Santa Cruz La Laguna

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Santa Cruz La Laguna which includes landscape views and a city

This traditional Mayan village on Lake Atitlán offers scenic beauty, scuba diving trips and insight into the indigenous way of life.

Take a boat to the small, remote Mayan village of Santa Cruz La Laguna. Walk its traffic-free streets, explore tropical gardens and experience an underwater adventure beneath Lake Atitlán.

Santa Cruz La Laguna has two parts, a waterfront area of hotels and the traditional village situated in the mountains. The only way to access the area is by boat.

Upon arrival, walk up the steep road to the Mayan village that sits high above the lake. Santa Cruz La Laguna may lack such features as cathedrals or museums that distinguish other places, but you will be fascinated by a village that has changed little over the centuries. Stroll along cobblestone streets that take you past adobe houses with corrugated tin roofs. Greet the locals, many of whom will be dressed in traditional costume.

Extend your walking tour by taking the trails through the surrounding countryside or by the lake. Alternatively, go on a steep hike to the village of Chiutzancháj.

Scuba divers have a chance to explore the lake’s underwater world when they visit the dive school at the La Iguana Perdida hotel. There are courses and dive sites suitable for all ability levels, from beginners to experienced divers. Dive among volcanic rock formations and see aquatic life near the active fault line that leaks hot water into the lake. For a few hours’ worth of fun above the surface, rent a kayak and paddle across the lake.

If you are looking for a way to unwind, go to the Los Elementos Day Spa for massage treatments, beauty therapies and yoga sessions on the beach.

The taxi boat that services Santa Cruz La Lugana runs throughout the day from Panajachel and San Pedro. Stay in hotels, villas, beach houses or apartments. Be prepared to extend your stay, because the stunning scenery, tranquil surroundings and simple way of life are irresistible draws.

La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
2 out of 5
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá, Santa Cruz La Laguna
The price is AU$32 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Situated on the waterfront, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 12 miles (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout and Azul ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (41 reviews)
"Every visit here is magical, from the staff to the inviting spaces, I’ve never been more pleased staying away from home that with Iguana!"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2022

La Iguana Perdida - Hostel
Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
2.5 out of 5
El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola
The price is AU$84 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
This Santa Cruz La Laguna hotel 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 and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Had an amazing time. Staff was incredible."

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

Hotel y Cafe La Casa del Mundo
Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is AU$208 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is AU$208 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 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
Lake Front Amazing Views from glass-walled House built into Mountain
Lake Front Amazing Views from glass-walled House built into Mountain
Unnamed Road, Santa Cruz la Laguna,, Guatemala, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola
The price is AU$269 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Situated on the beach, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Azul Maya Archaeological Museum. San Jorge ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Amazing
"All I can say is stay here. Views amazing. People amazing. Property amazing. All I can say. But don’t skip leg day!"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Lake Front Amazing Views from glass-walled House built into Mountain
Casa Wenche
Casa Wenche
3 out of 5
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 12 miles (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout and ...
Casa Wenche
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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