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Day 1: antigua

From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.

You will be met upon arrival at Guatemala City Airport by your guide and driver and transferred about an hour to the colonial town of Antigua. You will receive a welcome pack that includes trip notes and general information on the destinations in Guatemala, including restaurant and shopping recommendations. Once in Antigua, you can relax in a beautiful colonial boutique hotel.

Lodging
El Convento or similar

Day 2: antigua and azotea coffee tour

Experience Antiguan charm.Experience Antiguan charm.

This morning, you’ll be met at your hotel by your guide to begin a coffee tour. This tour supports a local charity called "As Green As It Gets," which independently produces and promotes environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. During the tour, you will visit some of the families supported by this organization. You will help the coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing, before sampling the coffee yourself. Your guide will accompany you back to the hotel or take you to a recommended restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
El Convento or similar

Day 3: comalapa market / iximché / lake atitlan

Peaceful Lake Atitlan.Peaceful Lake Atitlan.

En route to Lake Atitlan, visit Comalapa Market and the famous Maya site of Iximché for a guided tour. Iximché was the capital of the Kakchiquel Maya. The archaeological site sits atop a fortified hilltop surrounded by a moat about nine feet deep. The Kakchiquel Maya were powerful warriors and skillful builders. The stucco faces of many stone structures are still intact. It is thought that Iximché was founded in the year 1470 AD and throughout the life of the city were always the bitter enemies of the Quiché Maya. The first Spanish settlement on Guatemalan soil was in Iximché. After touring this fascinating site you can enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to Lake Atitlan.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Atitlan or similar

Day 4: san juan la laguna and santiago atitlan

The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings. The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings.

Enjoy a boat tour of the exquitie lake today with visits to two very different villages. First, charming quiet San Juan La Laguna where the walls of many homes and shops are painted with colorful murals. Visit a local textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and how natural dyes are still used, as well as the home and workshop of a local naif painter. Then, Santiago village, larger, busier, and more city-like, known for hosting the strange Maya God Maximon.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Atitlan or similar

Day 5: chichicastenango / fly to flores

The colorful market in Chichicastenango will entice the senses.The colorful market in Chichicastenango will entice the senses.

Drive about an hour to the market town of  Chichicastenango, known as Chichi. The market is enormous and stocked to overflowing with a huge variety of textiles, masks, ceramics and ceremonial wares. In the heart of things, visit the grand St. Tomas Church, where local Maya perform their indigenous rituals alongside Catholic worship. If you would like, hike up the hill to the Pascual Abaj ritual where you may meet with local shamans. From Chichi, drive two hours to the airport in Guatemala City for your flight north to Flores.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Bolontiku Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 6: yaxha national park and topoxte

An hour from Flores, explore the significant -- and lesser visited -- Yaxha National Park. A short boat trip on Lake Yaxha takes you to the small island site of Topoxte where the temples remain densely covered with forest. This post-classic site is believed to be the last inhabited Mayan site in Guatemala. Later, at the ceremonial site of Yaxha, set atop a hill overloking two lakes, the tower of Temple 216 in the East Acropolis offers a magnificent panoramic view.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Bolontiku Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 7: tikal national park

Explore Tikal National Park.  This is perhaps the best known of all Mayan sites. Here, 3,000 ancient structures rise from the jungle floor amidst the colors and sounds of tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys.  Once home to an estimated at 50,000 residents or more, Tikal flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD.  Visit the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar (44 meters / 144 feet), Temple of the Masks (38m / 125ft), the Acropolis and more. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and an opportunity to explore the museum at the visitor center.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Westin Camino Read or similar

