Lake Atitlán & Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Community Maya Encounter

The perfect adventure for hands-on travelers that are looking for a true local experience. Interact with Maya artisans, weavers, farmers, healers and community leaders in Santiago Atitlán and Chichicastenango. Be immersed in  local culture and take part in the communities’ daily activities. This special journey will bring you close to the Maya and will allow you to learn their millenary traditions that have been passed from generation to generation. The trip must begin Sundays or Wednesdays due to market day.

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Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion

Languages

Spanish, English and Other Local Language
English speaking local & specialized guides during all activities.

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

Lake, Rural Communities and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: Spanish, English and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Eat delicious local meals and delightful new foods 
  • Learn artisan fishing in Lake Atitlán.
  • Practice your textile and artisan skills.
  • Experience a Maya temazcal.
  • Take part and observe sacred rituals.

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Fly into Guatemala City on Day 1 to start

What's Included

Lodging

7 Nights Boutique Hotel, Family Homestay and Eco Lodge

Guide

Bilingual guide and Local guide (not bilingual)

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)
You will be eating traditional regional Guatemalan dishes and local treats on your trip. In some cases the meals will be home cooked by a local family. Veggie, Vegan and Gluten-free options are available prior notification. Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, BB=Box Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner

Transport

Private car, Private van and Boat

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Etnica

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Etnica partners directly with local associations, cooperatives, independent artisans, fishermen, farmers and local families throughout Guatemala, so they can provide travelers with a unique and culturally immersive adventure. They specialize in creating personalized travel experiences, founded on the empowerment of local communities.

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Getting There

Fly into Guatemala City to start the trip and you'll transfer to the colonial town of Antigua for your first night!
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