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Nature & Wildlife

Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from Panajachel

Watch the sunrise light up Lake Atitlan and the Volcanic Ring of Fire from one of the highest points at Lake Atitlan: Indian Nose. After pickup from your Panajachel lodging and a 90-minute drive through the highlands, take an easy 30-minute hike to the summit of Indian Nose, followed by a trip to Sacred Hunters Cave. This tour includes round-trip transportation from your hotel as well as all entrance fees and a professional guide.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Kayak and Hike Adventure Tour from Panajachel in Guatemala

Enjoy a true Guatemalan adventure during this full-day or half-day trip hiking and kayaking along the shores of Lake Atitlan. Explore the rich indigenous traditions of local villages on hikes to observe farmers tending to their coffee crops. You’ll also paddle the waters of the lake, watching fishermen ply the waters on hand-hewn boats, and spot the exotic array of plant and animal life that calls Lake Atitlan home. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even go for a cliff jump. Your Guatemala adventure covers all activities, a guide and round-trip hotel transport from Panjachel and Santa Cruz.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Trek to Chicabal Volcano and Lagoon

Equal parts natural wonder and cultural landmark, Lake Chicabal is a top attraction for Quetzaltenango (Xela) area visitors. Hiking with a guide is not only the safest way to visit the crater lake—also a Mam Mayan ceremonial site—but also makes for the easiest transportation logistics straight from your Xela hotel.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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MULTI TOUR IN ONE DAY

It is for people who like to do adventure tours in this tour you will have the opportunity to do different types of activities in one day.We will start in the morning in Panajachel where we will take a private boat to take us to the village of jaibalito from there we will start the hike for two hours approximately until we arrive at the town of tzununa after we go by bicycle passing through the villages of San Marcos, San Pablo, San Juan and San Pedro, in San Pedro we will leave the bicycle and to finish our tour we will have a more relaxing adventure in the lake, kayaking over the lake for an hour.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Hike Around Lake Atitlan

Explore the small town village life and gorgeous scenery of Lake Atitlan during this 5-hour hiking excursion from Santa Cruz la Laguna to San Marcos. During the course of your trip you’ll observe local villagers tending to coffee and corn crops in area farm fields and pass through small Mayan hamlets like San Marcos, Tzununná and Jaibalito. Best of all your hike offers a chance to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Lake Atitlan and its nearby volcanoes. This Lake Atitlan hiking adventure also covers one-way transfer to the start point, hotel pickup, guide and entrance fees.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Lake Atitlan Lower Mayan Trail Hiking Tour from Panajachel

Tread where few tourists ever set foot on this 4-hour hiking tour amidst the stunning scenery and idyllic Mayan villages of the Lower Mayan Trail. Trace the same paths followed by the ancient Kaqchikel Mayans for centuries, passing by coffee and corn fields and the rugged, volcano-laden shoreline of Lake Atitlan. As you go, you’ll also immerse yourself in Mayan village life during stops in the hamlets of Tzununa, Jaibalito and Santa Cruz. This hiking trip also includes round-trip hotel transport from Panjachel.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 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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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Tour

Take in the magical sights of Lake Atitlan with this 3-hour horseback ride. Ride from San Pedro La Laguna up to a lookout point with stunning views of the lake, volcanoes, cornfields, and coffee farms. No prior experience needed for this enjoyable ride. After riding you’ll have time to lunch and explore San Pedro la Laguna on foot.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Ziplines

Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak and Extreme Zipline Adventure from Panajachel

One of the most beautiful locations in all of Guatemala, Lake Atitlan is best explored outdoors. Start your day with a kayak or paddle board tour around the lake before hiking to a ziplining location on the lake’s rugged north shore. Choose from a scenic or extreme adventure as you soar past vistas of the lake, waterfalls, and volcanoes, completing your tour at the Nature Reserve.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Sunrise Hike to the Indian Nose

An early morning hike is rewarded with stunning views of the sunrise over Lake Atitlan on this hike to Indian Nose from San Pedro La Laguna. See for yourself why this short but challenging hike is one of the most popular in the area as you scramble up to the lookout point. Going with a guide not only ensures that you don’t get lost, but is also recommended for safety reasons.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Indian Nose Hiking Adventure (custom and private tour)

Take a sunrise hike up the Indian Nose, one of the most-visited mountains near Lake Atitlan, on this 7-hour day trip. This 9,300-foot (2,863-meter) mountain, also known as 'The Mayan Face,' offers a challenging climb as well as superb views of Lake Atitlan and the villages of San Juan and San Pedro la Laguna. Best of all, you get to take in this sublime sight at sunrise, just as the first rays of the morning light touch the landscape with rosy shades of orange and pink. This Indian Nose hike also includes entrance fees, a guide, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Ziplines

Get fun with an Adventure Tour - Zip Line (Canopy)

Sail through the lush vegetation surrounding Lake Atitlan on a 6-hour zipline excursion. After your guide collects you from your San Pedro la Laguna hotel, take an exciting ride on a colorful chicken bus. At the park, suit up in provided equipment, then get ready to fly. As you zoom through the forest, don’t forget to take in the surrounding volcanic chain and scenery of Lake Atitlan.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

Santa María Volcano Hike from Quetzaltenango

Ascend to the fiery summit of the Santa Maria volcano on a full-day trip from Quetzaltenango. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll trek to the top of Guatemala’s fourth highest volcano to enjoy spectacular views of the lush country. After a challenging hike, you’ll be rewarded with unrivalled views of the neighboring Santiaguito volcano’s crater — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — and the Guatemalan highlands. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Multi-day Tours

