June 11, 2018 2 min read
Here’s your guide to traveling like a local in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.
ICYMI, we just launched a new bracelet collection in partnership with Mercado Global . Our favorite part of the process? An excuse to travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.
This volcanic crater is filled with sparkling blue water, and surrounded by verdant wildflower-covered hills with a rich Mayan history. Each of the villages ringing Lake Atitlán comes with its own distinct culture and color palette. Though we just can’t get enough, here are a few of our favorite spots.
Stay - Just a quick five-minute boat ride from Pana is the paradisical La Fortuna eco-lodge. Soak in a hot tub overlooking the gently rippling lake, and eat a delicious home-cooked meal. If you make your way to Antigua, try the Good Hotel . It’s a gorgeous former private mansion known for a social business model that invests back into the community of UNESCO-protected city.
Eat - If you’re a planner, book a reservation at San Juan Village’s Café El Artesano for stellar homemade Italian food with an even better view. If you’re more of a wait-and-see traveler, just hop across the street to sister restaurant Il Cantuccio . When we’re craving healthy eats, we head to Caoba Farms , or to Saberico ’s charming garden.
Snack - Fuel up at Crossroads Café in Pana, which has been locally sourcing and roasting beans since 2000. If you’re looking for a sugar rush, stop by La Tienda de Doña Gavi for top-notch vegan ice cream in a homey space.
Shop - Explore the massive Chichi market on Thursdays or Saturdays. On off days, explore the the plethora of locally-owned shops various villages around the lake, from Santiago to Santa Catarina. We particularly like Utz Po’t-San Pablo ( Calle Santander 4-74c; no website ) for high-quality vintage textile pieces.
Honor : Support local artisans by donning a handmade bracelet from our Atitl án Collection. Woven on mini foot looms, our newest LOVE bracelets are inspired by the woven hair ribbons Guatemalan women use in their hair wraps.
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