Hotel Atitlán is one of the most unique and storied hotels on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. The property has a rich past, and its titles date from the colonial period of the Captaincy General of Guatemala in 1524-1821. In 1970, Arturo Rivera inherited the land of his ancestors and, with his wife Susan Tyng, built what is now Hotel Atitlán. The first wing consisting of the lobby, 14 rooms and the restaurant and bar was finished in December 1971. The second wing, with 29 rooms, was added in 1974, and the final wing with 22 rooms was completed in 1992. Today, there are 60 individually decorated rooms, each with their own private balcony offering outstanding views.
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The Hotel Atitlán is located on what was once a productive and successful coffee plantation called Finca San Buenaventura. The lake is surrounded by coffee plantations that are known worldwide for the quality and taste of their grains resulting from the region’s altitude.
Today, the environment is dedicated to the cultivation of coffee and vegetables to share the natural beauty of the farm with guests. The farm has a rich past, and its titles date from the colonial period of the Captaincy General of Guatemala (1524-1821).
Lake Atitlán is one of the most precious treasures of the Republic of Guatemala and among the most beautiful lakes in the world. Many geologists believe that the lake began to form after the collapse of a volcanic caldera more than 85,000 years ago.
Lake Atitlán is located about 1,562 metres above sea level in the region of Solola, Guatemala. It is an endorheic lake, i.e., a closed-basin lake that does not flow into the sea, and its area covers 130 square kilometres (approx. 50 miles). At a maximum depth of about 340 metres, Lake Atitlán is the deepest in Central America.
Divers who explore Lake Atitlán find it to be as diverse as its surroundings. The water temperature is approximately 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility can reach 50 to 100 feet. The water is clear and the diverse variety of marine life includes black bass, white carp, crappie and a several species of cichlids.
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