Santiago Lake Atitlan Tour

Few places in the world offer visitors the serene feeling of wonder and amazement mixed with cultural connection and history that Santiago Lake Atitlan does. With such a rich history, Santiago has a variety of sights to see.

Santiago Lake Atitlan Tour Details

TRIP DURATION: roughly 7-8 hours

TRIP LOCATION: Santiago

TRIP PHYSICAL LEVEL: Easy to Moderate

TRIP DETAILS: $125 (Q960) – 1 person (private tour) / $85 (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!

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Santiago Lake Atitlan Tour Information

Highlights of this 1-day Santiago Lake Atitlan Tour includes the large open air sprawling market, the colonial Catholic church which dates back as far as 1571, Maximon, Cojolya Weaving Center and Museum founded by the Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers, visiting and meeting with local artisans, and learning about the Mayan culture.

This Santiago Lake Atitlan Tour surrounds you with the local culture, and really lets you see, smell, hear, and get a feel for life in an indigenous Mayan village.

Lake Atitlan is surrounded by many villages in which Maya culture is still prevalent and traditional dress is worn.

Tucked in a beautiful bay along the southern shore of Lake Atitlan between two majestic volcanoes—Toliman and San Pedro—Santiago is the largest village on the Lake and home of the Tzutujil, the indigenous people of Santiago Atitlan.  Among the uniqueness of Santiago is that it is noted for its worship of Maximon, a folk saint venerated in various forms by Maya people.

About Santiago

Towards the top of Santiago’s main street and to the left you will find Santiago’s market that offers you an opportunity to get a glimpse of Mayan life.

As most markets are it is bustling and colorful and while it is a daily market it is larger on Fridays.

You will find everything from women in traditional clothes chopping vegetables and fruits to hammocks, jewelry, local crafts and textiles, clothing, and beef and pork hanging from hooks.

Beyond the market you will come to Santiago’s main square where you will find the Catholic Church that was built in the late 1500’s.

As you walk inside the church you will see wooden carvings of saints dressed in fabric tunic’s on both sides of the church.  You can also read about the history of the church on various plaques.