Finca Xetuc is located on the shore of beautiful Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, about seven kilometers outside of the village of Santiago Atitlán.  Here you will find the best guided horseback rides, hikes and treks, cuisine, and lodging in the area.


Horseback rides

“The most elegant horseback riding experience in all of Central America ... perhaps the world.”

Revue Magazine

“The best horseback riding I’ve done in twenty years.”

--Julie Malmstead (Passport to Adventure Discovery Channel)

Hikes & treks

"Guatemala has found a new jewel. Its many facets are an unbelievably beautiful natural setting on the bay of Lake Atitlán Exquisitely prepared gourmet food, well-behaved horses, and the love and attention of Jim and Nancy."
-- Paul B. Vanderwood, historian; San Diego State University



“Today’s horseback riding trip through the cloud forest has been the highlight of our visit to Guatemala. Lunch was great, from the chateaubriand with homegrown veggies to homemade breads, a first-class presentation with first-class hosts”
-Laura Konechne - Sacramento, California





If you'd like to stay overnight--or even for several days between adventures--you'll find Finca Xetuc's accommodations to be spacious, comfortable, and unique.  The master suite is located on the main floor and consists of a library and mini-museum, a full private bathroom (shower), and a spacious bedroom with its own fireplace.

If you are interested in something even MORE private, book our subterranean Caveroom, which was originally developed as a large safe room during the war. It adds another dimension to the tranquility and silence of the surrounding forest. 

In either case, you'll have ready access to our comfortable reading room and library, complete with free WiFi.



Santiago Atitlán


... is located on Lago de Atitlán, which has an elevation of 5,105 feet (1,556 m). The town sits on a bay of Lago Atitlan between two volcanos. Volcan San Pedro  is west of town; Volcan Toliman rises to the southeast. Volcan Atitlán, with a summit of 3,516 metres (11,535 ft), is south-southeast of town.  Santiago Atitlán is southwest of Panajachel across the lake. Major highways reach Lago Atitlán at San Lucas Toliman and Panajachel. A road links Santiago to San Lucas Tolliman. Boats connect the numerous communities around Lago Atitlan.

The majority of the residents are indigenous Mayans. It was the capital of the Tz'utujil people in pre-Columbian times.


Semana Santa (Easter) Photo by Lynn Dickey

Semana Santa (Easter) Photo by Lynn Dickey

Photo by Lynn Dickey

Photo by Lynn Dickey

Fhoto by Lynn Dickey

Fhoto by Lynn Dickey

Photo by Edward Reed

Photo by Edward Reed

Guatemala may be the brightest jewel in Central America's crown.


The Republic of Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast.