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Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the scenic splendor of Lake Atitlán, and the charming villages that surround it, on a full-day trip from Guatemala City. Travel to Guatemala’s western highlands to observe virtually unchanged Mayan traditions, and then sail on the glittering surface of Lake Atitlán. Absorb the vibrant colors of lakeside settlements, Panajachel and Santiago, and delve into the region’s rich history with your guide. Round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Full-day trip to Lake Lake Atitlán and two lakeside settlements from Guatemala City
  • Admire the natural beauty of Guatemala's western highlands
  • Discover the vibrant cultural traditions of Panajachel and Santiago, ancient Mayan settlements
  • Round-trip transport from Guatemala City hotels are included
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
Round trip transfer from Panajachel to Santiago Atitlán
Food and drinks
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After hotel pickup in Guatemala City, you’ll greet your guide and board an air-conditioned coach destined for Lake Atitlán. Travel through the dramatic landscapes of the western highlands and admire dense pine forests and colorful highland villages as you learn about Mayan culture.

On arrival in Panajachel, you’ll climb aboard a boat and enjoy a scenic ride across Lake Atitlán — a beautiful body of water flanked by undulating hills and mighty volcanoes. Learn about the virtually unchanged cultural traditions of lakeside settlement, Santiago Atitlán, and observe women embroidering colorful materials.  

Then, purchase a fulfilling lunch in Panajachel, before taking a tour of the historic, pre-Colombian village. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Guatemala City.  
Itinerary
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Gray Line Guatemala
Atitlán means "between the waters." In the Nahuatl language, "atl" is the word for water,and "titlan" means between.The "tl" at the end of the word "atl" is dropped and the words are combined to form "Atitlán." You will be pick up in your hotel to start a full day on Atitlán Lake, visiting Santiago Atitlán town by boat, in our tour you will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscape that the lake offers us. Atitlán means "between the waters." In the Nahuatl language, "atl" is the word for water,and "titlan" means between.The "tl" at the end of the word "atl" is dropped and the words are combined to form "Atitlán."
Stop At:  
Panajachel
We will go to the west of the country where most of the indigenous villages of Guatemala are concentrated. On the way to our destination we will start in a wooded area surrounded by pine trees and other tree species continuing our journey we will see a valley where a variety of vegetables are grown, as well as fruits and vegetables grown by local people. Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Santiago Atitlán. * Time stipulated in this point, includes the time it takes to transfer by boat to Santiago Atitlán.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of Jesus Christ Word Honey, Santiago Atitlan
Once we arrive to Santiago Atitlán, you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon", who is the nahual of the tz'utujiles of Santiago Atitlán, and is venerated as the "guardian protector" of the Tz'utujil people given his status as a colonized people. Popular tradition refers that this character is a tree of "palo de pito" or "tz'atel", a common tree in the regions of Mesoamerica. Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many local people cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism. * Time stipulated in this point, includes the time it takes to transfer by boat to Panajachel.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Panajachel
At the end of our walking through the town we will take a public boat to transfer back to Panajachel. In Panajachel you will take a delicious lunch (NOT INCLUDED) Explore the village of Panajachel is a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlán.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Gray Line Guatemala
At the end of your lunch , you’ll be returned to Guatemala City via Antigua Guatemala.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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).
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact Gray Line Guatemala to arrange.
  • Please contact us if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
  • To find pictures of our experiences, search us on Instagram as @graylinetoursgt
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If you are lodging in Zone 1, our only pick-up point is at the Hotel Panamerican.
  • If you are lodging in an airbnb please move to the nearest hotel lobby and please let us know of its name.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Guatemala

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City.

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Standralyn_T
, Feb. 2020
From the front door pick up at our hotel to the kindness & patience of our guide, this trip was awesome. The van was clean & comfortable, the information was valuable and the views and people were amazing. The lake is beautiful and a must do activity.
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patper100
, Jan. 2020
Was very good tour The only thing was that the tour required twi minimum people, So I had to buy an additional ticket, Otherwise the tour would be canceled
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2020
Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your comments with us!! Some of our excursions requires a minimun of 2 people and the day of your excursion we only have you signed that was the reason you pay for 2.
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Fun Experience
Ruth A
, Jan. 2020
It was very fascinating to go into the communities of the various Mayan societies. It was a good boat ride across Lake Atitlan. Panajchel and the Santiago Village were each full of culture and history. During this journey we happened to spend a lot of time with street vendors and dining venues with the objective of returning business to the community which I appreciate. It was a good excursion, however, I would have enjoyed a little more history or direct interaction with members of the Mayan culture.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2020
Dear Ruth Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your comments with us!!
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Lake atitlan trip.
Relax739141
, Jul. 2019
Drive from guatemala city to the lake was through very scenic route. Took 3 hrs. The lake and its communities are diverse, artistic and deep in culture. Weather was kind, mild and cloudy.
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