Gray Line Tours Guatemala, a member of Gray Line World Wide, is a full-service tour operator in Guatemala, offering an extensive line of travel services for visitors wishing to experience the best of the Heart of the Maya World. These services include airport transfers, half and one-day tours and excursions, hotel reservations, cruise excursions, VIP services, multi-day packages (shared and private departures) and much, much more.
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.”
Your tour will begin with a pick up in our meeting points in Antigua Guatemala by our local guide and transfer to Panajachel sometimes your transfer will be via Antigua Guatemala.
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 Santiago Atitlán, where you’ll learn of the local Saint “Maximon” he is a nahual of the tz’utujiles of Santiago Atitlán, and is venerated as the “guardian protector” of the Tz’utujil people given his status as a colonized people. Popular tradition refers that this character is a tree of “palo de pito” or “tz’atel”, a common tree in the regions of Mesoamerica, who in mythological times was also proposed as guardian protector of the people.
Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many atitecos (as its people are known) cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism. There’s a large art and crafts scene here as well.
At the end of our walking through the town we will take a public boat to transfer back to Panajachel.
In Panajachel you will take a delicious lunch (NOT INCLUDED)
At the end of your lunch , you’ll be returned to Antigua Guatemala.