San Pedro is a laid-back lakeside town, with most visitors opting to spend the day at a cafe or restaurant. However, if you want to get active, there are plenty of options. To set up any sort of organized tour, head to Atitlan Adventures (tel. 502/4130-5205; www.lakeatitlanadventure.com), Big Foot Tourist Info Center (tel. 502/7721-8203), or Casa Verde Tours (tel. 502/5837-9092; www.casaverdetours.com). If you happen to be here on June 29, take part in the feast day of San Pedro, when the town pulls out all the stops with a major street fair, bullfights, carnival rides, and live music and dancing.
Canoeing & Kayaking
You can rent canoes and kayaks from several operators in town. Just head down to either one of the main docks. Rates run around Q10 ($1.35/70p) per hour and Q30 to Q40 ($4-$5.35/£2-£2.65) per day. If you're in good shape, you can paddle to one of the nearby towns or villages. Be careful of the regular boat taxis, and try to avoid spending too much time near the busy dock areas. Also, remember that the winds and chop tend to kick up in the afternoons.
At 3,020m (9,905 ft.), Volcán San Pedro towers over and behind the town. The trail is generally wide and well maintained, and the round-trip hike should take between 5 and 6 hours. Tour desks all over town offer guided hikes to the summit for around Q40 to Q115 ($5-$15/£2.50-£7.50) per person. Other hikes around San Pedro head to Cerro de la Cruz, a beautiful hilltop with great views, and to La Nariz del Indio (Indian's Nose), another lookout spot that allegedly looks like a Maya profile from afar.
Be Careful -- The beautiful countryside and volcanic peaks around Lake Atitlán are quite enticing to climbers and hikers. However, due to the current security situation, poverty, and a history of violence, it's often not safe for tourists to be on isolated trails or back roads. It's best to sign up for a guided tour if you want to scale a volcano or hike to one of the nearby villages or lookouts.
Horseback Riding & Mountain Biking
Horseback and mountain bike tours can be set up by any hotel tour desk or in-town tour agency. You'll also find horses for rent near the Santiago dock. If you want to rent a bike on your own, check in with Bici Amistad, 4a Calle 3-08, Zona 2 (tel. 502/7721-8032).
A Soak and a Sauna
If you have sore muscles from hiking to the summit of Volcán San Pedro or horseback riding around the shores, book yourself a tub and sauna at Los Thermales (tel. 502/5897-5319). Solar-heated water is used to fill several large hot tubs. They also have a wood-fired sauna. Open daily 8:30am to midnight. Rates run around Q25 ($3.35/£1.65) per person.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.