Guatemala Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Guatemala City to Flores

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Anyone looking for a tropical getaway that's so much more than a beach vacation will love this quick eight-day introduction to Guatemala's cultural and natural highlights. Visit the lakeside communities of Lake Atitlán, walk the well-preserved Spanish Baroque neighbourhoods of Antigua, and take in a cooking lesson on the picturesque shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Add in some trekking, ziplining, or fishing, and you’ve got a Central American adventure you'll always remember.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Antigua Historical Walk, Antigua Guatemala National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Lakeside Cooking Class, Flores G Adventures for Good: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit, Lago de Atitlán Hands-on: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop, Antigua Guatemala
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit a chocolate museum and take a hands-on workshop
  • Boat ride around Lake Atitlán
  • Visit the San Juan la Laguna community for a local Mayan lunch and a tree-planting ceremony
  • Visit small community co-ops for demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts
  • Guided cultural walking tour of Antigua
  • Cooking class
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Tikal
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the lakeside communities of lake atitlán
  • Enjoy a hands-on chocolate workshop
  • Visit the ancient mayan city of tikal
  • Take part in a cooking class along the shores of lake petén itzá

Itinerary

Day 1 Guatemala City/Antigua Guatemala Arrive at the Guatemala City airport and transfer to your hotel in Antigua. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy this charming city. It is a short 45km (28 mi) from Guatemala City on a lovely winding road. The natural scenery is some of the most beautiful anywhere with high mountain peaks surrounding deep valleys, and nearly every inch of land covered with lush growth. Additional Notes: Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala (1B) Walk through quiet cobblestone streets, past restored Spanish colonial stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances. Explore the museums and churches, then have an ice cream and people-watch in the central park. Antigua offers three specialties that make shopping here very worthwhile. Textiles sold here and in the nearby towns are of the highest quality, beautifully designed and woven on foot looms or the traditional back strap loom. Jade, in carved statues and jewelry, is sold in several factories and shops in town and silver jewelry is also sold in the better shops and a nearby silver factory in San Felipe de Jesus. The city offers good buys in ceramics and antiques as well. Included Activities: Antigua Historical Walk
Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/Jaibalito (1B, 1L) Our home at the lake will be in the tranquil town of Jaibalito. This tiny village sits on the north shores of breathtaking Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes. There are no paved roads leading into Jaibalito, but the paths weaving across the slopes offer rewarding views of the lake. Test your communication and bargaining skills in the colourful local markets, of which there are many. There are also a number of weaving cooperatives that you may wish to visit. The proceeds from the sales return directly to the community and are a significant contribution to the local economy. Included Activities: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 80km) Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Jaibalito (1B) Free time for outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking.
Day 5 Jaibalito/Antigua Guatemala (1B) Return to Antigua and visit a chocolate museum to take a hands-on workshop to learn about the ancient Mayan process from bean to bar. Opt to take a salsa dance class. Included Activities: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 6 Antigua Guatemala/Flores (1B, 1L) This charming town, with its pastel-coloured buildings, enjoys a scenic setting on Lake Petén Itzá. There will be time to stroll through the streets, buy local handicrafts, or take a swim in the lake. Despite the recent growth in Petén, Flores remains the same small island town, with narrow, cobblestoned streets, small, brightly painted houses, and friendly people. Included Activities: Lakeside Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours, 45km) Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 550km)
Day 7 Flores (1B) Take a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site set in the heart of the jungle. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)
Day 8 Flores (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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