- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Discover the Mayan villages of Santa Catarina and San Antonio on a flexible day tour package from Panajachel.
Learn about the local culture, visit weaving cooperatives and see the vibrant blues, purples, and reds woven into traditional designs. Meet local families. Take part in unique rituals, including a Mayan Protection Fire Ceremony. Go to local craft cooperatives and galleries, local ceramic studio, historic churches, and more. Private tour.
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Comprehensive tour of the city
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- All entrance fees included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected Panajachel and Santa Catarina hotels only)
- Alternative meeting location is Xocomil Travel on Calle Embarcadero in Panajachel
- Round-trip shared transfer starting and ending in Panajchel
- Food and drinks
Centrally located Panajachel or Santa Catarina hotels. Alternative location is Xocomil Travel on Calle Embarcadero in Panajachel.
Learn about the culture of the indigenous Mayan communities of Guatemala on this day tour from Panajachel.
Your local Mayan guide will lead you on the villages of Santa Catarina and San Antonio above Lake Atitlan.
If you want to choose a bit more of a demanding tour, you can opt to hike above the lake! Alternatively, choose to travel by vehicle for a less physically challenging excursion.
The hike starts 2,000 feet above the lake, with commanding views of the 3 volcanoes, the volcanic caldera, and the surrounding Mayan villages. Along the way, stop to chat with the farmers and learn about their farming techniques. Walking well-maintained, downhill paths, the hike will take about 2 hours, ending with a descent into Santa Catarina.
For those who choose to travel by vehicle, the local shared taxis are a great experience, riding with the Mayans from the villages you will explore.
Santa Catarina is a small village and easy to explore on foot. Hike past terraced fields of onion and garlic, cultivated just as they have been for hundreds of years. Go to the women’s weaving cooperatives and admire the beautiful textiles being made into table cloths, bed covers, and clothes. The colors used are of vibrant blues, purples, and reds, and are woven into elaborate designs.
You will also go to the larger village of San Antonio, perched on the side of a steep hill. San Antonio is home to a particular type of ceramic design and you can tour the factory and store if you wish.
Visit the ceramic shops, art galleries, and colonial churches of each village, and meet a Confradia family, who live on a system that dates back to the Spanish conquest. The Confradia people maintain the traditions of the Catholic saints, maintaining shrines to the patron saint of each village.
For those interested in delving deeper into Mayan culture, the local guide can introduce you to a curasera, a traditional Mayan healer who can conduct a Mayan healing/protection ceremony.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.