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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Panajachel and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Panajachel activities? We have 32 tour ideas.


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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Sunset Mountain Biking Tour on Lake Atitln

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 50.00


Ride a mountain bike and enjoy one of the most beautiful view and sunset on Lake Atitlán.

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Bicycle Tour to Mayan Villages and Countryside

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 98.95


This is an easy bike ride which is very scenic and perfect for families, beginners, and intermediate riders.  It includes boat rides to see Lake Atitlan from all perspectives.  Ride through unique Mayan villages and countryside, visit weaving cooperatives, coffee plantations, art galleries, or just enjoy the nature.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Half-Day Scenic Bicycle Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 69.00


If you like adventure enjoy a leisurely and picturesque bike ride through Mayan villages above Panajachel. Mostly downhill, this relaxing tour takes you through the spectacular Guatemalan Highlands and small Mayan villages, and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan and the nearby volcanoes.

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Bike Tours

Las Cruces to Panajachel, Half-Day Bike Tour

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 65.00


Enjoy a leisurely and picturesque bike ride from Las Cruces to Panajachel. Mostly downhill, this relaxing tour takes you through the spectacular Guatemalan Highlands and small Mayan villages, and enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby volcanoes.

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Bus & Minivan Tours

3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 150.00


Delve deep into Mayan culture during this 3-day tour from Antigua. Visit Chichicastenango to see Central America's most impressive open-air market. Explore the town of Panajachel, and enjoy a cruise on spectacular Lake Atitlan.

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Lake Atitlan: Boat Trip and Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 80.00


Explore Lake Atitlan on a full-day tour of the Guatemalan Highlands. Take a boat trip and visit the 3 volcanoes of Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro. Enjoy a local lunch in San Juan La Laguna and learn about the local coffee and textile industries.

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Climbing

Panajachel: Families and Beginners 3-Hour Rock Climb

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 40.00


Enjoy a family-friendly and safe rock climbing adventure in Lake Atitlan from Panajachel, and climb outdoor 50-foot vertical walls. Rapel back down for maximum thrills. Suitable for beginners and the young, more advanced water routes are also available.

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Cooking Classes

Maya Cooking Class from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 49.99


Experience the flavors of Guatemala during a cooking lesson at the Santa Cruz Cooking Class. Learn to cook authentic Guatemalan dishes like Pepian and Tamalitos with a fantastic view of Lake Atitlan. Taste how Mayan culture and Spanish colonial influences blended in perfect harmony through food. Enjoy what you've prepared afterwards. Great for those who love to cook, fine dining, gourmet food, cultural sharing, experiential... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Iximche Mayan Ruin from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 53.95


Visit the closest Mayan ruin to Lake Atitlan. These well preserved ruins include pyramid-temples, ball-courts, royal palaces, museum, and interpretive signs explaining the history of the site. <br><br>Built over 1000 years ago, this site is worth exploring. Mayan rituals are still performed at this site. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization, the 5000 year old Mayan calendar, astrological observations, and... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 45.99


Experience an ancient Mayan custom at a fire cleansing and protection ceremony at the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Immerse yourself in the mysticism of a holy place, and learn why the highland tribes travel for hours to connect with the spirits. Your guide will explain why the ceremonies are performed, and teach you about the ritual and unique meanings of the Mayan calendar.

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Cultural Tours

Party with Maximon, the Mayan Folk Saint

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 74.74


Visit this folk saint venerated in various forms by Maya people in the highlands of Western Guatemala.  You will visit the shrine, and most days will see local priests asking for favors. Drinking alcohol and smoking with Maximon is part of the ritual.  This is truly a unique cultural experience.  You are welcome to have a drink and a smoke and be a part of the experience.

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Day Trips

Chichicastenango Market Day Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 47.99


This full day tour takes you to Guatemala's most famous market.<br>This market is a traditional indigenous Quiche market, and includes a walk to the cemetery and Paschal Abaj, the Shaman Hill. You are likely to witness a sacred Fire Cleansing Ceremony conducted by a Mayan shaman. Learn about the Mayan story of creation, the Mayan ceremony, the base-20 counting system, and the 5,000 year-old Mayan calendar. Even visit... Read More

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Day Trips

Quetzaltenango and Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 109.50


Visit Quetzaltenango and the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs. High in the Western Highlands and a spectacular drive. <br>Tour the historic downtown and visit the cathedral, central park, government buildings, and theater. <br>Soak in the geothermal hot springs and feel your stress melt... Read More

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Day Trips

San Pedro Volcano Hiking Tour from Panajachel in Guatemala

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 89.99


This San Pedro Volcano hike is the perfect adventure tour. See old growth cloud forest and exotic birds as you climb to the top of the volcano on this 9-hour tour. From the top, you get unparallelled views of Lake Atitlan, and on some days you can see to the Pacific Ocean. This is a great package... Read More

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Day Trips

Lake Atitlan Village Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 200.00


We take a private boat to visit the most important communities on Lake Atitlan. During the water taxi ride we will enjoy stunning views of the lake and its three volcanoes. We will learn about the culture, traditions, and costumes of the different villages.

