Gorgeous Guatemala

Gorgeous Guatemala

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Gorgeous Guatemala

5 Days Starting and ending in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Visiting: Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlán

Tour operator:

Culture Trip

Tour code:

GUA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

25-99

Special diets catered:

Meat, Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Interests:

Cultural, Eco Conscious

Activities:

Sightseeing, Trekking, Walking

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Tour Overview

With its cobbled streets, brightly painted buildings, and the perfect green cone of Agua volcano punching through the clouds behind it, the Guatemalan town of Antigua almost looks too good to be true. But it’s absolutely real, as you’ll find out for yourself on this adventurous trip. As well as exploring Antigua at ground level with the insight of a Local Insider, you’ll trek across the slopes of an active volcano, witness a Mayan ceremony at an archeological site, paddle across a volcanic crater lake and visit an art-filled mountain village – not bad for five days, eh? All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Highlights

  • Explore Antigua with a Local Insider

  • Embark on a sunset trek of Pacaya volcano

  • Witness a Mayan ceremony in Iximche

  • Kayak across Lake Atitlan

  • Dig out arty treasures in San Juan la Laguna

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Guatemala

Location: Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Meson de Maria

Meals Included: Dinner

After landing in the country’s capital, Guatemala City, you’ll be met at the airport (GUA) by one of our team and transferred to your hotel in Antigua. Once checked in, you’ll have the afternoon to check out your surroundings – the scenic central plaza is just around the corner. Come evening, it’s time to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner and drink – before hitting the hay.

Activities Included:
Welcome dinner and drinks
Transfer from La Aurora International Airport (GUA)

Day 2 : Experience Antigua On Foot – And From The Peak Of A Volcano

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Meson de Maria

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be met by one of our Local Insiders for an expert tour of Antigua. Wander its grid of cobblestone streets, lined with brightly painted barocco antiqueño buildings (an earthquake-resistant adaptation of baroque architecture, pioneered in Antigua), churches and monasteries. Stop in at craft shops selling vibrant ceramics, textiles and traditional costumes, and catch cooking wafts drifting from open windows. After lunch, you’ll be driven to Pacaya volcano, to trek along trails through humid forest to the summit – where sunset views of Antigua below, encircled by smouldering volcanic cones, are your reward. Oh, and pizza slices and singed marshmallows cooked over molten lava.

Activities Included:
Local Insider-led tour of Antigua
Guided sunset trek to the summit of Pacaya volcano

Day 3 : Good Vibes Only At A Traditional Mayan Ceremony

Location: Lake Atitlán

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Porta del Lago

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you’ll be swapping the city streets of Antigua for the shores of Lake Atitlan, a flooded volcanic crater. But first, breakfast, followed by a traditional Mayan ceremony among the ancient ruins of Iximche – a normal morning with Culture Trip, then. An hour or so from Antigua, Iximche was an important pre-Columbian Mayan city, evidenced by the still-visible remnants of its plazas, pyramids and ball courts – and it still is for the area’s contemporary Mayan population. After a tour of the site, you’ll witness a ceremony to set important dates, offer thanks and to ask for health, work and wisdom. After lunch, you’ll arrive at Lake Atitlan, where you’ll be free to spend the rest of the afternoon kicking back, or sign up for a heart-thumping zipline ride over the water.

Activities Included:
Local Insider-led tour of Iximche and Mayan ceremony

Optional Activities:
Zipline experience at Lake Atitlan

Day 4 : Take To The Lake By Kayak

Location: Lake Atitlán

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Porta del Lago

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is all about exploring Lake Atitlan, which is best done from the water. After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be zipped across the lake to Santa Cruz la Laguna, where you’ll gear up for a kayak tour of the lush gardens that fringe the lakeshore. Afterwards, it’s back onto dry land for lunch, and then up into the hills to San Juan la Laguna, an eccentric place populated with artists and craftspeople. Galleries and workshops line the town’s steep streets, and are the perfect place to pick up something to remember your trip by.

Activities Included:
Kayak experience on Lake Atitlan
Tour of San Juan la Laguna

Day 5 : Say So Long To Guatemala, For Now

Location: Lake Atitlán, Guatemala City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s the last day of the trip, so enjoy a slow breakfast at your hotel this morning. After you’ve finished, you’ll be transferred – along with your new travel buddies – to Guatemala City airport, where this particular trip concludes. Where you go next – home, or on to explore the rest of this fascinating country – is up to you.

