What To Expect
Your tour will begin with a pick up at your hotel in Guatemala City. We will take the road to the Western Highlands region, home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests, and majority of Guatemala's indigenous people. This is the region most travelers familiar with Guatemala think about when daydreaming of 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 and enjoy the vibrant colors and local flavor of the 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 towns maintain their traditional ceremonies and rituals, their syncretic traditions, and their practices of Mayan Catholicism. There's a large art and crafts scene here as well.
From Santiago, we will go back to Panajachel, where you will eat your lunch (not included).
You will then explore the village of Panajachel, a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlan. The town witnessed the final battle between Spaniards and their Kakchiquel allies against the Tzujiles and was also a settlement point for the Franciscan missionaries who founded a convent nearby.
In the afternoon, you will return to Guatemala City.
Hotel pick-up from most hotels in Guatemala City
Public boat fee from Panajachel to Santiago Aitlan
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Walking/hiking boots are recommended, along with a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, camera, bug repellent, thin pants, rain gear, long-sleeve t-shirts, and personal medication.
Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation, and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
Please contact us if you need a guide in any other language. French, German, and Italian in private services are subject to additional costs and guide availability.
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