Our most recommended things to do in San Juan La Laguna

Lake Atitlan: Day Tour by Boat with Expert Guide

Lake Atitlan: Day Tour by Boat with Expert Guide

Cruise across Lake Atitlan and visit the villages of San Juan La Laguna on this full-day shared sightseeing tour. Ringed by 3 volcanoes on its southern flank, Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America. Departing from Panajachel, at the gateway to the lake, your private guide will take you on a scenic shared boat trip before exploring some local textile communities and the Mayan villages of San Juan La Laguna. Get amazing views of the Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes, as you experience for yourself why the area became such a Mecca for beatniks and bohemian writers such as Aldous Huxley. Capture the scent of coffee plantations, and then try some freshly ground coffee. Here, you can immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of the Tz'utujil Mayans and turn the noisy dial of modern life down to zero.

From Antigua: Lake Atitlan Boat Trip Full-Day Tour

From Antigua: Lake Atitlan Boat Trip Full-Day Tour

After pick-up by your local driver from Antigua, make your way to Panajachel Lake Atitlan and set off on a boat trip across the peaceful water. Listen as your bilingual guide shares facts about life in the Guatemalan Highlands, and visit the villages of San Juan La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan. after all the experience will be back in Panajachel to hop on the van to go back in Antigua Learn about the local Maya culture in these traditional communities, as well as the benefits the textile and coffee farming industries brings to this peaceful region of Guatemala. While in San Juan La Laguna, enjoy womas workshop for dying performing. Then admire the view of the 3 majestic volcanoes nearby; Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro.

From Antigua: 3 Mayan Villages on Lake Atitlan Day Tour

From Antigua: 3 Mayan Villages on Lake Atitlan Day Tour

This is a real immersion in the Mayan culture and you will see the lifestyle of the Mayan people. See how ancient technology is used for textile manufacture as you visit three Mayan villages around Lake Atitlan. The departure is from Antigua, with a 2.5-hour drive to Panajachel (Lake Atitlán). Then, visit San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro, and Santiago Atitlan, returning at the end to Panajachel. This is a round trip around Lake Atitlan, and there will be a one-hour stop in every town. Admire the colorful town of San Juan. Visit its attractions down the main streets such as galleries and women's coops, and witness a chocolate and coffee production demo. Then, explore San Pedro. A small town populated by Mayan Tzutujil. Discover its interesting sights and learn about the local culture there. Lastly, make a stop in Santiago Atitlán, where you can make a visit to a deity revered by the locals and visitors. Its market day is very colorful, and you can visit Santiago Apóstol Parish Church, built in the colonial times in the Renaissance style.

Shared Lake Atitlan Tour: Panajachel + San Juan + Boat Ride

Shared Lake Atitlan Tour: Panajachel + San Juan + Boat Ride

Embark on a captivating journey to the vibrant heart of Guatemala, where the rich tapestry of Mayan culture unfolds. This tour, departing from either Guatemala City or Antigua, takes you to the enchanting town of Panajachel, followed by a serene boat ride to the traditional village of San Juan. The unique selling points of this tour include an immersive exploration of living Mayan culture, a glimpse into the ancient art of textile dyeing, learning about their natural medicine, and the delightful experience of a local chocolate-making process. Note, if the weather does not allow us to cross the lake to San Juan, we will visit either Santa Catarina or San Antonio Palopo, which are in an area with little wind (we get there by boat). These towns are colorful and have a cultural charm that will leave you with a big smile on your face. Your security and our team members are a priority for us. Departure from Guatemala City or Antigua: The journey begins with a comfortable pickup and a scenic drive to Panajachel, a gateway to the indigenous world of Guatemala. Panajachel: Here, immerse yourself in the bustling local markets and stunning lakeside views, setting the tone for your cultural adventure. Boat Ride to San Juan: A peaceful boat trip across the lake introduces you to the serene beauty of the region, leading to San Juan, a village steeped in Mayan traditions. Cultural Immersion in San Juan: In San Juan, experience firsthand the intricate process of natural dyeing used in creating traditional Mayan textiles. Natural Medicine: Learn about natural medicine and plants Chocolate Experience: Delight in a visit to a local chocolatier, where the journey from cacao bean to chocolate bar is revealed, echoing the rich flavors of Guatemala. Return Trip: Conclude your tour with a reflective boat ride back to Panajachel, followed by a comfortable drive back to your original pickup location.