Activities Included:
Transfer to La Aurora International Airport (GUA)

What's Included

  • Local Insider

  • Accommodation

    Four nights hotel accommodation

  • Meals described in the itinerary

    Four breakfasts, One dinner

  • Local Insider-led tour of Antigua

  • Guided sunset Pacaya volcano trek with pizza

  • Tour of Iximche with Mayan ceremony

  • Kayak tour of Lake Atitlan

  • Guided walking tour of San Juan la Laguna

  • Return private transfers to Guatemala City airport

  • Shared ground transport throughout

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Visas (if required)

  • Optional activities

  • Insurance

  • Resort Taxes (Where applicable)

Accommodation

El Meson de Maria
In the heart of Antigua, this boutique hotel may only be doing an impression of a colonial building, but it’s delightfully convincing. Sepia-toned stucco walls, reclaimed terracotta floor tiles, and handcrafted furniture that has the feel of time-worn heirlooms – it’s a haven of beautiful little details. Sip cocktails in the plant-filled courtyard terrace, or kick back to volcano views on the solarium.

Porta del Lago
This glitzy hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlan makes the most of its location. A sun terrace with loungers overlooks the water, with the silhouettes of Atitlan, San Pedro and Tolimán volcanoes facing you on the other side. Below the terrace, a massive outdoor pool, fringed by lush foliage, is your very own oasis – while rooms, many with volcano and lake views, feel fresh and contemporary.


Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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  • What is not included in the trip?

    We don’t include the following in our trips: insurance (however you must have insurance to travel on one of our trips), flights, tips for local guides, optional activities and other meals and services not mentioned in your itinerary.

  • Do I need any vaccinations?

    As a tour operator we are unable to give medical advice, however we suggest you contact your doctor, a professional medical travel clinic or check out the World Health Organisation website for more details.

  • What kind of luggage should I bring?

    It depends on the type of trip you have booked, but we usually recommend a soft sided bag or case as they are easier to handle on a trip.

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    Yes you can. Our team of Travel Experts can put together a bespoke trip to suit all group sizes in most destinations around the world. Please contact us for more details.

  • Do I need to tip?

    Tips are not included in the price of your trip but are entirely optional and at your discretion.

  • Are flights / transport to the destination included?

    No - our travellers come from all over the world so flights and / or transport to the start destination are not included.

  • What visas do I need?

    Depending on your passport and your destination, you may need a visa to travel on one of our trips. It is up to you to ensure you have any and all necessary visas before you travel. We recommend you check with a specialist visa agency at least 6 weeks before you travel.

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    You can change the date of your tour up to 60 days prior to departure and cancel at any time, although cancellation conditions may apply.

  • What kind of transport do you use on your trips?

    We use a mix of public and private transport on our trips, but usually a small and comfortable minibus, so we can access more remote destinations that larger groups can’t get to.

  • Why should I travel with Culture Trip?

    We know the world's best bits – our award-winning content proves it. Now we’re using that expertise to bring you curated trips that combine thoughtful planning with authentic experiences and hand-picked accommodation. Led by Local Insiders, our trips bring together small groups of curious travellers who embrace the value of shared experiences, cultural immersion and travel that never feels rushed.

  • Will there always be a guide on the trip?

    Absolutely yes. We pride ourselves on our expert Local Insiders - they are an integral part of what makes our trips so special. Your Local Insider will accompany you throughout the trip and is there to help and assist in any way possible as well as ensure everything works to time.

  • Do I need to buy travel insurance?

    Yes - all travellers must have travel insurance before they join one of our trips. You are strongly advised to take out your policy at the time of booking to protect your holiday payments in the event of cancellation.

  • What happens if I am travelling on my own?

    Most accommodations on our trips are reserved on a twin share basis. Therefore, if you are travelling on your own you will be sharing a room with another Culture Trip traveller of the same sex. However, most of the time it is possible to pay a supplement for your own room. Please ask your Travel Expert for more information.

  • What is the group size?

    Our maximum group size is 18, although our average group size is 10-12 people. Group travel is a great way to meet other people, and you will have the safety of travelling with a group, but you can also decide how much time you want to spend by yourself.

  • How much money should I bring?

    This will depend on how long your trip is, your destination and how much you intend to spend on personal expenses and any meals that aren’t included. It is a good idea to check out the cost of a local lunch and dinner in your destination before you travel.

  • Are airport transfers included?

    Your arrival transfer from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) to your hotel is included. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your Culture Trip Travel Expert at least 30 days prior to your trip departure date. Upon arrival in Guatemala, once you have collected your luggage and passed through customs into the arrivals hall, there will be a Culture Trip representative there to meet you. If you are unable to locate our representative, please either call our emergency number or contact your Local Insider via the WhatsApp group. Your departure airport transfer to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) is also included. Please again ensure you provide your flight details to your Culture Trip Travel Expert at least 30 days prior to your trip departure date. Your Local Insider will be able to provide more information regarding your departure time from the hotel based on your flight schedule.

  • Is there any age limit on the Trips?

    You must be 25 or over to travel on our trips, however there is no upper age limit. You just need a sense of adventure.

  • Can I book extra nights accommodation before or after my trip?

    Yes, call or email one of our Travel Experts who will be able to add accommodation to your booking.

