Explore San Marcos, San Juan and Santiago
Full day trip takes you from one end of Lake Atitlan to the other. Travel by private boat to the villages of San Marcos, San Juan and Santiago, with time to explore each village.
Easy walking involved.
Your first stop is San Marcos, where we stop for a walking tour and optional cliff jumping. Then we depart the north shore for San Juan, the "Swiss village" of Lake Atitlan. You will spend approximately 2 hours on a guided walking tour where you visit art galleries, woman's weaving cooperatives, and a medicinal and curative plant garden. Lunch is at a local comedor.
Your third stop is Santiago. The bay of Santiago is a photographer's dream. We take a tour along the shore of the bay before we start our walking tour. Your first stop is a visitor center that offers insight into the life of the Tzutujile Maya. There are interpretive displays on the history of the traje (traditional clothing), spiritual beliefs and Maximon. We we tour the local church, market, historical sites, and visit Maximon.
I will meet you at centrally located hotels or holiday rentals in Panajachel or Santa Cruz. I can meet you at the public boat docks in Jaibalito, Tzununa, San Marcos, San Juan, and San Pedro. Write me to ask more information about pick up from other locations.
Once we meet up, we will spend the day together traveling by boat from village to village. Each of the Mayan villages are different and together we will decide what fits your specific interests. This is a custom tour that can be modified to make the experience uniquely yours. We will spend seven hours together exploring the villages and learning about the Mayan culture.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you anywhere on Lake Atitlan.
End location: I will return you to your starting location.
Duration: 7 hours
Travel by private boat.
Full day tour to 3 villages with a variety of activities. You will have the chance to swim, cliff jump, visit local families, and many historical and cultural sites. Private boat and guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
13 100 Quetzales - $13 USD or 100Q per person for meals and drinks.
We recommend sun protection such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. A light jacket is helpful in cooler weather.
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We've always had a great experience with Tours by Locals but this one was exceptional. Lee is a walking / boat-riding encyclopedia: with great insights rather than fact recitation. Extremely personable. Very accommodating of all our particular interests, idiosyncrasies, and tempo / pacing preferences. He made excellent choices in showing us 3 villages (San Marcos, San Juan, and Santiago) with very different "personalities". We could not have asked for a better guide or a better day. Thanks, Lee !