Guatemala

Best of Guatemala

16 Days |

Detailed Itinerary

Your Guides: Joseph, Roberto
* = Included Meals (32 total)


DAY 1: Sat

Antigua (Fly to Guatemala City)

  • Afternoon arrivals met at Guatemala City Airport
  • Private Transport to Antigua from Airport w/ guide (1 ½ hr)
  • Group Dinner and Orientation*
  • Short walk of streets and plazas near hotel
  • Accommodation: In Antigua we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right in the middle of town so that you can walk to the plazas, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease.
  • Notes: Tour begins in the afternoon when we meet you at the Guatemala City Airport. Please do not book flights that arrive in the morning or at night because we will not be able to meet you at the airport, as we will already have moved on to Antigua with the rest of the group.

DAY 2: Sun

Antigua

  • Individual Breakfast at Hotel*
  • (9am-2pm) Walking tour of Antigua, including museum, convents, churches, plazas
  • Group Lunch during walking tour*
  • Free time in afternoon
  • (4:30 pm) Group transport to Earth Lodge (20 mins) for sunset, dinner, and music*
  • Accommodation: In Antigua we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right in the middle of town so that you can walk to the plazas, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease.
  • Notes: Bring your comfy shoes for walking the cobblestone streets

DAY 3: Mon

Antigua to Lake Atitlan

  • Individual breakfast at Hotel*
  • (9am) Private Transport to Panajachel (2 ½ hrs)
  • Group Lunch Panajachel*
  • (1:30 pm) Boat to San Marcos (30 min)
  • (3pm) Group Walk to Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve for hiking, swimming, cliff jumping!!
  • Free time rest of the day
  • Accommodation: In San Marcos La Laguna we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right on the water so that you can swim, lay out, or explore the village with ease.
  • Notes: Bring your swimsuit for incredible swimming st the Nature Reserve

DAY 4: Tue

Lake Atitlan

  • Individual breakfast at Hotel*
  • Free morning with suggested options (Volcano Hike, Massage, Yoga, Nariz Hike, etc)
  • Individual lunch
  • (2pm) Boat to San Juan
  • Walk San Juan and up to the Mirador for photos
  • (5pm) Boat to San Pedro for Sunset Dinner*
  • Evening Boat back to San Marcos
  • Accommodation: In San Marcos La Laguna we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right on the water so that you can swim, lay out, or explore the village with ease.
  • Notes: There are some very fun activities to choose from on this morning. They are not included but we can help make recommendations and help you book it.. The walk up to the Mirador (viewpoint) isn’t far but it is steep.

DAY 5: Wed

Lake Atitlan to Chichicastenango

  • Individual breakfast at Hotel*
  • Free morning time for swim/massage/shopping etc
  • Individual Lunch
  • (12:30pm) boat to Panajachel (30mins)
  • Chicken buses to Chichi in afternoon (2 1/2 hr)
  • (4pm) Quick tour of Chichi Cemetery
  • Group dinner in Chichi*
  • Accommodation: In Chichi we will stay at a beautiful colonial style hotel only a block away from the market and central plazas
  • Notes: Chicken buses aren’t dangerous but they can possibly get crowded. We will likely have to hop on to a couple on the trip to Chichicastenango (This is why backpacks are better than rolling suitcases!)

DAY 6: Thu

ChiChi Market to Comalapa

  • (6:30 am) Early breakfast at Hotel*
  • (7:30 am) Visit to Chichi Market
  • (11am) Private Transport to Comalapa (3 hrs)
  • Lunch stop on drive*
  • Free time (+/- 2 hrs)
  • (4:30 pm) Cooking Class incl Dinner (2½-3 hrs)*
  • (7:30 pm) Visit Comalapa city center
  • Accommodation: Comalapa is not a touristed town and has very limited accommodation options. We will stay at small low end to mid range hotels. We are visiting Comalapa for the philanthropic element of this tour and to get you off of the beaten path. Do you have what it takes? Don’t worry, we’ll have you back in a nice hotel again asap!
  • Notes: Make sure you have cash for the market in case you want to buy things

DAY 7: Fri

Comalapa & Long Way Home

  • (8am) Group Breakfast (Tzinakan)*
  • (9am) Walking tour of Comalapa (Murals, Art Galleries etc)(3 hrs)
  • Tuk Tuk to LWH
  • Group Lunch at LWH*
  • Deliver donated Supplies and LWH tour
  • “Cultural Afternoon” at LWH (Tortilla Making class, marimba music, etc)
  • (7pm) Private Transport to Guatemala City Airport hotel (1 ½ hrs)
  • Dinner stop on drive*
  • Accommodation: We’ll be staying at a standard mid range hotel very close to the Guatemala City Airport so we can get everyone to the airport with ease the following day..
  • Notes: You will have the opportunity to buy art from local artists. If you wish to collect supplies from LWH’s wish list to donate, we will help you do that.

