In Guatemala’s best-known cities, uncover hidden gems and special experiences! Make your way from vibrant Antigua to tranquil Lake Atitlan, colonial Flores and buzzing Guatemala city. On your itinerary are visits to verdant cloud forests where you will go birding with experts, Mayan encounters and mysterious ruins, and culinary adventures with master chefs, all tempered with some of the world’s best coffee!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4AntiguaColonial Heritage and Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations, Mayan CommunitiesPalacio de Doña Leonor, El Convento Boutique Hotel
4 - 7Lake AtitlanScenic Beauty, Volcanic Peaks and Lake, Hiking and TrekkingHotel Atitlan, Casa Palopo
7 - 8Guatemala CitySpanish Colonial Architecture, Buzzing Creative Scene, Shopping and NightlifeRadisson Hotel and Suites Guatemala City, Hilton Guatemala City
8 - 11FloresAncient Mayan History, Lake Peten Itza, Colonial HeritageVilla Maya, Las Lagunas Boutique
11 - 11Guatemala CitySpanish Colonial Architecture, Buzzing Creative Scene, Shopping and Nightlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

Drive from Guatemala City to Antigua with a Guide (48 km, 1 - 1.5 hrs)

Antigua

3 Days

Antigua is the perfect city to travel back in time while staying grounded in the present! Sounds contradictory? That’s Antigua for you!

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomJunior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 7

Drive from Antigua to Lake Atitlan with a Guide (100 km, 2 - 3 hrs)

Lake Atitlan

3 Days

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.

Included Activities

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).

Mayan Encounters at San Marcos La Laguna
Explore ancient Mayan customs and traditions on this unusual day trip to San Marcos La Laguna, accompanied by your local guide. Be part of a sacred fire cleansing and protection ceremony at San Marcos, conducted by the resident community. Soak yourself in the mystic experience. Interact with the local highland villagers to understand more about their deeply spiritual practices, such as many of the age-old Mayan customs and long pilgrimages to holy sites. Discover the mysteries of the magnificent Mayan calendars with their accurate readings of the cosmos down the millennia. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking 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).

Hotel Options
Hotel Atitlan – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Casa Palopo – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Pool View
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 8

Drive from Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City with a Guide (124km, 3.5 hrs)

Guatemala City

1 Day

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!

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomMaster Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 8 - 11

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Guatemala City to Flores

Transfer to your Hotel with a Guide

Flores

3 Days

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).

Included Activities

Enjoy A Picnic Lunch at Tikal National Park from Flores
Get off to an early start from Flores on this exciting trip to Tikal National Park. Enjoy the guided tour with your local expert as you learn more about this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the various magnificent temples that rise through the jungle canopy. Keep an eye out for the tropical animals and birds that can be seen in their natural habitat. Relish a sumptuous picnic lunch in the shadows of these ancient temples. Afterward you are free to explore the ruins at your own pace. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; 07:00-14:00; Private Activity & Transfers; Picnic lunch included; Fitness Level: Easy; The earliest pickup time is 0530 hrs. Please let us know if you would like to advance your pickup time.)

Birdwatching Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park
Embark on a birdwatching tour in Yaxha National Park, an important archaeological site. Pay attention to your personal birding guide who will point out unusual species of birds that inhabit this rich biosphere reserve. Watch out for hummingbirds, white bellied wrens, orange breasted falcons, and crested eagles to name a few. During migration season, you will have the opportunity to marvel at a stunning tropical paradise where warblers, tanagers, and other birds that gather here. Take some time to explore the ruins of an ancient city. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Villa Maya – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomWaterfront Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
Day 11 - 11

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Flores to Guatemala City

Guatemala City

0 Days

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!

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,615 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,685 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Flight from Guatemala to Flores
    • Flight from Flores to Guatemala
  • All activities as listed :
    • Antigua: 03 Nov: La Azotea Coffee Farm and Antigua City Tour
    • Antigua: 04 Nov: Birding at Cloud Forests Near Antigua
    • Antigua: 05 Nov: Cook off With Guatemala’s Master Chefs
    • Lake Atitlan: 06 Nov: Village Tour and Boat Ride on Lake Atitlán
    • Lake Atitlan: 06 Nov: Mayan Encounters at San Marcos La Laguna
    • Lake Atitlan: 07 Nov: Uncover Secrets of the Guatemalan Highlands
    • Flores: 10 Nov: Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at Tikal National Park From Flores
    • Flores: 11 Nov: Birdwatching Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Treasures of Guatemala

11 days $ 4,615 / person

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