Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan Boat Ride & Lunch
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Approximately 9 Hours
Travel by coach through the Guatemalan lowlands -- rich and fertile and planted mostly in sugar cane. As you ride, take in the magnificent scenery of native villages and vast terrain dotted with farms growing local produce and coffee -- great photo opportunities.
You're headed to the small village of San Lucas Toliman, located on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Here, you will board a boat that will take you on an unforgettable journey across the lake. Adolph Huxley called Atitlan the most beautiful lake in the world. The lake was created by a series of volcanic eruptions and fills a large part of the caldera, reaching depths of 2,000 feet. The caldera-forming eruption dispersed ash over an area of some 2.5 million square miles, from Florida to Ecuador. Watch for the native chocoyo -- a species of bird that is often found nesting in the relatively soft ash layer. You will witness the majesty of the volcanoes surrounding the lake as well as seeing the local villages on the lakeshore -- home to the Tzutuhil Natives.
After the boat ride, you will disembark at Panajachel -- the largest town on the lake. Enjoy some free time here to explore the town on your own and to browse among the beautiful handcrafted souvenirs.
Lunch is served at a local hotel; then, re-trace your route back to the pier.is served at a local hotel; then, re-trace your route back to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.