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San Juan La LagunaGuatemala

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.

Top Hotels in San Juan La Laguna

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$909 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 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! (82 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

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
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$951 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

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
Casa Soul Tipico
Casa Soul Tipico
1.5 out of 5
Colonia Nuevo Esperanza, San Juan La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is NT$840 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

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 ...

Casa Soul Tipico
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in San Juan La Laguna

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$4,407 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

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! (19 reviews)

"It’s a beautiful setting that feels natural and safe."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/21

Villas Jucanya
Lake House Atitlan AT005
Lake House Atitlan AT005
3 out of 5
Cerro de Oro, San Lucas Toliman, Sololá, San Lucas Toliman

Situated in San Lucas Toliman, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Toliman Volcano. Central ...

Lake House Atitlan AT005
Luxury Villas Atitlan
Luxury Villas Atitlan
3 out of 5
Bahia de San Buena Aventura, Panajachel, Solola

Situated in Panajachel, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center. Azul Maya Archaeological ...

3.3/5 (16 reviews)

"What a view! Beautiful space. Nice swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Luxury Villas Atitlan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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