Guatemala is a mountanous country and if you would like to see more than one destination, you will have to consider your mode of transport. It can take from 1 to 4 hours depending on the type of transportation. Fortunately, there are a number of options for getting around and specially from Guatemala City to lake Atitlan.
This overview of transportation options will help you decide the best ways to travel to Lake Atitlan.
Best way to travel from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan
- Book a private car transportation is one of the best options you can chose. Especially if you don’t want to deal with the trafic of Guatemala city. All you need to do is book your transfer that will take 3 hours. Relax and enjoy different type of landscapes and let the expert driver take you to Lake Atitlan. All car transfers to Lake Atitlan go through Panajachel, therefor you chose the place where your hotel is located in Lake Atitlan Guatemala
2. If you are traveling on a budget, also you might be interest on a shared transportation. It will take longer than 3 (4 – 5) hours if all people is in time and ready. Therefore you should wait until everyone is in the van. Usually the shared transportation goes through Antigua first then travel to Lake Atitlan.
3. The fastest way to travel to Lake Atitlan is by helicopter. It will take 45 minutes with stunning view to the volcanoes if is a clear day. There are a few helipads where you can land.
4. If you are looking for adrenaline you might be interest on traveling on chicken bus. These buses are colorful, they depart anytime from Guatemala City. If you are lucky you will find a direct ride to Lake Atitlan. Otherwise you will have to switch several time and, the ride can take 4 hours or more. By the way the price is cheap but not waranty service, and safety.