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Santa Cruz La Laguna

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Santa Cruz La Laguna featuring a city and landscape views

This traditional Mayan village on Lake Atitlán offers scenic beauty, scuba diving trips and insight into the indigenous way of life.

Take a boat to the small, remote Mayan village of Santa Cruz La Laguna. Walk its traffic-free streets, explore tropical gardens and experience an underwater adventure beneath Lake Atitlán.

Santa Cruz La Laguna has two parts, a waterfront area of hotels and the traditional village situated in the mountains. The only way to access the area is by boat.

Upon arrival, walk up the steep road to the Mayan village that sits high above the lake. Santa Cruz La Laguna may lack such features as cathedrals or museums that distinguish other places, but you will be fascinated by a village that has changed little over the centuries. Stroll along cobblestone streets that take you past adobe houses with corrugated tin roofs. Greet the locals, many of whom will be dressed in traditional costume.

Extend your walking tour by taking the trails through the surrounding countryside or by the lake. Alternatively, go on a steep hike to the village of Chiutzancháj.

Scuba divers have a chance to explore the lake’s underwater world when they visit the dive school at the La Iguana Perdida hotel. There are courses and dive sites suitable for all ability levels, from beginners to experienced divers. Dive among volcanic rock formations and see aquatic life near the active fault line that leaks hot water into the lake. For a few hours’ worth of fun above the surface, rent a kayak and paddle across the lake.

If you are looking for a way to unwind, go to the Los Elementos Day Spa for massage treatments, beauty therapies and yoga sessions on the beach.

The taxi boat that services Santa Cruz La Lugana runs throughout the day from Panajachel and San Pedro. Stay in hotels, villas, beach houses or apartments. Be prepared to extend your stay, because the stunning scenery, tranquil surroundings and simple way of life are irresistible draws.

La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
2 out of 5
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá, Santa Cruz La Laguna
The price is NT$504 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Situated on the waterfront, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout and Azul Maya ...
4.3/5Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Great staff"

Reviewed on 2021/4/5

La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
2.5 out of 5
El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola
The price is NT$1,285 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This Santa Cruz La Laguna hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
wonderful as always
"everything was great as always, unfortunately the original menu wasn't available for obvious reason, maybe adding something for vegetarians it'd be good."

Reviewed on 2021/3/13

Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
Casa Prana Hotel In Atitlan
Casa Prana Hotel In Atitlan
4 out of 5
Lake Atitlán, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola
The price is NT$6,213 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 3 mi (5 km) of Azul Maya Archaeological ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Little lakeside paradise
"Absolutely heavenly grounds. Really hard to get a sense in photos of just how pretty it is. I wish I had more sun when I was there since the views must be incredible. But the flowers and walkways are like something out of Eden. The manager is also really excellent and attentive. Personally, even ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/27

Casa Prana Hotel In Atitlan
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