After breakfast, your local guide and boat will meet you at your hotel’s dock before you embark on a half-day private village tour. Small Maya villages line the shores of Lake Atitlan, each of these villages is named after one of the Twelve Apostles and each focuses on specific traditional handicrafts. First you visit the busy town of Santiago (St.James), this important village is home to Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smoke cigars. True, he’s a bit naughty, but it’s a colorful and fun experience to visit Maximon, and completely unique to the Santiago Atitlan village. Every day he is visited by locals, healers and tourists asking for favors and blessings and watching the on-goings and ceremonies is an interesting look into local life in Lake Atitlan.
Continue on to San Juan la Laguna, famous for its naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dyes textiles. This town is used as a model of sustainable tourism throughout the Guatemalan Highlands. Its beauty, cleanliness and co-op craft markets set the village apart. You can even try the back-strap loom and test your weaving skills! Enjoy a lakeside lunch at one of our favorite restaurants before the boat takes you back to your hotel. Dinner at your leisure tonight (you can dine at the hotel or we make arrangements for dinner in Panajachel, at additional cost).