I spent a week on Lake Atitlan. It's the most beautiful lake in the world according to Aldous Huxley, and the second most according to me (Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, NZ is my #1). Picturesque Atitlan is surrounded by three volcanoes to the south, and is home to around 200,000 people spread out over twelve communities. Only 80km away from Antigua, I had taken the long route, trekking three days from Xela with Quetzaltrekkers.
I was lucky enough to still have some trekking buddies around so did some exploring with them, including an amazing morning climbing Volcan San Pedro. There wasn't much to see up the top as it was covered in cloud, but on the way back down we got some pretty great views of the town (pictured above).
A little less Mayan and a little more European is El Artesano, a cafe owned by a Guatemalan family of Swiss heritage. We had heard of this place and one afternoon returned to San Juan to try our luck for lunch. It was closed. We did eventually get there, and it was amazing.
There are a number of small taxi boats which you can take to surrounding villages and we took advantage of this to explore as many as possible. One day we headed over the Santiago, the largest of the villages famous for its 35 churches and being home to Maximon, Guatemala's folk saint. I didn't like Santiago much. It was quite like Panajachel, the most accessible town when arriving from Antigua or elsewhere. Both villages have streets selling solely souvenirs and in Pana, there is even an all inclusive resort.