DAY 8: Sat

Fly to Flores

  • Individual breakfast at hotel and free morning*
  • Transport to nearby Airport (based on flight times)
  • Afternoon flights to Flores (1hr)
  • Taxi to Hotel from Airport w/ guide
  • (6pm) Group Dinner in Flores*
  • Party boat after dinner (1 hr)
  • Accommodation: In Flores, we will stay at a very nice boutique hotel right in the middle of the island so that you can walk to the water, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease.
  • Notes Group dinner will also be an orientation for new arrivals to the group.

DAY 9: Sun

Flores & ARCAS Animal Rescue

  • Individual breakfasts at the hotel*
  • (8:30 am) Boat to ARCAS
  • Tour of ARCAS, deliver donated supplies, short volunteering (3 hrs)
  • Group lunch and swimming/rope swing spot*
  • Free time rest of day (suggest kayaking around Flores)
  • Accommodation: In Flores, we will stay at a very nice boutique hotel right in the middle of the island so that you can walk to the water,, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease
  • Notes: Bring your swimsuit! Also, if you want to collect supplies from ARCAS’ wish list to donate, we will help you.

DAY 10: Mon

Tikal Ruins

  • (3am) Early morning private transport to Tikal (1 ½ hrs)(coffee & snacks on bus)
  • Sunrise guided tour of Tikal (5am-10am)
  • (10:30am)Breakfast in El Remate*
  • Return to Flores
  • Individual lunch and free time in the afternoon
  • (3pm) Tuk Tuks to Cave for tour
  • Free evening/night
  • Accommodation: In Flores, we will stay at a very nice boutique hotel right in the middle of the island so that you can walk to the water,, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease
  • Notes: We set out very early in the morning so that you will have the park and the ruins almost to yourself. We will be wrapping up our tour before the hordes of tourists arrive.

DAY 11: Tue

Flores to Lanquin

  • Individual breakfast at the hotel*
  • (8am) Private transport to Lanquin (7-8 hrs)
  • Lunch stop on drive*
  • (3-4pm) Arrive Lanquin
  • Individual dinner and free evening (suggested Cave option)
  • Accommodation: Lanquin is a remote village surrounded by rain forest and is mostly off of the main tourist trail. We will stay at a rustic but comfortable lodge style hotel just outside of the village.
  • Notes: There is another great cave in Lanquin, near the hotel. It is not included but we can help you arrange a visit.

DAY 12: Wed

Semuc Champey

  • Individual breakfast at hotel*
  • (9am) 4×4 to Semuc Champey (1hr)
  • Morning swimming and viewpoint at Semuc
  • (1pm) Group lunch outside Semuc*
  • (2pm) Candle Lit Cave Tour
  • 4×4 Return to Lanquin
  • Free evening
  • Accommodation: Lanquin is a remote village surrounded by rain forest and is mostly off of the main tourist trail. We will stay at a rustic but comfortable lodge style hotel just outside of the village.
  • Notes: Bring your swimsuit! The 4×4 ride is a bumpy adventure so be prepared. The candle lit cave tour is in waist deep water. It is very fun but not for the faint of heart. Let us know if you are not comfortable with going.

DAY 13: Thu

Lanquin to Antigua

  • Individual breakfast at hotel*
  • (7:30am) Private Transport to Antigua (8 hrs)
  • Lunch stop on drive*
  • Arrive Antigua by 4pm
  • Free evening
  • Accommodation: In Antigua we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right in the middle of town so that you can walk to the plazas, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease.
  • Notes: We will help you get oriented with Antigua so you can enjoy the town on your own in the evening

DAY 14: Fri

Acatenango Volcano

  • Individual breakfast at hotel*
  • (9am) Departure for Acatenango by private transport
  • (10am) Begin ascent of Acatenango
  • Lunch break during ascent*
  • Camp by 5pm
  • Group campfire dinner with views of Fuego Volcano (lava)*
  • Accommodation: We will be sleeping in tents at the camp near the top of Volcan Acatenango
  • Notes: The hike up the volcano to camp is strenuous. Bring good shoes and be ready to get a work out. It will take 5-6 hours, including a lunch/rest break

DAY 15: Sat

Return to Antigua

  • (3am) Optional Sunrise Climb
  • (6:30 am) Breakfast at Campsite*
  • (7am) Descent of Acatenango
  • (1pm) Arrival in Antigua
  • Free afternoon (Suggest Museum)
  • (6:30pm) Group Dinner*
  • Farewell music & drinks at rooftop bar
  • Accommodation: In Antigua we will stay at a nice boutique hotel right in the middle of town so that you can walk to the plazas, restaurants, bars, and shops with ease.
  • Notes: The 3am ascent (1 ½ km) to the superior viewpoint is optional, You will have the option of deciding later.

DAY 16: Sun

Fly Home

  • Early transport to Airport in Guatemala City (based on flight times)
  • Accommodation: You’ll be sleeping comfortably in your own bed at home dreaming about all the amazing adventures you just had
  • Notes: There may or may not be time for breakfast before you have to depart for the airport. It depends on the time of your flight. The trip to the Airport will take 1 ½ hrs so try to book a flight home that departs mid-morning at the earliest, if you can

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