Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike

Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike

Lake Atitlan 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.

This hike provides panoramic views of Lake Atitlan, a beautiful lake that sits in a deep basin of the surrounding mountains and the three volcanoes that surround it— Toliman, San Pedro, and Atitlan.

Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike Details

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.

The last important feature of this hike is you will seldom see any other tourists. This is a trail we have kept secret for years.

Santa Catarina Palopó Mountain Hike

We complete the hike in the Village of Santa Catarina, which is one of our favorite hikes in the area, with amazing views that send chills down our spines every time we hike it.

The peaceful waters of Lake Atitlan reflecting the mountains and clouds is a breathtaking sight.

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 lakeshore.  Santa Catarina Palopó retains its indigenous charm and is relatively untouched by modern commercialization.

Visitors are often struck by the atmosphere of timelessness.

Santa Catarina Palopo on Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike

TRIP DURATION: roughly 5 hours

TRIP LOCATION: Start from Panajachel



$75.00 (Q600.00) – 1 person (private tour)

$45.00 (Q400) per person 2 or more people.

We do not group Tours. For groups please send us an email for pricing and details.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring a 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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About Grow Your Own Cure

For the last 17 years. We have provided tours, workshops, shuttles, and boat services for Lake Atitlan. Including services in Antigua, and Tikal

Grow Your Own Cure believes that well-being is not just about physical health, it is about finding balance in body, spirit, and mind. Join us for a hiking experience of a lifetime.

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star rating  Tour guide and owner Jim took our group of 7 around Lake Atitlan for several days. He was very knowledgable and organized a great couple of days. Our... read more

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March 25, 2018

star rating  My sister and I accompanied tour guides, Jim and Stephanie, on a guided tour of the villages of San Juan, San Pedro, and San Antonio Palopo on Lake Atitlan. San... read more

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January 23, 2018

star rating  Jim and Kara were great. They walked me through the process of get to the lake from Antigua, then took on wonderful boat trips on Lake Atitlan. Jim, an American... read more

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January 24, 2018

star rating  I did the Lake Atitlan village boat tour, which really turned into a private "create your own tour" (per James' own words!). James was an amazingly knowledgeable guide for all... read more

August 1, 2021