Lake Atitlán is a body of water in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. Ringed by steep, verdant hills, it’s known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. The busy town of Panajachel, where vendors sell traditional textiles, is a popular gateway to the lake. On a former coffee plantation, the Atitlán nature reserve offers trails and a butterfly garden. The local Mayans women wear their colorful traditional clothing not to impress travelers, but for their own cultural reasons. Most couldn't imagine wearing anything else. Don't miss the market in Solola, only a short bus drive away!