From your arrival in Guatemala City Airport you will transfer about 45 minutes by car to Antigua. The next day you will explore the city on a private walking tour. Adventureous eaters can sample the local foods offered by street vendors. Next you will travel to beautiful Lake Atitlan with a stop at the Chichicastenango Market en route. Spend a couple of nights at a lakeshore lodge with optional daily activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing Cerro de Oro, visits to the surrounding villages, shopping at the Solala Market, zipline canopy tour. Return to Guatemala City for your international departure. Additional nights can be added in Antigua and/or Lake Atitlan, or ask your consultant about a possible trip extension to another Central American country.
On arrival in Guatemala City you will be met by your local driver and guide and depart for the 45 minute drive to Antigua.
Overnight at an Antigua hotel, daily breakfast included.
Daily breakfast included.
Antigua Walking Tour Half Day
You will be met at your hotel by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural & historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Entrances are included to the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church.
This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide. If you wish to visit other monuments you will need to pay the entrances directly. At the end of the tour your guide can accompany you back to your hotel or take you to a place of your choosing.
Entrances to monuments included.
Street Food Tour
Along with the walking tour your guide will take you on a tour of Antigua's street food hot spots, where you'll get to taste some of Guatemala's most authentic cuisine. These are the places where long lines of locals are a fixture and for good reason: The food served is delicious and well-prepared. Items you might try include chuchitos (the Guatemalan take on a tamale), pupusas (cheese-filled corn tortillas), rellenitas (plantain dough that's filled with beans and then fried), and even pigs' feet. You'll learn the cultural and historic significance of the eats on offer and will also visit Antigua's bustling market to explore the colorful array of ingredients used in Guatemalan cuisine. (Please note that this tour is for more adventurous eaters.)
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private driver and guide and depart for the 2.5 hour transfer to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Along the way you will pass through the central highland region and see the local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives - working in the fields, collecting firewood, traveling between markets, selling their wares.
Upon arrival at Chichicastenango your guide will take you to explore this famous market. Here you will find fruits, vegetables, everyday items as well as the craft area where you can find endless variety of beautiful textiles, wooden and ceramic crafts. You can also visit the famous St Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform Maya rituals within the Catholic church - demonstrating the interesting way the two faiths have combined in recent times.
You may also hike up the hill to the Pascaul Abaj ritual site to see if any local shamans are performing rituals and to the cemetery on the outskirts of town. Lunch is included.
Afterward, you will transfer to your Lake Atitlan hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to San Juan La Laguna Village where you will visit a local textile cooperative, see the back strap loom in use and see how natural dyes are used. You may also visit a local medicinal nursery where natural medicines, soaps and shampoos are produced. Following the cooperative visits, you will board the boat to the village of Santiago for lunch. After lunch you will go with your guide to the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed (at additional cost). After visiting Maximon guests can visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art that is famous from this area. Afterward, you will transfer back to your hotel.
Lunch and entrance fees are included.
Transfer to the Guatemala City Int'l Airport.
|Price from||$1,234.00 per person, based on double occupancy|