The
Ultimate
Guatemalan
Adventure

From July 30th to August 20th, 2023
From November 19th to December 10th, 2023

A 22-day trip throughout Guatemala off the beaten path

Guatemala is the full package: culture, nature and adventure.

A hidden gem destination, far from massive tourism or cookie-cutter perfection, and blessed with springlike weather all year round.

To experience Guatemala, you need to experience the contrast between its different regions. Each with its own charm, nature, and people. This will take us to the four cardinal points at a pace that allows you to enjoy the here and now.

Visit 6 different regions in Guatemala

The green Caribbean Guatemala
The Green Caribbean, where we find lush nature and get to appreciate the magical atmosphere of the Garifuna Culture.
The heart of the mayan world
The heart of the Mayan world in Petén, where we will visit the ancient cities of Tikal and Yaxhá, and then relax at the colorful island of Flores.
Semuc Champey Verapaces
The natural paradise of the Verapaces with a wide variety of forests and the fauna and flora that live within them. We will visit Semuc Champey and other out of the ordinary places that make Guatemala the hidden gem it is.
Highlands Guatemala
The Guatemalan Highlands offer the perfect combination of natural beauties, spectacular mountain landscapes and traditions of the Mayan culture. From the highest non-volcanic region in all of Central America to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Pacific coast Guatemala
The Pacific Coast with its black sanded volcanic beaches, where we will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sit back to recharge after climbing one of the active volcanoes in Guatemala, the Pacaya.
Antigua Guatemala
The mix between modern and colonial. We will feel transported in time by the colonial architecture of Antigua Guatemala and complete the experience in Guatemala City, the most cosmopolitan city in Central America.

More information about the experience

The accomodations

Handpicked lodgings for their quality, service, and personality. They are part of the overall experience, and you will look forward to spending your leisure time there.

The gastronomy

Food is an inherent part of Guatemalan culture. We show our love through food. Traditions are present in the way we cook, what we eat and how we relate to food. The meals included in the program are a vital part of the experience.
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Your host: me

You will get to know the country in-depth, because you are traveling not only with your “assigned guide” but with the person who designed the whole experience, arranged personally with the service partners, and knows what to expect every step of the way.

Until 3 years ago I was living in Guatemala and traveled my country extensively through the years. I know the Guatemalan idiosyncrasy and have an extensive network there.

You will live the Guatemala that is real from my perspective.

4475 € p/p

on a double occupancy basis at the hotels

What is included

  • Overnight stays in carefully selected accommodations
  • All the breakfasts, 4 lunches
  • All excursions on a private basis accompanied by an english speaking guide
  • All entrance fees for the excursions included
  • All road transfers based on private transport
  • My accompaniment 24/7 during the 22 days of the trip
  • 1% of the revenue will be donated to the Humanitarian Association Antigua al Rescate
  • Two trees will be planted through the Trees for All CO2 compensation program

What is not included

  • International airfare to and from Guatemala
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel and/or cancellation insurance
  • Any vaccinations

This trip is for you if...

…culture, nature, and adventure are what you look for when you travel.

…a hidden gem destination makes your inner child smile.

…you enjoy an active trip.

…food is one powerful reason for you to travel.

…comfortable accommodations with personality are an important part of the experience.

In words of the travellers

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“I think the best thing people can do after Corona, after being inside for way too long, is just to get on a plane with Paula and come to Guatemala.”
“Paula is also someone who gives incredible confidence as a tour leader, as a travel guide. She knows Guatemala.”
Erik
The Ultimate Guatemalan Adventure

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The Ultimate Guatemalan Adventure

Day 1

It's finally time to fly to Guatemala City, a big city that rests in a valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. I will meet you upon arrival at Guatemala’s Airport. Once in our trendy hotel in Zona Viva, we will have the chance to introduce ourselves to new friends and companions during the next three weeks.

Day 2

On the way to Río Dulce we are going to visit Quiriguá, where we will admire the largest stelae of the Mayan world. That is why UNESCO named it a world heritage site. A must-see and one of the visits I enjoy the most.

