We love Guatemala and we love local operators who incorporate and support the best local community tourism projects and innovations. This example glamping itinerary is one of our favourite community trekking trips.

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“I lived in Latin America for 12 years and 8 of those were in Guatemala. I built a travel business there, my daughter was born there and my heart is still there. Guatemala is still my favourite travel destination for couples and families of all ages. You can design something for anyone in this unique, diverse, stunning and fascinating country.” – Becky Harris, Curious Travel Founder

The trip below is just an example and can easily be extended with more time in beautiful, colonial Antigua de Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, the rainforest. We can also add on beach time in neighbouring Belize or Honduras. You can also easily partner with a longer trip with Mexico.

Just get in touch and there is no stopping us!

Antigua, Guatemala, Main Square with Agua Volcano
Main Square in La Antigua Guatemala – Image by Becky Harris

 Day 1 – Welcome to Guatemala & transfer to Antigua (1hr)

When you arrive at Guatemala City airport you will be met by your private guide and driver and have a private transfer to your hotel in La Antigua Guatemala. (Approx 1 Hour Transfer)

There are many gorgeous boutique hotels in La Antigua Guatemala that we can choose from for your own trip. For this itinerary, we have chosen Casa Santo Domingo which is a historic, luxury hotel great for both couples and families alike.

If you want to discuss this itinerary or tailor-made trips to Central America like Costa Rica, do get in touch!

Antigua Guatemala with Agua Volcano

La Antigua Guatemala with Agua Volcano – Image by Becky Harris

Day 2 – Half day private walking tour (B)

Today your private guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the most iconic monuments in this colonial city. Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magic and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped 300 years ago.

N.B There are many tours to choose from in and around Antigua including picking coffee with local farmers, seeing how the famous “Chicken Buses” are made, learning how to make chocolate. There are many hiking and biking tours and even golf and deep sea fishing! We can swap this tour and also extend your stay to include more tours.

Glamping in Guatemala with Volcanoes

 

Overnight Glamping – Image Copyright Free from Local Operator

Day 3 – Community Trekking & Glamping to Lake Atitlan – Day 1 (B,L,D)

After breakfast in your hotel, you will meet your trekking and glamping team who will transfer you to where the trek starts in the small town of Andres Itzapa. This town is one of the homes of the infamous Maya deity “San Simon or Maximon”. Every day, the mysterious San Simon is visited by locals and travellers to ask for favours like good health, success in business and finding love. From here you will begin your trek through the local fields and communities to where you will be “glamping” overnight.

If you want to discuss this itinerary or tailor-made trips to Central America, do get in touch!

San Simon in San Andrew Iztapa, Guatemala

San Simon in San Andres Iztapa – Image by Santiago Billy

Day 4 – Trek Day 2 (Fuego Camp) (B,L,D)

Another day of trekking today through the beautiful Guatemalan highlands finishing in the shadow of Fuego Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes that have been erupting regularly since the Spanish conquest. With any luck, it will light up the night sky with plumes of molten lava! Tonight enjoy cocktails, and great conversation whilst glamping in this stunning scenery.

Glamping on a community trek in Guatemala with Curious Travel

Overnight Glamping – Image Copyright Free from Local Operator

Day 5 – Trek Day 3 (Agua Volcano + Mayan Villages) (B,L,D)

Today you’ll reach the highest point on the trek with stunning views of Guatemala’s volcanoes including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango Volcanos. You’ll also meet local farmers tending their fields and visit a women’s weaving cooperative in the local communities. Glamping overnight with the local community.

Meeting the Community - Trekking Guatemala

Local Communities – Image Copyright Free from Local Operator

Day 6 – Trek Day 4 (San Antonio Palopó) (B,L,D)

This is the final day of the trek where you reach Lake Atitlan, the “most beautiful lake in the world.” After you say goodbye to your trekking and glamping team, you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you to your hotel.

There are many wonderful hotels situated all around Lake Atitlan which we can choose from based on your individual tastes and requirements. For this example, we used Hotel Atitlan which is a more mid-range property, great for couples and families alike.

