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.

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.

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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).

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.

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).

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.

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