On this private vacation, discover the highlights of Guatemala! Experience the Mayan heritage and colonial charm of Antigua, and stunning Lake Atitlan, hemmed in by verdant hills. Go volcano trekking, take boat rides and canopy walks in Guatemala’s famous national parks, explore the mysterious ruins of Tikal, and unearth the quaint charm of Flores as you unwind by the tranquil Lake Peten.
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 Adventure At Pacaya Explore one of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes on this adventurous excursion to San Vicente Pacaya. Right after an early breakfast at your hotel in Antigua, 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 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 and returning to Antigua. (Full Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6.5 hrs, 0830-1500 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Lunch box included; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera. Note: Bilingual English and Spanish guide will accompany you).
Mountain Biking Through Almolonga Valley And Highland Villages Enjoy a day of mountain biking along the picturesque countryside surrounding Antigua on this adventurous excursion. Ride along the spectacular landscape of the Almolonga Valley, before pedalling it over to the beautiful highland villages of Santa Ana, San Juan del Obispo, and San Pedro Las Huertas. Ride over to Guatemala’s former second capital, Ciudad Vieja, which was buried by a mudslide in the 16th century. Visit an experimental, local macadamia farm along the way, before riding back to Antigua. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs, 0900-1300 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate. Note: Expect bike with helmets, bottle of purified water, and a bilingual English and Spanish guide).
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).
Kayaking Down Lake Atitlán Enjoy a wonderful kayaking experience across the imposing Lake Atitlán on this day trip. Discover secret nooks and crannies, hidden coves and verdant lakeside vegetation as you kayak along the calm cerulean waters. Soak in the natural beauty of the surrounding highland landscape. Relax, sit back in your kayak, and just enjoy your ride. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring waterproof sandals or shoes).
Uncover Secrets Of The Guatemalan Highlands Enjoy watching the locals engage in cow and sheep herding as you head towards the highlands of Guatemala. As you journey from Lake Atitlan, you can catch glimpses of quaint towns and the colorful hillsides dotted with vegetables and flowers. The fragrance of incense welcomes you to the busy Chichicastenango market where you can find all kinds of wares at a bargain. Open only twice a week, this delightful market offers visitors a number of items to choose from such as local crafts and textiles. Look around a unique church with its mixed Mayan and Catholic traditions before you head back. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. Lunch is not included).
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).
Exploring Mayan Mysteries At Tikal Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal on this day trip to the national park. After an early breakfast in your hotel, drive off to the fascinating Tikal National Park. Take in your fantastic surroundings of tropical rainforests dense with wildlife and exotic birds, broken by the towering pinnacles of Mayan temples, pyramids and ancient ruins! Enjoy a private guided tour of this spectacular heritage and be prepared to spot a variety of primates and rainbow colored birds. After a long day of sightseeing, relish a delicious lunch at the local eatery, Restaurante El Mesón. Head back to your hotel after lunch. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs, 07:00-14:00; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera or binoculars; trip may start from 05.30 hrs).
Boat Trip To Topoxte And Picnic Lunch At Yaxha Head out early from Flores for Yaxha National Park with your guide. Take a private boat ride to the small island of Topoxte which is thought to be the last habitation of the Mayan civilization in the country. Return to Yaxha and explore this important archaeological site that was once a bustling city. You’ll also have the opportunity to see colorful tropical birds, native spider species, and howler monkeys at this site, which is situated in an ecologically sensitive area. Savor your lunch box in a quiet spot and later, return to your hotel. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Lunch box included; 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)
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 $ 3,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,190 /person
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