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.

from $ 36


Free cancellation

up to 15 days in advance

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  • 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

Experience Highlights

Boat Tours
Cultural
Guided Tours
Atitlán Nature Reserve
Santiago Atitlan Friday Market

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 Visited

Atitlán 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.

Atitlán Nature Reserve

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.

Santiago Atitlan Friday Market

What to Bring

Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, and money for meals, handicrafts, tips, and personal expenses.

What's included

Professional guide and boat transportation.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Traveler Comments

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!

- CAMILLE R, JAN 2019

The guide was awesome

- SHAWNEE C, MAR 2018

Our guide, Leonell, was terrific. The experience was extremely educational on Mayan culture and how it affects life in these villages today

- PETER M, FEB 2018
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