Kayak, Hike & Cruise the Lake Basin
Experience the splendor of majestic Lake Atitlán by kayaking along a portion of its sparkling surface and then trekking up an intriguing mountain rising from its shores.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a short ride to the dock and a one- to two-hour (depending on your wishes) kayaking journey or short motorboat ride. As you ply across the water, you may encounter local fishermen who are usually happy to share a glimpse of their daily life.
After landing at the mysterious Cerro de Oro (Hill of Gold), you can take a strenuous, 1.5-hour hike, taking you through the village with the same name, known for its creativity in turning plastic waste into recycled art. The trek culminates at the summit (1,636 metres / 5,368 feet), where you’ll be rewarded with impressive views of the lake and its volcanic backdrop. (Remember, cloud cover or fog may affect your views.) You can also take an easier climb or remain at the shore for a scenic hike along the waterfront, simply choose the level of activity that you prefer.
Once back at the dock, hitch a ride in the back of a pickup and rumble off to Santiago for lunch and a visit with Guatemala’s favourite indigenous saint, Maximón. Afterward, hop aboard a boat and cruise to San Juan, where you’ll visit weaving co-ops, medicinal herb gardens and art naïf painters. Go on foot or squeeze into a tuc-tuc and ride like the locals. You will be back at your hotel just in time for a sunset drink or a relaxing dip in the pool.
A Viaventure Signature Experience, this lively tour combines kayaking, hiking, and boating to reveal majestic and mystical destinations within the Lake Atitlán basin.