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Cultural Tours

Visit Three Mayan Villages - Lake Atitlan

Immerse yourself in the cultures of Lake Atitlan with a visit to three Maya villages. Check out the murals and women’s craft cooperatives in San Juan la Laguna. Explore San Pedro la Laguna on foot and get a taste of religious life as you visit the parish church of Santiago Atitlán. You’ll come away from this tour with a deeper understanding of lakeside culture and daily life.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Chichicastenango and Iximche Pyramids Private Day Tour from Antigua

Our adventure starts at 7:00 am with our team picking you up at your hotel. The transportation service included in this tour is private, exclusively for you and your companion or group. All our vehicles are recent models with A/C, reclinable seats and cooler on board. The guide will accompany you along the tour and will share the history and secrets of these fascinating destinations.The detailed itinerary goes as follows:07:00 am - Antigua hotel pick up09:30 am - Arrival at Chichicastenango and tour at the village visiting the following places: Market, churches and typical stores12:30 pm - Tour ending and free time to have lunch (meal not included in price)02:00 pm - Transfer from Chichicastenango to Iximche 03:30 pm - Arrival at Mayan ruins and tour05:00 pm - Transfer from Iximche to Antigua Guatemala06:30 pm - Arrival at Antigua
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Cultural Tours

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

Take a journey through the traditions of Mayan spirituality as you experience a 2-hour traditional fire-cleansing ceremony with a guide in the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Step inside these mystical caves, used by local Mayans for many centuries, to observe the performance of this holy and powerful ritual by a local shaman. Listen as your guide explains the history and traditions behind the ritual and provides insight into the Mayan calendar system. Before you leave, you’ll have time to admire the gorgeous views of the lake down below.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

Chichicastenango Market Day Tour from Panajachel

Immerse yourself in the ancient rituals and colorful culture of the Mayans during this 7-hour trip to Chichicastenango and its famous market. Discover the wealth of handicrafts, produce, herbal medicines and more for sale at this traditional indigenous market. Then spend time exploring the town’s museums, cemetery, colorful murals and Mayan heritage, including a chance to observe a Fire Cleansing Ceremony performed by a local shaman. Your trip also covers round-trip hotel transport from Panjachel.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Iximche Mayan Ruin from Panajachel

Step back in time to the ancient world of the Maya during this 6-hour exploration of the Iximche ruins near Lake Atitlan. Explore this 1,000-year-old city’s wealth of ball courts, pyramid-temples, royal palaces and the on-site museum. You’ll also learn about the history of this iconic archaeological site up through the Spanish colonial era, and discover details about the Mayan calendar, astrological studies and the attitudes of the present day Mayan people towards their ancestors. Your trip includes entrance fees, a guide and a choice between shared and private round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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LAKE ATITLAN DAY TOUR FROM ANTIGUA

Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful destination in Guatemala. You cannot miss this place. This day tour is ideal if you want to experience culture and nature in one activity. Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Antigua to take you in a 2:30 hour drive to the beautiful highlands of Guatemala. This transfer is private an exclusively for you and your family or friends. This transportation mode gives the opportunity to stop along the road at couple of places that are worth visiting, such as the lake's viewpoint. Our tour guide is a local Mayan inhabitant that will share with you his knowledge as a certified guide but also his experience in life as a Mayan descendent.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Lake Atitlan: Santa Catarina and San Antonio Maya Tour from Panajachel

Immerse yourself in the ancient Mayan heritage and fascinating traditions of Guatemala during this 6-hour day trip to the villages of San Antonio and Santa Catarina. Explore the indigenous artisan traditions of the towns near Lake Atitlan as you tour local textile and craft cooperatives and then visit a ceramics studio. Then participate in Mayan rituals as you learn about the Protection Fire Ceremony and take part in an optional hike along the lake’s edge. Your trip also includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport from Panjachel and Santa Catarina.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

Real Mayan Culture- Visit three different villages around lake atitlan

Get a taste of lakeside culture with this visit to three Maya villages around Lake Atitlan. Despite their proximity, each has its own distinct spirit. Learn about the unusual deity of Santiago Atitlan, admire the murals and handicrafts of San Juan la Laguna, and discover how contemporary and traditional life intersect in the lively streets of Panajachel.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

Mayan Home Stay San Jorge

Immerse yourself in traditional Mayan culture during an overnight homestay near Panajachel. The 15-hour experience is a great way to help support local communities in Guatemala. Your hosts, who are part of the Kakchiquel group, are happy to show you around the village and introduce you to their customs. In addition to one night of accommodation, you also enjoy a traditional breakfast and dinner prepared by your host mother.
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  • 15 hours
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  • 15 hours
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Overnight Tours

2-Day Takalik Abaj: Mayan and Olmec Archaeological Site from Panajachel

Step back in time to explore the ancient Olmec and Maya cultures during this 2-day, 1-night visit to the archaeological site of Takalik Abaj. Wander the through the site’s Mayan tomb, as well as its wondrous collection of Olmec-style sculpture, Maya hieroglyphics and a sophisticated water drainage system. As you explore, you’ll learn about the history and key building periods of these two unique cultures from your guide. Your trip to Takalik Abaj also includes overnight accommodation, site entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport from Panjachel.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Cultural Tours

