Lower Mayan Trail – Easy Lake Atitlan Hike & NGO Tour

About this tour

This easy Lake Atitlan hike takes you off-the-beaten track with nature trails that cross two unique ecosystems and an NGO tour.

Price: $60
Duration:3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Ages: All ages


The tour begins with a boat trip across the serene waters of Lake Atitlan, arriving at the quiet Mayan villages of Jaibalito and Tzununa. Here you’ll see villagers going about their daily life, farmers tending to maize and coffee fields, plus magnificent natural scenery, since this rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world.

Next, we begin an easy hike along ancient paths used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. As we follow the lake’s perimeter, we walk from the upper lakeshore into the narrow Pumpatin Canyon, showcasing the phenomenal breadth of nature around Lake Atitlan. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan’s famous volcanoes, and experience two different ecosystems.

We also visit an NGO, Amigos de Santa Cruz, that provides primary education, vocational training, and social enterprise to benefit the local people. We tour the school, a typical family home, and a training center to help you to understand the daily lives of modern-day Maya communities.


We meet in Santa Cruz and take a boat to El Jaibalito and Tzununa.
Explore the villages then embark on the hike which takes us through forest, coffee, and corn fields; and descends into the Pumpatin Canyon.
We return to Santa Cruz for the final part of the tour, visiting the NGO Amigos de Santa Cruz.
Tour ends in Santa Cruz.

What’s included

Local guide
Boat transportation between villages
NGO tour
Meals and refreshments
Transportation to the meeting point in Santa Cruz La Laguna

Additional information

Half day trip available for $45
2 person minimum
24 hour cancelation policy.

Interested in this tour?

This tour is available to book 24 hours in advance.


Per Person


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