Experience Jaibalito

Experience Jaibalito
Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular destinations in Guatemala. This volcanic lake is surrounded by various towns all offering something different: parties, epic scenery, real local culture, and more. But Jaibalito is where you go to get off the grid – it’s only accessible by boat, and people who come here have mostly relaxation in mind.

Just 700 friendly locals call this place home, and they’re very welcoming. You can hike around the lush hillside, relax at your lodge, or grab a drink at Club Ven Aca on the waterfront. You’ll find a lot of travellers hanging out here, cool drink in hand, lounging in the infinity pool or hot tub.

Shores of Lake Atitlan
Volcanos across Lake Atitlan
Local weavers market
So small that it rarely appears on maps of the region, Jaibalito is the most undisturbed of the villages surrounding Lago Atitlán.

– Fodor’s

Unique Things to See and Do in Jaibalito

  • Hike to Santa Cruz
  • Hang out at Club Ven Aca’s pool
  • Relax at the Vulcano Lodge (and eat there!)
  • Check out the German hostel
  • Meet the locals
  • Take in a very colourful church service

Information on Jaibalito

You’ll usually find a free room at the hostel here, but for the more upscale accommodations, you’ll have to book ahead of time.

You can get anywhere on foot in Jaibalito – there are no taxis, or other vehicles, but you can flag down the sole tuk-tuk if you’re lucky enough to find it.

There is a small convenience store, but otherwise not many options to buy groceries. It doesn’t really matter since food is so cheap.

The locals here are mostly of Mayan descent.

Getting to Jaibalito

Panajachel tends to be the main hub from which to get to Jaibalito. From the main port area, you can grab a public or private taxi boat and arrive in Jaibalito in just 20 minutes.

It’s also possible to get to other Lake Atitlan towns by taxi boat, and hiking to the small town of Santa Cruz takes just 45 minutes.

Did you know…?

Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America, and is 1,115 feet at its deepest.

Women using the lake for washing

Did you ALSO know…?

The lake fills part of the caldera of an ancient volcano.

Lake Atitlan

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