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    We offer a variety of different trips, most of which do not require a specific level of fitness. Some of our trips are more active, but we include details on each specific trip information page. If you are unsure please don’t hesitate to ask one of our Travel Experts.

  • When will I know if my trip is guaranteed?

    We usually wait until we have a few travellers booked on a trip before we guarantee it will run. The latest we will guarantee a trip is 60 days ahead of departure, often it will be long before.

  • How many meals are included?

    Breakfast is included daily and then depending on your itinerary, some lunches and dinners. This is clearly indicated in the trip details or ask your Travel Expert to confirm.

  • I booked but cannot travel anymore. What are the amendments and cancellation options?

    We understand plans can change and that’s why we offer flexible booking conditions. You can change or cancel your booking at any time up to 56 days prior to departure and receive a full refund of any funds you have already paid towards your trip.

  • Do I have to make full payment at the time of booking?

    You do not have to make full payment at the time of booking. We only require a small, fully refundable deposit of $100 to secure your spot on the trip. Full payment is due at the latest 56 days prior to departure.

  • Do I have to take part in all the activities? Will there be free time on my trip?

    The amount of free time varies per trip. Please enquire with our travel experts to get a proper understanding on the amount of free time on the trips you are interested in. You do not have to take part in all activities but we strongly encourage you to do so! We have carefully crafted each trip to show you the best of every destination, so you’d be missing out! Also taking part in activities is a great way to get to know your travel companions and make new friends. Nothing like a positive and supportive group environment to venture outside of your comfort zone and surprise yourself!

  • What is a Local Insider?

    We believe there’s no better way to discover a new place and a new culture than by experiencing it through the eyes and experience of a local. That’s why we only work with local guides - whom we name our Local Insiders. They know their region inside out and have a passion for sharing it with travellers. All our Local Insiders have years of experience guiding and speak English. Importantly, they like to travel the way we like it too: away from crowds, tourist traps and queues. Focussing on the true essence of a destination, teaching you all about the local culture and profusely sharing local hidden gems and insights.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Trusted Customer  

We had the BEST time on our tour in Guatemala with Culture Trip!

27-Mar-2023

We had the BEST time on our tour in Guatemala with Culture Trip! Aura was the perfect guide for our group; she was knowledgeable, personable, and made sure we had everything we could possibly need. Culture Trip took all the stress out of travel for us. They thought of every possible detail, not to mention the adorable welcome gifts on arrival! The trip is jam packed with activities and doesn't leave much down time; make sure to bring hiking boots for the volcano and good walking shoes for everything else. The ziplining is optional, but everyone in our group agreed that it was way worth it. The only thing we regret is not booking an extra day after our tour to explore on our own!

Trusted Customer  

The best money you’ll ever spend!

02-May-2023

We had the absolute most amazing time on our ‘gorgeous Guatemala’ trip in March, honestly everything was just amazing. Our guide Aura was absolutely fantastic, so sweet and friendly and she knew absolutely everything!!! So informative and knowledgeable, we were in the absolute safest hands. We didn’t really know what to expect but we were absolutely blown away, if you’re thinking about booking this then DO IT, you will not be disappointed, this is the best holiday we have ever been on. So much was packed in that we felt like we’d done a 3 week trip not 5 days. We can’t even pick a favourite part as it was all incredible. The hotels we stayed at were sublime, both with absolutely stunning views and settings. The activities were so fun, this is such a great itinerary. Never went up a volcano and had pizza cooked inside by the heat of lava?! Well now you can. The kayaking at Lake Atitlan makes Lake Como look like Skegness, I have never seen such a beautiful setting. Absolutely recommend doing the zip lining as an additional activity, the views are absolutely un real. There is just so much to see and do, and Aura and the Culture Trip planners made this trip straight from dreams. Everything was taken care of, you can totally switch off and relax and have the best trip ever. 1000% recommend, this was amazing.

Gabrielle  

Gorgeous Guatemala

30-Mar-2023

I usually travel solo, but going with Culture Trip made navigating Guatemala stress-free. Having a guide (Aura), who is not only part of the local community, but knowledgeable and passionate about it's history and culture, was invaluable. This trip packs a lot in; occasionally this led to things feeling a bit rushed, but honestly there wasn't a single activity I would have skipped. I stayed in Antigua a couple of days after the trip, and was glad to have that extra time to explore. I would say the activity level is moderate- the hike to Pacaya is no joke with the altitude, and there's quite a bit of walking (uphill!) and kayaking. We were a tiny group (5), and I was the only solo traveler- I don't know if this is the norm for Culture Trip or a fluke- either way we all got along great. Hotels were well-chosen, and much nicer than some other tours I've done. I think a mini Spanish lesson at the start of the trip would be helpful (maybe during the welcome dinner?). Overall this was a fun adventure full of unique experiences, and I would travel with Culture Trip again.

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