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Spanish on the Road - Lake Atitlan - Guatemala

One Week Spanish Study Tour

If you know some of the basics of Spanish, but are not fluent, we'll help you form some simple sentences and practice conversational Spanish and learn new vocabulary in short one hour classes. Then the best place to practice Spanish is outside the classroom around the Lake Atitlan area as well as visits to other highlights in the region. We'll apply the short cuts we know to get you speaking and help you to apply your skills in real life activities.

Study Spanish in Lake AtitlanThis tour includes, but is not limited to: 
Lake Atitlan: Each morning after breakfast we'll focus on 2 hours of Spanish with useful phrases, vocabulary and structure. Then we'll set out to  tour our variety of destinations: A. Santiago Atitlan is one of the most artistic and rich villages on Lake Atitlan.   It is placed on the slopes of two immense dormant volcanoes, Toliman,and Atitlan.  To the West is  volcano San Pedro which looms to the West.  Santiago Atitlan was the main capital of the Mayan Tzutujil and is rich with history. B.  San Juan la Laguna. In San Juan you will have the chance to share a few moments with the women’s weaving cooperative utilizing the traditional methods of dying thread with native plants.   Also experienced will be Medicinal plant nurseries, a museum, and a brief course in traditional fishing methods. C.  Santa Cruz to Tzununá.  We will walk the ancient Mayan trail with spectacular lake views.  The paths run through the Mayan villages starting from Tzununá going through Jaibalito and ending inSanta Cruz la Laguna. D. Chichicastenango Market. , Chichicastenango is a town with an incredible collection of Mayan artefacts and is known as the premier market place in all of Guatemala.   Surrounded by high mountains the village is a showcase for authentic adobe houses.   All locals adhere to the ways of traditional weavings and the women wear superb huipiles with radiant flowers motifs. Many great souvenirs can be found here — from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewelry, etc.  Chichicastenango is to be experienced.   E. San Antonio and Santa Catarina villages.   These two villages are very important in the Textile industry of Lake Atitlan.   These villages offer great souvenirs and are full of history and culture.  Great places to further utilize your improving Spanish.

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OFFERINGS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • 1.    Recommended Level 2 Students and higher (recent study of basic verb conjugations, Ser and Estar); Limited to 4 per group, Minimum 2Inquire re: Level 1 studies in Santa Cruz Spanish School before the trip. 
  • 2.   Prices include: Transportation, Accommodation, Spanish study plus conversational support and daily tours with teacher.
  • 3.    If you'd like to form your own group, have a specific date in mind, or want to go for less than a week, please inquire. We may be able to accommodate your request. If you have a group of all Beginners, we'll also accommodate you.

 

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Reviews

"PEDRO IS A GREAT TOUR GUIDE AND SPANISH TEACHER"

I have known Pedro for several years now. I take Spanish lessons from him by Skype every morning that we are both free at 7:30 AM. It has been great, I now can conduct conversations with the natives and it is great fun. He also has taken two of our groups on tours of lake Atitlan and the local villiages. In March our group of about 14 went on a tour of the Lake Atitlan with him and, although I did not go with them (my ninth trip to the lake), I heard many good comments about the tour. The group liked very much the tour of natural dye weaving and other sites around the lake. They thought Pedro was an outstanding tour guide. If you are coming to Atitlan then you should contact Pedro about the wide range of activities he can arrange for you. James Greenleaf

Rochester, Minnesota Apr 4, 2

“One of the best tour guides in Lake Atitlan Region”

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We did two tours with Pedro as part of a yoga retreat in Guatemala. Pedro is an amazing guide. He knows the area very well, takes you off the beaten path and deeply immerses you in Guatemalan culture. Highly recommend!Shira.

San Francisco, CA Mar 9, 2011

 

trip-guatemalaPedro is amazing!

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Touring the lake Atitlan region with Pedro was one of the highlights of our trip! Pedro is so knowledgeable, genuine, and fun. We had such a wonderful time seeing this beautiful country through his eyes. I would recommend Pedro to anyone going to Guatemala and will definitely contact him if I ever go back! Holly Greenfield

Brooklyn, New York Feb 7, 2011

Pedro is the best!

