Lake Atitlán Villages Half-Day Tour
Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. The villages that surround the lake are unique and fascinating. This tour takes you to three such villages—San Juan La Laguna, Santiago Atitlán, and San Pedro La Laguna.
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 4 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 9:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This tour offers travelers a good opportunity to experience both the beauty of Lake Atitlán and the cultural diversity in the neighboring towns.
The tour starts in Panajachel, where you'll board a collective or private boat. This boat will take you from one village to another. Each village has its own identity despite the fact that they are so close to each other.
The first village you'll visit is San Juan La Laguna. This is a small, picturesque town famous for its hand-dyed textiles and tranquil atmosphere. Its streets are often lined with handicraft vendors or farmers drying corn in the sun.
Next you'll visit Santiago Atitlán, where you can experience living Maya traditions. Your guide will take you to the Maximón figure, a local saint venerated by Mayans. Santiago Atitlán is a hub for the Tz’utujil-speaking Maya, and you may be able to see people selling handicrafts or produce along the streets.
Finally, this tour visits San Pedro La Laguna. San Pedro is a newly hip town that lies at the base of the San Pedro Volcano. Travelers often come here to hike the volcano, ride horses, or party. It's a good contrast to the other two towns you'll visit on this tour.
At the end of the tour you'll return to Panajachel.
Attractions VisitedAtitlán Nature Reserve
The Atitlán Nature Reserve is located along the shores of Lake Atitlán outside the town of Panajachel. This private reserve offers all kinds of fun activities, including hiking, zip lining, swimming, and more.
Santiago Atitlan Friday Market
Santiago Atitlán is one of the more traditional towns along Lake Atitlán, and its market is a good place to witness the intersection of local culture and commerce. The best days to visit the market are Friday and Saturday.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, and money for meals, handicrafts, tips, and personal expenses.
Professional guide and boat transportation.
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Leonel Azurdia gave us an excellent tour.
The tour of the Lake Atitlan Villages was excellent. We enjoyed having the opportunity to visit and see some of the local business and industry. We especially enjoyed the tour at the Women's Weaving Co-operative. The textiles they produce are lovely.
Visiting the art galleries and women textiles cooperative in San Juan was a unique experience. The blend between mayan and catholic culture in Santiago is a must see! Leonel was amazing with all the knowledge about these villages and everything went smoothly!
- Lake Atitlan Things To Do
Lake Atitlan Things To Do
- Acatenango Volcano46 km.
- Chicabal Volcano and Lagoon54 km.
- Chichicastenango6 km.
- El Mirador Trail120 km.
- Fuego Volcano31 km.
- Iximche18 km.
- Pacaya Volcano62 km.
- San Pedro Volcano12 km.
- Santa Maria Volcano44 km.
- Santiago Atitlan Friday Market8 km.
- Santiaguito Volcano46 km.
- Tajumulco Volcano83 km.
- Takalik Abaj (Retalhuleu)64 km.
- Todos Santos Cuchumatan49 km.