Hiking Mario Mendez Viewpoint to Panajachel

Hiking Mario Mendez Viewpoint to Panajachel

This tour will take you to the small, idyllic village of Santa Catarina on the shores of Lake Atitlán. Along the way you'll see forests, agricultural fields, a colonial-style church, and even hot springs.

Featured in:Guided Tours, Hiking, Atitlán Nature Reserve, Santiago Atitlan Friday Market
5 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
8:00 AM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

From the Mario Mendez Montenegro Viewpoint in Panajachel, this tour takes you on a 2-hour descent down the mountain to the small village of Santa Catarina. You’ll walk through a forest of pine, avocado, loquat, and peach trees. This hike allows you to appreciate the greenery of the Guatemalan highlands.

In Santa Catarina, the tour will stop by the local colonial-style church. Then we will explore the town and see the local textiles and costumes. You can buy crafts or simply admire the wide selection of locally-crafted souvenirs. Santa Catarina is a rural town, and sustains itself mostly through agriculture by growing corn, beans, onions, and flowers.

You have the option to visit the hot springs in the area. Bring a bathing suit if you feel like swimming or relaxing in the warm water. Afterward, the group will hike the asphalt road out of town and back 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.

Read 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.

Read more:Santiago Atitlan Friday Market

What to Bring

Camera, hat, binoculars, hiking clothes and shoes, bathing suit and towel (optional), and sunscreen.

What's included

Bilingual guide, transportation, and lunch (sandwich, water, juice and biscuits).


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

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