Meals: breakfast

Day 3

We are going to Livingston, a town accessible only by boat, where we get to appreciate the magical atmosphere of the Caribbean just by walking in the streets. To get there we will take a boat ride through the lush tropical forest as well as deep limestone canyon walls, which are often lined with Pelicans and various other water birds.

We will be back in Rio Dulce late in the afternoon.

Meals: breakfast

Day 4

Before heading to Tikal we will visit Castillo de San Felipe, an old Spanish fort that was once used to protect the town and lake from pirates.

Meals: breakfast

Day 5

We will enjoy the sunrise in Tikal. We will walk through the park very early in the morning, hearing the howler monkeys in the dark. From Temple IV we will witness the awakening of the jungle and discover one of the most amazing Mayan ruins in the world. That is my version of the top of the world.

In the afternoon we will move to El Remate and we will visit the island of Flores.

Meals: breakfast

Day 6

Today we will take it slowly in the morning, exploring Lake Petén Itzá and its surroundings. In the afternoon we will visit Yaxhá Mayan ruins, and enjoy the sunset with a view!

Meals: breakfast

Day 7

Today we will be leaving the humid tropics to approach the highlands. On the way we will visit the Candelaria Caves, a great system of natural caves considered a sacred place for the Mayans.

Meals: breakfast

Day 8

We will stroll through San Cristóbal Verapaz, a small and picturesque town, where we will be able to witness the daily life of its inhabitants.

Meals: breakfast

Day 9

We will discover one of the hidden gems of Guatemala: Semuc Champey. It's a rocky journey, but once there, you’ll see for yourself why is so worth it!

Meals: breakfast

Day 10

We’ll head a little bit further into the highlands, looking for unforgettable views of the mountains at Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic region in all of Central America.

Meals: breakfast

Day 11

After an invigorating hike in the Todos Santos Cuchumatán nature reserve, we´ll head to the town with the same name where we’ll share a homemade meal with a local family.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 12

Today we will head towards Chichicastenango. There we will visit its traditional market, the largest in Central America, that opens every Thursday and Sunday. It’s a feast for the senses with villagers coming from all around to sell their products.

We will reach Lake Atitlán early in the evening.

Meals: breakfast

Day 13

We will wake up in one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. And we will discover it by boat to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain landscape and its three majestic volcanoes. We will visit several villages around the lake to learn that each of them has its own identity and charm.

Meals: breakfast

Day 14

In the morning we will visit a nature reserve where we can do a zipline tour with one of the most spectacular views of the lake as background.

Early in the afternoon, we’ll head to Panajachel to stroll its lively streets.

Meals: breakfast

Day 15

On our way to Antigua, we will visit Iximché, the first capital of Guatemala.

Meals: breakfast

Day 16

We will explore Antigua, enjoying its picture-perfect cobblestone streets and its colonial style.

Meals: breakfast

Day 17

After breakfast, we’ll take a coffee tour. A must-do here.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit one of my favorite artsy places in Antigua.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 18

Before heading to the Pacific Coast to enjoy the volcanic beaches with black sand, we will climb an active volcano, the Pacaya.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 19

Beach day! Just sit back and relax.

Meals: breakfast

Day 20

After breakfast, we will go back to the capital.

Guatemala City is a city of contrasts, a mix of modern and colonial architecture. We will visit the civic and historical center to finish in the cultural district, a developing area with a bohemian atmosphere where art, technology, and gastronomy meet.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 21

I can’t let you go without taking you to my true home. The place I grew up in, is very close to Guatemala city. We will prepare a homemade meal and hope you will enjoy exploring the nature trails as much as I did when I was a girl. We will be back in the city early in the evening so you can take a good night’s sleep before your departure the next day.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 22

Saying goodbye is always the hardest part, but I’m sure you will have new friends and many stories to tell after these 22 days!

Meals: breakfast