Lake Atitlan Daily Tour
Tour starts in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala
Lake Atitlan is a most visited location in Guatemala after Antigua Guatemala. Lake, surrounded by the three big volcanoes, is a place of natural beauty connected with the interesting history of the Maya people that lived on its shores for centuries. Nature and traditions, handicrafts and gastronomy - those are the elements of this eternal story that you will be told on the spot.
5:00 a.m. - Pick up from Guatemala City
6:00 – 6:30 a.m. - Pick up from Antigua Guatemala
We will hit the road to The Western Highlands region, home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests, and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous people. This is the region which most travelers think about when they daydream on a trip to this beautiful country.
Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Santiago Atitlan, where you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon". Enjoy the vibrant colors and local flavor of this village.
Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many atitecos (as its people are known) cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions, and practices of Mayan Catholicism. There’s a large art and crafts scene here as well. Back to Panajachel.
In Panajachel you will take a lunch (NOT INCLUDED)
Explore the village of Panajachel is a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlán. The town witnessed the final battle between Spaniards and their Kakchiquel allies against the Tzujiles and it also was a settlement point for the Franciscan missionaries who founded a convent nearby.
In the late afternoon, you’ll be returned to the starting point of your journey.