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 5:30am. 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.
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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Centrally located hotels and holiday rentals in Antigua.
End location: I will return you to your starting location.
Duration: 13 hours
may be longer depending on weather and traffic
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 ground transportation, private boat and private 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.