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Our most recommended Panajachel Activities

  • Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    1. Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    Take a day trip to one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America, Atitlán Lake. Explore 2 ancient Mayan towns with your private guide and admire the impressive landscapes formed by 3 volcanoes. After pickup at 6:00 AM at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City, take a 3-hour journey towards Atitlán Lake. Your first stop will be a viewpoint with impressive panoramic views over Sololá Department, the volcanoes, and the lake. From Panajachel, one of the 11 Mayan villages, take a 20-minute boat trip across the lake towards San Juan La Laguna. Once you debark, stroll along the “handicrafts” street, which includes chocolate and medicinal plant stores, textile factories, art galleries, and souvenir shopping.  After San Juan La Laguna, take the private boat towards Santiago Atitlán, where you learn about Mayan ethnic groups and their unique textile patterns and colors, religious ...

  • Lake Atitlan Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure

    2. Lake Atitlan Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure

    Enjoy a full-day of adventure activities on and around Lake Atitlan under the shadows of the Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro volcanoes. A local guide will meet you at your hotel to take you by truck to a viewpoint called Mirador Mendez. From here, it’s a fun and easy walk through tropical forest to Santa Jaibalito Mayan Community, where you will get to experience the authentic culture of the Maya civilization first hand. Enjoy lunch with a local family, and chat with them about their history and life in modern-day Guatemala. You will then be kitted out with a kayak to canoe for about 1-hour on the shimmering waters of Lake Atitlan. Soak up the stunning views as you kayak to Panajachel Beach for the end of your tour activities.

  • Panajachel: Families and Beginners 3-Hour Rock Climb

    3. Panajachel: Families and Beginners 3-Hour Rock Climb

    Enjoy a 3-hour rock climbing adventure in Lake Atitlan that is perfect for anyone with no experience, or who has only ever climbed in a gym before. A professional teacher will be on hand at all times, and will provide you with all the equipment and instruction necessary for a safe but fun adventure. The only climbing school in Guatemala where you can learn the basic principals of top rope climbing, you will receive full instruction on tying knots, harness sizing, and climbing techniques. After the class, try your skills on one of the easier walls. A unique over-the water climb is available for those looking for more experience. Get a taste for climbing and you might even decide to advance to a climbing camp in Santa Cruz La Laguna on Lake Atitlan’s northern shore. Climbing sites are available for a range of ages and abilities, and stays of a week will immerse you in the beauty of the l...

  • Los Elementos Adventure Center: Kayak, Swim, and Relax

    4. Los Elementos Adventure Center: Kayak, Swim, and Relax

    The day begins in Panajachel or Santa Cruz La Laguna, where your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you to the boat docks along Lake Atitlan. From there, take a boat transfer to the Adventure Center in Santa Cruz, where you'll spend the day with a bilingual guide and plenty enjoy activities, all in line with USA safety standards. Kayak for an hour or so, take a swim in the crystal blue waters, or go for a cliff jump if you dare!   For lunch, enjoy a home-cooked meal by the center's very own chef; you're free to pre-order your meal selections based on your own tastes and preferences. After lunch, hike through the hidden Pumpatin Canyon through the lush local forest to a rock wall, where you'll have to chance to enjoy an invigorating and safe rock climb, with secure top-rope systems (harnesses, ropes, etc.). Climb up to 45 feet (14 meters), before rappelling down.   When you're ...

  • Bird watching at a Private Reserve

    5. Bird watching at a Private Reserve

    Enjoy the best bird watching on an exclusive private reserve.  Experienced guides will ensure you see a large variety of unusual species native to Guatemala, plus many migratory species from North America.  This is your best opportunity to see rare species from this area, such as the Great Horned Guan. A birding paradise. This package includes private transportation from your hotel or residence in Antigua or Panajachel.  Upon your arrival at the nature reserve, you will have time to explore the area that includes a coffee plantation, exotic plant and flower nursery, and nature trails.  Near sunset, you have a high likelihood of seeing local wild life. Settle into your cabin or room in the main lodge before you enjoy a hearty home cooked meal.  Explore the 100 year old main lodge and learn about its history.  There are many old photos and mementos from the past that explain about the hi...

