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

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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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
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."
Admission Ticket Free
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: 210 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: 80 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Gray Line Guatemala
At the end of your lunch , you’ll be returned to Guatemala City via Antigua Guatemala.
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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
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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.
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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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