For those who want to be close to Lake Atitlán’s main Mayan village, these waterside places to stay are the perfect pit stops in Guatemala. From space, Lake Atitlán looks like a blue drop set in the ancient, wrinkled folds of Guatemala’s Sierra Madre mountain range. From the ground, it shimmers sapphire blue, the sun rippling off its tiny wavelets, silhouetting the cones of the many volcanoes that line its shore. The Maya have lived along the shoreline villages for millennia, the largest being Panajachel. As the closest thing that Atitlán has to a resort town, it has a variety of places to stay – some with those all-important lakeside views.