This adventure will take you from the colourful maze of pastel-coloured colonial relics of Antigua, to the tranquil lake-side towns of Lake Atitlàn.
Take in the local food culture in Antigua. Kayak the crystal waters of lake Atitlán. Hike the volcanic mountainscape. Wander around Chichcastenango “Chichi” market - one of the largest and most diverse in Central America. Salute the sun on a private dock overlooking the lake and surrounding volcanos. Take in the bohemian vibe of San Marcos, and witness the spell-binding local weaving practices.
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DAY 1 | Arrive in Guatemala + Transfer to Antigua + Orientation
DAY 2 | Wander historic Antigua, and opt to join in on a foodie walking tour.
Start near your hotel in Antigua, then continue to the central market to have a delicious variety of fruits, then take “chicken bus” to the next stop near San Francisco Cathedral, then head to Central Park and finish at La Merced, throughout the route you will be part of the culture, taste different local food while getting to know the history and waling at the stoned streets of Antigua.
Afternoon transfer to Lake Atitlàn (approx 3 hrs).
*If you prefer to hike the Pacaya volcano instead, this is the day to do it! Please inform OT ahead of time so that we can help you arrange it.*
DAY 3 | Rise and shine with a morning yoga class. Take a free day to relax or explore the small villages around the lake.
DAY 4 | Rise early to enjoy a morning kayak around Santiago Atitlàn. Hike through incredible landscapes, ending at the viewpoint locally known as "Heaven's Door". Enjoy lunch at the home of your guide.
DAY 5 | Day trip to vibrant Chichicastenango Market + Sundown Lakeside yoga.
DAY 6 | AM transfer back to Antigua, and visit the archaeological site of
Iximche along the way (entry fee not included). Arrive to Antigua and enjoy a free day to explore this vibrant city.
DAY 7 | Departure Day. Transfer to Antigua or Guatemala City Airportimportant itinerary details
6 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 2 Dinners
2 nights hostel accommodation in Antigua, 4 nights accommodation in Lake Atitlán mountain-side lodge
⇹ Arrival airport transfer from GUA (La Aurora International)
⇹ Explore Lake Atitlán on a guided hike + kayak day trip
⇹ Day trip to one of Central America's largest local markets in Chichcastenango ("ChiChi market")
⇹ Sunrise yoga practice on the dock
⇹ Free time to explore
⇹ Transport in private + public vehicles
International Flights are not included in the tour price.
Multi-share dorms and private, multi-share rooms are available to book. Our hostel accommodations in Antigua will be shared-private dorm beds (2 nights), with an awesome in-house cafe and lounge space. Our mountain-side lodge in Atitlàn will have the option of dorm beds, or double-share rooms (4 nights), and offer massage services and yoga classes. Breakfast and towels are is included. To request a single room contact firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and pricing.
Please note that photos represent accommodations we have used, and all future departures will use accommodations to similar standard.
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Antigua is one of the most history-rich quarters in Central America, known for its Spanish colonial history. Pastel coloured buildings and Spanish-Baroque architecture are complimented by vibrant garments worn by locals. A towering volcanic landscape surrounds the small, square-shaped town divided by streets often littered with flower petals and grains to mark local ceremonies.
Today modern artisan and coffee shops line the cobble stone streets. The area pulses with a vibrant Mayan culture, and boasts some of the most intricate handicrafts in the region. On this trip, you'll get about two days to explore this area on foot, with an option to add-on a culinary walking tour to get inside into the local food culture.
Lonely Planet dubs this quaint Mayan town of Chichicastenango as a "kaleidoscope of colour". The resident Masheños people are known for their adherence to pre-Christian beliefs, and is a K'iche' Maya cultural centre. This retreat will take you on a day trip into town on the day that it hosts one of the largest markets in Central America, attracting merchants travelling for days to reach it. Looking to bring back a cool trinket for your pal? This is the place.
Lake Atitlàn is a high-altitude lake formed in a massive volcanic crater, about a 2-hour drive from Antigua. Its sparkling clear waters are surrounded by three towering volcanoes, fertile hillsides dotted with palms, and charming villages. Each village has its own brand of tranquility, offering insights into both indigenous culture and holistic-spiritual practices. For those looking to foster a closer connection to themselves, the ritualistic opportunities are endless.
The best way to get around is by public boat taxis that pick you up from the dock of our lodge. Take your time here to relax in a hammock over looking the lake, break a sweat on a kayak + hike trip around the region, and explore the surrounding vibrant mayan towns.
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