Outdoor Adventures in Lake Atitlan

Discover Lake Atitlan’s stunning visits with one of our hiking, biking or rock climbing adventures. Soak in the surrounding natural beauty and experience Maya culture up-close. Our outdoor adventures will take you through diverse trails with stunning views.

Discover Lake Atitlan – Cultural Tours – Adventure excursions

San Pedro Volcano Hike

San Pedro volcano hike is the best hiking expedition at Lake Atitlan. Take in the regions best views from the summit. Enjoy the early morning boat ride from many of the villages as you cross Lake Atitlan to the village of San Pedro. We’ll help you prepare for the hike with power snacks, lunch, and water.


  • $90 per person (1-2 persons).
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
    • 3,000 meters or 10,000 feet above sea level
  • Climbing time: 3-4 hours
  • Cloud forests, best views of Lake Atitlan and surrounding villages, rare birdlife, lunch at summit, San Pedro Visitors Center
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Upper Mayan Trail Hike

The Upper Mayan Trail is a full-day dynamic hiking tour at Lake Atitlan that takes you high into the mountains ending in Solola. Hike 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 corn and coffee fields, and see magnificent scenery . You can visit a sacred Mayan site where local shamans perform rituals.


  • $85 per person (2 person minimum). Meals & refreshments not included.
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium-Strenuous
    • 2,500 feet above Santa Cruz
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours + market and cave visits
  • Ancient Maya paths, stunning views of Santa Cruz and Lake Atitlan, coffee fields, Solola market, San Jorge sacred caves

Lower Mayan Trail Hike (Easy)

Hiking trip takes you along Lake Atitlan’s northern shore. Travel by boat to the villages of El Jaibalito and Tzununa with time to explore in each village. Includes nature walks through two different ecosystems and a look at two non-profit organizations in Santa Cruz and Tzununa.


  • $60 per person (2 person minimum). Half day trip available for $45 (2 person minimum).
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
    • Several hundred feet above lake
  • Hiking time: X hours + NGO and village visits
  • Ancient Maya paths, stunning views of Lake Atitlan, Pumpatin Canyon river walk, Tzununa and El Jaibalito villages

Indian Nose Peak Sunrise Hike

Enjoy the most magnificent view of Lake Atitlan, whether it be sunrise or at mid-day. More than 4,000 feet above Lake Atitlan, you will see the entire lake and have views of seven volcanoes. Indian Nose Peak Lake Atitlan sunrise hike is an easy hike from the trail head to summit. The drive through the highlands and cloud forest are worth the trip alone. Add on a trip to the Sacred Hunters Cave!


  • $70 per person (2 person minimum).Tour starts and ends in Panajachel. Meals & refreshments not included.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
    • 4,000 feet above lake
  • Hiking time: X hours + market and cave visits
  • Incredible sunrise hike, mountain views of Lake Atitlan, cloud forests, terraced agriculture, bonus visit to sacred cave

Atitlán Volcano Day Hike or Camping Trip

The giant of the lake, with its stunning view of the lake and surrounding areas, offers a great experience for those who want to feel challenged and rewarded at the same time. Summit the peak and see nothing else but volcanic rock and amazing 360-degree vistas of the region. Gaze at the starry night as it blends with the towns’ lights and sparks peace and joy. 


  • $90 per person (2 person minimum). Group discounts available.
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
    • 3,500 meters or 11,600 feet above
  • Hiking time: X hours
  • Details here

Toliman Day Hike or Camping Trip

With its two majestic peaks, Toliman offers incredible vistas, lush forests and an incredible imploded crater. A beautiful hike that starts at the local Santiago Atitlán market and up through the corn plantations and into the tropical rain forest. Toliman offers a complete and challenging experience. Perfect place to learn about the ecosystems of the region and the services these provide for the subsistence of the region. A good hike for big groups of family or friends


  • $90 per person ( 2 person minimum). We can provide camping gear at an additional cost.
  • Level of Difficulty: X
    • X feet above lake
  • Hiking time: X hours
  • Details here
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Quetzalio Tropical Rain Forest Day Hike

El Quetzal trail is a route that takes you through a day hike to watch wildlife on the ancestral cloud forest of the municipal park El Rey Tepepul in Santiago Atitlan. This hike is an outstanding experience through the majestic flora and fauna of the cloud forest. During this experience, you will have the opportunity to observe el Quetzal (Guatemalan National Bird) that inhabits the cloud forest of the southern slopes of Lake Atitlan, and many other birds.


