San Juan La Laguna

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San Juan La Laguna featuring a lake or waterhole and mountains

One of the smallest towns on Lake Atitlán is renowned for its colorful Mayan art, outdoor adventures and important religious shrine.

San Juan La Laguna is a small town on the western shore of Lake Atitlán, home to a largely indigenous population of Tz´utujil people. Discover centuries-old traditions, a wealth of natural beauty and a shrine to a Mayan folk saint.

Embark on a walking tour of the town to see traditional weaving cooperatives where women weave with foot looms. Get insight into the entire process, from creating dye from leaves to preparing the yarn and weaving. Visit the Xocomeel art association to see works in progress and to learn how to paint. As you walk along the streets, pause to study murals that preserve the Mayan culture. They have been painted on several homes and vividly bring to life aspects of day-to-day living as well as the customs and traditions of San Juan La Laguna.

For more insight into traditional practices, go to Tza’an Ab’aaj a managed garden by the lake. Here, you will find out about sustainable growing methods and organic agriculture. Stop by the adjacent café where some of the food is made with ingredients from the garden.

One of the highlights of San Juan La Laguna is the Shrine of St. Maximón in the town center, behind the church. The legend of the folk saint is complex, but it is believed that he was a pre-Columbian Mayan god.

Head a little north of the town to hike up a mountain known as La Nariz del Indio. Nariz is the Spanish word for nose and the mountain earned its sobriquet because of its resemblance to a typical Mayan face in profile. There are also a few more hiking routes through the area.

You can reach San Juan by boat from other lakeside towns or by bus from Guatemala City. The town can be walked in a matter of minutes, but if you want a break, jump aboard a tuk-tuk.

Enjoy a vacation of Mayan cultural insights and outdoor exploration.

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is $26 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter ...
1/5 (1 review)
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"If you do stay in one of the properties this guy owns do NOT give him cash! He is a scammer, asked us to pay him cash because according to him he had not received payment from Vrbo/HomeAway and our pending charge on our credit card would be removed. He charms you with good customer service and seems ..."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
3 out of 5
Km 175 from Guatemala City, San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is $37 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from San Pedro Volcano and 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Cerro Tzankujil. St. James the Apostle Church and Atitlan ...
4.2/5Excellent! (89 reviews)
"Our stay at Uxlabil was unplanned and short but it was a stay for the memories. On our way back from Mazatenango to the capital we realized we wouldn’t make it back before dark so we decided to stay the night at Lake Atitlan and enjoy its view the next day. I booked our stay just 3 hours before we ..."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Hotel San Juan Resort
Hotel San Juan Resort
3 out of 5
Cantón Xacal San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Bomberos Voluntarios San Juan La laguna, San Juan La Laguna, Sololá
The price is $34 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter is 1.4 mi ...
Hotel San Juan Resort
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.
At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is $26 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter ...
1/5 (1 review)
DO NOT BOOK - SCAM
"If you do stay in one of the properties this guy owns do NOT give him cash! He is a scammer, asked us to pay him cash because according to him he had not received payment from Vrbo/HomeAway and our pending charge on our credit card would be removed. He charms you with good customer service and seems ..."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
Villas Jucanya
Villas Jucanya
3.5 out of 5
Barrio Jucanya, Calle del Lago, Frente al Lago (juegos infantiles), Panajachel, Solola
The price is $158 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and La Galeria. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Great place!
"Excellent stay and great support from local staff."

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Villas Jucanya
Spectacular Lakefront Cabin with luxury outdoor shower
Spectacular Lakefront Cabin with luxury outdoor shower
San Marcos La Laguna, Solola
The price is $90 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Cerro Tzankujil. Church of Saint ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Increíble vista y experiencia de pareja
"La vista es increíble, habitación muy bonita pero la cama y las cabinas podrían ser más confortables y calientes. El baño es super bueno. Un poco complicado de encontrar 3l lugar y no está hecho por personas a movilidad limitada. Andrés y sus compañeras fueron de un gran apoyo y muy amables."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Spectacular Lakefront Cabin with luxury outdoor shower
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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