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  • 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    1. 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    Experience two of Guatemala's most celebrated points of interest: sparkling Lake Atitlan and the Chichicastenango Market on this 3-day tour from Antigua. Visit the highland town of Chichicastenango, world-famous for its open-air market. Here you'll find amazing handicrafts created by the indigenous Maya people as you witness an incessant exchange of fruits and vegetables. Next to the market stands the Church of Santo Tomas, a 16th-century church where you can observe age-old Mayan rituals being performed. Filling an enormous caldera and surrounded by volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages, Lake Atitlan has become renowned for its indescribable beauty and unique cultural history. Spend a day on a guided boat tour of the lake and surrounding towns, then experience the nightlife of Panajachel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Antigua ̶ Chichicastenango – Panajachel

  • Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    2. 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 ...

  • Chichicastenango and Panajachel One Day Tour

    3. Chichicastenango and Panajachel One Day Tour

    This day-long tour of Guatemala, beginning from Antigua or Guatemala City, covers market villages to picturesque lakes and is sure to give you a bar-none introduction to some of the country's loveliest sights! Start your day at the open market of Chichicastenango. Here, you can explore the indigenous market and witness the incessant exchange of fruits, vegetables and handicrafts between local people and foreigners. This charming local market really does offer just about everything—you can even shop for wood products, ceramics and the sorts of gifts that the Mayan priests offer on their pre-hispanic altars. We will then move on to visit Santo Tomás church, where the Popol Vuh (The sacred book of the Maya) was found. For the perfect end to the day we will spend the remainder of our time overlooking one of the world's most beautiful lakes.

  • Lake Atitlan Full-Day Tour with Shared Boat Trip

    4. Lake Atitlan Full-Day Tour with Shared Boat Trip

    Cruise across Lake Atitlan and visit the villages of San Juan La Laguna on this full-day shared sightseeing tour. Ringed by 3 volcanoes on its southern flank, Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America. Departing from Panajachel, at the gateway to the lake, your private guide will take you on a scenic shared boat trip before exploring some local textile communities and the Mayan villages of San Juan La Laguna. Get amazing views of the Atitlan, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes, as you experience for yourself why the area became such a Mecca for beatniks and bohemian writers such as Aldous Huxley. Capture the scent of coffee plantations, and then try some freshly ground coffee. Here, you can immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of the Tz'utujil Mayans and turn the noisy dial of modern life down to zero.

  • Lake Atitlan Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure

    5. 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

    6. 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...

  • Las Cruces to Panajachel, Half-Day Bike Tour

    7. 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...

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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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...

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What people are saying about Panajachel

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

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!

I like the options they present for trips, and I loved the tours to the towns of Lake Atitlán. Although it would be advisable in each place to give about 2 hours to stay. It is also recommended from the beginning to put the options with the price of different hotels, so that the client can choose from the beginning. And it is also recommended that with the transport the seats of each traveler be reserved, because in the minibuses the small seats are uncomfortable and if you change the minibus, they sit where it is available.

Very neat and accomplished

Everything offered was fulfilled. Comfortable transport. Very friendly in the chosen hotel. Good location and willing to collaborate. The guide in the Lake very attentive to his work. A very pleasant experience. Thank you