From Guatemala City Lake Atitlán in one day

From Guatemala City Lake Atitlán in one day

From Guatemala City we will travel to the most beautiful lake in America, enjoy Lake Atitlán, 3 Magical Towns in 1 day: San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro and San Marcos La Laguna. Immerse yourself in the Mayan culture, visiting San La Laguna walking along the Paseo de las Artes, visiting and admiring the Kaqasiiwaan Viewpoint; enjoy the vibe and life of San Pedro La Laguna, enjoy a typical Guatemalan dish and dare to jump from the Trampoline in San Marcos La Laguna; the best of Lake Atitlán in a single day trip.

Lake Atitlan Walking Tour in 4 Different Towns

Lake Atitlan Walking Tour in 4 Different Towns

Embark on an immersive journey through the picturesque towns surrounding Lake Atitlan, delving into their rich culture and natural beauty. This private village tour offers a unique opportunity to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations and interact with local communities, providing a deeper understanding of life by the lake. **Panajachel Departure:** Your adventure begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Panajachel or Santa Cruz La Laguna. From there, we'll set off for Santa Cruz La Laguna, where our exploration of the charming lakeside towns commences. **Santa Cruz La Laguna:** Step into the serene ambiance of Santa Cruz, where lush nature reserves, luxurious hotels, and vibrant handicrafts line the shores of the lake. **Jaibalito:** Continuing our journey, we arrive at Jaibalito, a town blessed with stunning lake vistas and fresh mountain air. As we stroll through its quaint streets, our knowledgeable guide will regale you with tales of local customs and traditions, offering insights into the diverse cultures that call Lake Atitlán home. **Tzununá:** Next on our itinerary is Tzununá, a hidden gem known for its breathtaking beauty and tranquility. Here, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of this lesser-visited town and learn more about its unique heritage. **San Juan La Laguna:** Our final destination is San Juan La Laguna, accessible by a scenic collective boat ride across the sparkling waters of Lake Atitlán. This vibrant town is renowned for its colorful streets and thriving art scene, with many residents being talented artists who express their Mayan worldview through vibrant paintings. **Cultural Immersion and Activities:** In San Juan, prepare for an enriching cultural experience as we delve into the traditions of the local community. Participate in a chocolate tour, where you'll learn about the ancient art of chocolate-making, from bean to bar. Discover the intricate process of natural dyeing used in textile production and gain insight into the significance of Mayan honey. **Lunch Time:** After our cultural explorations, we'll gather for a delicious lunch at a local eatery, offering a taste of authentic Guatemalan cuisine. **Return to Panajachel:** As our day comes to a close, we'll board another collective boat for the return journey to Panajachel or Santa Cruz. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing views of Lake Atitlán one last time as we bid farewell to this enchanting destination. Thank you for joining us on this unforgettable journey through the hidden treasures of Lake Atitlán.

From Panajachel: Lake Atitlan Tour with Mayan Home Stay

From Panajachel: Lake Atitlan Tour with Mayan Home Stay

01 - Enjoy a full-day of adventure activities on and around Lake Atitlan under the shadows of the Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro volcanoes. A local guide will meet you at hotel in Panajachel. at 09:00 am From here, get scenery Shared boat to San Juan La Laguna, stop for nice local mayan People with handicraft talents, afterward San Pedro La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan, you will get to experience the authentic culture of the Maya civilization first hand, 02 - After of Boat trip a Local Driver meet you infront of hostel in Panajachel at 5:00 pm to ride 10 minutes By car to San Jorge La Laguna as Original Mayan village to Explore the Authentics cultures, great chance to experience interacting with Mayan Family. taste the delicious foods of the mother, Sleep at nice rooms in the Family.

