Activities on Lake Atitlán

Kayaking, Tubing, Yoga, Nature Reserve Tours, Swimming, Bird Watching, Atitlan organics, Maximón Visits, Zip-lining, Mountain & Volcano Hikes, Spanish Lessons, Explore Mayan Villages, Shaman Ceremonies, Day of the Dead, Kite Festivals, Scuba Diving….
There’s something for everyone!

Three women jumping off a dock.

Lake Activities

Three women in tubes on the lake.Hiking near lake AtitlánTwo women in a meditation pose on a dock.

Kayaking
This is a fun way to see the Lake. We have several companies that rent kayaks by the hour or day.
 Maya Moon Lodge also has one kayak available for guest use.

Scuba Diving
Several Mayan archaeological sites have been found under and around the lake, such as Sambaj and Chiutinamit. You can take lessons or even take the PADI Altitude Specialty Diving Course. Check out LaIguanaPerdida.com.

Swimming
The best place to swim is off the private dock of Maya Moon Lodge. You have a fantastic view, the water is clean, and we have all sort of floating items, including one kayak and our latest fun addition: Ten tubes which are perfect for chilling on the lake, they have special beer holders for those lazy days.

Spanish Lessons
The Lodge can arrange for private Spanish lessons by the day or hour for a very modest fee. Relax in the bar/lounge and learn by the lake shore. If you prefer a more structured setting we can recommend the best schools around the lake.

Hiking
There are countless trails to explore around the lake, the mountains, and the volcanoes. Tolimán, the highest volcano rises 3,158 meters tall.  Indian Nose can be seen from the towns of San Marcos & San Pedro and climbed from San Juan.

Nature Reserve & Bird watching
A tranquil, 400-acre reserve boasts a variety of tropical plants and animals, including monkeys, the raccoon-like coatis, and exotic birds. On other bird watching tours around the Lake you can find the white bellied emerald hummingbird, the little hermit hummingbird, golden-fronted woodpeckers, singing quails, among many other species.

Zip-Lining
Now we’re talking Adventure! A total of eight zip lines ranging from 90 meters (295 ft.) to 320 meters (1050 ft.), which travel along waterfalls, canyons, a valley, and a coffee grove forest. Hop on the Ziptrek and Cables X-Tremos for a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Nearby towns and villages

Lake Atitlán is surrounded by several villages. There is no road that circles the lake. Villages are reached by boat or roads from the mountains.

Panajachel
A large main land town where you first enter the lake area.The gateway to Lake Atitlan, the place to shop till you drop.

Santa Cruz
A small village with a few restaurants and an excellent medical clinic.

Jaibalito
An interesting place where you can find Hans, who makes the best German food, bread, and coffee at the lake.

Tzununá
The location of Maya Moon Lodge itself, is a quiet village of mostly Mayan people. Excellent for to the other villages. Tzununa is also home to Atitlan Organics which offers weekly tours on Friday mornings, starting at 10AM. Check out AtititlanOrganics.com.

Mahadevi Ashram is also located in Tzununa, it offers drop in weekly Kirtan check out more information at www.yogaretreatguatemala.com
Traditional Yoga Ashram on spectacular Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Affordable Yoga Teacher Trainings, Hridaya Meditation Retreats, & Tantra Workshops.

San Marcos
The “in” spot for Yoga, holistic courses, treatments and massage. Take a look at our Holistic Treatments and Massage page for detailed information. San Marcos is a five minute boat ride from Maya Moon Lodges private dock, ( the boats stop every 20 minutes),  or a 20 minute walk from the top road entrance.

San Lucas
A nice place to visit a number of agriculture initiatives and fairtrade coffee farms.

San Juan
A beautiful town with friendly locals and many co-op/fairtrade organizations.  The paintings and textiles here are really something to see.

San Pedro
The town to go to when you want to party! There are several pubs and restaurants to enjoy a night on the town. Get a private boat , Tuctuc or taxi  back from San Pedro to Maya Moon Lodge if you feel like a party night out.

Santiago
The home of Maximón, an idol formed by the fusion of traditional Mayan deities, Catholic saints and conquistador legends. The brunch at Posada de Santiago is excellent and in itself worth the trip.

San Antonio Polopo
A laid back and simple Mayan village that is famous for its distinctive ceramics.