Welcome to your detailed guide for Lake Atitlan hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Compare prices for Lake Atitlan hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Lake Atitlan, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Lake Atitlan? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Lake Atitlan alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Lake Atitlan. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Lake Atitlan. To help you make friends with Lake Atitlan before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Lake Atitlan is a lake in the Sierra Madre Mountains in southwestern Guatemala. It is Guatemala’s deepest lake and is also the biggest tourist attraction in the country. The lake is surrounded by many small Mayan communities like Santiago Atitlan, Panajachel, and San Lucas Toliman.
Lake Atitlan was created from a volcanic eruption over 11 million years ago; there are numerous volcanoes in the area but the three main ones are San Pedro, Atitlan, and Toliman. They are all within the crater and while Toliman and Atitlan are both active, Atitlan is the only one showing any signs of recent eruptions.
The towns around Lake Atitlan are small, but they pack a big punch. Panajachel attracted a large number of hippies in the 1960s, both Guatemalan and foreign, and as a result the town is entirely reliant on tourism, unlike some of the other towns. You'll find most of the hostels here. Santiago Atitlan is the largest town and is known mainly for its worship of Maximon, a Mayan idol. It is also notable because of the assassination of an American missionary inside the church during the Guatemalan Civil War in 1981. San Pedro La Laguna is the backpacker’s haven; it’s on the lake and has the best access to hiking. To get here, you’re going to need to take a bus from Guatemala City or have your own transport. Once you’re at the lake, boats are your best option for getting around. Panajachel has the best connections to the city, but you’ll definitely want to see some of the other towns around the lake.
There are a few hostels scattered around the lake, mainly in San Pedro La Laguna and San Marcos La Laguna, but you can find budget accommodation in all of the towns. Hostels around the lake tend to cater to hikers as well as backpackers, so expect spacious areas and lots of lounging areas.
Written by local enthusiast for Lake Atitlan hostels Jakob Lombardi
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Lake Atitlan. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Lake Atitlan. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Lake Atitlan and Guatemala.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.