Adventure and Culture in Guatemala
Get an insight into Guatemalan culture on an exciting trip that takes in the country’s natural beauty and historic ruins
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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
- Hiking around Pacaya Volcano
- Private tour of Tikal temples
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
Private transfer from Guatemala airport to your hotel in Antigua
Accommodation in Antigua
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to your hotel at Lake Atitlan
Accommodation in Lake Atitlan
- 6 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.
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.
Tour of Chichicastenango Market and transfer to Antigua
Private transfer to Guatemala City airport
Flight from Guatemala City (GUA) - Flores (FLR)
Private transfer to your hotel near Tikal
Accommodation in Tikal
- Swimming pool
Owned by Francis Ford Coppola this is the most comfortable and well-serviced lodging option in the Tikal area. La Lancha sits overlooking Lake Peten just a short drive from the entrance to the Tikal National Park. Service is attentive and friendly with many of the staff receiving extra training from abroad. Decoration with a mixture of local and Balinese textiles and handicrafts. Accommodation is in air-conditioned casitas, the best of which enjoy views of the lake with a private balcony.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Flores airport
Flight from Flores (FLR) - Guatemala City (GUA)
Private transfer to your hotel in 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 to Guatemala City airport
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