Santa Cruz La Laguna
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Santa Cruz: Hidden Waterfalls & Secret Paradise Hike

1. Santa Cruz: Hidden Waterfalls & Secret Paradise Hike

The day begins in Santa Cruz la Laguna, the rugged north shore of Lake Atitlan. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breath taking views of the famous volcanoes. Then descend into the Pumpatin Canyon for a nature walk along the banks of the river. You will experience two different ecosystems as we walk from the upper lake shore into the narrow canyon. The further into the Pumpatin Canyon we hike, the more waterfalls we see. We have the potential to find up to 5 waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river, and take a swim if you desire.

Santa Cruz La Laguna 6-Hour Adventure Activities Tour

2. Santa Cruz La Laguna 6-Hour Adventure Activities Tour

This half-day adventure tour from Santa Cruz La Laguna includes a kayak along the rugged and remote north shore of Lake Atitlan, followed by a hike back through the Mayan villages of San Marcos, Tzununa, and El Jaibalito. At the meeting point, a qualified kayak instructor will supply dry sacks for your backpacks and gear for the 2nd part of the tour. All the guides are experienced kayak teachers, and can show you basic paddling techniques. You will paddle for about 2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz La Laguna, heading past the Mayan settlements of El Jaibalito and Tzununa en route to San Marcos. Encounter Mayan men fishing from hand-hewn boats known as “cayukas,” just as they have done for centuries. Gaze at the rugged rocks that provide home to exotic plant and bird life. You will even have the opportunity to jump into the crystal clear waters from the cliff tops. Pull into the Bay of San Marcos to gear up for the 2nd part of your adventure. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no road access, so you will be hiking paths that have been used by the Mayans for centuries. See villagers tending their maize and coffee crops en route. This section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world, and from your privileged position several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes.

Santa Cruz La Laguna: 6-Hour Solola Hike & Market Visit

3. Santa Cruz La Laguna: 6-Hour Solola Hike & Market Visit

Your day begins with a visit to the village of Santa Cruz La Laguna before heading high into the mountains. Hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. On this 6-hour adventure you’ll see farmers tending their maize and coffee crops, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. Visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by local shamans, and make your own offering at the altar. The hike will take you up 2,500 feet above Lake Atitlan, affording breathtaking views of the lake. This rugged and remote area has had little contact with the outside world. The 4-hour walk/climb through magnificent scenery is a bit difficult, but not overly challenging if you’re in good health. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or eat at a local comedor. (Lunch is not included in the tour price.) You’ll come to a remote Mayan village high in the mountains, and from this point take a colectivo, a shared van/pick-up for the last few miles into Solola. Take time to explore the second-largest market in Guatemala before heading back to Panajachel by local bus or truck.

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