vista del lago Atitlan en Guatemala

In addition to its incredible culture, excellent landscapes, and beautiful architectural sites, Guatemala has more than 20 lakes and 120 lagoons that you should visit. If you are traveling through this charming country, here is a description of the most important lakes you can visit. 


Izabal is the largest lake in Guatemala and is located in the east of the country, very close to the Caribbean Sea. Connected to Rio Dulce, Lake Izabal glistens under the tropical sun. Enjoy the different beaches that this destination has for you; “El Estor”, “Mariscos” and “Playa Dorada” are excellent options.

In the past, Lake Izabal was protected by the San Felipe Castle, which prevented the entrance of pirates coming from the Caribbean. Today, you can visit this impressive structure located on the shores of the lake.

vista del lago Izabal


Located west of the Guatemalan highlands, Lake Atitlán is surrounded by a mountainous landscape that will enchant you. This is one of the favorite places of Juan Luis Bosch Gutierrez, Guatemalan businessman and nature lover.

The harmonious combination of volcanoes, mountains, and beautiful gardens make the perfect setting for an unforgettable vacation. Being one of the main attractions of the country, Lake Atitlán offers different activities to spend your stay.

You will also find a large concentration of hotels scattered around the lake, giving you many options to enjoy the atmosphere of this magical place.

Curious visitors come to the lake in search of Mayan cultural diversity. Different traditions and cultures still live around Lake Atitlán and its inhabitants are very friendly.

It is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes: Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro. Approximately 2,000 years ago, a small island east of Lake Atitlan was used as a ceremonial center for Mayan rituals.

mirador del lago Atitlan

Peten Itza

It is located in northern Guatemala, right in the center of Petén. Lake Petén Itzá is the second largest lake in the country and has an archaeological wealth that distinguishes it from the others.

On the south side of the lake is Flores Island, a colorful town full of friendly people, many hotels, restaurants, and bars. If you are looking for a quieter place to relax, “El Remate” is a town located to the east of the lake and is perfect for resting.

In “El Remate” you can swim and also visit the Cerro Cahui Biotope, where you can admire the lowland nature.

Lake Petén Itza is surrounded by tropical rainforest, within which are hidden 27 archaeological sites. It is undoubtedly a magnificent and mysterious lake that you can’t miss.

These are some of the most important lakes in Guatemala. Do not forget to follow all sanitary measures to avoid the spread of diseases.