Living Culture and Traditions: from Lake Atitlán to Maya Temples

Antigua to Lake Atitlán to Petén, Guatemala

Living Culture and Traditions: from Lake Atitlán to Maya Temples

Guatemala is a country of incredible diversity, offering a rich blend of natural beauty, cultural traditions, and historical treasures. This 11-day itinerary will take you on a journey through some of the most iconic and essential destinations in Guatemala, including majestic Lake Atitlán, the vibrant markets of Chichicastenango, the stunning views of Antigua Guatemala, and the natural wonders of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Your journey will begin in the beautiful town of Lake Atitlán, where you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the living culture and traditions of the local Maya people. You'll explore the colorful markets of Chichicastenango, where you'll find a dazzling array of handicrafts, textiles, and traditional clothing.

Next, you'll head to Antigua Guatemala, where you'll be able to admire the stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes and the beautiful colonial architecture of the city. You'll have the opportunity to visit some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Cathedral of San José and the famous Fuente de la Palma.

Your journey will then take you to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, where you'll have the chance to explore the natural wonders of this unique ecosystem. You'll visit the Maya temples of Tikal, where you'll learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Maya people.

This itinerary has to begin on a Monday or Friday if you want to visit the market.

Right for You?


11 Days / 10 Nights

Travel Style

Comfortable Stay, Cultural Immersion and Family Friendly


Spanish and English
English speaking local & specialized guides during all activities.

Physical Activity

Light activity


Small Towns/Villages, Lake and National Park


Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

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Speaks: Spanish and English



Fly into Guatemala City on Day 1 to start


Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included


10 Nights Boutique Hotel and Eco Lodge


Bilingual guide and Local guide (not bilingual)


Some meals included (see itinerary)
Included meals are noted in the itinerary: B= Breakfast, BB=Box Breakfast, L= Lunch, BL= Boxed Lunch, D= Dinner. 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 with prior notification.


Boat, Private van and Airplane

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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 unique experiences that also empower the local community. If you're looking to plan a trip to Guatemala, Etnica offers a variety of experiences to choose from, including hiking through the lush forests and volcanoes of the Guatemalan highlands, exploring the vibrant markets and colorful streets of local villages, and trying traditional Mayan cuisine. They are also happy to work with you to create a custom itinerary that meets your needs and interests. Booking with Etnica means that you're not just having a vacation – you're also supporting the people and places you'll be visiting. And because they work directly with the locals, you'll be able to have authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you won't find with other travel companies. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have an unforgettable adventure in Guatemala. Check out what Etnica has to offer and start planning your next trip today. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out – their team is always happy to help. So, why wait? Book one of the existing experiences shown on the page or create your own – the choice is yours!

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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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