If you want to discuss this itinerary or tailor-made trips to Central America, do get in touch!

Hotel Atitlan in Guatemala with Curious Travel

Pool View and Volcanoes at Hotel Atitlan – Image Copyright Free from Hotel

Day 7 – Lake Atitlan Villages (B,L,)

Your guide will meet you today for your private boat tour to visit the villages of San Juan and Santiago around the lake. Around Lake Atitlan are different villages. Each one is named after one of the twelve apostles. Santiago (St.James), is a village located on the south end, home to Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smoke cigars. Maximon is visited every day by locals, healers and tourists asking for favours. San Juan la Laguna, famous for its naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dyes textiles. This town is set as an example of organization and tourism destination among the highlands. Its beauty and cooperatives have set the perfect village.

Maximon in Santiago at Lake Atitlan with Curious Travel

Maximon in Santiago, Lake Atitlan – Image by Becky Harris

Day 8 – Transfer to Guatemala City (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Guatemala City Airport, for your departure flight or to take a trip extension to Tikal.

Typically visitors who have more time would now go on to visit the northern rainforest area of Guatemala to explore the famous Maya archaeology sites. See below for information on a Tikal and Yaxha extension into the rainforest.

If you want to discuss this itinerary or tailor-made trips to Central America, do get in touch!

Example Price for the above itinerary:

  • 2 People – USD $2,400 per person
  • 3 People – Family in 1 room – USD $1,960 per person
  • 4 people – Family in 1 room – USD $1,740 per person

Tikal in Guatemala with Curious Travel

Tikal and Yaxha Extension

Day 8 – Afternoon flight to Flores in the Rainforest (B)

Transfer to Guatemala City for an internal flight to Flores. Once in Flores, you will be met by your private driver for the transfer to your hotel. Hotel: Villa Maya or similar.

Today, based on a consultation with you, we can arrange a variety of activities from zip lining to visiting the organisation looking after rescued tropical animals and many others.

Day 9 – Yaxha Sunset Tour

Sunset at Yaxha with Curious Travel

Sunset Tour at Yaxha – Image by Becky Harris

After a free morning to explore the island town of Flores, your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for a private sunset tour of Yaxha. Yaxha, meaning “green water”, is located 73 km from Flores. This Maya site, discovered in 1904 by architect Teobert Maler, is situated within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve along the sites of Nakum and El Naranjo. From the major pyramid, you can enjoy a great view of Yaxha lagoon and another Mayan site called Topoxte. Receiving fewer visitors than other sites, Yaxha remains peaceful and there are wonderful wildlife watching opportunities. The sunset on top one of the temples on a clear day is simply stunning!

Tikal in Guatemala with Curious Travel

Tikal Temple – Image by Becky Harris

Day 10 – Tikal Tour + Flight to Guatemala City (B,L)

Today you are taken on a private guided tour of Tikal, one of the most famous Maya archaeology sites in the region. Your guide will show you the main temples and discuss with you the architecture, history, and some of the many theories of why and how the Maya Civilisation disappeared. There will also be an opportunity to see rainforest wildlife such as howler monkeys, parrots, macaws, toucans and a variety of other birds and mammals. Later on in the day, you will transfer to the airport for the internal flight back to Guatemala City and overnight in a hotel close to the international airport.

NB. From the Tikal area, you can also choose to take a land or air transfer into Belize for a beach stay and more adventure. We can also link overland into Mexico by one of our favourite adventures to Yaxchilan, Bonampak and onto Palenque and the rest of Mexico!

Contact us about other possible twists and turns to this itinerary.

Day 11 – Departure day (B)

Private transfer to Guatemala City International airport in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Example Price for the above Tikal/Yaxha extension:

  • 2 People – USD $950 per person
  • 3 People – Family in 1 room – USD $815 per person
  • 4 people – Family in 1 room – USD $834 per person

If you want to discuss this itinerary or tailor-made trips to Central America, do get in touch!

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