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Free tour Santiago Atitlán, Culture and Mayan Worldview

Duration: 2h
Languages: Spanish
Guru: Pedro
Registered on June 07, 2023

Hello, I am a tourist guide certified by the Ministry of Tourism in Guatemala with card No. 2581. Through tourism I want to make known the Mayan culture of the native peoples and the nature of my beautiful Guatemala. The tours I develop aim to create transformative tourist experiences that activate deep connections between visitors and the host community.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Santiago Atitlán (Aj Tz'ikin Jaay) is the historical capital of the Tz'utujil people that has a valuable living Mayan culture, an artistic and artisanal cultural heritage that provides a unique experience to its visitors, reminding them of the ancestral times of the territory.

Places to visit:

  • Atitlán Painting Workshop

Expression of local painting combined with religious syncretism, where different painting techniques are displayed such as bird's eye view, ant view, perspectives and pointillism

  • Paseo los Tocoyales (crafts market)

It is the main street of Santiago Atitlán, which connects the lake entrance to the municipality from the Chi'nim Ya' Public Beach to the center of the town. Along this street there are countless craft stores, mainly selling traditional paintings, wooden sculptures, costume jewelry, traditional textiles, and a variety of items made by local artisans.

  • Brotherhood of the Holy Cross and Rilaj Maam (Maximon)

This brotherhood is very important to understand the religious syncretism that combines Mayan spirituality with the Catholic Christian faith. It is visited mainly to see the image of Rilaj Maam or Maximón which is venerated since according to Mayan tradition he performs favors for his believers.

  • Market (Friday and Sunday)

Place where you will see how they sell and buy local Mayan clothing products, fruits, vegetables, flowers, local crafts and among others, expression of the work of the artisans

  • Central Park

In the center of the park you can see the relief map of Lake Atitlán in the shape of a tocoyal, around there are some murals painted by local artists that reveal characteristic aspects of the town such as the quetzal and the cacho turkey, as birds that live in its forests, as well as the Mayan clothing of the Tz'utujiles.

  • Santiago Apóstol Church and Convent

The Catholic temple was built on top of a Mayan altar of the Tz'utujiles, currently the temple has ancient altarpieces carved in wood, which together with the colors of the clothing of the images of the colonial era and the practice of religious syncretism that are carried out inside the temple highlight its greatest attraction. The main altar is known as the “mountain tree”, it embodies the culture of the town combined with the Catholic Christian faith.

Come and let's explore Santiago Atitlán with its Mayan culture and worldview!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    JQVC+22G, Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
    JQVC+22G, Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
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    I will be in front of the large letters that say Yo Amo Atitlán which is located on the Chim Yaa' public beach (near the main pier) and I will be identified with my tourist guide card.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Taller de Pintura Atitlán
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Paseo los Tocoyales
  • 3
    Entrance not included
    Maximon 2023-2024
  • 4
    Free admission
    Mercado Municipal
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Parque Central de Santiago Atitlán
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Iglesia Santiago Apostol

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Sarah 30 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Pedro took us on a lively and interesting walk through Santiago de Atitlan. We lucked out being there on Good Friday of Holy Week. Pedro’s explanations and commentary was colorful, fun and easy to understand. Highly recommend!
Julius 15 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Muy bien! He visto todos los lugares importantes de Santiago y la guia ha explicado todo muy bien.
María 17 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
El guía conoce mucho de historia, mientras lo narraba me iba divirtiendo al mismo tiempo, los lugares que visité fueron muy bonitos, me gustó que se respetó el itinerario acorde al tiempo estipulado, definitivamente volvería a tomar el tour si se me presentase la oportunidad.👌
Nicolasa 16 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Fue un buen tour aprendí sobre la cultura maya de Santiago Atitlán, me gustó mucho el mirador donde se aprecia el Lago de Atitlán y los volcanes, también vimos a las mujeres que estaban lavando sus vestimentas en la orilla del lago, algo que me fascinó porque mantienen aún si práctica cultural, el guía que nos dio el tour tiene mucha información y conoce bien el área.
María 16 Oct 2023
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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Fue un excelente tour siendo del área desconocía toda la informacion brindada por el guía, me gustó la parte de la imagineria colonial y la práctica del sincretismo religioso, recomiendo el tour para conocer la cultura maya de Santiago Atitlán.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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