A Family Exploration of Guatemala
A wonderful family adventure with a healthy dose of culture and adventure
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Privately guided tours tailored specifically to you
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Bike ride through Antigua valley
- Kayaking on Lake Atitlan
At a glance
Your journey starts in the colonial city of Antigua, filled with baroque churches and pretty plazas. Ringed by three volcanoes, it enjoys a naturally beautiful setting and you’ll start by exploring the surrounding valley, cycling along back roads and trails through local villages, farms and coffee plantations.
Central America has a rich history when it comes to chocolate and everyone’s sweet tooth will be satisfied during a chocolate making workshop. Next is a hike up to the smouldering peak of Pacaya Volcano, from where you will enjoy views of the northern volcanoes, Pacific lowlands and out towards El Salvador
At El Paredón you’ll visit a turtle sanctuary and learn about local marine conservation before enjoying the surf on a typical black beach. Discover Maya history at the wonderful archaeological site of Iximche before heading to the beautiful Lake Atitlan for three nights, kayaking on its still waters and experiencing the vibrant markets and art studios.
It’s then back to nature with a hike through the tropical rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for exotic birds and animals, and an exhilarating zip ride through the lush green canopy.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer from Guatemala airport to your hotel in Antigua
Accommodation in Antigua
- 14 rooms
- Rooftop terrace
One of the most comfortable and luxurious boutique hotels in Antiqua, El Convento takes its name its location just next to the historical Convent. Built in a Colonial style the rooms are very spaciously constructed with private patio walled patio areas, large bathrooms and luxury fittings. The hotel has a courtyard area, restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace.
- Seven rooms
- Small pool
- Dining Room
A charming boutique hotel full of character, Posada del Angel is an excellent base from which to explore Antigua. As one of the first boutique hotels in the area they have built up a deserved reputation. There are just seven rooms and service is attentive and very friendly. Rooms are all individually decorated in a colourful colonial style. The hotel also has an excellent ‘Rosas’ suite at the top of the building with its own private terrace area.
- Thirteen guestrooms
- Tea room
Steps from the cultural city of Antigua is the colonial gem Palacio de Doña Leonor. The former home of the daughter of Spanish conqueror, Don Pedro de Alvarado, this historic and elegant property is built around a pretty courtyard with a fountain shrouded in greenery and boasts superb service. Each of the thirteen guestrooms, which range from rooms to suites, are individually designed in luxury Spanish style. Four poster beds, original art and antique chandeliers create a regal feel, while your private balcony or terrace looks down onto either the city or garden. Further graceful touches you’ll find here include hand-painted ceilings, stone fireplaces and a heated Jacuzzi spa. What’s more, the Palacio Restaurant offers modern international cuisine and the Tea Room makes the perfect spot to enjoy a tasty cocktail.
- 125 rooms
- Large outdoor pool
A historic destination in itself, Casa Santo Domingo is set over large grounds in a historic convent. Besides its well preserved and restored construction, the hotel is home to many antique pieces recovered through excavations of the grounds. The hotel includes an excellent on-site museum showcasing many of these pieces. Flagstone walkways lead through the large hotel, leading into various gardens and courtyards – just exploring the hotel can take some time given it’s scale. This is an excellent choice for those looking for the support and infrastructure of a larger hotel whilst still being in keeping with the historic and colonial setting of Antigua.
Less than an hour south west of the capital, the UNESCO-awarded city of Antigua is easily one of the most enchanting in all of Latin America. The setting in a central highland valley ringed by three volcanoes, the city was once one of the largest seats of the Spanish colonial empire and has a perfectly preserved blend of that era’s history and its captivating baroque architecture. Furthermore with Antigua’s modern and very well ordered cosmopolitan charm, it’s no wonder it has and continues to win over so many.
Leaving from the doorstep of your hotel, you’ll enjoy a half day exploring the scenic Antigua valley. Riding on back roads and trails, you’ll pass through local villages, farms and fields getting a glimpse into life in Guatemala. You'll also get to visit tranquil churches and coffee plantations.
Today learn about the indulgent art of chocolate making. Begin by learning a bit about the history, from the Mayan discovery of the cacao bean to the mass production of chocolate throughout the world. You will also talk about the industry today, the different types of cacao and its health benefits before taking on the challenge of making your own chocolate.
Starting with the bean, work this into Cacao tea, Mayan hot Chocolate and European hot chocolate. Next, try your hand at traditional chocolate bars, to which you can use your creativity by adding some fun ingredients, including almonds, coffee beans, ginger, sea salt and much more.
This private tour begins with an hour's morning transfer taking you to the foothills of the active Pacaya volcano. Here you will hike through fragrant pine forest to the tough volcanic ash section and then to the sulfur smoking cone. During the hike, which is fairly strenuous, you may even see little eruptions and lava flow and when at the summit take in the amazing views of the northern volcanoes, pacific lowlands and El Salvador. On your return down you will stop for a picnic lunch with grand volcanic views.
