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Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán)
With its glistening blue waters framed by a trio of volcanic peaks and a fringe of lush greenery, Lake Atitlán (Lago de Atitlán) is surely one of Guatemala’s most stunning natural wonders. The deepest lake in Central America lies in an ancient caldera amid the mountainous landscapes of the Guatemalan Highlands.

The Basics
Whether setting sail on a boat tour, exploring lakeside Maya villages, or hiking through Atitlán Natural Reserve, there are plenty of options for discovering Lake Atitlán. On the northeast shore, the lively village of Panajachel is the starting point for most visitors, but Lake Atitlán tours also run from Antigua and Guatemala City. In addition to taking in views of the beautiful lake, adventure tours offer a more active experience, including kayaking excursions, sunset bike tours, hiking, rock climbing, and even paragliding over the lake.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The easiest way to explore the lakeside villages is by boat, and local ferries run from Panajachel to most destinations.
  • The only ATM is located in Panajachel, and most villages only accept local currency, so stock up before you head out. 
  • The main transport options around Lake Atitlán are small boats and tuk-tuks, so pack light as there’s not much space for heavy luggage.
  • Swimming in the lake is possible at designated areas. 

How to Get There
Lake Atitlán is a 3- to 4-hour drive from Guatemala City. Shuttle buses connect Panajachel with the city center and La Aurora International Airport. 

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Lake Atitlán is during the summer season (November–April), but visiting in winter (May–October) offers cooler weather for hiking. 
 
The Villages of Lake Atitlán
The liveliest place to stay is Panajachel, while tranquil San Marcos is known for its yoga resorts and laid-back atmosphere, and San Pedro is the party hub for backpackers and international travelers. To experience local Maya culture, head to San Juan, known for its traditional handicrafts; visit Santiago Atitlán to learn about Maya traditions; or browse the market stalls in Chichicastenango or Sololá. If you really want to escape the tourist trail, visit the tiny villages of Tzununa or Jaibalito.
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54 Tours and Activities to Experience Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán)

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Lake Atitlan and Villages from AntiguaDay Trips

Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua

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Discover the rich culture of the indigenous towns surrounding Lake Atitlan on a full-day trip from Antigua. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, take a tranquil boat ride to three distinctive villages located on the shores of Guatemala’s largest lake. Gaze at the mighty stature of the San Pedro volcano from the town of San Pedro la Laguna; observe the traditional craft of mat weaving in San Juan la Laguna; and absorb the lively atmosphere of Lake Atitlan’s largest town, Santiago Atitlan, during a guided tour. This tour includes round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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LAKE ATITLAN DAY TOUR FROM ANTIGUACultural Tours

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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Enjoy LAKE ATITLAN , from Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala.Private Sightseeing Tours

Enjoy LAKE ATITLAN , from Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala.

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Visit magical Lake Atitlan with this full-day trip. Travelers from around the world flock to this natural wonder for its gleaming waters and volcano views. After a scenic ferry ride you’ll arrive at the lakeside town of Santiago Atitlán. As you explore on foot, you’ll see locals in traditional dress and have a chance to visit quirky deity Maximón. Enjoy lunch and shopping back in Panajachel before your tour concludes.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Lake Atitlan and Authentic Market of Solola TourHalf-day Tours

Lake Atitlan and Authentic Market of Solola Tour

Travel from Panajachel to Solola where you'll visit colorful markets filled with the exquisite handmade textiles Guatemala is known for. Then meet a group of local women and learn the traditional art of weaving while you watch them at work. Next, you'll enjoy a savory meal of classic Guatemalan flavors before rounding out the day with panoramic views from San Jorge La Laguna.
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  • 4 hours
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Quetzalio Hike: Day Hike Through Tropical Rain Forest in Santiago Atitlán4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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Atitlan Volcano Hike4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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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Tour en bicicleta visitando cinco pueblosDay Trips

Tour en bicicleta visitando cinco pueblos

Este es un recorrido que empieza desde Panajachel donde en nuestra oficina tomaremos iremos al embarcador para tomar un bote publico que nos llevara al pueblo de tzununa de ahí empieza nuesta aventura en bicicleta visitando los pueblos de tzununa, San Marcos, San Pablo, San Juan y San Pedro, en el recorrido en bicicleta se harán paradas donde usted podrá apreciar vistas panoramicas, también se visita a mujeres tejedoras, plantas medicinales, iglesia coloniales, y plantaciones de café.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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WONDERFUL GUATEMALA 6 DAYSMulti-day Tours

WONDERFUL GUATEMALA 6 DAYS

You will know the Guatemalan culture and the most attractive places in the country, as well as history and taste the typical dishes of this nation.
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  • 6 days
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2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour from Guatemala City or AntiguaOvernight Tours

2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour from Guatemala City or Antigua

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Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during a 2-day, 1-night visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan. Immerse yourself in the fascinating market found in Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from wood handicrafts, ceramics to offerings for Mayan religious ceremonies. You’ll then spend the night in the picturesque town of Panjachel on Lake Atitlan before enjoying a scenic boat tour of the lake and visit to the village of Santiago Atitlan the next day. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide, accommodations, breakfast, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Kayak and Hike Adventure Tour from Panajachel in GuatemalaHiking & Camping

Kayak and Hike Adventure Tour from Panajachel in Guatemala

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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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Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from PanajachelNature & Wildlife

Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from Panajachel

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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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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Guatemala CityDay Cruises

Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Guatemala City

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Swap the bustle of Guatemala City for the serene vistas of Lake Atitlan (Lake Atitlan) on this full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Admire the trio of volcanoes that stand watch over the lake – Volcan San Pedro, Volcan Atitlan and Volcan Toliman – as you cruise across Lake Atitlan and explore the lakeside villages. Shop for handicrafts and unique souvenirs in lively Panajachel, tuck into a typical Guatemalan lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and witness the culture and traditions of the Tzutujil people in Santiago de Atitlán.
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  • 10 hours
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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from AntiguaDay Trips

Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

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Journey from Antigua to explore the fascinating market at Chichicastenango plus the town of Panjachel, along the shores of Lake Atitlán, on this 9-hour day trip. Take time to browse the ceramics and woodcrafts at the famous open-air market of Chichicastenango before visiting the city’s religious structures, Iglesia de Santo Tomas and Calvary Church. Then head to Panjachel, where you’ll take in views of Lake Atitlán as you explore the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Your trip also includes a guide and round-trip transportation from your hotel in Antigua.
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  • 9 hours
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Sunrise Hike to the Indian NoseHiking & Camping

Sunrise Hike to the Indian Nose

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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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Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred CavesCultural Tours

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

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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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Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from AntiguaDay Cruises

Lake Atitlán Sightseeing Cruise with Transport from Antigua

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Spend the day discovering the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, along with the picturesque villages that line its shore, during this 10-hour sightseeing excursion from Antigua. Take in breathtaking views of this mountain lake, its southern shore ringed by volcanoes, as you visit the town Panjachel and take a boat cruise to the hamlet of Santiago de Atitlán. This Lake Atitlán adventure finishes with time for browsing the handicraft stands and businesses along Panjachel’s Santander Street. Your tour also includes a guide and round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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5-Day Tour from Guatemala City: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel and Santiago AtitlánCultural Tours

5-Day Tour from Guatemala City: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel and Santiago Atitlán

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Escape from Guatemala City for a 5-day journey through rural Guatemala, including accommodation and round-trip coach transport. Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial city of Antigua with a 3-hour sightseeing tour; practice your haggling skills at Chichicastenango’s lively market; and admire the glorious volcanic backdrop of lakeside Panajachel. Keep your camera close by as you cruise along the serene Lake Atitlán and experience Tzutujil Mayan culture in colorful Santiago Atitlán.
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  • 5 days
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Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or AntiguaDay Trips

Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua

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Get a taste for the sublime scenery and fascinating indigenous markets of Guatemala during this day trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua. Check out the highland town of Chichicastenango, home to a community of indigenous residents, a colorful market and local shamans performing ancient Mayan rituals. You’ll then explore the shores of Lake Atitlan, a one-of-a-kind lake ringed by a collection of magnificent volcanoes. This Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan day trip includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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6-Day Tour: Traditional Guatemala Including Antigua, Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan and TikalMulti-day Tours

6-Day Tour: Traditional Guatemala Including Antigua, Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan and Tikal

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Cover the top highlights of Guatemala, including Mayan ruins, colonial towns, towering volcanoes and indigenous villages, during this 6-day, 5-night trip. During this Guatemalan adventure you’ll walk the charming cobblestoned streets of Antigua and admire the stunning volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. You’ll also get a taste of the bustling markets and rich indigenous culture of cities like Chichicastenango, and explore the amazing Mayan city of Tikal. Your Guatemalan adventure includes accommodations, meals, a guide and coach transport.
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  • 6 days
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Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Guatemala CityPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Guatemala City

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Combine a sightseeing trip to stunning Lake Atitlan with a visit to the lake’s idyllic indigenous villages on this 10-hour private tour from Guatemala City. Pass through a landscape of quaint mountain villages, pine forests and highland lakes on your way to the town of Panjachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. After a public boat ride across this gorgeous body of water, you’ll explore Santiago Atitlan, soaking up its rich indigenous culture and fascinating Mayan traditions. This private Santiago Atitlan and Lake Atitlan excursion includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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2 Day Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from AntiguaOvernight Tours

2 Day Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during a 2-day visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Antigua. Immerse yourself in the fascinating market found in Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, medicinal plants, food and machetes. You’ll then spend the night in the picturesque town of Panjachel on Lake Atitlan (accommodations at your own expense) before enjoying a scenic boat tour of the lake and visit to the village of Santiago Atitlan the next day. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide, round-trip hotel transport and lake cruise.
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  • 2 days
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Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from AntiguaDay Trips

Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua

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Get off the tourist trail in Lake Atitlan as you enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and visits to local villages on this 10-hour trip from Antigua. Pick from among a range of high-energy activities like swimming, kayaking, hiking, cliff jumping or rock climbing. Or if you’re more content to watch, simply sit back and relax. You’ll also have time explore the small villages near the lake, including Santa Cruz, San Juan and San Pedro, many of which feel largely untouched by the modern world. This highly customizable trip includes all activities plus round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from AntiguaPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Antigua

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Combine a sightseeing trip to stunning Lake Atitlan with a visit to the lake’s idyllic indigenous villages on this 10-hour private tour from Antigua. Pass through a landscape of quaint mountain villages, pine forests and highland lakes on your way to the town of Panjachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. After a private boat ride across this gorgeous body of water, you’ll explore Santiago Atitlan, soaking up its rich indigenous culture and fascinating Mayan traditions. This private Santiago Atitlan and Lake Atitlan excursion includes a private guide and vehicle plus round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala CityDay Trips

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

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Explore the colorful towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenago on this exciting day trip from Guatemala City, complete with round-trip hotel service. You’ll wander through open-air markets and comb through the unique handmade goods Guatemala is famous for on this popular day trip. Visit the Church of Santo Tomas and Calvary Church in Chichiscastenango’s central plaza with your expert local guide, and make your way to the lakeside town of Panajachel, where you’ll navigate the Santander Street towards incredible views of Lake Atitlan and check out handcrafted leather goods, pottery and fabrics along the way.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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