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Lake Atitlan Travel Guide

Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
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About Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Lake Atitlan Tours Provides First Class Tour Services for Travelers to the Highlands of Guatemala. Lake Atitlan Tours Invites You to Discover and Experience the Cultural, Historical, and Natural Wonders of Lake Atitlan Guatemala for a Truly Magical and Unforgettable Experience. From majestic volcanoes and mountains and mysterious ancient Mayan temples and ruins, to colorful outdoor markets, Lake Atitlan’s unique physical attributes offer some of the most-awe-inspiring sites in the world.
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tnelso150 wrote a review Aug 2021
Kansas City, Missouri4 contributions1 helpful vote
I did the Lake Atitlan village boat tour, which really turned into a private "create your own tour" (per James' own words!). James was an amazingly knowledgeable guide for all things Guatemala - from coffee to history to current events...he was a wealth of knowledge. Not only did I learn a lot, the tour was (as I mentioned) basically customized to my interests. We took a beautiful boat tour across the late to two of the villages, drank lots of coffee, ate an authentic lunch, visited many sites (chocolate story, weaving store supported by local Mayan women, honey store, etc.) and interacted with a ton of James' local friends. It was neat to hear their stories and see how/where some of them lived. Made the experience much more authentic in my opinion. James and I also had great conversations throughout the day. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking about exploring Atitlan. James works with you to see what you're most interested in, and you ultimately get a say in what you see. Of note, I was a female solo traveler and always felt very safe.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from Antigua G, Manager at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Responded Aug 30, 2021
Take care, my nurse, keep the faith, we need you during these times. James
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heathermacPhoenix wrote a review Jan 2021
phoenix2 contributions
James and his crew made me feel very comfortable and safe as a female solo traveler. Before my trip to Lake Atitlan he had provided me with an itinerary of our Village tour day and made several suggestions to enhance my experience. He also arranged transportation for me from Antigua. I'm not a fan of "touristy" tours and James did not disappoint as he showed me traditional Mayan ways and we stayed away from "touristy" places on the tour. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the Mayan culture; but even more so respected his heartwarming relationships with the locals. It was fun to see locals smiling when they saw him, as that is not always the case being on international tours. I loved being introduced to the Mayan women weavers, their talents shining brightly as they wove beautiful products with their back strap looms. I also enjoyed sipping the coffee from locally grown coffee beans and sampling delicious chocolate from locally grown cacao. Another highlight was meeting a beautiful Mayan family as they welcomed us into their home. The next morning I enjoyed an amazing sunrise from the top of the "Mayan Nose". This was a guided hike that James had suggested and arranged for me. Henry, our Mayan guide, told us Mayan folklore as the sun majestically appeared in the background of the Fuego volcano’s red glow at the summit. It was an amazing experience and one I highly recommend for the adventurous traveler.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Antigua G, Owner at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Responded Jan 21, 2021
Hi Heather, thank you for the review, and your kind words about our team. Hope to see you in Guatemala soon. James
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Karen K wrote a review Apr 2019
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We found growyourowncure.com on Trip Advisor. James was quick to respond to all my emails and offered a personalized tour for my husband and I. Upper Rim hike is great. Downhill but still a work out. About 4 miles long. You'll take a van up to the top and walk down. Great views. You'll wind through a pine forest, terraced farms and finally the home on the hill of lower Santa Catarina. Private tour well worth it. We also did the boat villages tour another day with James visiting San Juan and San Pedro. Felt like we were off the tourist track. Entered homes of the Mayans - as James has a good relationship with them.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Antigua G, Owner at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Responded Apr 19, 2019
Karen thank you for your review. I had a great time with you and enjoyed our times together.
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GeneralShamu wrote a review May 2018
New York City, New York670 contributions333 helpful votes
Both days were excellent and are worthy of a 5* review. I am glad to see they are so highly ranked because they do bring quality to the tours they run. Jim only speaks English, while Henry (see website) is fluent in English/Spanish and seemingly French. Have already recommended them to someone looking to go to Guatemala in the fall and will continue to refer travelers to Jim, et al. You can't give up on quality when you really want to experience and see a foreign beauty like Lake Atitlan.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Antigua G, Public Relations Manager at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Responded May 28, 2018
Hi, Yes some day I will master Spanish, hard when I spend my days replying to reviews. Thank you again and so glad you enjoyed our time together. I know Henry is by far more entertaining. Jim
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BL-TL-CL wrote a review Apr 2018
Virginia5 contributions2 helpful votes
We are a family of four with a 9 and 7 year old and spent 2 very full days with Jim on the Village Boat Tour and the Upper Rim Hike. The two trips covered different parts of the lake and provided good contrast to each other. It would be hard to recommend one tour over the other, you can't go wrong with either and doing both is worth 2 days of your time. Our kids did well on both days; there is so much variety in activities during the trips that the kids never got in a rut. We appreciated Jim's willingness to answer all of our questions, his patience with the kids and his flexibility to adjust the itinerary (E.g. ice crème stops, bathroom breaks, and extra kid playtime). For an active family, these trips more than met our expectations and resulted in a unique and memorable adventure. We have so much respect for the Mayan people after this intimate experience.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from Antigua G, Owner at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide
Responded Apr 10, 2018
Yes Ice Cream always helps with a 9 and 7 year old. Thank you for the time we spent together. Jim
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