Day 8: guatemala city / onward

Today you will be transferred to the Guatemala City Airport to catch your onward flight.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,295
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Anytime Start on Sun or Wed
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful and superior hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.
From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.
The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings.
The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings.
Settle into the beauty and silence of the lake.
Settle into the beauty and silence of the lake.
Antigua's emblematic yellow arch and cobblestone streets
Antigua's emblematic yellow arch and cobblestone streets
From the rooftop of our hotel, Meson Panza Verde
From the rooftop of our hotel, Meson Panza Verde
We'll visit with the weavers at INDIGO in Antigua
We'll visit with the weavers at INDIGO in Antigua
Indigenous Mayan cemetery in the highlands where graves are above ground and brightly painted.
Indigenous Mayan cemetery in the highlands where graves are above ground and brightly painted.
Lake Atitlan offers a stunning interplay of peaks, clouds, blue water, and blue sky.
Lake Atitlan offers a stunning interplay of peaks, clouds, blue water, and blue sky.
Find scarlet macaws in the nature reserve at Atitlan.
Find scarlet macaws in the nature reserve at Atitlan.
Note abundant displays of native-grown calla lilies.
Note abundant displays of native-grown calla lilies.
The expansive grounds of Hotel Atitlan meet the shore of the lake.
The expansive grounds of Hotel Atitlan meet the shore of the lake.
Naturally dyed indigo thread on a foot loom in Olga's workshop.
Naturally dyed indigo thread on a foot loom in Olga's workshop.
Lynn Sipher, our joyful, mindful, coffee-loving meditation leader.
Lynn Sipher, our joyful, mindful, coffee-loving meditation leader.
A typical local bus in San Juan village in the highlands by Lake Atitlan.
A typical local bus in San Juan village in the highlands by Lake Atitlan.
Local artists in the villages on Lake Atitlan execute and teach a vibrant painting style.
Local artists in the villages on Lake Atitlan execute and teach a vibrant painting style.
Traditional Maya in Guatemala worship Maximon, a cigar-smoking interlocuter with the underworld.
Traditional Maya in Guatemala worship Maximon, a cigar-smoking interlocuter with the underworld.
Meson Panza Verde, your Antigua hotel, is located on this pretty street.
Meson Panza Verde, your Antigua hotel, is located on this pretty street.
In Guatemalan markets find an profusion of brightly-colored, intricately-designed handwoven textiles.
In Guatemalan markets find an profusion of brightly-colored, intricately-designed handwoven textiles.
Girls learn backstrap weaving from their mothers and grandmothers.
Girls learn backstrap weaving from their mothers and grandmothers.
The interior and exterior ambiance of Hotel Atitlan exudes Guatemalan charm.
The interior and exterior ambiance of Hotel Atitlan exudes Guatemalan charm.
Rooms at Panza Verde are comfortable and traditionally adorned.
Rooms at Panza Verde are comfortable and traditionally adorned.
A pool in one of the many courtyards of Panza Verde.
A pool in one of the many courtyards of Panza Verde.
Experience Antiguan charm.
Experience Antiguan charm.

Maya Magic

Mayan cultures of Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Highlands, and Tikal

overview

In Guatemala, forest-covered volcanoes offer us our points of reference, and Mayan communities focus our exploration. Visit colonial Antigua, the villages on Lake Atitlan, the market at  Chichicastenango, and the grand Mayan ruins in the north, including Yaxha and Tikal.  Throughout Guatemala, Mayan arts and Mayan pride thrive as aspects of living culture. This is a relatively short but very full trip. You can choose to focus on the markets and textiles, on the historical and archaeological sites, or on the volcanoes, natural history and hiking trails; or you can sample a bit of it all.

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overview

In Guatemala, forest-covered volcanoes offer us our points of reference, and Mayan communities focus our exploration. Visit colonial Antigua, the villages on Lake Atitlan, the market at  Chichicastenango, and the grand Mayan ruins in the north, including Yaxha and Tikal.  Throughout Guatemala, Mayan arts and Mayan pride thrive as aspects of living culture. This is a relatively short but very full trip. You can choose to focus on the markets and textiles, on the historical and archaeological sites, or on the volcanoes, natural history and hiking trails; or you can sample a bit of it all.

