Guatemala’s indigenous people, lush landscapes, and vibrant colonial towns make it mysterious, colorful, and delightfully different than its neighbors. From the historic city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the crystal blue waters of Lake Atitlan, you will experience the thrill of a rich and ancient culture every moment of this journey. Led by Explorer X’s own Pam Perry who lived and traveled extensively in Guatemala, you’ll spend four days trekking through friendly Mayan villages, engaging with local people and talented artisans, eating artfully-prepared fresh local foods and marveling at active volcanoes and lush cloud forests. Staying in cozy boutique hotels in Antigua, trekking through breathtaking landscapes in the Guatemalan highlands, and exploring the Mayan pueblos that surround Lake Atitlán, this trip is guaranteed to be spiritual, adventurous, and invigorating. Join us!
January 18 | Welcome to Guatemala!
Fly into Guatemala City
Group Transfer to Antigua
Rest of the day free to explore this UNESCO protected town
Overnight: Antigua @ Hotel Meson de Maria | Meals: Dinner
January 19 | Exploring Antigua
Cultural walking tour of Antigua with local historian and author Elizabeth Bell
Group lunch, then free afternoon to explore Antigua's nooks and crannies
Trek Briefing with Local Tour Leader
Overnight: Antigua @ Hotel Meson de Maria | Meals: B, L
January 20 | Trek to Terra Camp
Begin 4-day trek to Lake Atitlan
Stop at Mayan deity San Simón shrine to offer a blessing to your journey
Climb through lush cloud forest amid orchids and bromeliads before arriving at Terra Camp
Overnight: Terra Camp | Meals: B, L, D
January 21 | Trek to Fuego Camp
Descend through forests and agricultural fields to the La Vega River Valley
Cross a hanging foot bridge and embrace your inner Indiana Jones
After lunch in Mayan village, hike to Fuego Camp
Learn tortilla making with local women around a campfire overlooking Fuego Volcano
Overnight: Fuego Camp | Meals: B, L, D
January 22 | Trek to Agua Camp
Morning climb to the highest point of the trek at over 9,000 feet
Follow pristine ridgeline with panoramic views of six volcanoes and cloud forest
Learn traditional backstrap weaving from a Mayan women’s cooperative before a well-earned sleep at Agua Camp
Overnight: Agua Camp | Meals: B, L, D
January 23 | Trek to Lake Atitlán
Descend into Madre Vieja River Valley and stop (and sip at!) a working coffee farm
Arrive at Lake Atitlán, the terminus of your trekking journey!
Board private boat to hotel & soak in the wood-fired hot tub
Overnight: Lake Atitlan @ La Casa del Mundo | Meals: B, L, D
January 24 | Santiago Tour + Mayan Shaman
Leisurely morning to enjoy the dramatic scenery from your lodge
Boat ride to Mayan village to visit local markets and sites
Private astrological readings with a Mayan Shaman & introduction to Mayan Shaman rituals
Overnight: Lake Atitlan @ La Casa del Mundo | Meals: B, L, D
January 25 | Return to Antigua
Morning yoga overlooking the lake
Return to Antigua by boat and private vehicle
Optional spa, zip line, or mountain biking adventure
Evening Celebration Dinner
Overnight: Antigua @ Hotel Meson de Maria | Meals: B, D
January 26 | Departure or continue extension
Transfer to international airport for your return flight home
Optional: Begin your 2-day Tikal Extension
Overnight: None| Meals: Breakfast
January 26-27 | Tikal Extension
Board flight to Flores, the nearest airport to Tikal. Upon arrival drive through the lush Peten region rainforest to arrive at Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. We will have a private tour of ruins including Complex Q, the Main Plaza, 7 Temples and Lost World. After lunch in the park, you’ll have time to continue to explore the magnificent park on your own, or you can return to your hotel and lounge by the pool and listen to the trademark howl of the Howler Monkeys. After breakfast at your hotel in the heart of Tikal National Park, a private shuttle will transfer you back to Flores/Mundo Maya Airport for a morning flight that returns you to Guatemala International Airport by 9am for international departures.
Antigua @ Hotel Meson de María
Constructed in harmony with the colonial style of Antigua Guatemala, the Hotel Meson de María was established in a finely restored mansion and provides a relaxed and refined atmosphere. The hotel is located in the heart of Antigua, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza. You can enjoy the sound of the water fountain while you walk through the beautiful corridors where you can admire the decoration of the rooms. On the third floor, we have a roof top terrace with the best view of the Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanoes which surround the valley.
Glamping in Tents
During the trek, we will stay in comfortable safari-style tent camps with two people sharing a spacious 10 ft x 14 ft waterproof canvas tent. Each tent includes comfortable mattresses and goose down comforters. Trek staff will prepare delicious food and knowledgeable guides will keep us safe and on the right trail. Each day, you’ll travel light with day packs while the camp and your gear is moved from one breathtaking destination to the next via an overland “Trek Truck, a modified vehicle that not only carries all trek gear and food but also features a hot water shower, portable flush toilet, and sink. The shower is private, but allows you to look up at the stars as you rinse the trail dust off each night.
La Casa Del Mundo @ Lake Atitlán
Picture yourself in a balmy resting area during sunset with an aerial view of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by terrace gardens with a scent of Guatemalan cuisine nearby. Rest, read, relax, or cuddle in one of our 17 cozy rooms, each with distinct architecture and placement on the cliffside. Enjoy high-quality orthopedic mattresses, solar-heated hot water, handcrafted Mayan decoration, and breathtaking panoramas of the lake. In the morning, sleep in, enjoy our new and updated breakfast menu or go for a swim. In the evening, venture out to see one of the 13 indigenous villages surrounding the lake or take up a volcano climb and kayak trip. The combination of our "Casa" and the magnificence of the Lake region set the stage for a visit that you will hold in fond memory forever.
Jungle Lodge @ Tikal (Extension)
Jungle Lodge was established as the first scientific camp in Tikal, which housed archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania for the exploration of the Mayan city in the 1850s. Stay in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere, in the archaeological site of Tikal. There are 49 rooms and suites each with unique architectural details and amenities designed to provide a memorable experience in the middle of the jungle. Guests enjoy use of the pool, a full restaurant and bar, and free wifi.
Your Program Leader: Pam Perry
Pam would be president of the Guatemala Fan Club, if such a thing existed. Fresh out of college she spent three weeks in Guatemala, falling in love with the culture, small towns and people and then returned 20 years later to immerse herself for three months in all its colorful, flavorful and spiritual glory. Living with a family, taking private Spanish language lessons and living in a pyramid on the shores of Lake Atitlan studying with a shaman, she fulfilled a promise to herself to get to know that country and culture better. Now, she’s delighted to have created this very special journey that weaves trekking and glamping, with the best of Mayan culture, cuisine and history, to help people experience Guatemala from the inside-out.
Pricing & Inclusions
$3,485/pp (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $625 (hotels only; not available on trek)
Cost of 2 day / 1 night extension to Tikal: $795 (including RT flights)
Single Supplement: $120
All accommodations listed above (8N)
All meals/drinks listed on the itinerary
All experiences and activities
All transfers and transportation
Luggage transfers throughout
English-speaking guide throughout
Use of the Trek Truck
What’s Not Included:
Round-Trip Flights to/from Guatemala > We Can Help Book Flights!
Travel Insurance > We Can Help!
Meals/Drinks Not Listed on the Itinerary
Items of a Personal Nature
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