Hike Lake Atitlan

Santa Catarina is a small indigenous village with many shops filled with art, weaving’s, and fabrics lining the streets. Just a short walk from the main street as well as from the Church is the playa where you can walk along the beach to the hot springs. The hot springs are a great way to relax after a hike in the mountains and around town.

Upper Rim Hike Details

Lake Atitlan | Santa Catarina Upper Rim Hike

TRIP DURATION: ½ day (4 hours), full day (roughly 7-8 hours)

TRIP LOCATION: Santa Catarina Palopó



½ day $65.00 (Q500) – 1 person (private tour) / $45.00 (Q350) per person – 2 or more people

full day $125 (Q960) – 1 person (private tour) / full day $85.00 (Q650) per person – 2 or more people

WHAT TO BRING: Bring camera, water, snacks, sun protection (hat, shades, sunscreen), good walking shoes or sneakers are recommended (no flip-flops), and be prepared to have an incredible adventure!

Santa Catarina Tour Map

Lake Atitlan Hiking

Santa Catarina Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike, discover the explorer in you as we hit the trail and hike the diverse landscapes, learn about the Mayan culture, and visit the colorful village of Santa Catarina Palopó located in the highlands of Guatemala.

The trails above Santa Catarina are among the best around the lake offering great variety where you venture through diverse scenery from majestic peak summits to thick forests, challenging terrain, fields of wildflowers, and mountain slopes terraced with fields of onions and corn.

Santa Catarina Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike is one of our favorite hikes in the area with breathtaking views that send chills down our spines every time we hike it, it is a stunning sight to see the tranquil waters of Lake Atitlan reflect the mountains and clouds.

About Santa Catarina Palopó

This charming peaceful and serene indigenous village is located on the eastern shores of Lake Atitlan and is known for its hand-woven tapestries and paintings. The main street is full of little shops and artisans all the way down to the lake shore. Santa Catarina Palopó retains its indigenous charm and is relatively untouched by modern commercialization. Visitors are often struck by the atmosphere of timelessness.

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