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itinerary

  • Day 1: antigua
    From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.From the center of colonial Antigua, the vistas and the detail are equally impressive.

    You will be met upon arrival at Guatemala City Airport by your guide and driver and transferred about an hour to the colonial town of Antigua. You will receive a welcome pack that includes trip notes and general information on the destinations in Guatemala, including restaurant and shopping recommendations. Once in Antigua, you can relax in a beautiful colonial boutique hotel.

    Lodging
    El Convento or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: antigua and azotea coffee tour
    Experience Antiguan charm.Experience Antiguan charm.

    This morning, you’ll be met at your hotel by your guide to begin a coffee tour. This tour supports a local charity called "As Green As It Gets," which independently produces and promotes environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. During the tour, you will visit some of the families supported by this organization. You will help the coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing, before sampling the coffee yourself. Your guide will accompany you back to the hotel or take you to a recommended restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    El Convento or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: comalapa market / iximché / lake atitlan
    Peaceful Lake Atitlan.Peaceful Lake Atitlan.

    En route to Lake Atitlan, visit Comalapa Market and the famous Maya site of Iximché for a guided tour. Iximché was the capital of the Kakchiquel Maya. The archaeological site sits atop a fortified hilltop surrounded by a moat about nine feet deep. The Kakchiquel Maya were powerful warriors and skillful builders. The stucco faces of many stone structures are still intact. It is thought that Iximché was founded in the year 1470 AD and throughout the life of the city were always the bitter enemies of the Quiché Maya. The first Spanish settlement on Guatemalan soil was in Iximché. After touring this fascinating site you can enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to Lake Atitlan.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Atitlan or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: san juan la laguna and santiago atitlan
    The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings. The exterior of house and shops in San Juan Atitlan are typically decorated with mural paintings.

    Enjoy a boat tour of the exquitie lake today with visits to two very different villages. First, charming quiet San Juan La Laguna where the walls of many homes and shops are painted with colorful murals. Visit a local textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and how natural dyes are still used, as well as the home and workshop of a local naif painter. Then, Santiago village, larger, busier, and more city-like, known for hosting the strange Maya God Maximon.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Atitlan or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: chichicastenango / fly to flores
    The colorful market in Chichicastenango will entice the senses.The colorful market in Chichicastenango will entice the senses.

    Drive about an hour to the market town of  Chichicastenango, known as Chichi. The market is enormous and stocked to overflowing with a huge variety of textiles, masks, ceramics and ceremonial wares. In the heart of things, visit the grand St. Tomas Church, where local Maya perform their indigenous rituals alongside Catholic worship. If you would like, hike up the hill to the Pascual Abaj ritual where you may meet with local shamans. From Chichi, drive two hours to the airport in Guatemala City for your flight north to Flores.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Bolontiku Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: yaxha national park and topoxte

    An hour from Flores, explore the significant -- and lesser visited -- Yaxha National Park. A short boat trip on Lake Yaxha takes you to the small island site of Topoxte where the temples remain densely covered with forest. This post-classic site is believed to be the last inhabited Mayan site in Guatemala. Later, at the ceremonial site of Yaxha, set atop a hill overloking two lakes, the tower of Temple 216 in the East Acropolis offers a magnificent panoramic view.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Bolontiku Boutique Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: tikal national park

    Explore Tikal National Park.  This is perhaps the best known of all Mayan sites. Here, 3,000 ancient structures rise from the jungle floor amidst the colors and sounds of tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys.  Once home to an estimated at 50,000 residents or more, Tikal flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD.  Visit the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar (44 meters / 144 feet), Temple of the Masks (38m / 125ft), the Acropolis and more. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and an opportunity to explore the museum at the visitor center.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Westin Camino Read or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: guatemala city / onward

    Today you will be transferred to the Guatemala City Airport to catch your onward flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,295
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Anytime Start on Sun or Wed
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful and superior hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
2-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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