Community Maya Encounter

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.

Right for You?


8 Days / 7 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion


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

Physical Activity

Light activity


Lake, Rural Communities and Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

One of our local experts in Guatemala will make this the perfect trip for you!

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Speaks: Spanish, English and Other Local Language


  • 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.



Flexible Departure Date
All year


What's Included


7 Nights Boutique Hotel, Family Homestay and Eco Lodge


Bilingual guide and Local guide (not bilingual)


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


Private car, Private van and Boat

Your Local Host



Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Etnica is a travel company that specializes in creating personalized, culturally immersive adventures in Guatemala. They work directly with local associations, cooperatives, independent artisans, fishermen, farmers, and families to provide travelers with uniqu

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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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