#1 Lake Atitlan Tour: San Marcos, San Juan & Santiago
Our best-selling Lake Atitlan tour, this private boat trip allows you to explore the Mayan v...
Visit the famous ceramics studio of San Antonio and the weaving cooperatives of Santa Catarina with this half-day tour in Lake Atitlan.
Travel by private boat with an English-speaking guide to the villages of San Antonio and Santa Catarina and experience the most authentic Mayan culture Lake Atitlan has to offer.
With only 6000 residents, the pueblo of Santa Catarina retains a strong identity grounded in Mayan culture. Made famous by the “Painting Santa Catarina Project” which allowed local families to have their houses hand-painted free of charge, the streets of Santa Catarina are vibrant in color and decorated with Maya symbols like the Ixcot, a traditional two-headed bird, deer, and geometric patterns.
Contributing to a heart-warming sense of community, Santa Catarina is also home also to several women’s cooperatives where textiles are woven into table coverings, clothing, and bed covers in the town’s vibrant color scheme of blue, purple, and red.
Even though San Antonio is larger, few tourists visit this steep hillside village. Terraced onion and garlic fields that have been maintained for centuries line the mountain valley, but, history-fanatics and those with an eye for design are most intrigued by the MayanKe ceramics factory. Founded by famous artist Ken Edwards who came to Guatemala in search of high-quality clay, talented local potters use this space to produce and sell their own creations. Common designs include animals, cups, ashtrays, and plates.
For an additional fee, you may also visit the home of a local Mayan healer (curandera) who can perform a personal healing or protection ceremony. This ancient healing art has been practiced by Mayan people for thousands of years.