Hi everyone! We just returned from a week's vacation at Lake Atitlan. We rented a house on the lake in Santa Cruz, and had a fabulous time! I would highly recommend Lee Beal of Los Elementos Adventure Center for tours in this area.
Although we chose not to do one of the kayak tours, we did do a full-day lake village tour with Lee, which included the villages of San Marcos, San Juan, and Santiago. What an amazing tour! Lee is so knowledgeable of the local culture. We learned so much, and had a great time. We don't speak much Spanish, so a big plus for us is that Lee is a native English-speaker. He was very helpful to us throughout our week in Santa Cruz.
The kayak tours offered by the center sound divine. We didn't do one of these paddling tours, because of our limited time on this short vacation. It's definitely on our list for next time, though! By the way, Lee's wife, Elaine, is a wonderful massage therapist. Our massages in the serene setting of Elaine's lake front massage room with windows looking out over the water, and the gentle sound of lake all around us were absolute bliss!
I'll be happy to answer any questions about our trip or the Santa Cruz/Atitlan area.