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Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua

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    Stop At: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

    Our day will start at 5:30am with a shuttle transfer form Antigua to Panajachel. At 9am we'll have some time for breakfast (own expense). At 9:30am we'll take a boat tour around the lake visiting the surrounding villages:
    -San Juan La Laguna: Is special the Tz’tujil inhabitants take pride in their craft traditions, particularly painting and weaving, and have developed their own tourism infraestructura to highlight these traditions to outsiders.

    Perhaps part of what makes it all run so well is the comunal sipirit, coffee growers, fishers, organic farmesrs, natural dyers and widows are among the like-minded groups who’ve formed cooperatives here.
    - San Pedro la Laguna: 20 minute break
    -Santiago Atitlan: Accross the lake from Panajachel, on an inlet between the volcanoes of Toliman and San Pedro, lies Santiago Atitlan, the largest of the lake communities, with a strong indigenous identity. Many atitecos (as its people are known) proudly adhere to a traditional Tz’utujil Maya lifestyle. Women wear purple-Striped skirts and huipiles embroidered with colored birds and flowers, while older men still wear lavender or maroon striped embroidered pants.

    The town’s cofradías maintain the syncretic traditions and rituals of Mayan Catholicism. There’s a large arts and crafts scene here, too.

    It¡s the most workaday of the lake villages, home to Maximon, who is ceremonially moved to a new home on May 8 (after Semana Santa). The rest of the year, Maximon resides with a caretaker, receiving offerings. He changes house every year.

    Our day will end at 4:00pm with a departure from Panajachel back to Antigua.

    Duration: 6 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick up in any centrally located Antigua Hotels, Air BnB and family homestays. We don't pick up in the villages around.
    Departure Time
    5:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local taxes
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup
    • Collective boat
    • Personal expenses
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Maximon entrance fee Q25.00 p/p (this fee includes ride in Tuc-Tuc)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • If you will not be arriving at your destination within the specified reconfirmation period, please reconfirm with the local service provider prior to travel, or upon arrival at your destination. Please note that departure times and locations may vary slightly
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    We were only there for 2 nights so there was a lot we didn’t get to see. We stayed I San Lucas Toliman which was a friendly town. We visited San Pedro, Santiago and Pana. Pana definitely is busy and hectic. The other two towns were fairly sleepy. I would hit up the nature
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    The lake is a pretty sight, and we got to see a Mayan religious ceremony, a weaving demonstration, and a presentation on herbs. That said, I hardly think it was worth a 14 1/2 hour day, 6 of which was spent in a shuttle. The "villages" you visit are more like cities without
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    Myself and my partner booked this trip before joining another longer tour and went just after arriving from Scotland. Early start no problem as our body clocks were still on UK time. Stunning location and a very informative guide. Great introduction to Mayan locals and very
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 12h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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