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I just led a yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan and hired Pedro to take our group on two tours - one day at Santiago (a village on the lake) and one day hiking up El Pico de Cielo (near Solola, another village on the lake). Being with Pedro was one of the highlights of our trip. We would not have had the same experience without him. His English is perfect, his tours are wonderfully organized (efficient and safe), and he is extremely knowledgeable about his country's history, culture, and natural environment. He has created relationships with many of the village residents and took us through private farms and homes - not your typical tourist path. Not only does he seriously know his stuff but he is so much fun to be around - great sense of humor and just a genuinely kind person. I will definitely contact him to arrange plans for my next trip to Guatemala and very highly recommend you do the same!Marisa Bonfanti

Brooklyn, New York Feb 7, 2011

Fantastic guide

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We recently spent 2 days with Pedro. He was a fantastic guide and showed us things we would never had found on our own. We made all of the arrangements from the US via email, wired him a deposit, and he showed up and wowed us with his knowledge of the area, culture, and nature. If you want a great experience at the Lake, Pedro is your man!

Chicago, Illinois Jan 25, 2011

Fun day with outstanding guide

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My husband and I recently took a trip to Lake Atitlan and spent a day with Pedro Juan Solis of Tours Atitlan hiking Volcan San Pedro. Pedro was friendly, knowledgeable about the plants and birds in the area, and very courteous and polite. It was worth doing the hike with Pedro and not just using the park guide that is required to go with all groups, as our park guide did not speak any English and was very much disinterested in doing the hike, so had we not had wonderful Pedro with us we would not have gotten nearly as much information and enjoyment from the hike. Definitely go with Pedro from Tours Atitlan- Adventure Center for your hike up San Pedro!

Boston, Massachusetts Jan 19, 2011

Guatemala is the perfect combination of adventure, culture and nature!

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We just got back from a fantastic trip in Guatemala- the highlight was hikingbiking and kayaking in/around Lake Atitlan with Pedro Solis as our guide. He was the best guide we've ever had, so knowledgeable and friendly, and professional. He really listened to us and responded to our needs, when we wanted more "challenge" he upped the pace, when we wanted "adventure" he took us off the beaten track, when we were content to lolly-gag, he slowed down and taught us about the traditions, culture and nature of the area (he is an avid bird-watcher too). What we really appreciated about him was his work ethic and sense of responsibility to others, including us, his community, and the environment. We had so much fun we want to go back and explore more! We've traveled a lot around the world, but we were so impressed by how much Guatemala has to offer and how genuinely friendly the people were. I will definitely use Tours Atitlan to organize/guide my next trip! Robin Mason

Washington DC, District of Columbia - Jan 7, 2011

Pedro loves Birding

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Pedro is a very knowledgable and articulate guide. He knows the local birds well and has an excellent eye for quickly seeing the details which identify a bird. He is very easy to be with. He shares a genuine love and excitement for birding.

New Harris, California - Jan 6, 2011

 

A fantastic guide and hike

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Pedro is a fantastic tour guide and his hike was the highlight of my time by Lake Atitilan. His English is perfect, he is very knowledgeable and I have already sent three of my friends on his hike- they loved it too.

Melbourne - Jan 3, 201

 

Great tour! Kind and Knowledgeable tour guide!

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Pedro took about 15 of us on an enjoyable cultural tour of several traditional Mayan villages around the lake. He was effecient, knowledgeable and all enjoyed his company. Highly recommended!

One Love, Robert Roskind

 

Great birdwatching

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We had a wonderful time birdwatching with Pedro Solis. We went all around the village of Santa Cruz and saw about 30 different species. Pedro knows where the birds are and identifies them well. He is also a great source of information about the village and about Guatemala in general. He speaks excellent English and has a warm and enhusiastic personality.

Michigan - Dec 16, 201

Amazing tour!!!

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Pedro is a wonderful guide. He does his best to tailor a tour that fits your interest and makes sure not to miss a single opportunity to tell you about the people, the place, the food, and the sights you experience along the way. He was extremely personable and really became more of a friend than a guide. Anything you want to do, Pedro can organize it for you.

Thank you Pedro!

Chicago, Illinois Dec 5, 2010

A wonderful Sunsetwalk!

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We walked with Pedro Juan Solis from Sunta Cruz up the mountain to see a beautiful Sunset. It was fantastic and Pedro is really a good guide, who explained us during the walk several fruits and plants and the live in village. We can highly recommend him and his Tours.

