Guatemala City

Lake Atitlán and San Juan La Laguna Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City

Guatemala City, Guatemala

From USD 115.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in the scenic splendor of Lake Atitlán, and the charming villages that surround it, on a full-day trip from Guatemala City. Travel to Guatemala’s western highlands to observe virtually unchanged Mayan traditions, and then sail on the glittering surface of Lake Atitlán. Absorb the vibrant colors of lakeside settlements, Panajachel and Santiago, and delve into the region’s rich history with your guide. Round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Full-day trip to Lake Lake Atitlán and two lakeside settlements from Guatemala City
  • Admire the natural beauty of Guatemala's western highlands
  • Discover the vibrant cultural traditions of Panajachel and Santiago, ancient Mayan settlements
  • Round-trip transport from Guatemala City hotels are included
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
  • Round trip transfer from Panajachel to Santiago Atitlán
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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What To Expect

After hotel pickup in Guatemala City, you’ll greet your guide and board an air-conditioned coach destined for Lake Atitlán. Travel through the dramatic landscapes of the western highlands and admire dense pine forests and colorful highland villages as you learn about Mayan culture.

On arrival in Panajachel, you’ll climb aboard a boat and enjoy a scenic ride across Lake Atitlán — a beautiful body of water flanked by undulating hills and mighty volcanoes. Learn about the virtually unchanged cultural traditions of lakeside settlement, Santiago Atitlán, and observe women embroidering colorful materials.  

Then, purchase a fulfilling lunch in Panajachel, before taking a tour of the historic, pre-Colombian village. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your Guatemala City.

Gray Line Guatemala (Pass By)

Atitlán means "between the waters." In the Nahuatl language, "atl" is the word for water,and "titlan" means between.The "tl" at the end of the word "atl" is dropped and the words are combined to form "Atitlán." You will be pick up in your hotel to start a full day on Atitlán Lake, visiting San Juan La Laguna town by boat, in our tour you will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscape that the lake offers us. Atitlán means "between the waters." In the Nahuatl language, "atl" is the word for water,and "titlan" means between.The "tl" at the end of the word "atl" is dropped and the words are combined to form "Atitlán."


We will go to the west of the country where most of the indigenous villages of Guatemala are concentrated. On the way to our destination we will start in a wooded area surrounded by pine trees and other tree species continuing our journey we will see a valley where a variety of vegetables are grown, as well as fruits and vegetables grown by local people. Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit San Juan La Laguna. * Time stipulated in this point, includes the time it takes to transfer by boat to San Juan La Laguna .

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled. • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact Gray Line Guatemala to arrange.
  • Please contact us if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.
  • To find pictures of our experiences, search us on Instagram as @graylinetoursgt
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If you are lodging in Zone 1, our only pick-up point is at the Hotel Panamerican.
  • If you are lodging in an airbnb please move to the nearest hotel lobby and please let us know of its name.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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A Must Do
Standralyn_T, Feb 2020
From the front door pick up at our hotel to the kindness & patience of our guide, this trip was awesome. The van was clean & comfortable, the information was valuable and the views and people were amazing. The lake is beautiful and a must do activity.
patper100, Jan 2020
Was very good tour The only thing was that the tour required twi minimum people, So I had to buy an additional ticket, Otherwise the tour would be canceled
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Dear Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your comments with us!! Some of our excursions requires a minimun of 2 people and the day of your excursion we only have you signed that was the reason you pay for 2.
Fun Experience
Ruth A, Jan 2020
It was very fascinating to go into the communities of the various Mayan societies. It was a good boat ride across Lake Atitlan. Panajchel and the Santiago Village were each full of culture and history. During this journey we happened to spend a lot of time with street vendors and dining venues with the objective of returning business to the community which I appreciate. It was a good excursion, however, I would have enjoyed a little more history or direct interaction with members of the Mayan culture.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Dear Ruth Thank you for having booked with us and for takes the time to share your comments with us!!
Lake atitlan trip.
Siva_N, July 2019
Drive from guatemala city to the lake was through very scenic route. Took 3 hrs. The lake and its communities are diverse, artistic and deep in culture. Weather was kind, mild and cloudy.