Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, 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!
Please ask at reception for current activities at the lake.
They will know about current events.
This is a fun way to see the Lake. We have 2 Stand up Paddle-boards for guests use. Cost is 100q an hour. Ask reception for our current packages.
Maya Moon Lodge has tubes which are fun to chill on the lake.
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.
The best place to swim is off the private dock of Maya Moon Lodge. You have a fantastic view and the water is clean. Our latest fun addition: Free Tubes, perfect for chilling on the lake, they have special beer holders for those lazy days. Our dock is also perfect for sunbathing and jumping/diving into the lake.
The Lodge can arrange for private Spanish lessons by the day or hour for a very modest fee. Rebeca from San Marcos (see photo) charges Q60/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 or learn by the lake shore.
Please arrange at least a day before or inquire when you make a reservation.
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 tuktuk driver from San Marcos offers an Indian Nose Trip:
He picks you up at the lodge at 4am from the road entrance of the lodge and hikes up with you for the spectacular sunrise, cost is Q200, For more details and booking contact him directly at
Tours Rostro Maya Luis WhatsApp. +50258881258
Hike to Jaibalito
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 tuktuk 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. 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 entire lake. Villages are reached by boat or roads from the mountains.
A large main town where you first enter the lake area. The gateway to Lake Atitlan and the place to shop till you drop.
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. Well known for permaculture – Atitlán Organics and Granja Tzilkin aka “The Farm” which has a restaurant and events at weekends. Check out Tres Cielos Cafe & Shop – A unique place built from recycled items. Tzununá is also becoming well known for Ecstatic Dance at Gaia Dance Temple
Doron Yoga™ is a holistic yoga approach that offers practical tools for total health and happiness to live a spiritual life within the modern world. Non dogmatic, full of love and laughter. Ninja Body with a Zen Mind, creating both physical and mental balance on and off the mat. – Tzununá offers daily yoga at Dorons – ask reception for current times.
Casa Curativa Herbal Education, Retreat Center & Apothecary Located in Tzununá – Lake Atitlan
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 entrance at the road.
Check out the coffee tour in San Marcos – https://shangrilaatitlan.com/
Restaurants and Bars we recommend in San Marcos:
Vida Cocina Creativa – Lakeside Bar and Restaurant – Good Food – Usually a music event on in the evenings. Check their facebook page for more information .
Moonfish – Great Burritos
Il Giardino – Vegetarian Restaurant – Good food and ambience
A nice place to visit a number of agriculture initiatives and fairtrade coffee farms.
A beautiful town with friendly locals and many co-op/fairtrade organizations. The paintings and textiles here are really something to see.
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.