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Antigua Activities – Kayak and Hike Excursion at Lake Atitlan

Take a full day from Antigua to enjoy a Kayak and Hike Excursion, Lake Atitlan adventure tour (or stand up paddle board) tour along the rugged and beautiful north shore, and a hike back thru San Marcos, Tzununa,  El Jaibalito and Santa Cruz la Laguna.

Antigua outdoor activities should mean heading to Lake Atitlan for at least one day.  Our Kayak and Hike Excursion – Lake Atitlan adventure is the perfect way to spend one full day exploring the lake from two unique perspectives.

Shuttle pick up from your Antigua hotel for the scenic drive through the Western highlands.  We meet you as you exit the shuttle and head straight for the boat dock to gear up for a day of adventure.  

It is best to wear your swimsuit or other appropriate boating attire as you will get wet along the way.  Dry sacks are available for your backpacks and other gear for the second part of the day. Be sure to bring your camera, drinking water, and some sunscreen.

Antigua outdoor activities - Kayak and Hike Excursion - Lake Atitlan adventure
Enjoy a day in the blue water of Lake Atitlan

We paddle for 1 ½ -2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz la Laguna, El Jaibalito, and Tzununa, ending in San Marcos.  You will have many up close encounters with Mayan men who fish from hand hewn cayukas as they have for centuries.  You will feel privileged to share the lake with these proud fishermen who make Lake Atitlan so unique as you paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life.  You have the opportunity to cliff- jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun.

We pull into the Bay of San Marcos and gear up for the next part of our adventure. 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 Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize 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 volcanos.  We end our hike in Santa Cruz la Laguna at the end of our day of adventure.  Full-day trip begins and ends in Antigua. Breakfast and lunch not included.

Kayak: $115.00 per person (2 person minimum)

Antigua outdoor activities -paddle boarding in santa cruz

Stand up Paddle board: $145 per person (2 person minimum)

According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2015 Outdoor Participation Report,  paddlesports are on the rise, again setting a record for the number of participants. In 2014, 21.7 million Americans enjoyed paddling. This represents an increase of more than 3 million participants since the study began in 2010.

SUP the Mag, adventure guide Samuel SUPing around Lake Atitlan.  Aaron Teasdale the author won the Lowell Thomas Award for best Adventure Travel story of 2015, and best Travel Writer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Great reading!