Zuerich, Nov 27, 2010

Hiking the lower Mayan Trail

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We just returned from Lake Atitlan. Pedro was our guide on this wonderful hike. There had been a tremendous amount of rain, therefore the trail was very muddy & the streams were more like small rivers making this hike much more difficult. Pedro not only led us very safely but told us many stories about the area. My husband wanted to practice his Spanish & Pedro very easily switched from Spanish to English as needed. He also speaks French. You can't go wrong using his services for any activity around the lake especially hiking.

Ormond Beach, Florida Sep 6, 201

Hiking the Volcano: San Pedro: Lake Atitlan

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Hiking the Volcano is a must on your visit to Lake Atitlan. Our guide, Pedro Solis, was absolutely amazing! He is an enthusiastic guide. 
Safety for the group was paramount and his language skills and knowledge of Guatemala is impressive. We had a remarkable day thanks to Pedro!

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Great experience with Pedro and his school!

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I was recently in Panajachel, Guatemala. I took two days of Spanish lessons with Pedro, who did more than improve my Spanish! He makes sure that you get to know the culture and the people as well as the language. We went to the nearby Nature Preserve and then to a village overlooking Lake Atitlan. All along the way, we worked on my Spanish and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. I have been to Panajachel a number of times, yet Pedro showed me things that I had not seen before. Pedro is a great teacher and person to be with. He works hard to make the most of your time with him. I would heartily recommend Pedro and his school for anyone wanting to learn not only Spanish but more of the remarkable people and places where it is spoken.

Randall Bogs
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Exciting tour with interessting informations about the area and the nature"

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After my first tour with Pedro from Santa Cruz to San Marcos i decided to make a second tour the day after because it was a unique experience with him. He knows so much about the area, the flowers, the animals... and he improved my spanish as well! Unforgetable was the breakfast at the top of the mountain!

Rheine

Pedro took care of everything, and we had a wonderful vacation!

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I am just returning from a week at Lake Atitlan very grateful for having found Pedro Juan Solis over the internet and for having trusted him to organize our vacation. I went with 2 kids--ages 7 and 9--who are in a bilingual elementary school. We all studied spanish with teachers from Pedro's spanish school in the afternoons for about 3.5 hours/day. Obviously, as I was in a class of my own, I could not really observe my kids' classes, but my teacher was excellent. She listened to me when I told her what I most wanted to learn and she organized my classes accordingly. I believe my spanish improved 100% (although I was starting from a very low level). 

In the mornings, Pedro organized outings for us, and it was wonderful seeing the sights with someone who knows the area so well. We jumped of a boulder into the lake at a spt we would never have found on our own; we went on birdwatching hikes that we customized for kids, so they were not nearly as slow, but we still saw 15 different species of birds in 2 hours time; we kayaked early in the morning for about 90 minutes to a restaurant with the most beautiful view imaginable (more than 350 steps up a bluff) and with great food, to boot. We visited towns and pedro explained a lot about the Mayan culture as we walked along. He used spanish and english, so we really got a second spanish lesson, as well. He taught the kids spanish songs as we kayaked. The kids loved him! I highly recommend working with Pedro to anyone planning a visit to lake Atitlan!


Brennan Van
Washington D.C., District of Columbia

Lago de Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places on the Planet

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Aldous Huxley made that pronouncement but I concur. Having Pedro Solis of Adventure Atitlan as your guide is guaranteed to maximize your enjoyment of this magical place. From arranging transportation to Atitlan, lodging on the lake, to hiking or boating, swimming in hot springs, going to local markets- Pedro takes care of it. He is trustworthy and honest, fluent in English, Spanish and the local languages spoken around the lake. Relax and take in the experiences- Adventure Atitlan will handle the logistics and details...

Zellmake  
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Great guide/translator

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APedro, the owner of Adventure Atitlan, is an amazing, friendly, professional tranlator and guide. He speaks the local language, which was great help to me for my documentary film on shamanism. Highly recomended!!!

Kristopher,  Toronto

 

Tour and Spanish lessons/Pedro Juan Solis

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AMy wife and I visited Lake Atitlan in Nov/Dec 2009 and each day we had Spanish lessons and tours arranged by Pedro. My wife felt that her Spanish teacher was the best she has had. I had my Spanish lesson with Pedro, and found him very knowledgeable and accommodating for whatever focus I desired. Each afternoon he arranged tours which were all excellent. He is from that area, knows the people and traditions and has plenty of excellent advice. If we return we would be sure to make contact with Pedro once again.

Saskatoon
8 jul 2010