Day Trips to Panajachel

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Our most recommended Panajachel Day Trips To

  • 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: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

    2. Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

    Experience an important ceremony of the Maya people of Guatemala at the most sacred and holy location on Lake Atitlan. Transfer to the trailhead from Panajachel. Then, walk to the 1st cave (a maximum 20-minute hike). Named “Nimajay,” “San Simon,” “Singing” and “Colorado,” the 4 caves have been used by the Mayans for centuries for their Fire Cleansing and Protection Ceremony. The highland tribes travel for hours to visit the holy caves, and you will feel the energy and power as soon as you approach the cave entrance. Watch the shamans perform the ceremony (not guaranteed, but available on most days), and experience an authentic part of the living Mayan culture of the Guatemala highlands. Your guide will explain why the ceremonies are performed, and teach you about the ritual and unique meanings of the Mayan calendar. Located 1,200 feet above Lake Atitlan, the caves offer panoramic view...

    Great tour! If you are interested in learning more about mayan culture or how cristianity has merged with local religion you should definitely give it a go.

  • Las Cruces to Panajachel, Half-Day Bike Tour

    3. Las Cruces to Panajachel, Half-Day Bike Tour

    Enjoy a leisurely and picturesque bike ride from Las Cruces to Panajachel. At 98% downhill and a total of 2 hours riding time, this tour is perfect for those desiring a relaxing tour through the beautiful Guatemalan Highlands. Begin at a market in Panajachel, where your bikes will be loaded onto a minivan. Enjoy a scenic 25-minute ride to Las Cruces and begin your ride at one of Las Cruces' quiet, rural roads. Admire the landscapes of the mountains between Atitlan and Antigua as you cycle through the small pueblo of Godinez and find yourself on a serene road that opens up above Lake Atitlan and provides spectacular views of the whole lake on high. Marvel at the volcanoes Atitlan and Toliman and continue on to some spectacular panoramas of the lake as you approach the village of San Andres Semetabaj. Cycle through the lush cypress forest and delight in the twists and turns of the descen...

  • Bird watching at a Private Reserve

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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...

  • Panajachel: Santa Catarina and San Antonio Maya Tour

    8. Panajachel: Santa Catarina and San Antonio Maya Tour

    Immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Mayan communities of Guatemala on this flexible half-day tour from Panajachel. A local Mayan guide will lead you on an exploration of the villages of Santa Catarina and San Antonio above Lake Atitlan. For a more physically demanding tour, you can opt to hike above the lake. Alternatively, choose to travel by vehicle for a less physically challenging excursion. The hike starts 2,000 feet above the lake, with commanding views of the 3 volcanoes, the volcanic caldera, and the surrounding Mayan villages. Along the way, stop to chat with the farmers and learn about their farming techniques. Walking well-maintained, downhill paths, the hike will take about 2 hours, ending with a descent into Santa Catarina. For those who choose to travel by vehicle, the local shared taxis are a great experience, riding with the Mayans from the villages you wi...

  • From Antigua: Lake Atitlán Mountain Biking Adventure

    9. From Antigua: Lake Atitlán Mountain Biking Adventure

    Get your adrenaline pumping with a mountain biking adventure through the Guatemalan countryside. Meet your guide in Antigua and set out for the 2.5-hour drive to Panajachel, stopping along the way for a coffee and restroom break. Upon arrival in Panajachel, get fitted out for your mountain bike followed by a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Start the trail on a downhill country road and ride towards a quiet lake. Follow a route that combines backcountry dirt roads and jeep tracks as well as tight technical singletrack climbs and descents. Enjoy biking through a landscape of rolling pine forests, intermixed with local agricultural plots of corn, beans, and squash. After a couple of hours of riding, take a 2-kilometer climb to a viewpoint located high above Lake Atitlán where you will enjoy a healthy and well-deserved fresh picnic lunch as you admire spectacular views o...

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What people are saying about Panajachel

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It may seem a bit pricey but well worth it. Your guide, Lee, will take you places you would not find on your own. As a Mayan in the know he can explain everything to you. You will not be disappointed

although we came late for the ceremony. the local tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. He showed me some great spots around and its overall history of his people.

Great tour! If you are interested in learning more about mayan culture or how cristianity has merged with local religion you should definitely give it a go.