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Lake Atitlan and Surrounding Villages, departure from Antigua

Antigua, Guatemala
  • 12 to 14 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Full-day tour to three towns located on the shores of Lake Atitlan from Antigua
  • Admire the mighty San Pedro volcano in San Pedro la Laguna
  • Observe the traditional craft of mat weaving in San Juan la Laguna
  • Absorb the lively atmosphere of Santiago Atitlan during a guided tour
  • Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel

What's Included

  • Local taxes
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Collective boat
  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Maximon entrance fee Q25.00 p/p (this fee includes ride in Tuc-Tuc)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

05:30 AM

Pickup details

We can pick up in any centrally located Antigua Hotels, Air BnB and family homestays. We don't pick up in the villages around. PLEASE SEND US YOUR HOTEL NAME OR HOME ADDRESS TO CONFIRM THE RESERVATION.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • If you will not be arriving at your destination within the specified reconfirmation period, please reconfirm with the local service provider prior to travel, or upon arrival at your destination. Please note that departure times and locations may vary slightly
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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 and Surrounding Villages, departure from Antigua?

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Atitlan and Surrounding Villages, departure from Antigua?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Lake Atitlan and Surrounding Villages, departure from Antigua?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips

The hills you have to climb on this tour are very steep and if you have a bad back or knee trouble, then this could be difficult for you.
walking around the little towns Adobe the lake is a lot of fun.i recommend this trip!
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Amazing views
Jessica_H, Mar 2020
Stunning place! Got to visit the nearby villages around the lake, learned a lot about each village and what they are known for. Variety in culture and products.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Early Start But Great Tour
J_H, Feb 2020
The tour to Lake Atitlan was a long process. We were picked up at our hotel at a little after 5:50am and then spent almost the next hour picking up other people from the hotels in Antigua. When we finally left Antigua, the next two hours were spent making our way to Panajachel but included several stops to let people on the van off or allow others to board. By the time we reached the tour office at about 9am, there were only 4 out of the 14 original people on the van who were going on the tour. Our tour guide Pedro met us and then took us to a place where we could eat breakfast/have free time until 9:35am. Afterward, we walked about half a mile to the boat. Pedro gave us some history and information about the places we were going to visit and taught us some Mayan words in the three different languages of the villages we would visit before we departed. I really liked our tour guide. He spoke Spanish, English, and the native Mayan languages of the villages where we visited. He was very kind and attentive as well. He noticed my elderly father was walking slow and offered to call us a tuk-tuk to give him a ride up the hill to the church and where the Mayan textile-workshop was. Pedro was also funny and knew a lot about all of the places we visited. He also knew exactly where to stand to get the perfect angle for taking pictures. As a photographer, I really appreciated that. He would also offer to take pictures of you in each location too. At each of the last two locations, he gave us an option as to what we wanted to do. At the second stop, we could either go up the hill to drink coffee at a local café or drink liquor at the bar next to the dock. At the last stop, he gave us the option to do a tuk-tuk tour to 5 different locations for an additional cost of Q25 per person or to do a walking tour to a church. We ordered our food when we arrived to the restaurant and then did a tuk-tuk tour. There were many beautiful places to take pictures and we got to see more of the local culture. At the end of the tour, our guide also gave us a nice personalized gift, which was so nice of him. I would recommend this tour to people with at least a moderate fitness level. The hills you have to climb on this tour are very steep and if you have a bad back or knee trouble, then this could be difficult for you. However, they are willing to accommodate and there are tuk-tuks everywhere that you can take for Q10-25 per person depending on how far you are going.
Lake Atitlan
Dusty_J, Feb 2020
The tour was good and the guide very knowledgeable. I would have liked a little more free time to explore.
Beautiful atilan
michael_B, Jan 2020
Enjoyed the day. Alex our tour guide was informative and always kept an upbeat tone. Long trip there and back and not for anyone with a nervous disposition- drivers are crazy. That said the scenery and small towns were worth it
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Hi mjbass, we are happy that you liked the lake. Regarding the driver, carretera interamericana is a very busy road, and it is used by many bus and truck drivers. People in Guatemala drive very different from other countries. But we will address your concern with our drivers. Thank you!
Just Amazing!
Mafe05, Nov 2019
Excellent trip, Alex our guide was very nice and he maid the trip very interesting. The lake is gorgeous! walking around the little towns Adobe the lake is a lot of fun.i recommend this trip!
Transportation Problems
Rebecca_P, Sep 2019
We loved our tour guide, Alex, but the transportation between Antigua and Panajachel was horrible. They were 45 minutes late picking us up in the morning. Coming back, we had no explanation about anything. We drove all around town and even stopped at a gas station along the highway to pick up more and more people until every seat was completely full. Most of the people driving back with us weren’t part of our tour at all. We were stuffed in the van and very uncomfortable. Our driver didn’t speak English and he drove at an unsafe speed, we were nearly hit by a bus at one point when we stopped in the road. I was grateful to get back to Antigua alive. I hated the transportation. I can not recommend this tour because of the transportation but again we very much enjoyed Alex once we got to Panajachel.
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Hi Becky, we are very sorry to hear your uncomfortable experience. There are days that our vans have to bring the full capacity of the vehicle because of the large demand on the schedule. But this is no excuse for the way the driver drove. We will have a meeting with the driver and discuss this matter. Thank you for your feedback, this helps us to improve!!!
Efficient tour that gives a great feel...
Cynthia A, Apr 2018
Efficient tour that gives a great feel for Lake Atitlan.
We enjoy our time at lake Atitlan...
Nina J, Feb 2018
We enjoy our time at lake Atitlan. We would enjoy it even more if the boat was more comfortable and we could see the lake better while in the boat. The seats are so low you can barely see anything while seating.
Pick-up could have been better we...
Natasha T, Oct 2017
Pick-up could have been better we drove around for nearly an hour just within a couple miles of my hotel and didn't pick up anyone. The boat tour and guide were great!
Initially I was skeptical about this...
Lakeya C, May 2016
Initially I was skeptical about this tour as my driver was late picking me up from Antigua. He did not speak any English, so I trusted that the tour was valid as he knew where to pick me up. While on the bus, I spoke to a few women who indicated that they were headed to Mexico. I was initially alarmed as I was going to Lake Atitlan. One of the women offered to translate for me to the driver. He indicated that I would be dropped off, picked up by a taxi, and then taken to my guide. Once I knew this, I was fine. However, I did wish these details would have been explained ahead of time. I eventually connected with my guide who was AWESOME. He was so kind, so smart, just great. I was the only one on the tour that day and had a wonderful experience touring the various villages with him. It was a great tour and truly worthwhile. It definitely superseded my initial concerns.
Excelente lugar
AnaLuisa_B, Aug 2019
Recomendado. Bus puntual, precioso lugar, linda gente y buena comida. Día soleado y apenas para recorrer los pueblitos alrededor del lago.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Muchísimas gracias por su comentario. Nos alegra que haya disfrutado el tour. Esperamos verla de nuevo!


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