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Lake Atitlan Villages Tour

Lake Atitlan Villages Tour

On our amazing Lake Atitlan Villages Tour we have brought fun and excitement and mixed it in with the beauty and cultural experiences the lake has to offer. We depart from our office in Panajachel and head over to the colorful village of Santa Catarina Palopo.  In this village we are able to see and learn about local weavings, blankets, nahuales and other goods made and sold by the locals.  At the plaza of this village, we visit a local coffee house where you can grind your own coffee and taste the locally grown beans.  Once finished in Santa Catarina we hop back on our ATVs and continue our ride for a few more kilometers until we get to the village of San Antonio Palopo.  Once in San Antonio, we park at the local pier and walk over to the local ceramic factory where we visit and learn about the process to make all these incredible goods. We also visit a local chocolate factory in San Antonio where we learn about the process of turning the cacao into a finished product and get to taste some chocolate as well. Once finished in San Antonio we head back towards our office in Panajachel for a drink.

Lake Atitlán Sunset Tour

Lake Atitlán Sunset Tour

The Lake Atitlan Sunset Tour stands out as a top-notch afternoon activity for those exploring Lake Atitlan. Starting from our office in Panajachel, our journey leads us to the first stop in San Andres Semetabaj. The adventure takes a rugged and off-road turn, lasting approximately 30 to 35 minutes as we navigate towards a lookout point known as "Ojo De Aguila." It's important to note that due to the challenging terrain, driving experience is recommended, as the journey can be demanding for those who haven't driven before.Once we arrive we are able to have an aerial view of the entire lake seeing the volcanoes, different towns, all the boats traveling in the lake and if we get lucky some paragliders lifting off or touching down from their flights.  After spending some time here we head back down the mountain and visit the town of Santa Catarina Palopo our main stop is the Cafe Tuk, a small local coffee shop known for its organic coffee. Here, the coffee making process is a hands-on experience, with beans manually smashed to create a fresh and authentic brew.For those who like to venture out you can take some time to walk around the edge of the lake and meet some locals.  After visiting Santa Catarina, we head to our last stop which a restaurant  in Panajachel that allows us to watch the sunset over the lake.  Here we have an opportunity to grab dinner or some snacks and drinks while watching the sunset from the lake shore you have the flexibility to wrap up the tour at this scenic spot, offering you the option to linger and enjoy the atmosphere a bit longer. Alternatively, if you're ready to conclude the evening, a quick 5-minute ride back will take you to our office in Panajachel, providing a convenient endpoint for your tour.

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.

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.

Santa Cruz La Laguna: 6-Hour Solola Hike & Market Visit

Santa Cruz La Laguna: 6-Hour Solola Hike & Market Visit

Your day begins with a visit to the village of Santa Cruz La Laguna before heading high into the mountains. Hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. On this 6-hour adventure you’ll see farmers tending their maize and coffee crops, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. Visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by local shamans, and make your own offering at the altar. The hike will take you up 2,500 feet above Lake Atitlan, affording breathtaking views of the lake. This rugged and remote area has had little contact with the outside world. The 4-hour walk/climb through magnificent scenery is a bit difficult, but not overly challenging if you’re in good health. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or eat at a local comedor. (Lunch is not included in the tour price.) You’ll come to a remote Mayan village high in the mountains, and from this point take a colectivo, a shared van/pick-up for the last few miles into Solola. Take time to explore the second-largest market in Guatemala before heading back to Panajachel by local bus or truck.

Antigua to Lake Atitlan Motorcycle Adventure

Antigua to Lake Atitlan Motorcycle Adventure

This tour will allow you to see and experience more of Guatemala by being on the seat of a motorcycle. You will visit more than 5 cities around the lake in 9 hours, so it is perfect if you are tight on time and in need of an adventure. The routes towards the lake are panoramic and we take a different route on the way back. While in Panajachel we will grab lunch at a local place before heading back to Antigua early in the afternoon. If you love motorcycles and want a great day adventure, this is a must in Antigua Guatemala

Solola Market and Mountain Villages Tour

Solola Market and Mountain Villages Tour

See the local handicrafts from this region, and shop if you wish.  However this tour is less about shopping and more about sharing the Mayan culture.  You will find the people warm and welcoming, and more of the Kachekel Maya dress in traditional traje (clothes).  Even the men still dress in traditional clothes. You will visit many interesting sights unique to this location including the local government office, and the indigenous mayor's office.  Learn how and why the two mayor's exist side by side.  Your guide can explain about the Mayan calendar and teach you about the unique Mayan counting system. Full day trip takes you high into the mountains above Lake Atitlan and features the Solola market, small farms, and Mayan villages. Drive through maize and terraced vegetable fields, coffee fields, old growth forest, and into the cloud forest.  Visit a sacred Mayan site with the chance to witness a Fire Cleansing Ceremony.  The day begins in Panajachel and the start of our adventure. You drive along ancient roadways that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter. This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our drive takes us 2500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery.  We drive into the countryside to visit the small mountain village of Conception.  The road to this village has been paved for less than 10 years. The town is especially proud of its beautifully maintained church built in 1612.  Visit the confradia of Saint Frances and a lesser known Maximon.  Learn about the confradia systems and why they are important to the people of Guatemala.

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