3-Days of Trekking from Xela to Lake Atitlan

Experience the majesty of Guatemala’s dramatic countryside on a 3-day trek from Xela to Lake Atitlan. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Western Highlands as you observe smoking volcanoes and climb steep mountains. Watch the sunrise from a spectacular vantage point at Countenance Maya and witness the beauty of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala’s largest lake, at the end of your trip. Enjoy two nights of comfortable accommodation in a local Guatemalan home and revitalize with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Round-trip transportation from Quetzaltenango is included.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Hiking & Camping

Santiaguito Volcano Hiking Tour from Quetzaltenango

Experience spectacular views of Santiaguito — one of the world’s most active volcanoes — on a half-day trekking adventure from Quetzaltenango. Alongside your guide, you’ll embark on a moderately steep hike that soon transforms into flat terrain replete with diverse flora and fauna. On arrival at an ideal vantage point, you’ll be rewarded with views of the Santiaguito volcano erupting. Marvel as molten lava and billowing smoke explode from the volcanic crater to form an incredible spectacle. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, you’ll receive personalized attention.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Hiking & Camping

One Day Hike - Atitlán Volcano

The tallest and least-summited volcano at Lake Atitlan, Volcan Atitlan offers better views and a more natural experience than its neighbors. Book your hike in advance to guarantee a high-quality guide who takes you through corn fields, coffee plantations, and stretches of wilderness on the way to the summit, sharing facts and insight about the area as you trek.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Cenotes Candelaria and Hoyo Cimarron.

A fabulous adventure of nature, in which you can enjoy the mystery and beauty of a giant hole in which a forest inhabits and you can take a bath in crystal clear waters.Join us in this natural journey, we will travel through the sierra de los cuchumatanes, which is the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. With a small walk of 45 minutes we will cross the famous and mysterious hole of the Cimarrón whose formation is a mystery, has a diameter of 170 meters and a depth of 150 meters, in its interior lives a leafy Forest. Then we will go to the cenotes de Candelaria, where you can enjoy a swim in its crystal clear waters.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding visiting two villages at Lake Atitlan:

Explore the countryside from San Pedro la Laguna to San Juan la Laguna on a half-day horseback ride with your own private guide. By horse you can access places that most visitors miss, and get another perspective on the landscape of Guatemala. You’ll also visit a textile cooperative and a coffee plantation, and learn about local customs for dying the fabrics and harvesting crops.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Hiking & Camping

3 Days Hiking Xela Lake Atitlán

3 days hiking - Xela – Lake Atitlán This hike is one of the most beautiful experiences at the Guatemalan highlands, where you will explore volcanoes, mountains and the Lake Atitlán. On the road we will pass through a diversity flora and fauna, we will stay at the local host families the first two nights. A Hike from Quetzaltenango, with a Maya Quiche origin to end at the Lake Atitlán with origin Maya Tzutuhil. We will trek 45 kilometers.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Quetzalio Hike: Day Hike Through Tropical Rain Forest in Santiago Atitlán

El Quetzal trail is a day hike to watch wildlife on the ancestral cloud forest of the municipal park El Rey Tepepul in Santiago Atitlan. This hike is an outstanding experience through the majestic flora and fauna of the cloud forest. During this experience, you will have the opportunity to observe el Quetzal (Guatemalan National Bird) that inhabits the cloud forest of the southern slopes of Lake Atitlan, and many other birds. Only few places in Guatemala can offer a unique bird watching experience like the one presented in the municipal park Rey Tepepul Santiago Atitlan
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Santa Maria Volcano Hike

Santa Maria volcano hike is going to be a wonderful experience. The volcano es located in Llanos del Pinal, 30 minutes far from Xela, the meeting point. This hike is a high level of difficultity because of the inclination and the hight, its altitud is 3772 metter over the level sea. Because of it you will appreciate one of the most wonderful views in your life. From the top of the volcano is possible to see the south coast, San pedro, Atitlán and Toliman volcanoes that are located at the Lake Atitlan, also you can appreciate, with a nice weather, Acatenango, Agua and Fuego volcano. But close close to Santa Maria is Santiaguito volcano, a volcano what makes eruption almos each hour a day. So you will apreciate an eruption from above. The service is door to door, so the driver is going to pick you up to you hotel in zone 1,2, 3, 5 and 9 in Xela, otherwise the meeting point is the Central Park. To get to the top takes 3 hours and going down around 2 and a half hour.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Hiking & Camping

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Waterfall Hike

Take a trip to the depths of the tropical rain forest of Santiago Atitlán and experience its beautiful trails along the lower ridges of Atitlán Volcano and witness one of the most impressive processes on the planet. Water, the engine of life, burst out of these mountains giving life to the region. A perfect hike to enjoy beautiful forest and wildlife, come and see Atitlan’s great diversity of birds and much more.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Toliman Volcano Hike

With its two majestic peaks, Toliman offers incredible vistas, lush forests and an incredible imploded crater. A beautiful hike that starts at the local Santiago Atitlán market and up through the maize plantations and into the tropical rain forest, Toliman offers a complete and challenging experience. Perfect place to learn about the ecosystems of the region and the services these provide for the subsistence of the region. A good hike for big groups of family or friends
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Atitlan Volcano Hike

The giant of the lake, with its stunning view of the lake and surrounding areas, offers a great experience for those who want to feel challenged and rewarded at the same time. Summit the peak and see nothing else but volcanic rock and amazing 360 vistas of the region. The perfect place to learn about the birth of Lake Atitlán, a violent history of volcanic eruptions dating back to 11 million years ago. Gaze at the starry night as it blends with the towns’ lights and sparks peace and joy.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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