A 14 Day Adventure Tour of Guatemala
Get ready for adventure and discovery! This tour is completely customizable. This itinerary takes you to must-see sights like colonial Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the great Mayan pyramids. The trip offers fun sports and activities for all: mountain or quad biking, hiking, swimming at Semuc Champey, visits to cenotes, tubing through caves…and more! A trip for travelers seeking fun and adventure!
Length of stay: 14 days
Kind: Hiking and Adventure Travel
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Guatemala
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Day 1 : Guatemala City
Bienvenidos a Guatemala !
Arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel Stofella.
Day 2 : Guatemala City
Today travel to Chichicastenango to explore it’s famous market (Thursday and Sunday). The Kaqchikel Indians descend from surrounding villages twice a week to sell their handicrafts here. The city is transformed into a real kaleidoscope of colors and smells! The women wear the traditional huipil, representing the seasons of the Mayan calendar. In the center of the village, shamans purify the stairs of the church with incense and partake in Mayan rituals.
Transfer to Quetzaltenango , the main city of the Guatemalan Altiplano. Overnight stay at the hotel Modelo.
Day 3 : Quetzaltenango
Located at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level, the department of Quetzaltenango is home to a large Mayan indigenous population
Visit Almolonga, it’s church and vegetable market. Take a relaxing break at Fuentes Georginas. Cross the cultivated fields on the slopes of the Zunil volcano, whose activity heats the springs. Relaxing swim in this beautiful setting.
Continue on to Lake Atitlan, a true symbol of Guatemala. This beautiful lake is nestled between 3 volcanoes at 1,600 meters above sea level–the panoramic views are magnificent! There are many small villages that sit on shores of the lake, often only accessible by boat. Here, they celebrate local festivals and host markets rooted in tradition.
Arrival in Panajachel. Option included: Entrance fees to Fuentes Georginas. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.
Day 4 : Panajachel
Free day to expore Panajachel.
Suggested activities :
– Discover the Atitlan Reserve (zip line routes, suspension bridges, butterfly greenhouse, interpretive trails, monkey and bird watching)
– Visit the colorful village of Santa Catarina Palopo (15 minutes by taxi)
– Kayak or paddle board on Lake Atitlan
– Visit the Mayan villages along the lake accessible by taxi boat: San Juan, San Marcos, Santa Catarina, Santiago Atitlan. . .
– Guided hikes of the area
Note: day without transport service. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.
Day 5 : Panajachel
Collective shuttle from your hotel in Panajachel to your hotel in Antigua.
Available hours (optional): 9:30 AM; 12:00 PM; 4:00 PM
End of the day free to explore the pretty colonial city of Antigua. Overnight stay at the hotel Meson María.
Day 6 : Antigua
Quad discovery of the Antigua area:
Getting the day started with an off-road vehicle! Head north from Antigua towards the village of La Guardianía. Start your off-road adventure on a pleasant road lined with lush vegetation. Arrive at 1,800 meters above sea level and walk down to San Mateo on a small dirt road, enjoying the bean and corn fields, as well as beautiful views of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Cross a colourful village before taking a break in a restaurant with a panoramic view for a well-deserved rest. Last stop at Cerro de la Cruz to admire the view of the colonial city. Return to Antigua at 12:00.
Note: Tours in small groups (2 – 12 people) with an English-speaking guide.
Driver’s license required for the driver.
Headset provided; third party insurance.
Overnight stay at the hotel Meson María.
Day 7 : Volcan Pacaya
Option included : Entrance fees to volcan Pacaya. Option included: English speaking local guide
Continue on to Cobán, capital of Alta Verapaz located at 1,300 meters above sea level. The name of the city comes from the Indian Quek’chi, meaning “between the clouds”.
Overnight stay at the hotel Casa Gaia.
Day 8 : Coban
Early departure from Cobán to the Cahabón River (07:00). The village of Lanquín and the valley are particularly famous for their caves, waterfalls and natural pools.
