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 restaurant of your choosing.
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.
Our driver will meet you at centrally located hotels or holiday rentals in Antigua. The preferred departure time is 5:00am. 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.
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 the full time together together exploring the villages and learning about the Mayan culture.
Return to Antigua in the late afternoon leaving Lake Atitlan between 4:00 - 5:00pm.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 13 hours
may be longer depending on weather and traffic
Travel by private boat.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
13 100 Quetzales - $13 USD or 100Q per person for meals and drinks.
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Lee is great and his tour was exactly what we wanted. He is knowledgeable, humorous and accommodating and because he lives in the area, he showed us the very best of this gorgeous part of the world. On top of the boat cruise, lunch, hike, coffee and great conversation, he also took us to Amigos De Santa Cruz. This program offers education/training to indigenous people, providing economic independance and improving lives. He's a tremendous guide AND dedicated to empowering locals.