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. Take in the bohemian vibe of San Marcos, and witness the spell-binding local weaving practices.
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 | This morning you will take a boat to Panajachel and from there, your driver will take you to Chuimanzana through San Jose
Chacaya, to have an amazing hike through beautiful landscapes until you get to the lookout Puerta del
Cielo (Heaven Door).
You will be accompanied by Estelita and Xelita, who will host you at
their home where you will be surrounded by incredible surrounding views while enjoying a homemade lunch.
After lunch, continue the hike for about 20 minutes crossing a small river to meet the driver and head back to the hotel for the night.
DAY 4 | Rise early to enjoy a morning kayak around Santa Cruz La Laguna. Boat to Santa Juan La Laguna and visit a women’s textile cooperative to see the hand weaving and the natural dye process. Visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters, and then you can hike up the Mirador Kaqasiiwaan for an amazing view of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes.
DAY 5 | Free day at the lake! Our guide Nancy will be there to show you around or give you pointers if you prefer to explore on your own.
DAY 6 | AM transfer back to Antigua, stopping at Chichicastenango Market, a bustling local market with interesting handicrafts. Take a guided tour through the cemetery that has a lot of secrets to tell. Free evening to explore colourful Antigua - grab dinner on a rooftop, find some live music or taste local craft beers.
DAY 7 | Departure Day. Transfer to Antigua or Guatemala City
Add the Acatenango extension!
Meet your guide and get fitted with all the essentials and then embark on this scenic hike. Get rewarded at base cam with views of an active volcano - stay up all night watching the red lava explode (snuggly tents and sleeping bags provided for sleep) and then hike to the peak at sunrise for a closer view.
⇹ 2 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 2 Dinners
⇹ 2 nights hostel accommodation in Antigua, 4 nights accommodation in Lake Atitlán magic hotel
⇹ 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")
⇹ Free time to explore
⇹ Transport in private + public vehicles
International Flights are not included in the tour price.Got questions?