Excursion to Semuc Champey
Semuc Champey’s natural swimming pools are one of the most beautiful landscapes in Guatemala. The Cahabón River flows under a limestone bridge, forming a series of turquoise water basins on its surface. Amazing and superb! Possibility to access a viewpoint by a steep path to enjoy the panorama (30 to 45 minutes walk). Swimming in these pools with calm and fresh water.
After the visit, continue to the department Alta Verapaz to reach a charming lodge near the Caves of Candelaría . End of the day in this tropical oasis. Option included: private transport by 4×4 vehicle between Lanquin and Semuc Champey (10 to 15 minutes of steep road). Overnight stay at the hotel Candelaria Lodge. Excursion cuevas Candelaria (1 hour 30 minutes)
Day 9 : Candelaria Caves
Tubing in the caves of Candelaria:
A 3-hour excursion through the rainforest and caves of Candelaria. The main gallery is nearly 22 kilometres long and 60 kilometres of ancillary networks are added, making up one of the largest underground networks in Latin America.
After an approach walk, we embark on the sacred river in a large buoy. We then let ourselves be carried away by the current to discover the impressive stalactites, stalagmites and other surprises that these deep caves have in store for you. A unique experience in the heart of Guatemala.
Departure for Tikal National Park in Peten.
Overnight stay at the hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal.
Day 10 : Tikal
Sunrise in Tikal
Early departure (4:30 am) for Tikal. The impressive Mayan city built in the 4th century BC reached its peak between the 3rd and 9th centuries AD.
We enter the site in the darkness to climb the highest pyramid and witness the awakening of the jungle: first the howler monkeys whose cries can be heard several kilometers away, then the birds that cross the twilight. The light rises over the tropical forest, gradually revealing the pyramids that surround us.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. Then visit the archaeological site. Some 3,000 structures emerge from the rainforest in a mystical atmosphere. The temple of the great jaguar faces that of the masks in the great square, the nerve center of the city. At 65 meters high, the Snake Temple was the highest building in the New World until the 19th century.
Nature is not to be outdone, engulfing the traveler who enters the reserve. We are watching for spider monkeys, pheasants, coatis, toucans and other multicolored parrots. The screams of howler monkeys can be heard from several kilometers away. The traveler is surprised by the smell of vines and roots.
Transfer to Flores located on a peninsula of Lake Peten Itza.
Option included: English speaking local guide at Tikal. Option included: Entrance fees to Tikal. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.
Day 11 : Livingston
Today, travel approximately 4 hours to the Rio Dulce. Here you can feel the atmosphere of the Caribbean! Visit Fort San Felipe which was built in the 17th centre to stop the continuous pirate attacks and view the many sailboats that anchor here today.
Sweet Rio Dulce
Take a private boat trip out onto the Rio Dulce. Travel past a canyon and take a dip in some hot springs. Arrive at the village of Livingston where part of the population are the ethnic group Garifuna , who are descendants of black slaves. You will notice how different the culture is here to the rest of Guatemala!
Overnight stay at the hotel Villa Caribe.
Day 12 : Livingston
Coconut trees, white sands and Caribbean vibes.
Departure in the morning by boat to an isolated beach near the border with Belize. It takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the Playa Blanca site. Spend the day relaxing on the white sands and swimming in the turquoise water of the Caribbean.
Return to Livingston in the early afternoon. Afternoon free to explore.
Note: 4 USD to be paid on site for access to the private beach.
Overnight stay at the hotel Villa Caribe.
Day 13 : Livingston
Boarding for Puerto Barrios (40 minutes) and take the road to Quirigua (1 hour 30 minutes).
This morning board a boat for Puerto Barrios (40 minute sail) and then continue on to the ruins of Quirigua, an archaeological site in the valley of Motagua. Quirigua was an important and respected city during the Mayan Classic period (200 – 900 AD). The site is particularly famous for the beauty of its steles, the highest reaching 10.70 meters high and 65 tons!
Option included: private boat from Livingston to Puerto Barrios. Overnight stay at the hotel Stofella.