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La Iglesia Parroquial Santiago Apóstol was built in the late 16th century, and features a plaque and statue dedicated to Father Stanley Rother, an American priest who was murdered by a right-wing group in 1981. The main structure consists of large intricately carved altars with numerous niches, each filled with a carved figure of a saint or holy person, many of whom are adorned in traditional Maya clothing.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to know that one of the best ways to tour the countryside around Santiago de Atitlán is on horseback. Longtime residents Jim and Nancy Matison (tel. 502/5811-5516; wildwestgua@yahoo.com) offer a range of rides in the area, including a full-day tour with lunch for Q450 ($60/£30) per person; shorter rides for Q150 ($20/£10) per person per hour, plus Q56 ($7.50/£3.75) per hour for the guide; as well as various treks and hikes.

Dolores Ratzan is a Tz'utujil woman who has dedicated herself to the study of traditional Maya healing and religion. She also conducts wonderful tours to the studios and workshops of local artists and weavers.

If you don't want to swim in the lake, you can use the pool and facilities at Turicentro Tiosh Abaj for Q30 ($4/£2) per day.

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.