Anyone looking for a tropical getaway that's so much more than a beach vacation will love this quick eight-day introduction to Guatemala's cultural and natural highlights. Visit the lakeside communities of Lake Atitlan, walk the well-preserved Spanish Baroque neighbourhoods of Antigua, and take in a cooking lesson on the picturesque shores of Lake Peten Itza. Add in some trekking, ziplining, or fishing, and you've got a Central American adventure you'll always remember.
Explore the lakeside communities of Lake Atitla¡n, enjoy a hands-on chocolate workshop, visit the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, take part in a cooking class along the shores of Lake Peta©n Itza¡
Private van, boat, plane, walking
Hotels (7 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Antigua Historical Walk, Antigua Guatemala National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lakeside Cooking Class, Flores G Adventures for Good: Lake Atitla¡n Boat Ride and Community Visit, Lago de Atitla¡n Hands-On: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop, Antigua Guatemala. Arrival transfer. Visit a chocolate museum and take a hands-on workshop. Boat ride around Lake Atitla¡n. Visit the San Juan la Laguna community for a local Mayan lunch and a tree-planting ceremony. Visit small community co-ops for demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts. Guided cultural walking tour of Antigua. Cooking class. Guided tour of the ruins of Tikal. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Guatemala City/Antigua Guatemala
Arrive at the Guatemala City airport and transfer to hotel in Antigua.
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala (1B)
Explore Antigua on a guided cultural walking tour with a historian, including City Hall, the convent, and the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Opt to take a volcano trek or excursion to a macadamia nut plantation or coffee farm.
Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/Jaibalito (1B, 1L)
Travel today by van and boat to the village of Jaibalito on Lake Atitla¡n. Visit the communities on the lake by boat, including San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures-supported village. Take an orientation walk, visit various co-ops, enjoy a local Mayan lunch and a Mayan tree-planting ceremony.
Day 4 Jaibalito (1B)
Free time for outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking.
Day 5 Jaibalito/Antigua Guatemala (1B)
Return to Antigua and visit a chocolate museum to take a hands-on workshop to learn about the ancient Mayan process from bean to bar. Opt to take a salsa dance class.
Day 6 Antigua Guatemala/Flores (1B, 1L)
Catch our flight to Flores in the Peten region of Guatemala. Enjoy a cooking lesson and lunch with a local chef on the shores of Lake Peten Itza¡.
Day 7 Flores (1B)
Take a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site set in the heart of the jungle.
Day 8 Flores (1B)
Depart at any time.