Guatemala City: One way private transfer to Panajachel

Guatemala City: One way private transfer to Panajachel

Start your adventure in Guatemala in the most convenient and comfortable way possible by choosing our private transportation service. You are able get the perfect trip for you, as you can pick your preferred departure time and pick-up location from several zones in Guatemala City and La Aurora International Airport. For those departing from the airport, accommodating delays with prior notice. Upon arrival at Panajachel, this service will drop you off directly at your destination, whether it's an hotel, Airbnb, or any other location you prefer. From that point Panajachel and all its surroundings will be yours to discover! We encourage you to visit any viewpoint that you find as all of them offer an unbelievable sight, also you can visit any town nearby by boat, where you’ll be able to experience a lot of different activities! Enjoy a direct journey in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles. This private transport is an excellent choice for solo travelers or any group size up to 12 people. Your dream trip begins here!

Full Day Lake Atitlán: Panajachel-San Juan La Laguna Tour

Full Day Lake Atitlán: Panajachel-San Juan La Laguna Tour

We will depart from Guatemala City and head towards the town of Panajachel. From there, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Atitlan, which is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The lake is guarded by three imposing volcanoes. The private boat trip will allow us to directly experience the crystal-clear waters. Upon arrival at San Juan la Laguna, we will visit art galleries featuring traditional paintings, textile workshops where they will explain the natural thread painting process, a garden of medicinal plants, and the San Juan church. After the town tour, we will return to Panajachel for lunch (No Included) before heading back to Guatemala City

Explore San Juan - Full-Day of Cultural Sharing

Explore San Juan - Full-Day of Cultural Sharing

You have a full day to explore San Juan, the “Swiss village” of Lake Atitlan. You will spend approximately 5 hours on a guided walking tour where you learn about the unique changes that have transformed this Tzutujile Mayan village into a model community. Visit art galleries, woman's weaving cooperatives, a medicinal and curative plant garden operated by the comedrones (mid-wifes), a coffee tour, and confradia shrines. You will meet several families, visit with them about how their lives have changed through experiential tourism. Enjoy lunch with local recipes from this area. (Lunch not included in tour price). Several famous painters are from San Juan and we visit their galleries to see them at work. The village has over 40 public murals depicting important elements of the Mayan culture, the Mayan calendar and counting system. Your guide will explain the meaning behind each mural; including the Mayan story of creation, ceremony, counting system and the development of mathematics and the 5000 year old calendar.  Women Weavers and Nuestra Artesania includes demonstrations showing how the beautiful fabrics are made; from harvesting the cotton, to spinning it into yarn, dieing the yarn, and then creating one of-a-kind fabrics with the back strap loom. The Qomaneel center is a medicinal and curative herb garden operated by the midwives of San Juan. You are guided through the garden and given samples of each plant along with a description of its curative powers. All natural soaps, teas, and shampoos are made on the premises.   Learn about the confradia system and how it helps keep the traditions, both Catholic and Mayan. This tour gives the visitor a little bit of all that Guatemala has to offer. 

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What people are saying about San Juan La Laguna

Overall rating

4.6
(14 reviews)

Our driver was polite and very competent! However, travelers should be prepared for a lengthy trip (4+ hours). This is the nature of travel in Guatemala. That not withstanding, we were very pleased with our driver and the van. We are so glad we used this service rather than trying to rent a car and drive ourselves!

The trip was fantastic. Just a little bit disappointed that when we got there, everyone had breakfast included in their tour and we we didn’t. They also paid $12 less than us.

Overall a great experience. The breakfast was included which was not expected. I would have liked more time in San Pedro.

Our tour guide Vick was amazing! Visiting San Juan La Laguna was a great experience!

Would recommend this tour. 4.5 stars. The first town was the best