San Juan La Laguna

Travel Guide

One of the smallest towns on Lake Atitlán is renowned for its colorful Mayan art, outdoor adventures and important religious shrine.

San Juan La Laguna is a small town on the western shore of Lake Atitlán, home to a largely indigenous population of Tz´utujil people. Discover centuries-old traditions, a wealth of natural beauty and a shrine to a Mayan folk saint.

Embark on a walking tour of the town to see traditional weaving cooperatives where women weave with foot looms. Get insight into the entire process, from creating dye from leaves to preparing the yarn and weaving. Visit the Xocomeel art association to see works in progress and to learn how to paint. As you walk along the streets, pause to study murals that preserve the Mayan culture. They have been painted on several homes and vividly bring to life aspects of day-to-day living as well as the customs and traditions of San Juan La Laguna.

For more insight into traditional practices, go to Tza’an Ab’aaj a managed garden by the lake. Here, you will find out about sustainable growing methods and organic agriculture. Stop by the adjacent café where some of the food is made with ingredients from the garden.

One of the highlights of San Juan La Laguna is the Shrine of St. Maximón in the town center, behind the church. The legend of the folk saint is complex, but it is believed that he was a pre-Columbian Mayan god.

Head a little north of the town to hike up a mountain known as La Nariz del Indio. Nariz is the Spanish word for nose and the mountain earned its sobriquet because of its resemblance to a typical Mayan face in profile. There are also a few more hiking routes through the area.

You can reach San Juan by boat from other lakeside towns or by bus from Guatemala City. The town can be walked in a matter of minutes, but if you want a break, jump aboard a tuk-tuk.

Enjoy a vacation of Mayan cultural insights and outdoor exploration.

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is AU$67 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter ...
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Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
3 out of 5
Km 175 from Guatemala City, San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is AU$79 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from San Pedro Volcano and 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Cerro Tzankujil. St. James the Apostle Church and Church ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (94 reviews)
Average hotel
"Be careful the pool/jacuzzi is NOT included with the room. We had a nice stay at that hotel. However, we were really dissapointed to learn that we had to pay about 100Q (15USD) to access the jacuzzi for only one hour, although the main picture of the hotel was that jacuzzi. The room was ok, a bit ..."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Hotel San Juan Resort
Hotel San Juan Resort
3 out of 5
Cantón Xacal San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Bomberos Voluntarios San Juan La laguna, San Juan La Laguna, Sololá
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter is 1.4 mi ...
Hotel San Juan Resort
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At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
San Juan La Laguna, Solola
The price is AU$67 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and CHIYA Art Gallery. Church of Saint Peter ...
1/5 (1 review)
DO NOT BOOK - SCAM
"If you do stay in one of the properties this guy owns do NOT give him cash! He is a scammer, asked us to pay him cash because according to him he had not received payment from Vrbo/HomeAway and our pending charge on our credit card would be removed. He charms you with good customer service and seems ..."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

At the Heart of San Juan La Laguna
Atitlan Villas Qanajuyu
Atitlan Villas Qanajuyu
3 out of 5
Agua Escondida, San Antonio Palopo
The price is AU$254 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located on a lake, this San Antonio Palopo villa offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 9 mi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Excellent retreat
"Beautiful place. The manager and staff were friendly, helpful and thoughtful. Communication was great. We enjoyed a beautiful evening. The rooms are designed for maximum view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Myriad bird songs in the morning. My wife said “This place is magical”. I couldn’t ..."

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2021

Atitlan Villas Qanajuyu
Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is AU$213 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
This Santa Cruz La Laguna holiday home is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"The service and hospitality was amazing! We felt comfortable and welcomed the entire time. We had a person meet us at the boat dock and a grounds keeper at Casa Amate. He brought us to the home and gave us a tour of the breathtaking house. Yes it also took my breath hiking up there, not in the best ..."

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2021

Casa Amate
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