Immerse yourself in authentic village life as you discover a rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan, barely touched by the outside world.
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This Guatemala Mayan Trail Hike allows you to:
Travel by boat to the charming north shore of Lake Atitlan. Explore the villages of El Jaibalito and Tzununa. Discover non-profit organisations and walk through two different ecosystems as you explore the nature surrounding these beautiful villages.
Begin in Santa Cruz, departing for the rugged north shore of Lake Atitlan and the remote village of Tzununa. There is no true road access, so you will hike along ancient paths once used by the Kachekel Maya people. Observe the daily village life, see farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and immerse yourself in some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. Your hike takes you several hundred feet above Lake Atitlan for breath taking views of the famous volcanoes. Then descend into Pumpatin Canyon, experiencing two different ecosystems as you walk from the upper lakeshore into the narrow canyon. Here you can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, and take a refreshing dip in the river if you choose.
After lunch, you follow the canyon path to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna. Here you can visit various non-profits organisations. One of them is Amigos de Santa Cruz, which helps the primary school with nutritional programs. You tour the school, the kitchen, a typical family home, and a vocational training center. The second non-profit is the medical and dental clinic. Then return by boat.
Difficulty: Moderate. Some hiking involved. Half day trip is available.
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