Explore active volcanoes, tranquil volcanic lakes and verdant forests at your own pace on this Guatemala vacation. Soak in the thermal pools at the breathtaking Pacaya volcano near Antigua, discover local artistic communities, coffee plantations and cloud forests near Lake Atitlan, and enjoy a bird’s eye view on a canopy walk through protected reserves near Flores. Scenic Mayan ruins, vibrant Mayan and colonial heritage towns, and the laid-back Guatemalan vibe add to your trip!
Antigua is the perfect city to travel back in time while staying grounded in the present! Sounds contradictory? That’s Antigua for you!
Treasures Of Antigua Walking Tour Explore the historic ruins and period architecture of the distinctive Guatemalan city of Antigua on this day tour. Discover the many Spanish colonial churches that Antigua is home to. Amble along the old city’s paved streets and alleyways, peeking into stories and legends from bygone ages. Visit the La Merced Church and the Central Park, before stopping by to explore Antigua’s Main Cathedral and its ruins. Drop by the San Francisco El Grande Church, as well as the Convent Capuchinas on this leisurely tour of the city’s old churches and chapels. Spice up your day with a little trip to a local crafts market, admiring the various handcrafted artefacts on display and interacting with local artisans. Wrap up your city tour on a sweet note by dropping into the Chocolate Museum (yes, such a place does exist on this planet!). (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Volcano Hikes And Thermal Pools At Pacaya And Santa Teresita Explore one of Guatemala’s active volcanoes on this adventurous excursion to San Vicente Pacaya. Right after an early breakfast at your hotel, take an hour’s ride to reach the magnificent Pacaya volcano. From the foothills, enjoy a relatively easy hike of approximately two hours up to the cone on top, passing by breathtaking views of the volcanic landscape all around you. It is also possible to rent a horse from the park entrance for the ascent. Enjoy your hike through the highland pine forests, noting exciting elements like volcanic ash and lava formations, before reaching the top. Admire the splendid panoramic vistas of the volcanic chain before you and the forested valleys below, stretching out all the way to El Salvador and the Pacific coast. Rest a while among your spectacular surroundings and enjoy a packed lunch, before hiking down to the foothills. Enjoy an indulgent afternoon by taking refreshing dips into the thermal pools at Santa Teresita Hotel & Spa. Take your ride back to Antigua. (Full Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7.5 hrs, 0830-1600 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch box included; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera or swimsuit).
Lake Atitlan, or Lago de Atitlán, impresses most travelers with its scenic beauty. This city offers lovely views of a volcanic lake hemmed in by velvety green volcanic hills.
Village Tour And Boat Ride On Lake Atitlán Spend a refreshing day boating on Lake Atitlán and visiting some sites to get to know local cultures and lifestyles a little better. After breakfast at your hotel, set out for a leisurely boat ride of about half an hour across Lake Atitlán. Ride out to the village of San Juan La Laguna to visit a women’s textile cooperative. Watch how colorful fabrics are hand woven and dyed naturally before the traditional handloom is ready for the market. Learn about the local artistic community when you drop by the studio homes of the region’s famous naïf painters. A Mayan encounter awaits you at the town of Santiago, where you learn about the age-old culture and tradition of the T’zutujil Maya. Get to know more about the traditional handicrafts, ancient belief system and spiritualism of the local community, before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and a wind-breaker).
Hiking At San Pedro Volcano National Park Explore the fascinating volcanic hill of San Pedro on this adventurous day trip. Right after an early breakfast at your hotel, set off for the San Pedro Volcano National Park with your local guide. Take a boat ride to the San Pedro La Laguna village, and onwards to the San Pedro Volcano National Park that is tucked at the southern end of the highland village. Look out for beautiful coffee and corn plantations along the way. Also pass by the region’s cloud forest, the last natural habitat of the endangered Horned Guan. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of them during your trek. Admire the panoramic view as you reach the top of the crater. The area is lush with tropical vegetation. Rest awhile, as you sit down to enjoy a delicious packed luncheon spread. Climb down the volcanic hill and return to your hotel. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs, 0700-1500 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch box included; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera).
Flores is one of the oldest inhabited towns in the Americas. The original island town of Nojpetén was built in the 13th century by the Mayan Itza on Lake Peten Itza (or Lago de Petén Itzá).
Exploratory Tour And Lunch At Yaxha National Park Soak in the warmth of the early morning sun as you head from Flores for the archaeological site at Yaxha National Park. Learn about this lesser visited ecologically important site from your private guide. Catch glimpses of different species of tropical birds and monkeys as you wander across the ruins nestled in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Take a break from exploring the ancient city while you lunch at El Sombrero Lodge which sits on the banks of the serene Lake Yaxha. Bring an interesting day of discovery to an end by heading on to Tikal National Park. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy).
Canopy Tour Or Skywalk At Ixpanpajul Nature Park Head out of your hotel in Flores for a rainforest adventure at the Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Zoom across the treetops on a sturdy zipline as you take enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beauty of the flora and fauna at this protected forest. Have fun traversing across nine platforms connected with a safe and secure cable system. Saunter along the skywalk if you would rather not swing across the jungle as you enjoy the stunning vistas all around. Walk across spectacular suspension bridges and winding paths surrounded by the dense jungle with its many birds and abundant vegetation. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy)
Close to Flores, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park (or Parque Nacional Tikal) with its rich treasure trove of Mayan archeological ruins.
Sunrise Visit To Tikal National Park Set off for Temple IV with your local guide early in the morning to watch the sun rise over these architectural marvels. As you walk on, you will spot many tropical birds, and animals such as spiders and howler monkeys. Enjoy a boxed breakfast before your guide takes you on a discovery of the magnificent temples. Awaken your adventurous spirit and take off on your own exploration of these marvelous structures. You will be dropped off at your hotel or at Flores, once you are done exploring to your heart’s content. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Breakfast box included; Fitness Level: Easy)
Lose yourself in the effervescent buzz of Guatemala City, or Guate as the locals call it. This Central American capital city is split into multiple zones that are so different from each other that they may as well be separate towns!
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,390 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,090 /person
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