1. Guatemala
  2. Sacatepéquez
  3. Antigua Guatemala
  4. Lake Atitlán

Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

Product ID: 50672
Head to the western highlands of Guatemala on this full-day tour. Discover Chichicastenango, the site of the largest and most colorful outdoor market in Latin America. Visit the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan for spectacular views.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 7:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup from the listed locations.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the colorful native dress and market in Chichicastenango
  • Observe the ancient indigenous rituals at Santo Tomas Church
  • Admire the views of Lake Atitlan from the town of Panajachel
Full description
Your 10-hour excursion begins with a drive into the western highlands of Guatemala. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples.

When you arrive at the Chichicastenango market you’ll begin your walking tour. The market is at the center of the town and is the heart of commercial life for maxeños, the natives of Chichicastenango.

Every Thursday and Sunday merchants head to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and admire the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region.

In Chichicastenango, you’ll also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of a pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, and the Mayan and Latino influence is evident in both the interior and exterior of the building.

After exploring the market you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch (not included in the tour price).

Next you’ll continue to the town of Panajachel, located at the edge of Lake Atitlan. Take a walk along Santander Street and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The volcanoes Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form a natural frame for the lake. Lake Atitlan has a surface of 125 square kilometers and sits 1,560 meters above sea level.
Includes
  • Pickup from select points
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled
• Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
• It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera
• Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability
• For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact tour operator to arrange
• Please note: during Holy Week (starting April 8) the tour operator does not pick-up from hotels, you will be requested to go to the meeting point where you will be picked-up. Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes prior the start time of the tour
• Additionally, during Holy Week, the tour will only visit the Chichicastenango Market, and not Atitlan Lake due to excessive traffic
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Everything about this tour was great, our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The ride was safe. The only thing to be aware of this does include the lake in the extent of eating at a restaurant overlooking the lake. I went for the market so I didn’t mind but if you want a more immersive lake experience this might not be the tour for you.

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January 28, 2020

Incredible experience.

Juan Pablo is a very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. He made the tour very enjoyable and repeatedly went out his way to help us. Since we decided to stay on the lake, he helped us book a private boat on the lake to get to the hotel and even called transfer services to help us on the next leg of our trip. He makes the tour worth it. Highly recommend taking this tour with Juan Pablo.

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May 5, 2018

Like any Latin American market

If it is very large and you see crafts of all kinds and cheaper, but it is like any market in Latin America and is far away. Excellent service, stopped for breakfast and highly recommended place.

May 27, 2019

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Gray Line Guatemala

Product ID: 50672