You are a group or individuals , you are looking for a resolutely natural way to discover Guatemala through trekking , while being attentive to the cultural and environmental richness : here is a tour for you !
4 days of hiking and 2 days in the jungle
Difficulty level of the walk : moderate
Visit Antigua . Climb volcano Santa María . Observe 2 active volcanoes : Santiaguito and Pacaya . Visit a coffee plantation. Discover Lake Atitlán "off the beaten path". Visit 3 of the most famous Indigenous markets in Guatemala : Sololá , Almolonga and Chichicastenango . Explore Aguateca 's site through the river. Discover Tikal 's archeological site.
Reception at the airport. Spend the night in Antigua.
Discover Antigua, the splendid country´s colonial jewel. A visit to this old city, former capital of Guatemala during the Spanish era. In this once-flourishing capital, although victim of devastating earthquakes, one can feel the ambiance of its colonial architecture. Side-streets are enlivened by the interaction of Indians, "Ladinos" and tourists. Spend the night in Antigua.
Departure in the early morning to the village of San Francisco De Sales and the Pacaya volcano (2580 mts). After a short one hour ascent, depending on the activity of this "strombolian" volcano, we observe eruptions or approach Pacaya's main crater. Departure to Retalhuleu, village on the Pacific plain, and then to a coffee plantation. Spend the night in the place.
Visit of the plantation and optional excursion to the archeological site of Takalik Abaj. Then leave for the town of Quetzaltenango, the capital of the indigenous highlands, surrounded by volcanoes. Spend the night in Quetzaltenango.
Volcano Santa María
From the indigenous village of El Llano del Pinal (altitude: 2400 mts). 25 minutes by bus from Quetzaltenango, we hike up through a beautiful pine forest to an altitude of 3770 mts. From the top of Santa María, it is possible to see ten of the highest peaks of the country, one of the most beautiful views in all the cordillera. Afternoon in the Hot Springs Las Georginas. Return to Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango 's surroundings
We visit the indigenous market of Almolonga. Multi-colored textiles and flowers combine for a fascinating spectacle.Then, we visit textile workshops and the churches of San Andrés Xecul, San Cristobal Totonicapan and Salcajá, the oldest church of Central America. Departure to Chichicastenango. Spend the night in the village.
We visit one of the most beautiful Indian markets in Guatemala with its multi-colored Mayan textiles, flowers and fruits. Mayan shamans perform millenary rituals on the steps of the Catholic church. In the afternoon, departure to Panajachel (Lake Atitlán).
Trek Santa Cruz - San Juan
By boat we reach Santa Cruz La Laguna. Then, we circle the lake by small trails, passing through the villages of Jaibalito, Tzununá, San Marcos and San Pablo. During the hike, we see the daily life of the Cakchiquel and Tzutuhil Indians. In spite of the Spanish colonization, they have maintained continuity with the flourishing time of the Classic Mayan age. Spend the night with a Mayan family in San Juan.
Cerro Cristalinas From San Juan we climb to the mountain Cristalinas and reach Santa Clara, a pretty Mayan village that overlooks the lake. We come down to San Juan passing coffee and corn fields. Spend the night with a Mayan family.
We reach by boat Santiago Atitlán, a village rich in handicraft and traditional fabrics. There, we witness the ceremony of those who revere Maximón, a contemporary Mayan god. We cross Lake Atitlán to Panajachel and leave for Guatemala City .
Early in the morning, we fly to Flores and the jungle of the Petén. By road and then by boat on the river Río Petexbatún, we discover the tropical forest in the mysterious site of Aguateca. Return to Flores.
Early in the morning, departure to Tikal. We begin our visit of this exceptional site. Deep within the jungle, this immense Mayan metropolis holds the mysteries of a fascinating civilization. The crests of temples emerge from the jungle canopy. The temple of the Great Jaguar, the Temple of Masks or the Lost World are amazing. In Tikal, fauna, flora and the ruined city create a unique setting. In the afternoon, we fly to Guatemala City..
Depending on the departure time of the flight, we may have the opportunity to visit Guatemala City (Central Park, a 3-D map of the country, National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, etc.).
For your convenience, this tour can be adapted in accordance with current traditional festivals
Prices in US $, per person, double room accommodation, for groups of :
N.B : prices are based on adults. Reductions for children under 12.
This tour exists in an economic version: click here
Prices include :
accommodation in 2 / 3 star hotels with american breakfasts and 2 nights with Mayan family ;
all transportation ;
the flight from Flores to Guatemala City ;
Spanish speaking guide services for Pacaya volcano, coffee plantation, Santa Maria volcano and the Lake Atitlán hikes (2 days) ;
dinner and lunch in the coffee plantation, dinners with the Mayan Family in San Juan La Laguna and picnic during Aguatecal's visit.
Prices do not include :
international flights ;
airport taxes ;
other meals ;
drinks and personal expenses ;
sites entrance fees ;
Additional costs, in US $, (prices per person):
single room supplement : US $ 255
half board (dinners) : US $ 150
English speaking guide only in Antigua , Aguateca , Tikal : US $120 by day (price for the group)
English speaking guide during the whole trip, for groups of :
For experienced travelers looking for low prices we created simplified options of tour tours.
If you are not especially looking for a driver services and a private vehicle for all your transfers, (some of the transfers can be operated by tourist shuttles),
If you willingly accept to spend some nights in very simple hostels to reduce the budget of some of the overnights,
if you are not always looking for private boats services ( it is often possible to find boats on the go, talking with boat driver
If you are not looking for English speaking guides in archeological sites (it is possible to find local Spanish speaking guides at the entrance of the sites).
Here is an economic version of the Tour Adventure Guatemala :
Program : same program, except on D11 where the archeological site of Aguateca will be replaced by another outstanding site – easier to access : Yaxhá (still unknown, this incredible site is currently, after Tikal, the best restored in the country)
Hotels : 1 and 2* for the whole tour and 3* at Guatemala city and 2 nights with Mayan family in San Juan
Transfers : private transfers on D1, D3, D4, D5, D6, D11 and D13 ; tourist shuttles on D7, D10 and D12 ; private boats on Atitlán lake on D8 and D10 ; flight Flores – Guatemala ciy on D12
Guías : Spanish speaking guides in Pacaya volcano national park on D3, in the coffee plantation on D4, during Santa Maria volcano ascent on D5, and during the two days of trekking in Atitlán lake on D8 and D9
Prices in US $, per person, double room accommodation, for groups of :
4 and 5 people
6 and people
Sup. single room
Red. triple room
To learn more about our included services : contact us
Do not hesitate to ask for our personalized programs and itineraries, according to your wishes and constraints: we are the specialists of personalized travel in Guatemala and in the Mayan World !