  • $90 per person.
  • Level of Difficulty: X
    • X feet above lake
  • Hiking time: X hours
  • Details here

Santiago Waterfall Day Hike or Camping Trip

Take a trip to the depths of the tropical rain forest of Santiago Atitlán and experience its beautiful trails along the lower ridges of Atitlán Volcano and witness one of the most impressive processes on the planet. Water, the engine of life, burst out of these mountains giving life to the region. A perfect hike to enjoy beautiful forest and wildlife, come and see Atitlan’s great diversity of birds and much more.


  • $90 per person (2 person minimum). We can provide camping gear at an additional cost.
  • Level of Difficulty: X
    • X feet above lake
  • Hiking time: X hours
  • Details here

Quixaya “Heart of Water” Permaculture Hike and Tour

More information to come about this exciting opportunity!


  • $X per person
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Activity time: 4-6 hours + drive to San Lucas
  • Details here
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Kayak/Hike Excursion – Lake Atitlan Villages

This full day Lake Atitlan adventure tour includes a Kayak/SUP and hiking tour along the rugged and beautiful north shore. You will paddle over to San Marcos and then enjoy a hike back through the towns of San Marcos, Tzununa, El Jaibalito and Santa Cruz la Laguna.


  • $X per person (2 person minimum). Option of Kayak or SUP.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Activity time: 5-6 hours
  • Visits to Santa Cruz, San Marcos, Jaibalito, and Tzununa villages, beautiful scenery with exotic plant and bird life, cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking or SUP

Rock Climbing at Lake Atitlan

Los Elementos Adventure Center is the rock climbing school in Guatemala where you can learn the basic principals of top rope climbing and try your skills on one of our easier walls. Lake Atitlán is one of the few of locations in the world with over-the-water climbing for those with more experience. Climb with us at the base camp in Santa Cruz la Laguna or on one of the many climbing sites around the lake. We offer climbing camps and can do all climbs in one day, break it up, or just do some of them.


  • $70 per person (2 top-rope climbs). Family packages available.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
  • Activity time: 3+ hours
  • Options: 2 top-rope climbs (one pitch each), 1 canyon climb (three pitches), over the water climbs (one pitch each) – all climbs involve tree and dirt climbing
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Easy Downhill Bike Tour

This easy bicycle riding tour is great for families and those who want to have a fun ride. Start in the clouds above Lake Atitlan and coast downhill through Mayan villages, coffee fincas, and farmlands. A picturesque 98% downhill paved jaunt from Las Cruces to Panajachel.  A great adventure for recreational riders that provides breath-taking views of the area. Off road single track available.


  • $80 per person with guide.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
    • 3,000 feet above lake
  • Activity time: 2 hours + prep and van ride up
  • Downhill ride, views of volcanoes and scenic mountain overlooks, small roadside shops, pass through various communities and farms
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Lakeshore Village to Village Bike Tour

Lake Atitlan’s Mayan villages San Marcos, San Juan, and San Pedro are most interesting for the pure culture that is expressed in their daily life. As you bike through the villages and county side, through coffee fields and farmlands, you will see villagers going about their lives as they have for centuries.


  • $80 per person.
    • Add $15 for the complete tour of San Juan.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
    • X feet above lake
  • Activity time: 3+ hours
  • Best views of the lake shore, picturesque towns, optional village town tour