Lake Atitlán Cultural 1 Day Tour

Lake Atitlán

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Lake Atitlán Cultural 1 Day Tour
Lake Atitlán

Heart of Travel
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About this trip

Join us on this adventure in cultural immersion around one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lago Atitlán. We’ll pick you up at your Antigua lodging at 7:00 am in our private shuttle or SUV, depending on the size of the group, to begin the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Panajachel. If desired we can also make a quick stop in the charming mountain town of Tecpán to grab an early morning snack. 

Once in Panajachel, we’ll take a short boat ride to the town of San Juan La Laguna. Here, we will spend the day learning about the crafts and traditions of the Tzutujil people. This mellow lakeside town has escaped the commercialization of its neighboring towns and the close-knit community that inhabits this village has developed community-based tourism to showcase their traditions without relying on the influence and investment of foreigners. 

Our time in San Juan la Laguna will center around visiting our friends at Casa Flor Ixcaco, a women’s led textile cooperative that is truly inspiring and an incredible example of empowered female indigenous entrepreneurs who are using their talents and traditions, on their terms, to bolster their economy and share their heritage proudly. 

During your time with Casa Flor, you’ll watch and participate in a weaving demonstration to learn all about the process from start to finish. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious typical lunch prepared by some of the cooperative members before visiting the nearby artisan chocolate workshop and the medicinal plant garden. This medicinal plant garden is run by the local midwives and it’s fascinating to learn about the work they do! 

After we finish our time in San Juan, we’ll take a boat to Santiago Atitlán. Here we will learn more about what’s known as syncretism: the mixing of the Mayan and Catholic religions.  Our time in Santiago includes a visit to the town’s church, the San Maximón shrine and to visit a woman from the town who will show us the “tocoyal” headdress, an iconic part of this town’s “traje típico”.


Upon finishing our visit to Santiago we’ll take a boat back to Panajachel to board the private shuttle back to La Antigua.

Itinerary subject to small changes at the discretion of The Heart of Travel guides in order to provide you with the safest, and most comfortable and enjoyable travel experience possible.

How to book this tour:

During the online booking process, you will be prompted to let us know the date and preferred start time of your tour as well as where you’d like your guide to meet you. We ask that you book your tour at least 24 hours in advance in order for us to coordinate all of the small details that go into making your experience unforgettable!

What to wear/pack:

We recommend wearing comfortable and breathable clothing and closed-toed shoes with a supportive sole. The sun can be quite strong as well so sunscreen and/or a hat are also encouraged. Also, we recommend that you bring cash with you since not all stores and street vendors accept credit cards. Other useful items are an eco-friendly water bottle, sunglasses, and a camera!

What’s included

  • Transportation
    All transportation (including privates shuttles and public boats)
  • Tour Leader
    Bilingual Heart of Travel tour leader
  • Local Guides
    Bilingual local guides
  • Tickets & Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary
  • Lunch
    One beverage included
  • Water
    Purified water provided
  • Tips
    Tips to drivers and local guides
  • Additional Food
    Snacks and beverages not indicated on the itinerary

Available Packages

8 to 12 people

Price per person on a tour for eight to twelve people

5 to 7 people

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4 people

Price per person on a tour for four people 

3 people

Price per person on a tour for three people 

2 people

Price per person on a tour for two people 

1 person

Price per person on a tour for one


8 to 12 people

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