Welcome to Sololá

The sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market), north of the central plaza, is the stage for the twice-weekly market, held Tuesday and Friday, when the building and vicinity are ablaze with the colorful costumes of people from surrounding villages and towns. Displays of meat, vegetables, fruit, homewares and clothing are neatly arranged in every available space, with tides of buyers ebbing and flowing around the vendors. Elaborate stands are stocked with brightly colored yarn used to make the traditional costumes you see around you.

Sunday mornings the officers of the traditional cofradías (religious brotherhoods) parade ceremoniously to the cathedral.

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$107.79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Solola Market, Panajachel and Mayan Villages Tour from Antigua

The day begins in Antigua with an early pick up at 8:00am to start your adventure. Driving along the Pan American Highway so the ride is smooth, although full of mountain curves you will pass through the old growth forest around Tecpan. As you're near the Lake Atitlan caldera, leave the highway, and descend 3,500 feet over 10 miles to one of the most beautiful caldera lakes in the world.Arriving at the Solola indigenous market at 10:00am, your local guide will meet you to start your guided tour.The Solola market happens everyday, so this is a perfect alternative to the Chichicastenango market which is only 2 days per week. Very few tourists visit this market, so do not be surprised if you seem to be the only tourist in the market. The locals are a bit shy and not used to seeing tourists, but they are friendly and curious. The handicrafts are more authentic and have not been modified for the tourists. Sorry, but you will not find refrigerator magnets or laptop covers for sale here!! You decide how much time you want to spend at the market, and how much time you want for the remaining destinations.Your guide will help you choose an appropriate restaurant for lunch (not included). Our guide likes the local taco stand that is popular with students. Or if you prefer a scenic setting, we will suggest a restaurant. While you are enjoying lunch, discuss your options and choose how you want to spend the reminding time.You can take a side trip to the mountain farming community Conception. Enjoy the isolated tranquility and fresh mountain air while exploring the pristine Catholic church constructed in 1612. The road to Conception was only paved 10 years ago, but the village seems untouched by the modern world. The drive is along ancient roadways that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world. Next continue further down into the volcanic caldera to Panajachel, the gateway to Lake Atitlan. The streets are lined with handicraft vendors and cafes. Stroll the famous Santander and enjoy the vibe of "Gringo-tenango". Spend your time shopping or enjoying the lake views from the malecon (lakeshore pedistran walk). Another option is to visit the Sacred Caves a bit above Panajachel. Take a moderate hike in the mountains to see the caves, and learn why the locals make offering at the alters inside the caves. It is very likely you will witness a Mayan shaman performing the Fire Ceremony for a local family. With the help of your guide, you can make you own offering if you like. No matter which activity you choose, the day will be fun and interesting. Meet back at the shuttle at 4:00pm and say good bye to your guide and to Lake Atitlan. Rest and relax during the 2-hour drive back to Antigua.

$91.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Atitlan: Upper Mayan Trail from Antigua or Panajachel

The day begins in Antigua or Panajachel with a 2-hour plus drive to Lake Atitlan. Exit the shuttle and meet your local bi-lingual guide. Together you will jump on a boat for an exciting ride along the north shore of Lake Atitlan. This will be your first contact with the local Cakchiquel and Tzutujil Mayan that are indigenous to this area. The locals are friendly, and will engage you in conversation if you wish.Exit the boat in Santa Cruz la Laguna and the start of your 3-4 -hour hike begins here. Visit the isolated village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and then head high into the mountains. The trail gains altitude quickly, and you are a thousand feet above the lake in less than a hour. You hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries. You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter.This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world. Our hike takes us 2,500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery. It is a difficult walk/climb, but is not overly challenging for those in good health. The hike is approximately 3 hours through magnificent scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or eat in a local restaurant (own expense). You walk though a remote Mayan village high in the mountains where we find the road. There we take a shared van which will pick us up for the last few miles into Solola. Here we will visit the second largest market in Guatemala, then return via chicken bus or pickup into Panajachel. The shuttle back to Antigua departs at 4:00pm, so you may have a bit of time to explore Panajachel. This is a very full day and only advisable if you are in good health and excellent shape.

$72.50 Tours & Sightseeing

Lake Atitlan and Authentic Market of Solola Tour with Lunch

In this tour, you will see different panoramic views of Lake Atitlan. You will be picked up from your hotel in Panajachel by a professional driver and will be taken to Solola.Before arriving at the market, you will stop along the way to admire Lake Atitlan's geysers. You will then head to the market to experience an authentic exchange of products from one seller to another, the locals bring theie own harvest to the market.You will also meet a local women's group and will be able to enjoy their craft abilities. Afterwards, you will stop at San Jorge for a typical lunch. After lunch you will be driven back to your hotel in Panajachel.

$130 Outdoor Activities

Kayaking and Jump in Cerro Tzankujil San Marcos La Laguna Lake Atitlán

6:30 AM  Pick up from the hotel in Guatemala City7:30 AM Pick up from the hotel in Antigua GuatemalaTransfer to Sololá. A boat trip shared with local people to the Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna, a town characterized by its famous for being a place where the inhabitants recycle the garbage and with it they build houses. Panoramic tour of shores of the lake and by paths of the town. At the end transfer to the village of Panajachel where you will have lunch time (not included). Transfer to the Colonial City of Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City. 17:30 PM Drop off in the Hotel in Antigua Guatemala 18:00 PM Drop off in the Hotel in Guatemala City