Lake Atitlan might just be the highlight of your trip whether your looking to party of relaxing lake side and do yoga and meditation everyday. With over 10 small lakeside villages it's easy to base yourself in one village or town and take a lancha (small boat) to the others. We choose to stay in San Pedro as it was where our chicken bus dropped us off. There were tons of hostels and guesthouses and the further out you went the cheaper the accommodation was. We ended up finding a place to stay for a week for $15 a night- private room with bathroom, good wifi, a shared kitchen, hammocks to lay in and the best part was it was lake side. For a splurge in food visit San Juan Wine and Cheese Restaurant. It has a solid 5 star rating on Tripadvisor and serves huge anti-pasta, curried meats, and cheese platters. We spent our anniversary here! Walk around the town of San Pedro and you'll see hippies and artisans lined up selling their hand made jewelries, clothes, and smoking paraphernalia. There are tons of cheap eats and if you have a particular craving you're likely to find it. This place is also a haven for great vegetarian options given the huge new age scene. At night there are tons of places to drink and party including some amazing open mics. Ask around and you'll find something going on each night of the week. For shopping there's a huge market in Panajachel but these will be items similar to Antigua. If you're looking for some peace and quiet considering staying in San Marcos. While it's a bit more expensive the hotels have incredible value. This side of the lake is the cleanest and there tons of docks you can jump off and go for a swim. San Marcos is also a haven for yoga and meditation. You can find certification courses with a duration of a couple of weeks to a few months. There are tai-chi, reiki, and other "spirtual" centers and courses that can be done at very affordable prices.
Spend days visiting the various villages around this beautiful lake.
A gorgeous high-altitude lake in the middle of an ancient volcanic caldera, Lago de Atitlan is the perfect place to spend of week or so village-hopping between the numerous small towns around the lake's edges. Chill out, swim, relax, have a kayak, and walk in the surrounding hills (climbing a volcano if you're keen!).