Panajachel
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Our most recommended Panajachel Sightseeing Tours

  • 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 ...

  • Chichicastenango and Panajachel One Day Tour

    2. 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

    3. 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: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

    4. 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.

  • Panajachel: Families and Beginners 3-Hour Rock Climb

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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...

  • Private Shuttle: Guatemala City - Panajachel

    8. Private Shuttle: Guatemala City - Panajachel

    Guatemala City to Panajachel: Available in either direction.  Professional driver and private van is the most secure and comfortable method of travel.  Airport, hotel, or residential pick-up and drop-off makes transfers easy and safe.  We are a reliable travel agency operating since 1995, which offers secure and comfortable trips to our clients within and autside the country. Additionally, we provide a wonderful experience of sustainable tourism in Guatemala, preserving the environment, improving a fulfilling experiencie to our tourists and visitors. Safe, reliable and affordable to or from the airport, hotels and destinations in Guatemala. Unlike shared shuttles, this service does not have a set schedule, which allows you to set a time for the collection of your choice. For airport pickups we will need your flight details and our driver will be waiting for you outside arrivals with y...

  • From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

    9. From Antigua: 2-Day Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan Tour

    In Chichicastenango, explore the indigenous market and be witness to the incessant exchange of fruits, vegetables and handicrafts between the locals and foreigners. Lake Atitlán was formed when a volcanic caldera depleted its magma. Three stately volcanoes - Atitlan, Tolimán and San Pedro - rise gracefully from its southern shore, their perfect cones reflected in the azure mirror of the lake. Discover weaving made and worn by the Maya-Tzutujil and Cakchiquel women who live around the lake and many of the men also wear traditional, hand-woven clothing. Day 1 – Chichicastenango: - 07:00: Transfer from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua to Chichicastenango - 10:00: Arrival to Chichicastenango’s market.  In the center of town you will find the local market where you can buy wood products, ceramics and even gifts that the Mayan priests offer on their prehispanic altar...

  • Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan

    10. 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...

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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!

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.