Our most recommended Panajachel Hiking
1. 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...
2. 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...
3. 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...
4. 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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