Delight in the scenic splendor of Lake Atitlán, and the charming villages that surround it, on a full-day trip from Antigua. 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. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
Full-day trip to Lake Atitlán and two lakeside villages from Antigua
Admire the dramatic scenery of Guatemala's western highlands
Delve into the ancient Mayan traditions of Panajachel and Santiago Atitlán
Learn about the culture and traditions of the region from a guide
Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour
After hotel pickup in Antigua, 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 Antigua.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A viagem até a lago é muito longa para o benefício das atrações turísticas. Panajachel é a cidade principal do trajeto mas não tivemos tempo de conhecer, pois fomos direto para o atracadouro das lanchas não podemos chamar de cais, que muito pobre. Pegamos um bote grande com motor de popa com 2 fileiras de bancos metálicos e seguimos para Santiago Village por mais de 40 minutos num grande lago sem atrativos. Ao chegarmos na vila, que é muito pobre, só encontramos barracas de artesanatos padrões que existem em todos os cantos e pegamos alguns tuc tucs para adentrar numa favela suja de vielas estreitas até um casebre onde estava o boneco do jesus cristo maia, que lembra muito as sessões de macumba brasileira.
Após a visita, caminhamos de volta ao atracadouro passando pela rua de barracas de artesanato depois de passar numa velha igreja.
Mais 45 minutos de lancha e desembarcamos para o almoço. Fomos direcionados para um hotel na orla, tipo pousada, com restaurante simples e caríssimo, que nos fez sair e comer em dos pequenos restaurantes próximos pela metade do preço.
Depois do almoço mais 4 horas de van para San José. Em resumo, não valeu a pena!