Tour a NGO non profit Vocational Training Center Amigos de Santa Cruz and explore the Mayan village

Step inside the Maya community of Santa Cruz with this NGO visit. Check out a successful non-profit vocational training center with classes in cooking, beading, sewing, and carpentry. Visit a classroom, café, and store run by the organization. Explore the village of Santa Cruz, home to one of the oldest churches in Guatemala, and end your tour with lunch at the NGO-run rooftop café overlooking the waters of Lake Atitlan.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Party with Maximon, the Mayan Folk Saint

Learn more about the Mayan culture that makes Lake Atitlan famous on this tour to the shrine of Maximon, a Mayan folk saint who lives in Santiago de Atitlan. Travel directly from your accommodation in Panajachel to the shrine of Maximon, where you can enjoy local liquor or cigarettes along with the shrine and its priest guardians.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Beading Class and tour a Non-profit vocational training center a Fun cultural sharing experience

Sit alongside local women and learn the art of Maya beading with this hands-on workshop in Santa Cruz la Laguna. Not only is this socially responsible tour a great way to learn about the Maya cultures found on Lake Atitlan, but it also directly benefits local communities. Upgrade to include lunch at Lake Atitlan’s top restaurant—also run by a social enterprise—or a community-led tour of the village.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

Salcaja, San Andres Xecul Indigenous Villages

While you explore the beautiful towns of San Andrés, Xecul and Salcajá, you will learn and enjoy the history of Mayan towns. With this awesome tour you will visit local families and learn about their customs, cultures, religion, and traditions. See the architecture and learn how local textiles and drinks are produced.Salcajá owns the oldest actholic church in Central America, and San Andres Xecul owns the most colorful church in Central America.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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sunset tour

This tour starts in Panajachel where we pick up the people who are staying at the hotels in Panajachel and on the way to Santa Catarina. We also pick up at the Tzanjuyu dock. The tour starts in Panajachel where we will tour the museum of photographs, then we will go to the villages of Santa catarian to visit the colonial church, cultural center where we will learn the history of the town history of traditional costumes, then we will continue to santa catarina palopo to learn about the manufacture of ceramics, crafts made by people, view of the vegetable market, then If we find ourselves on a sunny day we will have the best sunsets of the lake with the fall of the sun on the volcanoes
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Visit San Juan la laguna

This is a cultural tour to learn from the local indigenous people who live around the lake, in this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the town of San Juan la laguna, in this place you can visit and learn from people with different types of activities that they make, the town will visit a chocolate factory where you can be part of the production of chocolate from the cacao tree to the final finish, we will also visit women weavers who use cotton and natural dyes to obtain different types of products. colors, then visit a farm to see the production of honey with native bees, and finally visit a cooperative of women who work natural plants to treat and cure diseases.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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Cultural boat tour visiting towns

It is a tour to be done to visit 3 villages around the lake. In the tour you will visit the villages of San Juan San Pedro and Santiago, in this tour we will have a one hour stop in the towns of San Juan and San Pedro where you will have the opportunity to visit women weavers, medicinal plants, factory of chocolate, then continue by boat to visit the second town there, you can visit the Catholic church, vegetable market, and murals of daily life of the people, in the third town we will be one with 30 minutes to see the church, park history of the villages and then we will have an hour to eat in the village then we will return to Panajachel.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes

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Emblematic Guatemala This is a 4 day circuit.

We have 32 years in the market, experience serving individual passengers and groups of all sizes, our staff is 100% Guatemalan, we are a source of income for Guatemalan families, our services and prices are highly competitive.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

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Todos Santos and Sierra Cuchumatanes one day tour

Is nice to see the mountains and a friendly mayan people living on this amazing place, the culture, the colors of their costumes
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Lake Atitlan Village Tour - from Panajachel

This is a real immersion in the mayan culture and you will be the witness of the life style of the mayan people and the old technic to get or make textile with nature. You will visit three mayan villages.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Ixil Triangle Tour from Huehuetenango

A cultural and enriching journey through the highlands of the country, with this tour we will know first hand the native communities in their villages, their culture and traditions. During the tour, we'll explore the Mayan Ixil culture, we'll also visit 3 villages. Starting the tour in San Juan Cotzal we'll visit the church and the market. Then we will go to San Gaspar Chajul to visit its central park and its temples. Finishing our tour in Santa María Nebaj, here we will visit important buildings as well as its archeology museum and its colorful handicraft market.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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One day with mayan families

This is a tour begins in Panajachel where we will go by collective car (chicke bus) bus to a nearby village to visit on the site a catholic church, brotherhood after that we will walk down the street to go to bring a family that will take us in a car that will take us to Sololá, in sololá we will go to the market of vegetables and fruits with the family where they will buy some products of daily consumption. After the purchase we will return to San Jorge with the family where together with the family we will help in the kitchen so that we can prepare lunch and eat together with them, then return to Panajachel.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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