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Santiago Atitlán

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The dock in Santiago Atitlán

Santiago Atitlán is a city in Guatemala on Lake Atitlán near Panajachel. Famous as the largest indigenous population of Tzutujile Mayans.

Get in

You can get to Santiago Atitlán by chicken bus from Guatemala City, by pick-up truck from San Lucas Tolimán and nearby locations, and by speedboat or ferry from Panajachel or San Pedro La Laguna. Shuttles are also provided by specific travel agencies at Antigua, Xela and the capital city.

Get around



For those interested in volunteering, Hospitalito Atitlán [1] is a great place to help out. The current Hospitalito functions out of a converted hostal, offering medical help to the local communities around the lake. Hospitalito Atitlán's new location is under construction a few minutes down the road, with the first floor scheduled to be completed in November 2010. The volunteer services can range from medical volunteers, cabinet makers, computer assistance, MBA students, volunteer groups for construction, and much more.

The Spanish schools around the lake also provide volunteer opportunities built into the school. EntreMundos [2], an NGO based out of Quetzaltenango, serves the purpose of connecting nonprofit organizations and volunteers throughout Guatemala.



La Posada de Santiago - famed restaurant out the outskirts of town

El Horno-Delicious baked goods (especially croissants). American owned. Excellent prices.


  • Quila's (Cafe Quila's), (near main dock), 77217225. 11am-10(ish)pm. Elegant upscale cafe bar and restaurant. Great place to read, watch large screen tv or use internet connection.


La Posada de Santiago

Get out



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