Full day includes a kayak tour and a hike back thru Mayan villages
Full-day trip begins and ends in Antigua. Includes a motor boat ride, a kayak tour along the rugged north shore, and a hike back thru San Marcos, Tzununa, El Jaibalito and Santa Cruz la Laguna. Breakfast and lunch not included.
Itinerary: We paddle for 1 ½ -2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz la Laguna, El Jaibalito, and Tzununa, ending in San Marcos. You paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life. You have the opportunity to cliff- jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun.
We pull into the Bay of San Marcos and gear up for the next part of our adventure, a 3 hour hike. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Maya for centuries. This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world. Our hike takes us several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breath taking views of the famous volcanos
Our driver will meet you at centrally located hotels or holiday rentals in Antigua. The preferred departure time is 5:30am. The early departure allows maximum time to enjoy your day and avoids most of the traffic. We recommend departing no later than 8:00am. Travel time is a minimum 2 1/2 hours each way.
Your Water Sports adventure will begin as soon as you exit the vehicle at Lake Atitlan. Gear up for kayak and swimming. Paddle for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, with an optional break in the middle for a swim and cliff jump (if you dare!!)
Mid-day your guide will recommend a restaurant appropriate to your tastes, or you can pack a sack lunch for a pic-nic.
After your lunch break, hike 3 hours along the Mayan foot trails for a true off-the-beaten-path experience. End your hike at our Adventure Center where you started, and travel by boat back to the vehicle.
Return to Antigua in the late afternoon leaving Lake Atitlan between 4:00 - 5:00pm.
Total itinerary is 11 hours minimum.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at centrally located hotels and holiday rentals in Antigua.
End location: We will drop you off at your hotel or holiday rental.
Duration: 11 hours
Time may be longer due to traffic and/or weather.
Touring kayak and hiking.
Kayak, paddles, personal flotation device/life jacket, dry bag, guide service. Park admission to sacred Mayan site and for cliff jumping. Meet local Mayan youth to learn about their projects to keep their culture sustainable. Meet families in each village to experience their culture up-close.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
13 100 Quetzales - $13 USD or 100Q per person; for meals and drinks
Meals. Bring two sets of clothes, one for the water sports and another for the hiking; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and your camera!!