La Azotea Coffee Farm and Antigua City Tour
Enjoy a day at a local coffee plantation, followed by a tour of the city of Antigua replete with rich cultural heritage. Right after an early breakfast at your hotel, set off for the La Azotea Coffee Farm on the city’s outskirts. A guided tour of the plantation will put you up to speed with the journey of your favorite steaming beverage from the humble bean to a fragrant cup. Don’t pass up on the chance to browse through the plantation’s coffee museum, as well as the fascinating museum of Mayan music. Walk through the halls displaying that great civilization’s cultural and artistic tenets with its pan flutes, costumes, naïf paintings and various ancient as well as living artefacts. In case you’re enamored of Mayan culture, there’s also a textiles and customs museum at the estate. To get to know the local living culture better, you could take a tour of the villages around Antigua Guatemala, exploring the ruins, admiring the spectacular landscape, and interacting with the villagers. Now for a short tour of Guatemala’s colonial history, visit San Juan El Obispo, which was founded by the first Archbishop of Guatemala, followed by San Pedro Las Huertas. Stop by Guatemala’s former second capital, Ciudad Vieja, which was buried by a mudslide in the 16th century. Come back to the present, with a visit to an experimental Organic Macadamia Farm and the women’s cooperative, Santiago Zamora. The trip to Santiago Zamora comes with various activities and demonstrations of the organisation’s work, such as textile weaving, coffee brewing and dancing to the local music. End your day with a scrumptious local luncheon spread prepared lovingly by the women of Santiago Zamora. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6.5 hrs, 0830-1500 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy).
Birding at Cloud Forests near Antigua
Enjoy a perfect day among the spectacular forested landscapes near Antigua, in the company of rainbow-hued birds and butterflies. Leave your hotel early in the morning for a less than half hour ride to San Cristóbal el Alto. Discover panoramic views of Antigua and its surrounding countryside from your vantage point, perfect for taking photographs. Relish a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant, overlooking the volcanic hills beyond, before heading off to Finca El Pilar. Barely ten minutes away from Antigua’s city center, this beautiful forested location is perfect for spotting butterflies and birds. Follow the bird watching trails on this day trip, among a myriad others that head off to other mountain forests, cloud forests, and coffee plantations. Hike through the coffee, pine and oak trees to reach the hummingbird feeder zone, where you get to spot a variety of these beautiful species as they come to feed. (Half Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 5 hrs, 0700-1200 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Breakfast; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera).
Cook Off with Guatemala’s Master Chefs
Learn the secrets about some of Guatemala’s typical dishes at this fascinating cooking class. Drive over to the master cooking class at Jocotenango, which is barely a ten minute drive away from Antigua. Make the most of this rare opportunity to interact and learn from the area’s local chefs, as you assist in cooking up a delicious meal with fresh vegetables, meats and tortillas. Sip on fine wine as you work with the chef on the desserts, help stir the pot of stew, or roll out the perfect tortilla. Enjoy the sumptuous spread that you helped prepare, all laid out in the region’s traditional clay pots, in the company of your gracious host. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 2.5 hrs, 1000-1230 or 1600-1830 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch or Dinner; Fitness Level: Easy. Note: Bilingual English and Spanish guide will be present).