  • Lake Atitlán: Peddle and Paddle Overnight Trip

    6. Lake Atitlán: Peddle and Paddle Overnight Trip

    This overnight trip to Lake Atitlán gives you a great mix of activities without wearing you out on any one of them. Through the diversity of biking, kayaking and hiking, you get to experience the majestic lake in a variety of speeds, angles and perspectives. Whether you are cruising on the crest of the caldera ridge, paddling the azure-blue waters of Lake Atitlan, or hiking lakeside through the local towns – you’ll surely enjoy the fantastic views. At night you will rest easy in one of the most beautiful hotels in all of Central America. Day 1: Country Road Ride The group leaves from Antigua at 08:00, where you can fill up your water bottles and purchase any additional gear you might need. After meeting your guide and checking your gear, load up the vehicle and set out for a 2.5-hour road trip up into the highlands towards Lake Atitlan. Stop on the road...

  • Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan

    7. Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan

    Take time to journey beyond Guatemala City to take in the beauty of the surrounding region and learn about local culture and history. Explore the Chichicastenango Maya Market, and the scenic Lake Atitlan with your guide and make lasting memories of your time in Guatemala.  You will be picked up from your hotel in Guatemala City then journey to the Western Highlands to arrive at your first location of the day, Chichicastenango. You will be mesmerized by this region of Guatemala an area most travellers would daydream about. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, forests and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous people. Once you arrive at Chichicastenango Market you will begin your walking tour of the market. The market is the heart of commercial life for “maxeños”, having changed very little throughout the centuries. With your guide explore the pathw...

  • Lower Mayan Trail: San Marcos to Santa Cruz 4-Hour Hike

    8. Lower Mayan Trail: San Marcos to Santa Cruz 4-Hour Hike

    The day begins in Santa Cruz, where you depart for the rugged north shore and the remote village of Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you’ll be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. See villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their corn and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world. This hike takes you several hundred feet above the ever-changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanoes. Then descend into the Pumpatin Canyon for a nature walk along the banks of the river. You experience 2 different ecosystems as you walk from the upper lake shore into the narrow canyon. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river, and take a swim if y...

  • Lake Atitlán 5-Hour Kayaking & Trekking from Panajachel

    9. Lake Atitlán 5-Hour Kayaking & Trekking from Panajachel

    Enjoy a half-day on Lake Atitlán as you spend time trekking, kayaking, and familiarizing yourself with the surrounding nature and culture. Your day begins with pick-up from Panajachel and transfer to a viewpoint called Mirador Mendez. Here you will have a fun and easy walk downhill for 2 hours until you reach the Mayan community of Santa Catarina Palopó. Continue on to the lake, where you will go kayaking for 1 hour, arriving at Panajachel Beach. Your trip also includes a traditional lunch with a Mayan family, where you can find out more about the indigenous lifestyle of the people, before returning to your hotel.

  • Panajachel Day Hike in Cerro de Oro: Hill of Mayan Gold

    10. Panajachel Day Hike in Cerro de Oro: Hill of Mayan Gold

    Hike the elephant-shaped mountain of the Cerro de Oro in the Guatemalan rainforest, and learn the legend of the lost Mayan gold and how it eluded the Spanish Conquistadors. Located on the slopes of Atitlan Volcano, the small hill is the site of a Mayan altar, still used by shamans for fire ceremonies. It is also said to be home to a portal to the Xiballba (Underworld). During your hike you will visit the altar, and see evidence of recent volcanic activity. The Cerro de Oro was formed more than 5,000 years ago and takes the form of a reclining elephant that inspired the Sleeping Elephant character in “The Little Prince.” Walk through the shaded coffee plants of the surrounding plantations, looking for the abundant birdlife. Go to the village church, built from hand-hewn volcanic stone, and enjoy stunning views from the plaza. Then, relax with a delicious lunch at a private villa on the...

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What people are saying about Panajachel

What an absolute adventure!

Climbing with Los Elementos Adventure Center was definitely an adventure. Once I signed up, Lee (who runs the place) immediately contacted me and provided me with options for my rock climbing experience. I opted for the over-the-water climb, and my guide, Greg, briefed me on what to expect. To get to the cliffs where the climbing routes were, we took a nice, short boat ride across the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Once at the cliffs, I started the climbs directly from the boat...that was great fun! The climbs were a combination of rock climbing & jungle climbing, as there are some roots & bushes that I had to get through to get to the top. All of these were what made it such a great adventure for me, along with the fantastic views at Lake Atitlan. Great experience overall!