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Antigua to Peten, Guatemala

Immersive Guatemalan Culture and Nature Adventure

13 Days | Cultural Activities, Historical Sites and Getting to Know Locals

Experience Guatemala's diverse culture and stunning natural attractions alongside the local communities that know it best. From Antigua to Lake Atitlan to the Mayan ruins in the North. You will partake in traditional cooking classes, innertube on a river through caves in a Q’eqchi community, learn about Guatemalan coffee, explore mayan ruins, and visit countless communities that will provide unique insight into the cultural depths of this Central American country. If you are looking for a truly different Guatemala experience, then this trip is for you!

Right for You?

Duration

13 Days / 12 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Historical Sites and Off the Beaten Path

Languages

English, Spanish and Other Local Language
A bilingual Lokal team member will guide the way and make intros, but you will interact with lots of locals who only speak Spanish or Q'eqchi.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Small Towns/Villages, Rural Communities, Lake and Mountains

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

Lokal Adventures

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$2195/person

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Speaks: English, Spanish and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Stay in a peaceful hillside community and hike to a natural spring
  • Stay in a traditional Mayan home on the shores of Lake Atitlan
  • Visit a coffee cooperative and meet the local farmers
  • Explore little visited caves with q'eqchi communities
  • Swim in the pristine pools and waterfalls of Las Conchas
  • Stay overnight in a community lodge amidst the Mayan ruins of Uaxactun

Details

Schedule

Arrive anytime on Day 1 and get ready to start your adventure

Availability

Set Departure Date
August 12-24, 2017, December 9-21, 2017

Group

10 Travelers Maximum

You'll make your way to Antigua and we'll bring you to our first stop - the peaceful mountain guest house Casa Xicaya! It's a great place to soak in beautiful views, relax, and get to know your fellow travelers. Casa Xicaya is nestled in the community of San Cristobal el Alto and run by a local family with great pride for their guest house. Get ready for a spectacular first night as we enjoy a homemade buffet dinner and stare at the stars and surrounding volcanoes; if we're lucky we can witness lava coming from the volcano 'El Fuego.'

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast prepared by Veronica and then we will embark on a 4 hour hike to natural spring. After the hike we will enjoy a traditional lunch at a family-run restaurant. The afternoon is free for exploring the community or trying out a Temascal (Mayan sauna). We'll have a group dinner at a restaurant overlooking Antigua in the evening.

After breakfast, we'll head out to meet a local family who will teach us how to make pepian, which is a traditional chicken stew made up of native chiles, spices, and vegetables. It is a mild dish, as are most foods in this region of Guatemala. You will also learn how to make homemade tortillas. After trying your hand at the process, we'll enjoy the freshly prepared meal for lunch. Then, we'll get in our private van and drive a couple hours to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. You'll have free time to explore in the afternoon/evening and eat dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

Rise and shine! The best way to see the spectacular Lake Atitlan is a morning boat tour. We'll depart early to take it all in! We'll visit the community of San Pedro to learn from a traditional Shaman and visit a local museum, then we'll spend the afternoon relaxing at a nature reserve. We'll end the day by settling in for dinner and a good night's sleep in a Mayan family homestay in the community of San Juan La Laguna.

You'll have a choice of activities in the morning - a cultural tour, volcano hike or artisanal fishing trip. Up to you! After lunch, we'll head back to Antigua. The afternoon and evening are yours to relax or explore!

We'll get an early start and head out for a five hour drive to Coban! Enjoy some beautiful scenery and take a good nap. We'll stop for meals and to stretch our legs at a locally-run reserve where we might just spot the national bird of Guatemala; a quetzal. Then we'll check into the beautiful Casa Kirva for the night.

It's another day of choose your own adventure! Choose from one or all of these activities - visit an organic tea plantation, tour a community coffee plantation where you can also go ziplining, visit an orchid reserve (which has over 25,000 orchids!) or just chill and read. We will have dinner in Coban at a traditional and delicious restaurant before heading back to Casa Kirva for the night.

We'll wake up early and drive a couple hours to Mucbilha, a Q'eqchi community in the Alta Verapaz region. Mucbilha is located within the 'Cuevas de Candelaria' National Park and is known for it's massive caves and the varying formations that encompass them. We will spend the morning exploring multiple caves by foot, and learning about the community history. After a traditional Q'eqchi lunch we will float down the river 'San Simon' on inner-tubes. Most of the float is done inside of the caves, a truly once in a lifetime experience. Before leaving we will participate in a traditional Mayan ceremony inside a cave, a true honor to be a part of. After a full day at Mucbilha, we will drive an hour to the town of Chahal for dinner and sleep at locally run hotel Villa Santa Elenena.

It's another day of exploring natural wonders! We'll put on headlamps and explore the compelling underground world of the Cuevas de S'etzol, a different set of caves with different formations. We will enjoy lunch in the community and then head to the spectacular Las Conchas waterfalls where we'll have the afternoon to swim and relax. Overnight back at Villa Santa Elena.

After breakfast, we'll depart on a 3.5 hour drive for the impressive Mayan ruins of Yaxha. Spend the afternoon exploring these oft-overlooked remains of the grand Mayan civilization. Then retreat back to a beautiful ecolodge to soak in the sights and sounds of the rainforest.

Today a local guide will take us on a tour of the famous Tikal National Park to see some of the largest Mayan ruins ever discovered. A must-see site in Guatemala! Then we'll take you on a special trip through the park to the traditional Mayan community of Uaxactun. They still live and work amidst their ancestral ruins and will be happy to share their culture with you. We'll spend the night in their community-run lodge.

After breakfast and a morning tour in Uaxactun where we will learn about their traditional gum making and Xate industry, we'll depart for the Flores, a two hour drive from the community. We'll check in to a comfy, character-filled lodge, relax, and go out for a celebratory farewell dinner together.

The Flores International Airport offers easy flights back to Guatemala City or onward to other destinations.

What's Included

Lodging

12 Nights Community Lodge, Family Homestay, Eco Lodge and Guesthouse

Activities

Boat Tour, Caving, Coffee Farm, Community Visit, Food Tour, Getting to Know Locals, Historical Sites, Hiking, Swimming and Wildlife Viewing
All of these are included! See the itinerary for details.

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)
Most meals are included! All breakfasts, all lunches and 9 dinners. Get ready for delicious, traditional Guatemalan food.

Transport

Private van

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Lokal Adventures

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Lokal's co-founders lead a few small group adventures each year for travelers interested in a fully-planned and truly immersive experiences. We'll personally introduce you to local communities and take you to some of our favorite places that we don't advertise elsewhere on our site! These trips are perfect for travelers who want to get way off-the-beaten-path without having to do a lot of research or planning. Everything will be ready for you - just show up ready to explore and make a few new friends. We'll do the rest.

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Getting There

We'll be there to pick you up at the airport in Guatemala City and take you to our first stop outside of Antigua!