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Half-day Tours

Lake Atitlan and Authentic Market of Solola Tour

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 70.00


You will be taken from Panajachel to Solola, there you see the colorful market of Solola. Afterwards you will meet a women's group association and will see how they create their weaving product. Later, you will go to San Jorge La Laguna to enjoy panoramic views of the place and get a delicious local lunch.

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Hiking & Camping

One Day Hike - Atitln Volcano

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 80.00


The Atitlan volcano is perfect to have an amazing hike and outdoor activity. This is an unique opportunity to watch the sunrise from the top of the volcano.

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Hiking & Camping

Hike Around Lake Atitlan

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 50.00


Join this half-day tour and get ready to hike around one of the best places of Lake Atitlán.<br />You can see the locals people working on their corn field, coffee and much more plantations.<br />This is a good opportunity to visit some Mayan villages like Jaibalito, Tzununná and San Marcos.

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Hiking & Camping

Santa Catarina Lake Atitlan Upper Rim Hike

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 85.00


Discover the explorer in you as you hit the trail and hike the diverse landscapes, learn about the Mayan culture, and visit the colorful village of Santa Catarina Palop&oacute; located in the highlands of Guatemala.

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Hiking & Camping

Kayak and Hike Adventure Tour from Panajachel in Guatemala

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 55.00


Get ready for the adventure with this combined tour that includes kayaking and hiking to the rugged north shore of Lake Atitlan. <br>Explore ancient Mayan paths on an adventure tour from Santa Cruz La Laguna. Discover Mayan villages in the jungles of Guatemala, and see the villagers tending... Read More

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Hiking & Camping

Lake Atitlan: Santa Catarina and San Antonio Maya Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 68.00


Discover the Mayan villages of Santa Catarina and San Antonio on a flexible day tour package from Panajachel. <br>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... Read More

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Hiking & Camping

Lake Atitlan Lower Mayan Trail Hiking Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 49.98


Discover the North Shore of Lake Atitlan on this 4-hour hiking tour. Family Friendly. Admire the breathtaking scenery, and see Mayan villagers and farmers on their daily life. Hike along ancient paths in a remote section of Lake Atitlan.

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Hiking

Tolimn Volcano

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 60.00


Is the twin volcano with the volcano Atitln, it has two peaks, the north peak and the south peak is the higher part of the volcano, it has a spectacular view of 360 degrees

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding at Lake Atitlan from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 65.00


We start the horseback riding tour in San Pedro then we come to my hometown San Juan through a coffee plantation. We stop at an organic coffee cooperative then we visit the art galleries and textiles with natural dyes.<br>This tour takes about 4 hours.

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Meet the Locals

Lower Mayan Trail: San Marcos to Santa Cruz 4-Hour Hike

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 50.00


Discover the north shore of Lake Atitlan on this 4-hour hiking tour from San Marcos to Santa Cruz. Admire the breathtaking scenery and see villagers and farmers go about their daily life as you hike along ancient paths in a remote section of Lake Atitlan.

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Nature & Panoramic Tours

Lake Atitlan Full-Day Tour with Shared Boat Trip

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 49.00


Sail across the glassy waters of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes and fringed with traditional Mayan villages. Visit textile communities, see coffee plantations, and more.

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Nature & Wildlife

Indian Nose Peak and Lake Atitlan Sunrise Tour from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 87.95


Enjoy the most magnificent view of Lake Atitlan, whether it be sunrise or mid-day. Over 4000 feet above Lake Atitlan you will see the entire lake and have views of seven volcanoes. &nbsp;Easy hike from the trail head to summit, the drive through the highlands and cloud forest are worth the trip... Read More

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Overnight Tours

2-Day Takalik Abaj: Mayan and Olmec Archaeological Site from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 335.00


Takalik Abaj has both Olmec and Maya features, and flourished from the 9th century BC to the 10th century AD. This is one of the oldest archeological sites in the old Mayan world, and one of the largest sites with sculptured monuments on the Pacific coastal plain. It is home to one of the greatest... Read More

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Religious & Spiritual Tours

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 40.00


Experience an ancient Mayan custom at a fire cleansing and protection ceremony at the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Immerse yourself in the mysticism of a holy place, and learn why the highland tribes travel for hours to connect with the spirits.

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Ziplines

Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak and Extreme Zipline Adventure from Panajachel

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 125.00


Mornings always have calm waters on Lake Atitlan, so we suggest a morning start for the kayak or stand up paddle segment. The fleet of SUP and kayaks are safe and stable, and you will be provided with  professional instruction. The guides are patient and thoughtful and make this... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Shared Departure Transfer: Panajachel Hotels to Guatemala City Airport

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 35.99


Book this economical, shared-ride, door-to-door transportation service from your hotel in Panajachel to Guatemala City's La Aurora International Airport (GUA).<br /><br />Private transfer services are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

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Shared Transfer: Panajachel Hotels to Antigua

Panajachel, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 18.99


Shared departure transfer from your hotel in Panajachel. Book this economical, shared-ride, door-to-door transportation service from your hotel in Panajachel to your hotel in Antigua.<br />

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