Guatemala Getaway

Mayan Gateway

This 14-day Guatemala Getaway offers you adventure within the best sites in the Heart of the Mayan world, while enjoying natural wonders such as volcanic lakes, natural pools, and hot springs. Join your friends or family as an expert guide leads you to the south of Guatemala to explore the architectural wonders of colonial Antigua and the cultural cradle of Quetzaltenango (Xela). You will relax along the shores of Lake Atitlan and swim in the turquoise water of Semuc Champey. Discover the Mayan world in the iconic Péten and make your way through the colorful streets and blue waters of Rio Dulce and Livingston. Guatemala’s incomparable cultural diversity and biodiversity will leave you with a new appreciation for this beautiful country.

El Sumidero in the limestone bridge of Semuc Champey. Guatemala Ecotour

Semuc Champey

Stunning eruption of Volcano de Fuego above the clouds, spotted from Volcano Acatenango.

Volcano de Fuego

Temple Two in the main plaza of the Mayan City of Tikal. Central America Vacations

Tikal, Guatemala

The arc street with Volcano de Agua in the background in Antigua Guatemala

The Arc, Antigua Guatemala

Highlights

Antigua Guatemala City Tour

Coffee Tour of Philadelphia Farm

Xela City Tour

Hike active Volcano Santiaguito

Volcanic Hot Springs

Indigenous Villages Boat Tour Lake Atitlan

Tour of Semuc Champey

Sunset Boat Tour Lake Peten

Tour of the Mayan City of Tikal

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival.
Your Guatemala Getaway begins in Antigua, Guatemala’s former capital city. Today Antigua’s cobblestone streets are bustling with wonderful restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, colonial architecture, and ruins. Antigua, Guatemala was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for its immense historical and cultural value. Three volcanoes overlook the city and make for many excellent hikes and views.

Day 2. Antigua and coffee.
Antigua Guatemala.
 In the morning, travel back in time as you begin your day with a private guided tour of Antigua’s beautiful churches, ruins and its famous cathedral. The cobblestone streets make you feel like you’re in another era, while offering a bustling city center with wonderful restaurants and bars, cultural attractions and colonial architecture.

Coffee Tour Philadelphia Farm. Later in the day, you will follow the path of the coffee bean from the nursery to your cup, the most complete, insightful and exciting way to experience the origins of true gourmet coffee. You will see one of the oldest and most established coffee states in Guatemala and learn all about your favorite beverage.

Day 3. The highlands.
Head into the Western Highlands to enjoy gorgeous scenic views on the way to Quetzaltenango (Xela), also known as the Cultural Cradle of Central America. This city is home to a broad arts scene with excellent music, painting, singing and sculpture.

The city attracts large numbers of students seeking to learn Spanish and Latin dance styles, like Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and more. During the tour, you will visit the most important churches and colonial monuments in order to learn more about the history of the second largest city in Guatemala.

Day 4. Volcano and hot springs.
Santiaguito Volcano. This volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Take a hike to a safe lookout where you will be able to see the crater of the volcano. If you are lucky, you’ll get a chance to see some earth-shaking eruptions as well.

Volcanic Hot Springs. In the afternoon, head up to Fuentes Georginas, volcanic hot springs. The ride up the mountain alone is worth the view, including spectacular views of Volcano Santa Maria and other mountains and the chance to stop at various lookouts along the way.

Tucked into the mountains that surround Quetzaltenango, the water is heated naturally by volcanic gases with 7 different pools at varying temperatures to accommodate all of your preferences. We also offer bike tours to Fuentes Georginas for cycling enthusiasts. After you have had some exercise, you can relax in the hot and medicinal waters of this natural beauty in Guatemala’s western highlands.

Day 5. Lake Atitlan.
Lake Atitlan is located 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level. It is the second largest lake in Guatemala with a surface area of more than 125 square kilometers (48 square miles). At a maximum depth of 324 meters (1062 feet), it is also the deepest lake in Central America.

The famous novelist Aldous Huxley considered Lake Atitlán to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. No matter where you choose to relax on the numerous beaches, you will have beautiful views of the 3 volcanoes, Atitlán, Tolimán and San Pedro, forming a majestic backdrop on the lake. After you arrive at your hotel, you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore.

Day 6. Mayan villages.
Explore beautiful Lake Atitlan and the indigenous towns on its shores. These are great places to see the beauty and variety of the Living Mayan culture. Every town has a distinct Mayan dress with patterns and colors that represent the traditions and heritage of that village.

Day 7. Coban.
Early in the morning you will be transported by boat to Panajachel for transport over land to Cobán. Cobán is rich with dense cloud forests, sparkling waterfalls and spectacular cave systems. It is an area of exceptional beauty.

Day 8. Natural wonder.
Semuc Champey is a natural limestone bridge extending 500 meters above the Cahabón River. In this humid subtropical forest, you will find 7 emerald swimming pools. The pools range from 1 to 3 meters deep and are fed by natural springs from the mountains.

The Cahabón River passes underground at the entrance of Semuc Champey and resurfaces at the start of the hiking trail. This unique natural wonder shows you dozens of tropical shades ranging from pale emerald green to deep sapphire blue. 

On the way back to Cobán you can also visit the Lanquin Caves. These majestic caves are located in a protected area. They are peppered with rooms, corridors, chambers and rock formations. This is also a thriving bat habitat.

Day 9. Flores Island.
First, you will be transported from Coban to Flores Island. Located in Lake Petén Itzá, Flores Island is a truly memorable attraction. A natural launching-off point for visits to nearby Mayan ruins, Flores Island is a perfect place to recharge after day trips spent exploring ancient archaeological sites.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat ride to see more of the lake. Birdwatchers and animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy the chance to see more of this wildlife preserve. You may also have the chance to visit a full veterinary hospital in the jungle, only accessible by boat.

