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Lake Atitlan Boat tour from Puerto Quetzal (Group)
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Lake Atitlan Boat tour from Puerto Quetzal (Group)

By MB Guatemaya Travel
Board your air-conditioned transportation for the approximately two and a half-hour guided drive to the highlands of Guatemala and Lake Atitlan. Located at over 4,000 feet above sea level, the lake is over 1,000 feet deep and is surrounded by three very impressive volcanoes. The lake itself was formed after the last eruption 85,000 years ago. Once at the lake board a boat to take you to explore the most indigenous village known as San Juan La Laguna. There meet local artisans famous for making hand made textiles. After lunch board your boat again to connect with your land transportation and head back to Port Quetzal.
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S$168.23
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S$168.23
per adult

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Ages 1-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 9–10 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • Transportation
  • Authorized Bilingual Guide
  • Boat service
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia Católica de San Juan La Laguna
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips ( We trust that your experience was satisfactory 10% suggested)


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Our staff will be visible to you as you walk away from your cruise in Puerto Quetzal, Our guide will hold a sign with the name of the person who made the tour reservation
  • Ports:
  • Marina Pez Vela, Puerto Quetzal.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 37551P19

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Lake Atitlan Boat tour from Puerto Quetzal (Group) is hosted by MB Guatemaya Travel. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact MB Guatemaya Travel on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Lake Atitlan Boat tour from Puerto Quetzal (Group) on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 37551P19

About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

Enthuchick
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Excellent Introduction to Antigua
We did the private walking tour with Erwin. It was an excellent way to get acquainted with Antigua. He was knowledg
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Enthuchick
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Highly recommended when in Antigua
My friend and I decided to go with the Private Tour route as both of us were feeling out of shape and it was an ama
Cdcd0
Cdcd0
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Fun private trip
We toured Antigua with the knowledgeable Erwin. He was friendly and happy to answer questions from two young kids (
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seanbZ1164EX
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A great intro to Antigua
Delightful and personalized, Hugo gave us an inside look at the city which was fun and off the beaten path. We lear
Moises Aroldo S
Moises Aroldo S
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Great tour
Excelente tour. Very comprehensive and informarive and we saw so mano hidden treasures. Our tour guide was friendly
normylima
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must do in Antigua
It was a wonderful experience. Antigua is such a beautiful town. Moises, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, pat
lmasieri
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Great time in Antigua
I recently had the pleasure of going on a tour with Guatrips in Antigua and I must say, it was an incredible experi
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Brilliant walk up the volcano
We had a fabulous time on our walk up the volcano Pacaya. Our guides, Pablo and Noel, were fabulous, very caring an
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Great group activity with thoughtful guide
Our guide really set the tone for our group ensuring us that the experience is truly ours. Our group of 9 had diffe
Greg G
Greg G
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Erwin Rivas tours are OUTSTANDING!
This was collectively our 4th tour with Erwin, and it is exceptional every single time. Erwin is thoughtful, engagi
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Best 3 Hours in Antigua!
We had such an amazing tour with Roberto! He was right on time and immediately learned our names. We were visiting
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Great experience!
Erwin was fantastic! Great tour of the city and also found our best ice cream place yet. Showed us to a very good l
LizzieQ
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Fun and Informative
My friends and I really enjoyed our tour of the macadamia and coffee farms with our guide Irwin and our driver Robe
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Fabulous tour & great guide.
Erwin was a fabulous tour guide - he took his time providing an overview of the city and then explaining much of th
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Excellent
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable on all things Guatemala. Excellent English. Right on time and very accommodatin
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Mike_Jocelyne
Kawartha Lakes, Canada6 contributions
Nov 2022
Our visit to Lago Atitlan could not have been a better experience!. Our guide, Irwin, is extremely knowledgeable about the culture, the history, the new local movement of the indigenous culture to promote their entrepreneurial medicinal and artistic skills. He introduced us to so many of the local artisans, without the pressure to buy, just to educate us in their culture and products. Our driver was attentive to our needs and a very safe driver. Irwin treated us to a wonderful day of information and discovery. It was a highlight of our visit to Guatemala.
Written 6 December 2022
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We appreciate that you share with us your wonderful experience in Lake Atitlán. We hope to have new experiences in Guatemala with you. ___________ Greetings from Guatemala.
Written 27 December 2022
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SutherinComfort
Corvallis, OR23 contributions
Oct 2019
The port of Puerto Quetzal is very large. The terminal was gorgeous with tours being offered and a Jade museum, and shops of native crafts. Guatamala is the heart of Mayan country and many tours go to the historical sites.
This tour was booked through Holland America. We headed out of the lowlands and sugar cane fields for a 2 1/2 hour trip to Lake Atitlan. We passed sugar cane, coffee, and rubber tree plantations.

60% of the population are indigenous Mayan. Thanks to lots of revolutionary actions in the late 90's they finally got the right to send their children to school. And they were each given 1-2 acres of land.

The Mayans quickly discovered they couldn't make a living farming such small parcels, so they formed cooperatives of 100-200 acres and concentrated on growing high quality sugar cane. It is exported as sugar, and as high grade molasses, and high quality rum. Income is returned to cooperative members. The sugar cane is harvested by hand. They have machinery, but that harvests everything, poor quality, weeds, unripe, everything. They discovered the harvest costs were not reduced with machinery because so much cleaning was needed later before processing. The only problems associated with hand harvesting are snake bites, because the fields are home to mice, and therefore snakes (and hawks circling above). After harvest, they burn the fields to improve the soil, rid the area of rodents and snakes, and generally clean up the harvest remains. They get some environmental push back for air quality, though.

