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San Juan La Laguna
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San Juan La Laguna featuring a lake or waterhole and mountains

One of the smallest towns on Lake Atitlán is renowned for its colorful Mayan art, outdoor adventures and important religious shrine.

San Juan La Laguna is a small town on the western shore of Lake Atitlán, home to a largely indigenous population of Tz´utujil people. Discover centuries-old traditions, a wealth of natural beauty and a shrine to a Mayan folk saint.

Embark on a walking tour of the town to see traditional weaving cooperatives where women weave with foot looms. Get insight into the entire process, from creating dye from leaves to preparing the yarn and weaving. Visit the Xocomeel art association to see works in progress and to learn how to paint. As you walk along the streets, pause to study murals that preserve the Mayan culture. They have been painted on several homes and vividly bring to life aspects of day-to-day living as well as the customs and traditions of San Juan La Laguna.

For more insight into traditional practices, go to Tza’an Ab’aaj a managed garden by the lake. Here, you will find out about sustainable growing methods and organic agriculture. Stop by the adjacent café where some of the food is made with ingredients from the garden.

One of the highlights of San Juan La Laguna is the Shrine of St. Maximón in the town center, behind the church. The legend of the folk saint is complex, but it is believed that he was a pre-Columbian Mayan god.

Head a little north of the town to hike up a mountain known as La Nariz del Indio. Nariz is the Spanish word for nose and the mountain earned its sobriquet because of its resemblance to a typical Mayan face in profile. There are also a few more hiking routes through the area.

You can reach San Juan by boat from other lakeside towns or by bus from Guatemala City. The town can be walked in a matter of minutes, but if you want a break, jump aboard a tuk-tuk.

Enjoy a vacation of Mayan cultural insights and outdoor exploration.

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
3 out of 5
Km 175 from Guatemala City, San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is NT$1,400 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from San Pedro Volcano and 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Cerro Tzankujil. St. James the Apostle Church and Atitlan ...

4.2/5Excellent! (83 reviews)
Beautiful views from this enjoyable hotel

"First trip to amazing and beautiful Lake Atitlán, and I'm really glad I stayed here. First, the location is perfect. It's directly on the lake with stunning views from the balcony, the restaurant, everywhere. It's located about 5 minutes' walk from San Juan, a not so touruisty village with some interesting ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/21

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Casa Soul Tipico
Casa Soul Tipico
1.5 out of 5
Colonia Nuevo Esperanza, San Juan La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is NT$854 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in San Juan La Laguna, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter is ...

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Hotel San Juan Resort
Hotel San Juan Resort
3 out of 5
Cantón Xacal San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Bomberos Voluntarios San Juan La laguna, San Juan La Laguna, Sololá
The price is NT$968 per night from May 10 to May 11

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter is 1.4 mi ...

Hotel San Juan Resort
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Villas Jucanya
Villas Jucanya
3.5 out of 5
Barrio Jucanya, Calle del Lago, Frente al Lago (juegos infantiles), Panajachel, Solola
The price is NT$3,792 per night from May 8 to May 9

Situated in Panajachel, this beach vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and La Galeria. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Amazing Villa

"The guest service was Amazing from start to finish. The communication was awesome the moment I did my reservation. Very secure property and just a great atmosphere The locate is Perfect right by the lake and 5 minutes from central Panajachel."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/29

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Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
3.5 out of 5
Atitlan de zona 0,numero 4, Santiago Atitlan, Sololá Department
The price is NT$9,967 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Situated in Santiago Atitlan, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, Central Park, and St. James the Apostle ...

Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
Pink house
Pink house
2.5 out of 5
Calle final chalet, El relleno, San Lucas Toliman, Solola
The price is NT$712 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in San Lucas Toliman, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Toliman Volcano. Cojolya ...

1/5 (1 review)
Kamer zonder keuken en met kapotte douche

"Na verblijf was één grote tegenvaller. Het lijkt op de website alsof je in het Pink House verblijft, met gebruik van de keuken, maar dat was niet het geval. Eerst moesten we een half uur wachten omdat de eigenaar de boeking niet had gezien. We kregen daarna een zeer eenvoudige en niet erg schone ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/4

Pink house
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I loved the peace of San Juan and the friendliness of the residents. There are not too many tourists compared to San Marcos, San Pedro, or Pana. There are also less food options, but there's a bunch to do like visit the cooperativas, coffee tours, ka

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