You’re probably staying on the island, a great base for enjoying the lake. Head to the north shore for a walk on the malecón, or jump in for a swim with the locals. The west side boasts lakefront restaurants and bars where you can watch the sunset. Hire a cayuco (small, motorized boats) to other attractions overlooking the water, including ruins, Petencito Zoo, Cerro Cahuí Nature Reserve, “El Museo,” a small archaeological museum, and other towns along the lakeshore.
Note that inexpensive public boats that once plied the lake have been gradually phased out as roads and bus service improve. Instead, operators offer group boat tours, or you can hire a pricey private cayuco. Budget travelers may want to stick to chicken buses from the Santa Elena market to destinations around the lake.
Tours & Tickets
Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a ... Read more
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 days (approx.)
Discover excavated Mayan ruins in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) and Yaxha on this 2-day tour from Flores. An ... Read more
Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)