Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala and perhaps, all over Central America. The word “Atitlán” translates as among the waters and it is a lake of volcanic origin that nowadays is surrounded by villages of all kinds that for decades attract all the travelers who are encouraged to know Guatemala.
It is one of the main economic sources of the Department of Sololá in Guatemala. In addition to being a very attractive tourist center, it serves a lot of commercial support.
It is a very relaxed place, in which it is possible to combine a few days of rest, with interesting visits to cultural level or excursions and activities in the nature. The possibilities are many and either in a two-day visit or in a two-week period, good experiences will never be exhausted.
On the shores of the lake are the volcanoes of Atitlán (3537 MASL), Tolimán (3158 masl) and Volcán San Pedro (3020 MASL). The lake is located at 1560 meters above sea level and is 18 km long. Its depth, which varies in many points, is unknown, but has been probed more than 350 meters deep.
One of the characteristics of Lake Atitlan is a strong wind known as Xocomil. The etymology of Xocomil comes from the voices Cakchiqueles Xocom, of jocom = to collect; Il = sins, that is, the wind that collects the sins of the inhabitants of the villages located on the shores of the lake. It is usually produced at noon.