Panajachel
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Our most recommended Panajachel Outdoor Activities

  • Lake Atitlan Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure

    1. 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.

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

    2. 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 ...

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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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...

  • From Antigua: Lake Atitlán Mountain Biking Adventure

    6. 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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