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Mayan Escape

A Sacred, Active Journey in Guatemala

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Dates: Jan 18—26, 2020 | From $3,485/pp

 Program Overview

Guatemala’s indigenous people, lush landscapes, and vibrant colonial towns make it mysterious, colorful, and delightfully different than its neighbors. From the colonial 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 on this journey. You’ll spend four days walking through friendly Mayan communities, engaging with Mayan people and talented locals, tasting artfully-prepared fresh local foods and marveling at active volcanoes and cloud forests. Staying in cozy boutique hotels in colonial Antigua, trekking through breathtaking landscapes in the Guatemalan highlands, and exploring Mayan pueblos that surround Lake Atitlán … this trip is guaranteed to be spiritual, adventurous, and comfortable. Join us!

 

Itinerary Outline

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Transfer to international airport for your return flight home
Optional: Begin your 2-day Tikal Extension

Overnight: None| Meals: Breakfast

 

Accommodations

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Your Program Leader: Pam Perry

Pam is a lifelong explorer and forever on the lookout for her Next Adventure. As a Travel Mentor and our resident “Wizard of Wisdom,” she works with clients to curate their dream journeys. At a meditation retreat ten years ago, she wrote a mission statement that foretold her future with Explorer X: “I want to connect people with experiences that crack open their souls for the purpose of making change.” Most recently, she was co-founder of a tour operator with a focus on Asia. She led a women’s trek to Everest Base Camp, sourced fresh spices in Kerala, saved Leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, and learned to cook mole with a family in Guatemala. Her passions include finding the local’s favorite spots that don’t show up in tourist guides, and creating journeys that leave a lifelong impression on the traveler.

 

Pricing & Inclusions

Price:

  • $3,485/pp (based on double occupancy)

  • Single Supplement: $625 (hotels only; not available on trek)

What’s Included:

  • 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

  • Souvenirs

 

 Apply Now!

Ready for your adventure in the Guatemala? GREAT! We ask that all prospective Muddy Shoe Adventurers submit a brief application for their desired program. This gives you a chance to connect with your Program Leader to make sure that this is a good match … and ensures that you know what to expect (and what not to expect) on your Adventures. Click the button below to learn more about the application process and to submit your application for this Adventure!