Guatemala Family Getaway
8 Days / 7 Nights
Visit Antigua, take part in a peanut butter workshop, hike on the Pacaya volcano, go horseback riding, kayak on Lake Atitlan, visit villages around the lake, take the children to a chocolate workshop, go zip-lining, fly to Peten for a visit to Tikal and a wildlife encounter. A memorable trip for the whole family.
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Day 1. Arrive Guatemala - Transfer to Antigua (-/-/-)
Welcome to Guatemala. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Antigua is among the world's best conserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magical and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobblestone streets you will experience the splendours of ancient times! Kids will love the brightly coloured colonial buildings and will marvel at the steaming volcanoes in the distance.
Day 2. Antigua half day walking tour & Peanut Butter Workshop (B/L/-)
After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Antigua. You will visit breath taking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling centre of the region for the Spaniards. After lunch, you'll be transferred to San Miguel Escobar town. On arrival, Lilian and Lidia, two local peanut farmers, will teach you how to make peanut butter from scratch. Enjoy a delicious homemade tortilla with your own hand made peanut butter.
Day 3. Pacaya Volcano Hike & Horseback Riding (B/L/-)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for your transfer to the volcano. Pacaya is one of the most active volcanoes among Guatemala’s 33 volcanoes. Sitting 2,500mts above sea level, Pacaya is one of the youngest volcanoes with beautiful views toward the Pacific Coast and three other volcanoes nearby (Agua, Acatenango and Fuego). It takes around 2.5hrs to get to the summit. Once on top, you'll be able to enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch & fresh made s'mores with marshmallows roasted over hot vents in the rocks! Kids will love the adventure of making this treat! After the trek, you'll be transferred to a coffee hacienda for a 2hr horse back riding through the coffee fields.
Day 4. Chocolate Workshop & Transfer to Lake Atitlan (B/-/-)
After breakfast, learn hands on about cocoa through a personalised workshop where you will be able to work with the kernel, brew it, toast it and grind it to elaborate chocolates as we know them. Make your own chocolate creations and one hour later, you'll be able to enjoy them! After the chocolate tour, you'll be transferred to Lake Atitlan. With three stunning volcanoes rising out of its emerald surface, Lake Atitlan is located 144km west of Guatemala City. It is characterized by its natural beauty surrounded by gorgeous views of the volcanoes and indigenous villages filled with culture. The famous writer Aldous Huxley considered it the most beautiful lake in the world.
Day 5. Kayak, Tzununa Hike & San Juan Village tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast your guide will take you on a private boat to pick up the kayaks and gear for your padding on the lake. Enjoy an easy 45 minute – 1 hour kayak tour along the shores of Lake Atitlan, paddling past small indigenous villages, local Mayan fisherman and rugged cliffs with exotic plants and birdlife. We arrive at the small village of Tzununa and then embark on an easy hike along footpaths used by the local people, with stunning views of the volcanoes surrounding the lake. Tzununa is a small village located on the north shore of Lake Atitlan. The trek uphill and back to Santa Cruz la Laguna has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Kaqchikel Mayans for centuries. While trekking you'll have beautiful views of the lake. The word Tzununa means "Land of the sparrows". After lunch, you will travel by boat to San Juan la Laguna, a traditional indigenous village on Lake Atitlan where we’ll learn about the weaving traditions of the Maya at a women’s textile co-op. After exploring San Juan, the boat will take you back to the hotel in the village of Panajachel.
Day 6. Zip-line Adventure & Afternoon flight to Peten (B/-/-)
After breakfast, your guide and driver will transfer you to the Atitlan Reserve. On arrival, you'll start your zip line and trekking adventure through the forest. Fly through and be amazed by the wonderful views of the lake. After the zip line, you'll be transferred to Guatemala City's airport for your local flight to Peten. On arrival, transfer to hotel.
Day 7. Tikal Mayan Ruins Adventure (B/L/-)
After breakfast your guide will take you to Tikal National Park and show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history, and the theories of why they disappeared. Tikal became an important ceremonial centre of the ancient Maya civilisation with the construction of major pyramids and temples. The best years were the Late Classic Period (600-900AD). Tikal has some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilisation, excavated by Pennsylvania University between 1,956 and 1,969. Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent. It is Guatemala´s most famous cultural and natural preserve. Kids can explore this archeological jungle gym as if they were Indiana Jones, climbing up and over structures all the while howling along with the calls of the howler monkeys in jungle canopy above! If you are lucky, a few monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans will be on site. After the tour enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 8. Departure (B/-/-)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. When you are ready your driver will transfer you to Peten airport from where you will fly to Guatemala City for your international departure flight.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS FROM £3,499 per person + flights
based on minimum 2 adults travelling together with 1 or 2 children
Child price under 9 years of age: £2,100 + flights
The price includes:
Accommodation, Meals as described (B/L/D=Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner), Private boat transfers, Kayaking, Horse back riding, Chocolate workshop, peanut butter workshop, zip-lining, entrance fees to the sites mentioned, Land transfers on a private basis, domestic flights Guatemala City-Flores-Guatemala City
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Guatemala. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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