Also, they grow coffee, and again, since their land ownership is limited, they focus on quality. They know they can't compete in quantity with Brazil and Vietnam, so they focus on quality and have been winning international awards for both coffee and rum. The region is slowly improving as a result of these successful agriculture ventures. We stopped at a coffee plantation and got out to touch and talk about the plants (trees, really). They are hand harvested, partly because they get a better harvest, and similarly to blueberries, the coffee beans do not ripen all at the same time. Mechanical harvesting picks too many unripe berries.

And, they have some rubber tree plantations. It takes 3 years for a rubber tree to produce, but there were some acres already showing the harvest buckets. (Rubber is collected similar to Maple syrup.) They export the rubber to Hualtuco Mexico.

Next year, the first Mayan students in their history will graduate from high school. They are justifiably proud of that. And all schools now teach both Spanish and Mayan languages so graduates are bilingual.

Guatamala has 2 seasons; summer and spring. Rain is during 7 months of summer, ending in late October. Schools are out from late October-December for sugar cane and coffee harvest (children can work from age 12) so we saw many families on holiday, or moving to small cottages near the plantations so all the family could work).

In their politics, out of (roughly) 256 delegates, only 1 is Mayan, so 60% of the population is inadequately represented. With education and time, they hope to improve that situation. Population of Guatamala is about 15 million, most living in the cities.

Armando discussed the reputation Guatamala has for crime. He said the capitol, Guatamala City, is largely Latino (Spanish descendants) and does have a big crime problem. He said there are gangs, drugs, extortion, and violence. He said people try to ignore the problem because they think they will have bigger problems if they tell the police.

However, in rural Mayan areas they do not have crime. The reason for that is the Mayan culture. If they discover a criminal, particularly if it involves bad treatment toward a female, or extortion, or drugs, they don't wait for the police, they take care of the problem themselves. They capture and kill and burn the criminal. Problem solved. And not likely to be repeated.

When we stopped, we realized there were police following us. Armando said since Guatamala has a criminal reputation, Holland America requires that any excursion longer than 2 hours (most of them, because of distance from port) have a police presence for security. The police men with our group were very pleasant and cheerful, so we were impressed with the effort.

Finally we reached the small town of Timolan, at an elevation of 5000 ft. It is an older town with very narrow streets that were largely shut down because of a town celebration for a patron saint. A town policeman boarded our mini bus and he directed the driver around all the side streets to reach the Atitlan Lake marina and dock so we could board the boat. The boat was quite festively painted and had a lower protected area as well as a canopied upper deck. Most of us sat up top.

We had a good time on board, and the weather was pleasant. We reached the banks of the lake and the boat's bow extension made for a very easy walk to the pier. We were instantly surrounded (swarmed) by vendors trying to sell us crafts. They were mostly ladies, dressed in traditional garb of a blouse of a plain color, and a skirt of colorful hand woven fabrics. They were determined we were going to buy lots of stuff!

But our guide just kept us moving forward toward a lovely resort and restaurant. It was beautiful! And we were treated to a lunch with linen tablecloths, napkins, ice tea or juice, and about 25 different foods set up buffet style in serving stations. Each had a little placard identifying the foods. A number of salads with dressings, and chicken and beef dishes, all in elaborate serving dishes and utensils. Guatemalan foods are not overly spicy, so were easy to eat. Delicious!

The area was tiled with marble floors. The tables were each set for 4 persons and we were assisted with wait staff that brought beverages and cleared the tables. Our guides ate with us and talked about the customs and politics. We all commiserated with each other over the state of each of our countries supposed leaders. Actually pretty funny how much we all hate our politics, regardless of country!

And, by the way, all the banos were flushing! With running water, soap, and hand towels!

Then we had to leave, running the gauntlet to the boat, through the swarming vendors. It was exhausting, and I finally caved in near the pier and bought a few things. From Lucy, who wove them with a back-strap loom in her own casa! Our guide had told us how to negotiate price, and what would be considered 'fair' from their point of view. (Cheap from our point of view.) So it turned out well and we all had an educational and fun time.

We returned on the boat for another hour to the town, and nearing the shore, we watched a man wash his hair in the lake. He was quite cheerful and we waved and cheered for him.

After we re-boarded the bus, we asked Armando about utilities to the residences. He said in big cities, where residences are close to each other, there is electricity and water. In rural areas, commercial businesses have electricity and usually water. A town may have established a large water tank. The people go to the water tank and fill bottles and buckets of water. Otherwise, they wash their clothes, and themselves, at the banks of rivers or lakes. We didn't ask about sanitation or plumbing. Seems a bit unlikely.. we did see folks burning trash in their yards.

Since gourmet coffee is a big thing and exported from Guatemala, Armando said he had coffee available for purchase. It is all Fair Trade (farmers make a living wage in safe conditions) and the price was reasonable. A number of folks bought the coffee, and I think it was quite a good price. But keeping in mind our flight weight and baggage restrictions, I skipped it. Later, I found out it was half the price for the same thing sold at the port terminal.

It was a 2 1/2 hour trip on the bus back to the port. The ship was was scheduled to leave at 5:30. We had 2 mini buses. We were running late. Our bus driver Eduardo was a master driver, we made it to the port in 2 hours. Although the roads were divided 4 lane, they had over 30 years of use with many patches and potholes, bus had no seat belts and minimal cushioning, so it was quite an experience. Yay! We made it in time! Eduard and Armando more than earned their tips!

This was a great tour, and we were met with friendliness, kindness, and generosity. Such a lovely experience!
Written 26 December 2019
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