Day Tours: santa Catarina and san Juan la Laguna on lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Santa Catarina and San Juan la Laguna

In this tour we will travel by boat and then walk in the villages.  It is very relaxed and informative with plenty of photo stops. Come and experience the difference between two of Lake Atitlan’s most fascinting villages.

Santa Catarina is a small Mayan kaqchikel village well known in Guatemala. Explore Santa Catarina in a real way, beyond post cards and tour books.  Our tour features the faces of Catarinecas or tunecos (males) wearing their distinctive blue pants, and the women with their beautiful traje (indigenous clothing).   Each blouse is made individually and takes weeks to make.  We will have the oportunity to visit mayan families in their homes and briefly be a part of their life experience first hand.  We will visit educational projects in order to better understand the challenges and realities faced by Mayan children.  When we leave the village you will have lasting memories that will be vivid and accurate as to life in the village.

We will leave Santa Catarina by boat for the beautifyul 20 minute crossing to San Juan la Laguna, this time a Mayan Tzutujil village.  In San Juan we will experience Art galleries and a medicinal herbal plantation. The thing San Juan is really known for is their natural dye textiles.   We will have a first hand demonstration of this technique.   It is also possible to arrange to witness authentic Mayan ceremonies.  Speak to your tour guide if this interests you!

This is a full day tour


Minimum of People Prices are per person in USD Includes Observation
3 23 Request for more information  
4 to 6 25 Includes boat transportation  
7 to 10 22 Includes boat transportation  
11 and + 20 Includes boat transportation  


Prices: This is a full day tour
Minimum of People
Prices are per person in USD Includes Observation
40 includes boat transportation  


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About Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlán (Lago de Atitlán) is a large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) in the Guatemalan Highlands. While Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America, its bottom has not been completely sounded. Estimates of its maximum depth range up to 340 meters. The lake is shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. Lake Atitlan is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people.

The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and Aldous Huxley famously wrote of it: "Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."