IMAP’s educational center is located in the community of Pachitulul, on the south edge of Lake Atitlán between San Lucas Tolimán and Santiago Atitlán.

You can get here by going to Panajachel and then taking a boat to Santiago and a pickup to IMAP. Alternatively, we’d also be happy to book you a taxi that can bring you directly here from Guatemala City or Antigua for $100.

How to get to IMAP in 4 easy steps

on the water1) Take a shuttle from the airport to Panajachel (3 hours, $25). Atitrans has 3 daily shuttles, but there are other companies out there. Just make sure to leave before noon in order to secure a spot and get here in good time.

2) From Panajachel you’ll take a public boat (“lancha”) to Santiago (40 minutes, Q25 – have exact change ready). There is no direct boat to San Lucas Tolimán.  The last boat for Santiago leaves from Panajachel between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

3) When you arrive in Santiago, walk up the hill and when you see a restaurant called El Pescador on the corner, go left to the end of the street. Here you can catch a pickup to IMAP / Pachitulul (20 minutes, Q5).

4) You will see a sign on your left-hand side after you pass the small town of Cerro de Oro that says IMAP / Pachitulul. Get off here. Walk 1 km down the path by the sign. IMAP will be on your left-hand side, across from the lakeshore.


If you have a lot of luggage, stay on the pickup and get off at San Lucas Toliman (10 minutes from IMAP), and catch a tuk tuk to IMAP / Pachitulul (Q10).

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