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Guatemala Family Adventure

10 Days

10 Days

Guatemala Family Adventure

Welcome to Guatemala! Your family will be amazed and truly astounded by the beauty, culture and diversity of wildlife and geographical locations during this once in a lifetime trip!

9 Day Sample Itinerary

Trip at a Glance

Let's go on an adventure!

Day 1

Arrival into Guatemala City, Guatemala. Head to the charming colonial town of Antigua

 

Day 2

Enjoy an exploration of Antigua’s countryside on a biking adventure

Day 3

Venture out on a full day trek to admire the fiery crater of Pacaya Volcano

Day 4

Travel to the Lakeshore of Lake Atitlan. En-route, visit the town of Comalapa, the market, and explore the ruins of Ixmiche

Day 5

Discover the colonial villages of San Juan and Santiago on a kayak exploration

Day 6

Spend a day at leisure enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan

Day 7

Fly to Flores/Peten in the Guatemalan jungle to begin your adventure

Day 8

Walk in the footsteps of the Mayans during an exploration of the ancient city of Tikal

Day 9

Enjoy a the day exploring Ixpanpajul Nature Park, Guatemala’s subtropical rainforest.

Day 10

Depart Guatemala

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Day 1: ARRIVE GUATEMALA CITY

Welcome to Guatemala!

Travel to the charming colonial town of Antigua and begin your Guatemala family adventure.

  • Accommodations: Casa Santo Domingo
  • Meals Included: None Today
Day 2: ANTIGUA

Experience Antigua’s countryside on a scenic biking exploration

Learn about the dramatic history of sites like Ciudad Vieja, once capital of Guatemala before it was hit by a mudslide from the crater of a nearby volcano in 1541. Visit picturesque ruins and a macadamia farm. Ride to Santiago Zamora and San Antonio Aguas Calientes, two towns known for their colorful textile production. You will gain insight on the local culture during this family riding adventure. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the countryside.

  • Accommodations: Casa Santo Domingo
  • Meals Included: Lunch Today
Day 3: ANTIGUA

Full day trek

Head out to discover the fiery crater of Pacaya Volcano during a full day trek.

A grumbling, smoke-belching spectacle, Pacaya Volcano (2,552 metres / 8,371 feet) beckons adventure-seekers with its breathtaking display of nature’s raw power.

Travel by vehicle to Pacaya’s foothills and begin a steep hike through a lush pine forest. A widening panorama unfolds on the way up, offering views of northern volcanoes, the Pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. At the base of the peak itself, a barren moonscape of loose rock and pebbles greets you, adding tricky footing to the adventure. Steam rises from numerous vents, which sometimes yield a view of bright orange magma deep inside.

Take a minute to admire this majestic volcano and enjoy beautiful panoramic views before heading back down to enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch.

  • Accommodations: Casa Santo Domingo
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 4: ANTIGUA

Travel to the Lakeshore of Lake Atitlan

Travel to the Lakeshore of Lake Atitlan. En-route visit the town of Comalapa and the ruins of Ixmiche.

Discover the town of Comalapa and see the famous murals painted by the town’s children, commemorating major events in Guatemala’s history. Visit local painters who continue the tradition of naïf paintings that the town is so famous for. Head to the wonderful authentic market of Comalapa to see the local people go about their daily life buying produce and goods for the rest of the week, still dressed in the traditional textiles of the area. Enjoy lunch and then explore the Mayan ruins of Iximiche.

  • Accommodations: Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 5: LAKE ATITLAN

Enjoy a kayak exploration on Lake Atitlan

Enjoy a kayak exploration on Lake Atitlan visiting the villages of San Juan and Santiago.

Paddle out on the lake to discover two of the most fascinating villages that overlook majestic Lake Atitlán, San Juan La Laguna and Santiago.

In San Juan, you can experience indigenous weaving demonstrations and learn about traditional techniques being used to create their beautiful textiles. Visit the workshop of art naïf painters to see and learn about their craft.

Head back on the lake and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area as you travel to Santiago. Visit the house of Maximón, the Mayan folk saint who moves annually with the selection of his new caretaker. A shaman may be performing a ritual for a local follower or two gathered at Maximón’s candle-lit altar.

Take a stroll through the village streets and learn about their vivid history and explore the local market to see some of the distinctive textiles and primitive art that are both famous and originate from the lake basin.

  • Accommodations: Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 6: LAKE ATITLAN

Day at leisure

Spend an entire day at leisure relaxing or exploring the lake on your own.

There are a variety of water and nature activities that you can enjoy, including kayaking, canoeing, paragliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, zip-lining, scuba diving, visits to Laguna Lodge Nature Reserve, and nature hikes around the surrounding area.

  • Accommodations: Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 7: LAKE ATITLAN / PETEN

Day at leisure

Enjoy leisure time on the lake.

Fly to Flores/Peten and begin your exploration in the Guatemalan jungle.

  • Accommodations: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 8: PETEN

Explore the magnificent Mayan city of Tikal

Tikal National Park, is where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys, that live in the jungle canopy.

Once home to an estimated 50,000 residents or more, Tikal flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD. Follow in the footsteps of Mayan royalty and commoners as you admire the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar (44 meters / 144 feet), and Temple of the Masks (38m / 125ft.

  • Accommodations: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 9: PETEN / GUATEMALA CITY

Explore Ixpanpajul Nature Park

Enjoy the day exploring Ixpanpajul Nature Park, Guatemala’s subtropical rainforest.

Ixpanpajul Nature Park offers several lush and well-maintained ways into the jungle, perfect for a family outing. The beautiful park preserves 450 hectares (1.7 square miles) of almost untouched rainforest, into which we have packed all sorts of activities.

The most popular trek is a self-guided hike (a little over an hour) that takes you to several spectacular viewpoints. There are also suspended bridges through the forest canopy. Horseback rides, hiking safaris, birding treks, and ATV rentals are also available. You will find more than 200 species of trees, 150 birds, and 40 mammals, including three types of monkey, all whom call the park home. Enjoy lunch during your tour.

Fly to Guatemala City.

  • Accommodations: Westin Camino Real
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 10: DEPART GUATEMALA

End of your Guatemala trip

Head to the airport for your departure flight from Guatemala

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP?
Contact a Guatemala Travel Specialist

With the help of our travel specialists, create a perfect trip planned around your specific interests, tastes and preferences. We will provide helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.


CONTACT US ABOUT THIS TRIP
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