Our most recommended things to do in Santiago Atitlán

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.

From Guatemala City: Lake Atitlan Full-Day Tour

From Guatemala City: Lake Atitlan Full-Day Tour

Spend a day on Lake Atitlán, the deepest lake in Central America, on a full-day trip from Guatemala City. Enjoy a cruise along the waters, and visit nearby villages. Departing from Guatemala City in the morning, travel to Panajachel. Then take a public boat across Atitlán and visit Santiago Atitlán, where you will learn about the local saint; Maximon. Enjoy the vibrant colors and local flavor of this village as you experience the traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. 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 towns maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition — the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism. There’s also a large arts and crafts scene here as well.  You'll then be given free time for lunch, after which you’ll be returned to Guatemala City via Antigua Guatemala.

Lake Atitlán Motorcycle Adventure

Lake Atitlán Motorcycle Adventure

This is the best half day tour you can do in Lake Atitlan. This tour on motorcycles will start in Pana going all the way around to the opposite side of the lake to Santiago, Atitlán. On your way towards Santiago, we pass various towns for individual stops and lookouts overseeing the lake so we can enjoy amazing views from different points around Lake Atitlan. Some of the Stops included a Chocolate Factory, Ceramic Factory, Cultural Center, the popular lookout of El Cerro de Oro, the beach en San Lucas Toliman and a nice place to grab lunch near the water in Santiago. You will travel through paved roads, dirt roads, and other “Guatemalan roads” along the way. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast this is a great way to visit many places around the lake in just half a day.

Santiago Atitlán: Volcan Atitlán Hike

Santiago Atitlán: Volcan Atitlán Hike

Description On a lucky day it is possible to observe the smoke pulsing out from the top. During the dry season, the volcano offers one of the best views of the Lake. To witness the magnificent landscape from high above sea level is one of the best ways to appreciate the Volcanic chain of Guatemala. Itinerary 6:00am Pick-up from your hotel in Santiago Atitlan and transfer to the entrance of the hike. 6:30am Arrival at the entrance of the hike and begin the ascent (approximately 5 hours). 11:00am Arrival at the top to admire the beautiful view and have some lunch (included). 12:00pm Begin the descent (approximately 3 hours). 3:00pm End of hike and transfer back to your hotel in Santiago Atitlan.

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!

Lake Atitlan Tour: San Juan, San Pedro & Santiago in 1 Day

Lake Atitlan Tour: San Juan, San Pedro & Santiago in 1 Day

Discover the indigenous culture of Guatemala on a full-day tour from Panajachel. Learn about the Mayan people and their traditions as you visit San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, and Santiago Atitlan. Begin your day with a hotel pick-up in Panajachel and head to the town's boat dock. Board a private powerboat and cruise across Lake Atitlan to San Juan La Laguna. Learn about the traditional art of natural dyeing, visit a medicinal herb garden, and see how chocolate is made at a local factory. Next, take a boat ride to San Pedro La Laguna. Stroll through the town and learn about its history and culture. Then, continue to Santiago Atitlan, a town known for its religious syncretism, a combination of the Mayan religion and Christianity. Visit the Christian church and the main street. After your tour, sit down for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, board a boat and cruise back to Panajachel.

From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

In Chichicastenango, explore the indigenous market and be witness to the incessant exchange of fruits, vegetables and handicrafts between the locals and foreigners. Lake Atitlán was formed when a volcanic caldera depleted its magma. Three stately volcanoes - Atitlan, Tolimán and San Pedro - rise gracefully from its southern shore, their perfect cones reflected in the azure mirror of the lake. Discover weaving made and worn by the Maya-Tzutujil and Cakchiquel women who live around the lake and many of the men also wear traditional, hand-woven clothing. Day 1 – Chichicastenango: - 07:00: Transfer from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua to Chichicastenango - 10:00: Arrival to Chichicastenango’s market.  In the center of town you will find the local market where you can buy wood products, ceramics and even gifts that the Mayan priests offer on their prehispanic altars. You can also admire the Church of Santo Tomas which was built by Dominicans and Kichen in 1540 on a Maya altar, which is used even today on the front steps of the church. On the other side, you will find Calvary Church and in the square, you will see a high stick where each year the Palo Volador is presented - 12:30: Transfer from Chichicastenango to Panajachel - 13:30: Have lunch at one of the most exquisite restaurants in Panajachel (own expense) - 14:30:  Free time to relax. Overnight accommodations in Panajachel Accommodations: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar Day 2 – Lake Atitlan - 08:30: Take a private boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Tzutuhil village of Santiago de Atitlán. In this village, you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask for health and prosperity in their lives. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat - 13:30: Have lunch in one of the most exquisite restaurants of Panajachel (not included) - 14:30: Visit Santander Street of Panajachel and the handicraft market of this town - 15:30: Transfer back to Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala

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What people are saying about Santiago Atitlán

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