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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.

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$1,296 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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! (49 reviews)
"To start the view of the lake from the room or any part of the hotel is breathtaking. The location of the hotel is unique. Every view outside the room is like a postcard. The food is delicious and at a very reasonable price. The whole staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. I'm definitely coming ..."

Reviewed on 2021/2/16

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$8,633 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
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! (37 reviews)
"We absolutely loved our stay with Casa Prana!! I really wished we stayed there more than 1 night to absorb the beauty and tranquility of this place. Every corner in this place is beautiful and well detailed, I can tell a lot of thought must have gone in the making of this heavenly resort. From the ..."

Reviewed on 2020/3/5

Casa Prana Hotel In Atitlan
Hotel Arca de Noe
Hotel Arca de Noe
3 out of 5
Lago de Atitlán, Close to docking area, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá
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Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this hotel 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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Great service, very nice people, excellent views of the lake."

Reviewed on 2020/1/4

Hotel Arca de Noe
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Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is NT$2,943 per night from May 6 to May 7
This Santa Cruz La Laguna vacation home 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 ...
Casa Amate
Casa Paxanax
Casa Paxanax
3.5 out of 5
Santa Cruz La laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá
The price is NT$3,379 per night from May 9 to May 10
Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this beach vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 3 mi (5 km) of Azul Maya Archaeological ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Beautiful house right on the lake. Enjoyed every second of our time there. It was equipped with just about everything you need for a comfortable stay."

Reviewed on 2021/1/13

Casa Paxanax
El Suspiro
El Suspiro
4 out of 5
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna
Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout ...
El Suspiro
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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Beautiful place, dangerous outside of town

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