This full day tour takes you to the heart of the Maya World - the fascinating Highlands of Guatemala. Your day begins with a two and one-half hour drive through the spectacular scenery of Western Guatemala as you make your way from the lowlands to the highlands. As you travel along, you will be treated to colorful vistas of majestic volcanic mountains, fertile farmlands and small coastal villages.
Arriving at the small village of San Lucas Toliman, you will board a boat that takes you on an unforgettable cruise that sails along Atitlan Lake. There are two main groups of indigenous people residing around the banks of the lake: the Caqchikel to the northwest and the Tzutujil to the southeast. The breathtaking landscape of the lake and surrounding volcanoes are attributed to a cataclysmic volcanic eruption that occurred some 85,000 years ago with the entire area of Atitlan actually within the crater formed by this eruption, thus accounting for the lake's incredible depth of more than 300 meters.
After your sail you will arrive at Panajachel, one of the largest towns in the Atitlan Lake area that hosts many international meetings and has a wide variety of restaurants, hotels, theaters and other things of interest for visitors. A relaxing lunch at one of the local hotels is followed by some free time to experience on your own this vibrant city. Throughout the town you will also find local crafts people displaying their colorful wares, making this an attractive shopping area as well.
Re-joining your group, you will re-board your boat and retrace your route back to San Lucas Toliman where your coach awaits to transfer you back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. There are some uneven surfaces and cobblestone streets to negotiate in Panajachel. Casual clothing, a light jacket, flat comfortable walking shoes, sun caps and sunglasses are recommended.