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.

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This is a fun way to see the Lake. We have several companies that rent kayaks by the hour or day.

Maya Moon Lodge has 8 tubes which are fun to chill on the lake.
Maya Moon Lodge has one play kayak for clients 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

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. Rebeca from San Marcos (see photo below) charges 60q an hour, she is highly qualified and teaches beginners to advanced students, she will come to the lodge, your choice where you wish to study; relax in the bar/lounge/room and learn by the lake shore.
Please arrange at least a day before or inquire when you make a reservation. FDE4AB10-7584-45D2-B40A-9B436CD1E827Hiking
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 and San Pedro and climbed from San Juan.
Luis our local bone setter/healer and trusted tuk tuk driver from San Marcos offers a Indian Nose Trip;
He picks you up at the lodge at 4am from the road entrance of the lodge and takes you to the Indian Nose for the spectacular sunrise, cost is Q150, to book and more details contact him directly at facebook Mototaxi Luituy at

Hike to Jaibalito
We recommend an escort/guide to hike to Jaibalito.
It is one of the most beautiful hikes around the Lake
Suitable for all ages and fitness level. It is a hike not a walk!

A variety of Hikes are offered.
(Group Discount over 4 people 20%off)
Tzununa to Jaibalito ~ 9am – Meet at crossroads just past the football pitch in Tzununa (5 min walk) hike to Hans Posada for some refreshment (not included) , boat back to Maya Moon.( Boat extra 10q ) Approx 1 to too 2 hours hike. Cost 100q per person. (minimum charge 1 person 150q) or vice versa boat to Jaibalito and hike back to Tzununa. Time in total approx 3 hours

Tzununa/ Maya Moon to Jaibalito Waterfall (extra 1 to 2 hours) then local boat to Maya Moon (10q extra) Cost 150q per person (Minimum of 250q for one person) Time in total approx 4 to 5 hours

3) Add 50q extra if you would like to hike to the next village of Santa Cruz.
Time in total approx 3 to 5 hours

The escort/guide has years of experience at the Lake and will happily answer any questions and tell you more about Guatemala and Lake Atitlan. (English speaking.)

Please ask at reception for further information and to book.
Advanced notice is preferred to insure availability.
Tailor made tours available too, please ask your escort.

Your safety is a priority and we recommend a guide/escort when exploring remote parts of the Lake.
We also recommend you ask at reception for a trusted tuk tuk driver if you are returning from San Marcos, especially after dark.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Mahadevi Ashram is also located in Tzununa, it offers drop in weekly Kirtan check out more information at
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.

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.