Tayazal is located on a peninsula on the shores of Lake Peten. This Mayan city is famous as being one of the last to fall to the Spanish conquistadors. During your hike through the archaeological site, you will have the chance to observe a great variety of birds and get a break from the heat in the shade of majestic Spanish cedars filled with howler monkeys.

Day 10. Ruins of Tikal.
Today this Guatemala family vacation package will take you to visit the amazing Mayan city of Tikal! The path through the jungle surrounded by the cacophony of birds and monkeys will lead you to a spectacular view of the massive Mayan Ruins that are near a thousand years old.

A private guide will show the way through the jungle to reach the highest temple. From this point of view, you can witness the most incredible sight: an overwhelming sea of trees and, as if they were boats made of rock, the tips of the Mayan temples of Tikal, peeking through the canopy of greenery.

Day 11. Rio Dulce.
In the morning, travel from Flores to Rio Dulce with beautiful views of the various biodiversity of Guatemala along the way.

Day 12. Boat trip.
Dulce River connects Guatemala’s largest lake, Lake Izabal, to the Caribbean Sea. Take a boat tour along the Rio Dulce to see beautiful sites such as the Hidden River and the Dark Lagoon. Then, just as the river narrows and the mountains begin to take shape, you will see the Great Canyon.

During the boat tour, you will also visit the San Felipe Castle and Paradise Farm. San Felipe Castle is a Spanish fort located on a peninsula between Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce. Paradise Farm is a large farm located on Lake Izabal. In Paradise Farm, you will visit a hot springs river and a big waterfall.

Livingston is the only Garifuna Cultural settlement in Guatemala. With a unique mix of Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous people, Livingston offers a unique Caribbean experience. This tropical paradise is inhabited by the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people, who warmly greet you when you arrive on the docks of Livingston. Livingston has the best beaches in Guatemala. This is a great chance to enjoy the ocean, relax and experience the rich diversity the Garifuna offer.

Day 11. Rio Dulce.
In the morning, travel from Flores to Rio Dulce with beautiful views of the various biodiversity of Guatemala along the way.

Day 12. Boat trip.
Dulce River connects Guatemala’s largest lake, Lake Izabal, to the Caribbean Sea. Take a boat tour along the Rio Dulce to see beautiful sites such as the Hidden River and the Dark Lagoon. Then, just as the river narrows and the mountains begin to take shape, you will see the Great Canyon.

During the boat tour, you will also visit the San Felipe Castle and Paradise Farm. San Felipe Castle is a Spanish fort located on a peninsula between Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce. Paradise Farm is a large farm located on Lake Izabal. In Paradise Farm, you will visit a hot springs river and a big waterfall.

Livingston is the only Garifuna Cultural settlement in Guatemala. With a unique mix of Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous people, Livingston offers a unique Caribbean experience. This tropical paradise is inhabited by the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people, who warmly greet you when you arrive on the docks of Livingston. Livingston has the best beaches in Guatemala. This is a great chance to enjoy the ocean, relax and experience the rich diversity the Garifuna offer.

Day 13. Guatemala city.
You will leave Livingston in the morning to head to your hotel in Guatemala City. If you would like to continue exploring more of what this country has to offer, take a look at our Guatemala Tours.

Day 14. Departure.
Sadly your Guatemala Getaway ends today. Private transport provided to the International airport for departure of Guatemala City.


Expenses included

14 days & 13 nights

$1,650 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

13 nights hotel accommodation: hoteles selected according to your wishes and priorities

Local certified onsite guides

Entrance fees for the tours listed in the itinerary

 Boat transfers in Lake Atitlan and Rio Dulce

Daily breakfast

Taxes

Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.

Extensions

Orchid Plant Botanical Reserve

This excursion of the delicate Orchid plant is perfect for the tourist looking to be a bit more mindful and learn about this essential plant. On this excursion you will be able to both learn and appreciate the delicacy of nature in this botanic garden. Inside the botanical reserve you will be led on hikes with devoted local guides who will take you through the various trails and help you perceive the local flora and fauna. Take the opportunity and join locals on an informational hike through the beautiful Orquigonia Botanical reservoir with community guides. Duration: one and a half hours. Price per guest from: $25

Overnight hike to Volcano Tajumulco

 The highest volcano in Central America. As the route pushes higher, you will find yourself hiking on clouds. The final steep push in the trail embraces those worthy of the challenge with a dramatic view. Stars, clouds, a stretch full of other volcanoes going off, and the ascending sun make for an exceptionally delightful reward. Duration: 2 days. Lebel: difficult. Price per guest from: $100

Jungle trek to El Mirador

The Mayan city of El Mirador is a nine kilometers wide archaeological site with more than 850 structures and buildings, most of them covered by the jungle. It is the largest Mayan site in Central America and has the biggest pyramid (volume wise) in the entire world, the Danta Pyramid. Trek through an isolated jungle canopy and spot wonderful sunsets. See countless wildlife, including spider and howler monkeys, toucans and many more. Duration: 5 days. Level: difficult. Price per guest from: $380

Trek from Nebaj to Todos Santos

Visit towns that most tourists have never heard of. The excursion will grant you a different look at rural life. Visit one of the most pure towns of rural Guatemala, where both the men and women still wear the traditional clothing of their ascendants, making a colorful and extraordinary aspect that you will not find anywhere else. Duration: 6 days. Level: difficult. Price per guest from: $190

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