The BEST ZIP LINE In Guatemala & Everything You Need To Know Before Going

In this guide, we'll introduce you to the #1 destination for ziplining, home to the longest and highest zip lines in Guatemala, helping you to plan your adventure.

If you're seeking an exhilarating experience that combines adrenaline and stunning natural beauty, ziplining is the perfect activity for your Guatemala vacation. You'll soar through the sky, suspended above Guatemala's gorgeous forests and world-famous lakes.

Lake Atitlan is famously the best place for ziplining in Guatemala, offering an unparalleled experience amid breathtaking natural beauty. Nestled in a volcanic crater, the park and ziplines provide an adrenaline rush with stunning views of the azure lake, framed by majestic volcanoes and vibrant villages.

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Lake Atitlan Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural Atitlán)

Just a few minutes from Panajachel’s town center, the Atitlán nature reserve is a must-see for visitors seeking the thrill of ziplining or simply enjoying the reserve's stunning nature trails. We would argue that the Reserva Natural Atitlán has some of the best hiking trails in Guatemala, with hanging bridges, waterfalls, and breathtaking lake views around every corner, all amongst the lush Guatemalan rainforest.

Suspension bridge at the nature reserve with close up view of a waterfall.

The Reserva Natural Atitlán is home to the highest and longest ziplines in Guatemala. There are eight zipline cables in the reserve in total, with the longest being an impressive 1,017 ft in distance.

As you arrive at the Visitor Center, you choose which zip lines you want to experience; or you can explore the beautiful locations of the reserve without the zip lines. Be sure to take time to read the interpretive signs in the middle of the pavilion - they discuss the history of the reserve, the lake, and its volcanic origins.

Butterflies flitter all around you as you walk through the butterfly geodome.

In the Butterfly House in the Geodome, you can enjoy the color and shapes of hundreds of butterflies amidst flowers and the sound of water.

See thousands of butterflies at the Butterfly house.

Surrounded by hummingbirds and the murmur of the river, you can have lunch or enjoy a coffee before continuing to explore the natural reserve's diversity and beauty - it's definitely one of our favorite things to do in Panajachel.

Blue morph butterfly.

Two Options: Cables X-Tremos & Cables Ultra X-Tremos

Thrill-seekers have the opportunity to experience two distinct ziplining experiences: the Cables X-tremos and the Cables Ultra X-tremos. Both offer an exhilarating adventure, but they differ in intensity and length.

The Cables X-Tremos provide a thrilling ride through the forest canopy, featuring a series of fast and exciting ziplines that will have your heart racing. On the other hand, the Cables Ultra X-Tremos take the excitement to new heights with longer and faster ziplines, allowing you to soar at even greater speeds and experience an adrenaline rush like never before.

zip lining is a fun and safe adventure.

Cables Ultra X-Tremos

  • Number of cables: 7

  • Longest cable: 860m/2822 ft

  • Total zip line distance: 3,281m

  • Tour duration: 1:50

  • Hike 800m with a 110m incline to reach the starting point.

  • Breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan from above.

  • The course includes nature trails along an ancient trail once used by merchants of the lake basin.

  • The most thrilling option.

  • Go from the tip of the San Buenaventura Bay, to end in the coffee grove forest.

Walking across one of the suspension bridges in front of a waterfall is one of the most beautiful locations in Guatemala..

Cables X-Tremos

  • Number of cables: 8

  • Longest cable: 310m/1017 ft

  • Total zip line distance: 1300m/4223 ft

  • Duration 1:30

  • Walking: 450 m (1476 ft.) walk with a vertical ascent of 80 m (262 ft.)

  • Hike 680m with an 80m incline to reach the starting point.

  • Great scenery as you pass along waterfalls, canyons, the valley, and the coffee grove forest.

  • A great introduction to ziplining

great and adrenaline experience on the extreme zipline adventure.

WE RECOMMEND: Double Up With A Kayak tour

kayaking is one of the fun activities that offer amazing views of the san buenaventura bay.

Whilst in Lake Atitlan, you'd be a fool to miss out on the area's #1 most-loved activity: kayaking! Gliding through the calm waters of Lake Atitlan is completely mesmerizing. You can navigate at your own pace, discovering hidden coves, remote beaches, natural plants, and even interacting with local fishermen along the way. Don't forget a waterproof camera as you'll want to remember the beautiful views forever.

The best time for kayaking in Lake Atitlan is first thing in the morning when the waters are most calm, that's why we recommend doing a 2-in-1 kayak and zip line lake atitlan tour. In addition to the thrilling zipline experience, you'll gain a unique perspective from this different view of the lake and experience all the best that Lake Atitlan has to offer. It's the perfect way to experience Lake Atitlan in one day.

local fisherman in a traditional dug out cayuko.

How To Book A Zipline Adventure In Guatemala

You can book the Kayak and Extreme Zipline Adventure with Kayak Guatemala where profits support Amigos De Santa Cruz, a local NGO working hard to alleviate poverty in Lake Atitlan.

Kayak Guatemala offers this experience with a paddle board or a kayak - simply decide on the day - and you can add roundtrip transport from Antigua or Guatemala City by contacting us directly at

spectacular views from a paddleboard

Alternatively, you can book a single zipline experience with Atitlan Nature Reserve directly on their website.

Everything You Need To Know Before Ziplining In Guatemala

Is it safe?

The Lake Atitlan zip line is perfectly safe - just make sure to pay attention and follow security instructions. Guides are carefully trained and all the line equipment including harnesses and carabineers are certified to US and European safety standards. Cables have all been designed and tested to the highest standards. To make you feel even safer, you can try the trial cable beforehand and practice using the brakes.

What to wear on the Lake Atitlan zip line?

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Sandals and flip-flops are not allowed on the Lake Atitlan zipline.

Are there age restrictions on the Lake Atitlan zip line?

To zipline in Lake Atitlan you must be between 2 and 85 years old. Younger children can zipline in tandem with a guide if desired. The maximum weight limit is 300 lbs. or 135 kilos.

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, it's best to make reservations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. This ensures that you secure a spot and can plan your itinerary accordingly.

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Kayak Guatemala

When we established in Lake Atitlán in 2007, kayaking was our first love. Fast forward 16 years, and today we offer a range of adventure tours and cultural experiences in Lake Atitlan and beyond. Check out our full range of tours here.

For more help with planning your trip to Lake Atitlan, check out our "Top Tours & Things To Do In Lake Atitlan" guide or our Guatemala 7-day itinerary for families.


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