The best and essentials of Guatemala! Welcome to one of the most diverse countries in Central America. This 6 day journey family friendly journey will allow you to immerse yourself in the living culture and traditions of majestic Lake Atitlán and enjoy the volcano views of Antigua Guatemala.
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Welcome to Guatemala, one of the most diverse countries in Central America! Upon arrival at Guatemala City Airport one of our representatives will greet you and provide all the necessary information and recommendations to make the most of your travels. A private transfer will take you to the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala (approx. 1.5 hours). Free evening to relax after your flight to enjoy a leisurely dinner and explore the town. Optional Activities: 3 course private welcome dinner and cacao tasting. Accommodation: Casa Encantada (4 star boutique hotel)__, __Casa del Parque (3 star hotel) Hotel San Jorge (2 star hotel)
Wake up to a delicious Guatemalan breakfast and enjoy a day of exploring the cobblestone streets of Antigua Guatemala. Your local guide will meet you at your hotel and show you the colorful streets and the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit markets, the most emblematic ruins and major highlights of the city along with the majestic views of surrounding volcanoes. In the afternoon, you will head out to the village of San Miguel Escobar and participate in a coffee tour where you will go into the fields with the coffee farmers and learn all about coffee production from bean to cup. End the tour with a delicious cup of coffee with the farmer and his family. Included activities: 3 hour guided walk with highlights of the city and coffee experience in San Miguel Escobar. Optional activity: Instead of the coffee tour participate in and afternoon guided tour of the rural community of San Cristobal el Alto, finishing with a glass of wine or fresh juice overlooking the valley and volcanoes. Accommodation: Casa Encantada (4 star boutique hotel)__, __Casa del Parque (3 star hotel) Hotel San Jorge (2 star hotel)
Begin your morning with a visit to Antigua's market to source all types of fresh produce and ingredients with your local guide. You will then drive to the middle of the volcano chain to the village of San Cristobal el Bajo. You will be taking a 3 course cooking class surrounded by nature and will have the opportunity to explore the many trails in a nature reserve. In the afternoon you will transfer to Panajachel (approx. 2.5 hours), a town on the shores of Lake Atitlán to continue your adventure in a new destination. Included activity: Local 3 course cooking class, includes sourcing visit to the Antigua market. Optional activity: Instead of the cooking class spend your morning learning the textile traditions in an artisan experience at San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Accommodation: Hotel Atitlán (5 star hotel), Hotel Jardines del Lago (3 star hotel) or Hotel Kaqchiquel (2 star hotel).
Walk the picturesque and colorful alleys of Santa Catarina Palopó, this village is the first to be included in an initiative of transforming communities through textile inspired art around the Lake. You will also visit the ceramic factories of San Antonio Palopó, a village that has stopped in time and still embodies local life and living traditions. Both villages are located a short drive from Panajachel. Free evening. Included activities: Guided visit and artisan demonstrations in Santa Catarina and San Antonio Palopó. Optional activities: Ceramic class in San Antonio or take a boat trip to San Juan la Laguna to learn Maya traditions. Accommodation: Hotel Atitlán (5 star hotel), Hotel Jardines del Lago (3 star hotel) or Hotel Kaqchiquel (2 star hotel).
Enjoy a relaxing morning before heading back to Antigua. Go on a kayak adventure on your own or choose an optional activity. Enjoy your last evening in Antigua as you please. Optional activities: Morning zip lining adventure in Lake Atitlán Nature Reserve or Guided Visit at Iximché Cultural Monument. Private farewell dinner. Accommodation: Casa Encantada (4 star boutique hotel)__, __Casa del Parque (3 star hotel) Hotel San Jorge (2 star hotel)
Indulge in one last cup of exceptional coffee and say goodbye to beautiful Guatemala before you transfer to the airport in Guatemala City (approx. 1.5 hours) for your departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your trip and will come back to visit us again soon! END OF SERVICES.
Accommodation Lodging each night is included in your choice of hotels. Recommendations are included in the day-by-day itinerary.
Tours and activities Unique experiences available daily. See the day-by-day itinerary for recommended tours and additional options available.
Local guides English speaking local & specialized guides during activities.
Airport transfers Shuttles and taxis arranged to get you to/from the airport.
Ground transportation Private/shared shuttles will take you between destinations.
Boat transfers Taxi boats within Lake Atitlán villages.
Specified Meals Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, BB=Box Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner
24/7 Assistance In country assistance in English during the whole trip
In order to cancel a package for which you have made a booking, please email us stating your order reference and “Cancellation” in the title of the email. You may telephone us to discuss your desire to cancel the package but cancellation will only be effective when we have received from the person who purchased the package a written confirmation of his or her decision to cancel the package. An email to us stating that you desire to cancel a package is an irrevocable notice and you cannot subsequently change your mind even if we have not yet acknowledged the cancellation in writing. If you cancel your tour: We will apply the airline’s cancellation policy to any flights in your package and reimburse your ground arrangements in accordance with the penalty timeline. For cancellation of ground-only arrangements: (a) 90 days or more prior to the stated departure date, we will retain an administrative fee of $100 per traveler and reimburse the remaining amount; (b) Between 30 and 89 days prior to the stated departure date, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost and reimburse the remaining amount; (c) Less than 30 days prior to departure, we will retain 100% of the price paid by you for the package. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has started, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. We may cancel a package at any time prior to departure by giving you notice by email, letter or (if very close to departure) by telephoning you, if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable or safe for our local partner to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel a package prior to departure, in your sole and absolute discretion you may choose between (i) us applying the amounts paid towards an alternative trip, or (ii) receiving a full refund. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. AMENDMENTS TO BOOKED PACKAGES If you wish to change the date of one trip there is a fee of (a) $100 per traveler if done at least 90 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, subject to availability; and (b) $300 per traveler if done between 30 and 89 days prior to the scheduled date of departure, subject to availability. If you wish to change the name of one or several travelers of the trip, there is a fee of $100 per passenger if done at least 90 days prior to the scheduled date of departure. No name changes are permitted within 89 days prior to the scheduled date of departure. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 29 days of departure.
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