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Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

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Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

We have a private boat booked to take us to three villages on Thursday, arranged through our hotel. A guide is not included. Should we hire one? If so, how? And which three villages should we choose?

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1. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

Where are you staying? My choices would include San Juan and Santiago. I would hire a local guide at the dock in Santiago to take you to see Maximón and the special room in the Catholic church where Stanley Rother was murdered - it's been set up as a small museum. You could contact Lee Beal about a guide.

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2. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

We are staying at Hotel Atitlan. Thank you for the suggestions.

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3. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

And they suggest we depart at 7:30am. How long would we need to see three villages?

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4. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

It depends how much you actually want to see. If you want to just get off the boat and wander around the dock/touristy area, half an hour per village would be enough. If you want to visit the places in Santiago I suggest, take in a demonstration at a women's weaving cooperative in San Juan, enjoy a few local markets, hike between villages, and enjoy a traditional lunch somewhere, it will be a full day even starting at 7:30. It's your call, but do try to get up away from the dock areas and away from the main tourist streets wherever you go.

Your hotel might be able to suggest someone to guide you if you decide not to contact Lee Beal. If you don't choose a guide, I'd research ahead so you know which villages you want to visit and what (and how) to accomplish that.

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5. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

I ended up booking through Lee--thanks so much. Decided to postpone the tour to Friday to allow us more time at the absolutely magical Hotel Atitlan. Wow!!

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6. Re: Guide needed for tour of Lake Atitlan villages?

Excellent - enjoy!

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