Lake Atitlán Cultural Tour 2 days/1 night
Join us in this adventure and cultural immersion trip around one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlán. The tour starts at your hotel/lodging entrance to board our private shuttle for a 1 hour drive to the nearby farming town of Tecpán. Here, we will have a traditional breakfast typical to the region and can spend some time looking at the artisan crafts before we continue driving to the country’s famous Lake Atitlán. Once in Lake Atitlán, we’ll take a short boat ride to charming town of San Juan La Laguna. We love San Juan because unlike other towns that are heavily influenced by Western culture, San Juan has blossomed into a beautiful community with activities for visitors, without losing its heritage or becoming overly commercialized. The people of San Juan are creative and empowered business owners and it’s a wonderful thing to see, experience and support.
Once in San Juan, we will spend the day learning about the crafts and traditions of the Tzutujil people. The close-knit community that inhabits this village developed its own tourism to showcase their traditions and you’ll see this when we tour their impressive cooperatives to learn about agriculture, weaving, textiles, chocolate making and more. We will then enjoy a homestay with the local families.
The following day, after breakfast with our host families we will wave goodbye and return to our boat. From here, you can choose to spend the morning and early afternoon stopping at some neighboring towns, including San Pedro La Laguna to check out the art scene and Santiago Atitlán to visit their market, church and Maximón shrine, or stop in San Antonio Palapó to visit the pottery shop of our friend Marco Antonio where you can make your own small piece to take back home. In the late afternoon we’ll drive back to La Antigua, arriving in the evening.
What to wear/pack
What to wear/pack: We recommend wearing comfortable and breathable clothing and closed toed shoes with a supportive sole. The sun can be quite strong as well so sunscreen and/or a hat are also encouraged. Also we recommend to bring cash with you since in most places don’t take cards. Other useful items are a water bottle, sunglasses, camera!
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
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