Lake Atitlán is a large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) in the Guatemalan Highlands. While Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America.Estimates of its maximum depth range up to 340 meters. The lake is shaped by three volcanoes on its southern flank. Lake Atitlan is approximately 2-3 hours North of Guatemala City Airport and about 1.5 hours from Antigua. It is about one hours South of Xela the Mayan name, or common name for Quetzaltenango the second largest city in Guatemala.
The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world by Aldous Huxley.
The lake basin is primarily an agriculture society, with the local Mayan growing coffee. Significant agricultural products include cacao, corn, onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and pitahaya fruit.
List of Cities located on Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Panajachel, San Pedro la Laguna, and San Marcos are the primary destinations of foreigners or expat, with a younger crowd in San Pedro, or San Marcos and Panajachel occupied by a long-term or older foreigner presence.