Guatemala area which located in the Central America, for years, has been well-known as the cheapest attractions of the world. Thus, it is now developing drastically and become more and more expensive which can be seen most clearly in Antigua. However, through such a long time, Lake Atitlan, fortunately, still remains its quiet beauty as well as a cheap price. If you are planning to go to the Lake Atitlan, or just don’t know where to go in the coming vacation yet, you can take a look at the prices of the Lake Atitlan mentioned in the following paragraphs.
Hostels and Hotels prices in Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan does not offer a lot of high-class hotels. Yet, numerous of hotel rooms which have affordable price for a night spent are available. However, if you search for a room on the Internet in even some popular booking website such as HostelWorld, there are not many options available as most of them are quite small and they find it unnecessary to open either a website or a Facebook account.
There is a travel blogger reported that he had a fully-furnitured room for less than $12 which originally at about $20. Coming to the lowest price, it could be about $5 to $8 a person if you are willing to stay in a dorm bed.
Moreover, an great deal accommodation may also be found on AirBnB which usually charge you about $25 to $60.
Food and Drinks costs in Atitlan
As the locals of Atitlan do not have an eating-out habit, most of food found on the street are local. The prices, for of course, for both street food and restaurant, are quite reasonable. For examples, you can have a sandwich, a burrito and a burger for only 2 to 3.5 dollar or a steak with nice beer in a restaurant with beautiful lake view for about $6.
There are a lot of ways to travel and visiting around the lake such as chicken buses, shuttles, ferries, private boats or even a tuk-tuk,etc. Yet, the price is not stable as it can be higher (about $3) unless you are nearly a local with no carrying-with baggage and speaking Spanish fluently.
In order to going to another areas like Panajachel or San Pedro, you can choose to get on a shuttle which is a jam-packed van charging $25 for from-the-airport route and $15 for from-Atitlan one. The price will increase if you start from the opposite points. Taking a taxi is not a great idea unless you go with a family or a group of friends with a cost of $60.
However, if you stay in Lake Atitlan for longer, it is recommended to take a ferry to the wanted village then travelling on feet and do again whenever needed.
From Guatemala, it is also convenient to go to San Cristobal de las Casas, Copan or San Salvador near by as there are buses picking guests in almost every areas here.
Other prices in Lake Atitlan
Besides these prices above, there are still a lot of things charging you while you are travelling Lake Atitlan. Yet, almost everythings is cheapie. It can be seen from a less-than-$10 SIM card which allows you to call 100 minutes to both the USA and Mexican areas, 700 Mb data, free logging in Facebook, 100 messages, and free call in Claro only. Or it may be a massages service which costs about 20 to 30 dollars.
Visiting Lake Atitlan, you can also hire a guide coming with for a whole day hiking the mountain. The price of this service can be changed due to your group size, English level and the difficulty of your chosen routes. However, it usually charges at the range of $5 to $15 each person.
In conclusion, Lake Atitlan of Guatemala is such an ideal places for those are backpackers with a stunning view, a small number of tourists and especially the low costs.