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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.

Lower Mayan Trail: San Marcos to Santa Cruz 4-Hour Hike

Lower Mayan Trail: San Marcos to Santa Cruz 4-Hour Hike

The day begins in Santa Cruz, where you depart for the rugged north shore and the remote village of Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you’ll be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. See villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their corn and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world. This hike takes you several hundred feet above the ever-changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanoes. Then descend into the Pumpatin Canyon for a nature walk along the banks of the river. You experience 2 different ecosystems as you walk from the upper lake shore into the narrow canyon. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river, and take a swim if you desire.

Kayak Hike Adventure. Visit Tzununa, Jaibalito, Santa Cruz

Kayak Hike Adventure. Visit Tzununa, Jaibalito, Santa Cruz

Kayak the rugged north shore of Lake Atitlan along steep cliffs and small bays, all with spectacular views of the three volcanos. This activity starts at our exclusive Adventure Center, where your guide will assist in selecting the best kayak for your skill level. Single and double kayaks are available, or you can opt for a paddleboard if you prefer. Lifejackets and small waterproof bags are provided. Once you start the paddle, you can opt to cliff jump in a secluded bay if you wish. After a one hour paddle, you will leave your kayak behind, change into your hiking clothes, and begin your hike. The trail follows ancient Mayan paths through Tzununa, Jaibalito, and Santa Cruz. Each of these villages are small and undeveloped. Discover Mayan villages in the jungles of Guatemala, and see the villagers tending their coffee crops, and more. End your adventure back where you started. After the tour, you are welcome to spend time at our Adventure Center, or enjoy lunch at one of the great restaurants in Santa Cruz. Lunch is not included in the price of the package.

Santa Cruz La Laguna 6-Hour Adventure Activities Tour

Santa Cruz La Laguna 6-Hour Adventure Activities Tour

This half-day adventure tour from Santa Cruz La Laguna includes a kayak along the rugged and remote north shore of Lake Atitlan, followed by a hike back through the Mayan villages of San Marcos, Tzununa, and El Jaibalito. At the meeting point, a qualified kayak instructor will supply dry sacks for your backpacks and gear for the 2nd part of the tour. All the guides are experienced kayak teachers, and can show you basic paddling techniques. You will paddle for about 2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz La Laguna, heading past the Mayan settlements of El Jaibalito and Tzununa en route to San Marcos. Encounter Mayan men fishing from hand-hewn boats known as “cayukas,” just as they have done for centuries. Gaze at the rugged rocks that provide home to exotic plant and bird life. You will even have the opportunity to jump into the crystal clear waters from the cliff tops. Pull into the Bay of San Marcos to gear up for the 2nd part of your adventure. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no road access, so you will be hiking paths that have been used by the Mayans for centuries. See villagers tending their maize and coffee crops en route. This section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world, and from your privileged position several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes.

2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua

2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua

Day 1: Kayak and Hike on Beautiful Lake Atitlan Depart Antigua at 08:00 for a 2-hour drive to Lake Atitlan. The shuttle delivers you to Panajachel, the gateway to Lake Atitlan. The road ends in Pana as you prepare for a boat transfer to Santa Cruz la Laguna and the Adventure Center.  The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no road access, so all travel is by boat. Your first day of paddling departs from the beachfront staging area. Start the day with a special blend of coffee and a light breakfast and begin your first leg of the excursion. This section of the lake’s shoreline has dramatic scenery, passing the villages of El Jaibalito and Tzununa. You paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life. You will have many up close encounters with Mayan men who fish from hand hewn cayukas as they have for centuries.  You will feel privileged to share the lake with these proud fishermen who make Lake Atitlan so unique. Take the opportunity to climb a cliff and jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun. Pull into the bay and village of San Marcos and enjoy this unique paradise. You have free time to explore before gearing up for the next leg of the adventure.   The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Maya for centuries. You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world. The hike takes you several hundred feet above the ever-changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanoes.  End the hike in Santa Cruz la Laguna where you can put your feet up with a cocktail at the lake's shore, watching the sun go down.  La Iguana Perdida Hostel is a short 10-minute walk from our Adventure Center, and provides the accommodations.   Day 2: Kayak and Hike on Beautiful Lake Atitlan  Your second day includes even more choices and levels of activity. Start the day with a kayak paddle to explore another section of shore line. Hike up the secluded Pumpatin Canyon and see a much different tropical eco-system. The trail follows the Pumpatin River along cascading waterfalls, coffee fields, and very exotic plant and bird life. This canyon is rarely seen by outsiders, and we consider it to be our secret garden paradise. Return to our Adventure Center approximately 3 hours later, have lunch, and prepare for departure. Depart Antigua at 16:00 for the 2-hour drive back to Antigua.

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