travesia (mountain bike group ride). Beginning in he mountains at 8300ft and finishing in Panajachel at 5,800ft. One would think its all downhill but with numerous 500+ ft canyons and rivers to cross it makes for a hell of a day!

Important Dates:

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