El Paredón is located on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and is where your day of adventure starts. On arrival you will enjoy breakfast by the beach, followed by a visit to La Posa del Nance turtle sanctuary. The mangroves surrounding the sanctuary are home to crustaceans, shellfish, jellyfish and other sea life and you’ll learn about marine conservation as well as the local sea turtles, whose breeding season is from June to November. You will then enjoy lunch on a black sand beach and have the opportunity to swim, surf, boogie board and more.
On arrival in Comalapa, you’ll see the famous mural painted by school children depicting events in Guatemala’s history un to the signing of the peace accords in 1996. You’ll visit some local painters who teach the tradition of naïve painting for which the town is famous. Stop by the authentic Comalapa market to see local people going about their daily life, buying and selling goods.
After lunch you will explore the small but wonderful Maya archaeology site of Iximche with its four ceremonial plazas, flanked by temples.
Private transfer to your hotel at Lake Atitlan
Accommodation in Lake Atitlan
- Six rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa and gym
- Swimming pool
- Yoga pavilion
Secluded amid its very own nature reserve on the northern shoreline of Lake Atitlan, Laguna Lodge delivers a naturally intimate and romantic atmosphere all within your very own private wilderness. The lodge, which champions sustainability, channels a rustic chic decor with a touch of Mayan decadence. Assembled with rough stone walls, smooth wooden floors, colourful textiles, indigenous antiques and hand-hewn beds, its six spacious suites (600 sq ft) all come with private balconies and spectacular views of the lake too. The superb location of Laguna right on Atitlan’s shoreline means a myriad and instant outdoor pursuits to cherry pick from. The lodge’s pleasant palm-thatched pavilions that jut out onto the waters are wonderful to relax on, and there is even a network of old Mayan trails through the reserve here to explore. The spa gives you an extensive list of treatments and the Zotz restaurant specialises in international vegetarian cuisine with a focus on local providence; eggs and organic vegetables are harvested from the hotel gardens, and all the coffee served is grown, harvested and roasted on site.
- Seven rooms
- Two bed villa room
- Restaurant – Indoor and outdoor dining
- Indoor and outdoor lounge
- Small solar powered infinity pool
This charming and exclusive small villa hotel, built into the hills near the village of Santa Catarina Palapo village and on the shores of Lake Atitlan, provides guests with splendid views of three magnificent volcanoes. Casa Palopo stands as one of the most beautifully designed luxury hotels in Guatemala; the rooms are spacious and reflect the country’s unique décor and design, with each suite being different from the next. Guests can enjoy the spacious lounge areas inside and out and exquisite food and wines are served in the hotels top restaurant, where guests can enjoy their meals in elegant and sophisticated surroundings with spectacular views. This is the perfect base for exploring the Guatemalan highlands, visiting the traditional and authentic villages to learn about Mayan culture, hiking up the heights of one of the volcanoes (Toliman, Atitlan, and San Pedro), with a local guide.
Spend your time at Lake Atitlan taking in the incredible scenery and exploring this outstanding area of natural beauty. The tranquil atmosphere of this location means that it's the perfect place to relax for a few days.
You will be met by your guide for a boat transfer to Santa Cruz to kayak on the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Paddling towards the San Pedro volcano, past local fishermen tossing their nets, you will dock at the tranquil village of San Juan la Laguna. Your first stop is a textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and to see how they still dye with natural dyes. You can also visit the home and workshop of local naïf painters.
You will then cross the lake by boat to the village of Santiago for lunch before visiting the colourful Maya god, Maximón. You may also see local shaman performing rituals. After visiting Maximón you'll visit the local 16th-century church and learn about the history of this very traditional town, see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art from this area.
Today you'll be brought on a tour of the vibrant Chichicastenango Market. Explore the stalls selling everything from handicrafts, food, flowers and pottery to livestock such as pigs and chickens. Textiles are a favourite at the market and make for great souvenirs. Next to the market, you'll see the 400 year old Church of Santo Tomas. This ancient church has been built on an even older site and its steps originally lead to a Mayan Temple, with each of the 18 steps standing for one month of the Maya calendar year. You'll then be transferred on to Antigua.
Head to the Reserva Atitlan and enjoy a moderate hike in the tropical rainforest, filled with lush greenery and waterfalls. The reserve is home to a diverse range of plants and animals including monkeys, the raccoon-like coati and exotic birds such as Guatemala’s national bird, the quetzal. You’ll also visit the butterfly breeding lab, with approximately 200 species of butterfly. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can end your day with a canopy ride, featuring a 200m cable, which offers spectacular views across Lake Atitlan.
Private Transfer to Guatemala City
Accommodation in Guatemala City
- 274 guestrooms
- Restaurant, cafe and bar
- Swimming pool, gym and spa
- Tennis, racquetball and squash courts
- Art gallery
Take some time to relax here at the Westin Camino Real in the centre of Guatemala City. You can look forward to plenty of comfort and all the typical features of a large, luxury hotel. Rooms and suites offer the regular mod cons, while the numerous dining spots serve up an array of local and international dishes, cakes and pastries plus tasty Guatemalan coffee. What’s more, the wide range of leisure amenities include a heated swimming pool, a spa and tennis, racquetball and squash courts.
Private transfer from hotel in Guatemala City to Guatemala Airport
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A Family Exploration of Guatemala
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From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.