A dozen or more small towns and villages ring the shores of Lake Atitlán. All are easily accessible by car, taxi, tuk tuk, or boat. Some, in fact, are only accessible by boat. While all of these towns and villages are good destinations for day trips, they also make great places to stay, especially if you want to get away from the heavily beaten tourist path.
Dirt paths and roads running close to the lakeshore connect all of the towns and villages along the northwestern shore of Lake Atitlán. Walking between the towns can be an excellent way to spend a day. However, be careful and always ask your hotel or the INGUAT office about the current security situation along these paths. The town of San Pablo La Laguna, in particular, has been known in the past for attacks on tourist hikers.