Places of interest
Apart from the activities in Centro Pavarotti, we offer different activities in and around San Lucas in cooperation with other associations to improve the economic situation of the people in San Lucas and to fairly share the earnings of tourism.
Centro Pavarotti and the fishermen of San Lucas have invented a tour for visitors. The tour takes 2 hours and starts with an explanation about the organization, the way and how to fish, the different kind of fish, problems of the lake and the daily working day of a fisherman. After this theoretical explanation a tourist and a fisherman board a “cayuco” (traditional fishing boat) and the fisherman teaches the tourist how to handle a “cayuco”. In a relaxed atmosphere you make a tour through Lake Atitlan. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a swim in the marvelous Lake Atitlan.
The fishermen´s organization consists of 68 fishermen. The distribution of the land at the shores of the lake, the sustainability, the cleaning of the lake and the control of waste and naturally the task of providing the population with fish is managed by this organization.
Price: Q. 150
The majority of Guatemalan towns has a Cofradía, which is an organization to promote the faith of the catholic saints. Cofradías were introduced during the colonial time by the Conquistadores. In the history, the function of the different Cofradías has changed a lot and it has produced a lot of different customs with Mayan and catholic roots. En San Lucas the Cofradía is part of the cultural life with different customs and traditional celebrations taking place during the whole year. It has a big importance for social life for the town. The Cofradía of San Lucas is not so well known by the tourists as in other towns.
Price: Q. 12
You can climb the volcanoes Tolimán (3158 m) and Atitlán (3537 m) from San Lucas. Two guides from San Andrés have big experience for this area and they make sure that you can climb to the top of the volcano safely.
You can climb the volcanoes Tolimán (3158 m) and Atitlán (3537 m) from San Lucas. Two guides from San Andrés have in depth knowledge and experience of this area and will make sure that you can climb to the top of the volcano safely.
The volcano Tolimán has a beautiful flora and fauna, incredible trails, marvelous views of Lake Atitlán and the towns around the Lake. You can even see the Guatemalan Pacific coast. The volcano Atitlán is the highest of the three volcanoes located around the Lake. Because of this you have an incredible view of the Pacific coast, the plateau, the towns around the Lake and the Guatemalan volcanic chain. But there is much more to explore like the sunrise, the sunset and incredible starry nights.
The volcano has an awesome caldera, cloud forests and above all a lot of emotions during the climb. You can climb Tolimán and Atitlán in one day, but it is also possible to camp for a night at the volcano. The volcano Atitlan gives a lot of emotions and beauty for tourists. To climb it, is an unforgettable experience.
Price: on request
Cerro de Oro (Gold Hill)
This hill is located in the slopes of volcano Tolimán, about 15 minutes from San Lucas. It is easy to identify the hill, because of its form of an sleeping elephant. Together with the organizations FEDEPMA (federación de los pueblosmaya) and AMO (asociación de maya de oro), we offer different routes to Cerro de Oro.
From the Maya hieroglyphs, the giant Mayan ceremonial stone, big and mysterious caves, a magnificent view all over the lake, a variety of plants, to the traditional legends of the hill, this route offers many tourist attractions.
Price: Q. 70
Parque ecológico Ikitiw (Ecological Park Iquitiw)
Iquitiw (place of permanent cold) is a hill with cloud forests and a protected area. The hill is part of the municipality of San Lucas and it is a unique place in this region, because of its trees, which are more than 1500 years old. There is a big diversity of flora and fauna. The protected area has an extension of 208 hectares and can be visited by tourists and Guatemalans. There are tours with guides. The attractions are the gazebos with views at Lake Atitlán and the Pacific coast, trails to the summit, visits of the ceremonial and spiritual centers, tours to the headwaters of rivers and visits of the Madre Vieja River with its attractive flora and fauna. You can also make a nightly visit.
The municipality is developing in cooperation with the NGO Vivamos Mejor and the Foundation GuillermoToriello a comprehensive tourism project to promote and disseminate the valuation of conservation elements, especially the cultural and ecological heritage.
Price: Q. 90
Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP)
This route is about permaculture and how we can manage to live in a permanent way. The importance to find alternatives for cultivating plants and fruits and to think and organize your own live is really big. In the permaculture institute you can find different forms, which show ways how to live without damaging environment and ourselves. The permaculture institute tries to reach its purposes with compost toilets, herb spirals, energy-saving ways of cooking, seed banks, living seedlings, retaining walls, a diversified garden, a butterfly house, the milpa system, local cooperations and the Mayan Cosmovision.
The Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (IMAP) was founded in 2000 and it is located in Pachitulul, a colony about 5 minutes from San Lucas. IMAP is an education center about the idea of permaculture. You can participate in workshops that last from one hour to all day long.
Price per person (3 hours): Q. 85
Medicinal Plant Garden
The garden is located in San Lucas Toliman in the Colony Espencer, about 10 minutes in TukTuk from Centro Pavarotti. In 1990 Victor Chajil Ajcalón started planting plants for medicinal use. He maintains the garden with the support of the Parroquia and an assistant. Victor wants to use the healing powers of the plants for communities and to provide an alternative to chemical medicine.
For visitors Victor explains the use of plants for curing different diseases. There is also the opportunity to buy plants and herbs.