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Lake Atitlan Tour with Boat to Santiago Full Day from Guatemala City

Lake Atitlan Tour with Boat to Santiago Full Day from Guatemala City


Lake Atitlan is considered one of the wonders of the world; appreciate for its amazing volcanoes landscape and Mayan villages around it

12 Hours
  • Mobile & printed vouchers accepted
  • Free Cancellation


  • Visit the most wonderful lake of the Latin America and renowned as one of the wonders of the world
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of the volcanoes: Toliman, San Pedro and Atitlan
  • Explore Lake Atitlan and immerse yourself with the Tzutuhil culture
  • Learn about Santiago Atitlán, the most ancient cultural village around the lake


  • Round Trip Transfer (shared) from most Hotels in Guatemala City
  • Public Boat Fee from Panajachel to Santiago Atitlán

  • Food & Beverage
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Please contact us if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.

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Lake Atitlan Tour with Boat to Santiago Full Day from Guatemala City

12 Hours

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Atitlán means "between the waters."

Your tour will begin with a pick up at your hotel in Guatemala City by our local guide and transfer to Panajachel.

We will go to the west side of the country where most of the indigenous villages of Guatemala are concentrated. On the way to our destination we will start in a wooded area surrounded by pine trees and other tree species. As we continue our journey we will see a valley where a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown by local people.

Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Santiago Atitlán, where you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon". He is a nahual of the tz'utujiles of Santiago Atitlán, and is venerated as the "guardian protector" of the Tz'utujil people given his status as a colonized people. Popular tradition refers that this character is a tree of "palo de pito" or "tz'atel", a common tree in the regions of Mesoamerica, who in mythological times was also proposed as guardian protector of the people.

Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many atitecos (as its people are known) cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored feathers and flowers. The cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism. There’s a large art and crafts scene here as well. At the end of our walking through the town we will take a public boat to transfer back to Panajachel.

In Panajachel you will be taken to a delicious lunch (NOT INCLUDED)

Explore the village of Panajachel, a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlán.

At the end of your lunch , you’ll be returned to Guatemala City.
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a Gray Line customer
Feb 05 2020
Safe, clean van pickup was on time. Great explanation of the history of Guatemala.
Mr William Glenn Ward
Apr 15 2017
Great day. Our guide Willy was brilliant. Very knowledgeable, caring and understanding. His English was excellent and nothing was a bother to him. The tour included long hours driving but was made comfortable by regular stops and updates from Willy.
Miss Maria Arroyo
Jan 02 2017
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