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  • 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
  • Hiking around Pacaya Volcano
  • Private tour of Tikal temples
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At a glance

Your journey of discovery starts in the pretty city of Antigua, with its colonial architecture and wonderful natural setting. Immediately start embracing the great outdoors by taking to two wheels and exploring the scenic Antigua valley by bike. Riding along the back roads, you’ll pass villages, farms and coffee plantations which will ignite your interest for the next excursion.

Learn all about the process from bean to cup with a coffee tour led by a local guide from the De La Gente charity, which supports small independent coffee producers. All that caffeine is good preparation for a full-day hike around Pacaya Volcano where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes, Pacific lowlands and out towards El Salvador.

Next it’s time to discover Guatemala’s artistic side with a visit to local painters teamed with Comalapa market, where people go about their daily life buying and selling goods. Journey back in time at the wonderful Maya archaeological site of Iximche before cycling to the beautiful Lake Atitlan, where you will spend the next three days.

This is the perfect place to sit back and relax and you’ll enjoy some time to explore yourself, as well as a guided hike and market visit. The legendary site of Tikal beckons and you’ll spend a few days exploring this magnificent site with temples rising up through the jungle canopy.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Antigua

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Guatemala airport to your hotel in Antigua

Accommodation in Antigua

Three nights in Antigua Three nights in Antigua

Spend your days in this enchanting city strolling through avenidas, plazas and calles, soaking up the baroque architecture and lovely atmosphere. Explore the central market and artisan workshops and then head up to the Hill of the Cross for impressive city panoramas. Your travel designer will give you our top recommendations for culture, dining and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.

Antigua valley bike tour Antigua valley bike tour

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.

Fairly traded coffee tour Fairly traded coffee tour

Visit the small town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside Antigua, where you will team up with your local guide from De La Gente. DLG is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promotes environmentally responsible agriculture. You will visit some of the families supported by this organisation and join them as they pick, pulp, ferment, wash, dry and grade the coffee. You’ll also get to grind the beans by hand on a grindstone, roast coffee over an open fire and enjoy a cup of this wonderful nectar. Please note, coffee season is from November to March.

Full-day Pacaya Volcano hiking tour Full-day Pacaya Volcano hiking tour

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.

Comalapa market and bike ride to Lake Atitlan Comalapa market and bike ride to Lake Atitlan

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. From here you will cycle all the way to Lake Atitlan, passing through mountain villages and remote highland countryside. As you approach the end of the cycle, you will enjoy views of the lake and the three surrounding volcanoes.

Days 4-7

Lake Atitlan

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel at Lake Atitlan

Accommodation in Lake Atitlan

Three nights at Lake Atitlan Three nights at Lake Atitlan

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.

Lakeshore hike and village visit Lakeshore hike and village visit

Hike along the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan, walking through villages and passing Maya people working in the fields, washing clothes and fishing from their unique fishing boats. After lunch, you will visit the village of San Juan or Santiago before returning to your hotel by boat.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Tour of Chichicastenango Market and transfer to Antigua

 
Time at leisure at Lake Atitlan Time at leisure at Lake Atitlan
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Guatemala City airport

Flight

Flight from Guatemala City (GUA) - Flores (FLR)

Days 7-10

Tikal

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel near Tikal

Accommodation in Tikal

Three nights around Tikal Three nights around Tikal
Yaxha sunset tour Yaxha sunset tour

Head to Yaxha National Park where you’ll enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited site. The city was once home to around 40,000 people and its 400-plus structures include five acropolises, two astronomical towers and three ball courts. The area is rich in wildlife and you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of howler and spider monkeys as well as colourful tropical birds. Enjoy sunset drinks at the end of the tour on top of the main temple, with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby Lake Yaxha. You’ll then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to get dark, perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way.

Canopy Tikal Guatemala
Tour of Tikal Tour of Tikal

Enjoy a private guided tour of the Tikal site with its fabulous temples that rise up through the jungle canopy. History will come to life as you discover the ruins, which are dominated by five enormous pyramids, rising to more than 60m. Many structures are wrapped in giant roots and partially hidden beneath mounds of earth, making this site ripe for exploring. Keep your eyes peeled for tropical birds and monkeys. After a restaurant lunch, explore the museum before heading back to your hotel.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Flores airport

Flight

Flight from Flores (FLR) - Guatemala City (GUA)

Days 10-11

Guatemala City

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City

Accommodation in Guatemala City

Overnight in Guatemala City Overnight in Guatemala City
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Guatemala City airport

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