Top Lake Atitlan Hiking Trails

Lake Atitlan is a nature lover’s wonderland destination in Guatemala. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the country in summer to see the tremendous volcanoes of Atitlan, the lush oak and pine tree forests, the turquise waters of the Lake Atitlan and small Mayan Settlements. So pack your camping gear, put on your hiking boots and read on to learn more about the 5 Top hiking spots this amazing Guatemalan destination has to offer.

 

1. Atitlan Ridge Hike to el Pico de Cielo

El Pico de Cielo is a non touristy hiking destination in Lake Atitlan. It offers you fantastic views of the southern shore of Lake Atitlan and other 5 volcanoes peaks. The hike is considered, challenging and its recommended for intermediate and experienced hikers. The trail is very strenuous, and known as a trade route of the Mayas in the ancient time. Once you reach at the peak, there will be a small settlement called Maria Linda, very beautiful little town. Once again a highly recommended hike and must take a guide for this adventure. See tour description here.

Our hike with Pedro to Pico de Cielo was one of the highlights of our trip to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. We had the opportunity to experience traveling through Guatemala as the locals do, and we met local Maya families as they were working together harvesting food and preparing it for market. The beauty of the countryside, the laughter of the Maya people, and the views of Lake Atitlan from Pico de Cielo have stayed with me to this day, along with stories told by Pedro about the Maya people. This adventure really is a gem, as is Pedro.

 

2. Jaibalito & Tzununa Easy Family Hiking Adventure

It is also known as the Lower Mayan trail, highly recommended for families or group of friends with limited time. The hike starts from Santa Cruz la Laguna, it is a very easy 1hr. hike but offers some stunning views of nearby towns, volcanoes and the lake. In most cases we recommend to combine this hike with a village tour or a multy-day hike, including a kayaking and swimming tour.

We just returned from Lake Atitlan. Pedro was our guide on this wonderful hike. There had been a tremendous amount of rain, therefore the trail was very muddy & the streams were more like small rivers making this hike much more difficult. Pedro not only led us very safely but told us many stories about the area. My husband wanted to practice his Spanish & Pedro very easily switched from Spanish to English as needed. He also speaks French. You can’t go wrong using his services for any activity around the lake especially hiking.

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