Follow the volcano Road in Guatemala
Adventure tour in Guatemala
The TV show Beijing Express launches on “The Road of 50 Volcanoes” in Central America. We propose you to discover by yourself the journey made by the candidates. Discover the wonders of Guatemala and the mysteries of the Mayan civilization. This time no need to hitchhike, let us take care of everything!
Length of stay: 12 days
Kind: Trek and adventure trips
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Guatemala
San Juan la Laguna
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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
Market day in Chichicastenango:
Today, travel to Chichicastenango to explore its famous market (Thursday and Sunday). The Kaqchikel Indians descend from surrounding villages twice a week to sell their wares 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 and in the center of the village, shamans purify the stairs of the church with incense and indulge in Mayan rituals.
Emblematic Lake Atitlan:
Today, depart for Lake Atitlan, a true symbol of Guatemala. This beautiful lake is nestled between 3 volcanoes at 1600 meters above sea level – the panoramas 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.
Arrive in Panajachel at the end of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.
Day 3 : San Juan la Laguna
Meeting at 8am with our local English-speaking guide , and departure by boat for Santa Cruz la Laguna. Walk in the direction of the village of Jaibalito with beautiful views of the volcanoes Toliman, San Pedro and Cerro de Oro. The 1-hour walk allows you to appreciate the local life: the farmers work in the corn or coffee plantations, we meet villagers on the paths along the lake.
Continuation by boat to San Juan la Laguna . Discovery of the small Mayan village; the women’s weavers’; cooperative opens its doors to explain the techniques of natural colouring and traditional weaving. We also appreciate the naive paintings that represent scenes of daily life in the region.
NB: Travelling on board public taxis that serve the small villages bordering Lake Atitlan (tickets included, trips every 30 minutes). Overnight stay at homestay in San Juan Laguna.
Day 4 : Panajachel
Drive to the small village of Santa Catarina Palopo . The inhabitants of this pretty little village live mainly from agriculture, fishing and weaving. Since 2016, a community project has been gradually repainting the village houses with the colours of the local huipil : deep blue with traditional motifs. Beautiful!
After lunch, drive to Antigua . End of the day free in the pretty colonial city. Overnight stay at the hotel Meson María.
Day 5 : Antigua
Ascension of the Pacaya volcano:
Early morning departure (7am) for the Pacaya volcano, one of the 3 active volcanoes in Guatemala. After 1h30 of transport, start of the ascent (3h of walking, 400 meters of altitude difference). The hike is accessible to all and offers beautiful views of the valley and the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Once at the base of the cone, we observe the crater and the fumaroles that escape from it. Lava flows can be seen when the volcano is active. Descent of the giant and return to Antigua around 1pm. Afternoon free. NB: Good physical condition recommended. Possibility of horseback riding on site.
After lunch, head for the department of Alta Verapaz whose mountainous landscapes are covered with mist, waterfalls and lush forests. Arrival in Cobán , capital of the department located at an altitude of 1300 meters. The name of the city comes from the Indian Quek’chi between the clouds . Option included : Entrance fees to volcan Pacaya. Option included : english speaking local guide in XXX (meeting at xxx at xxx) Overnight stay at the hotel Casa Gaia.
Day 6 : 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 mn of steep road). Overnight stay at the hotel Candelaria Lodge.
Day 7 : Candelaria
Exploration of the Candelaria Caves
The main gallery of the Candelaria caves is nearly 22 kilometres long and 60 kilometres of ancillary networks are added, making up one of the largest underground networks in Latin America. A 1h30 excursion to discover a part of the network that the Mayans considered as an entry into the infraworld of Xibalba .
After lunch, departure for Flores in the heart of the Peten. Option included : entrance included to the caves of Candelaria. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.
Day 8 : Flores
Tikal: Jewel of the Mayan World
Today is dedicated to the exploration of the impressive city of Tikal, built in the 4th century BC. The city reached its peak between the 3rd and 9th century AD. Some 3,000 structures emerge from the rainforest in a mystical atmosphere. The Temple of the Great Jaguar faces that of the masks on the main square, in the center of the city. At a height of 65 meters, the Serpent Temple was the tallest building in the New World until the 19th century.
Nature very much still present at Tikal, engulfing every traveler who enters the reserve. Spider monkeys, pheasants, coatis, toucans and other multicolored parrots are on display. The screams of the howler monkeys can be heard for miles around. Odors of lianas and roots surprise you as you explore the site. From the top of a pyramid, we enjoy the sunset over the Peten jungle.
Moving to your hotel in Tikal National Park to experience a night’s sleep in the heart of the Petén jungle.
Option included : english speaking local guide in XXX (meeting at xxx at xxx) Option included : Entrance fees to Tikal. Overnight stay at the hotel Jaguar Inn Tikal.
Day 9 : Tikal
Crossing the Peten towards the south towards the department of Izabal (5h). After a free lunch along Lake Izabal, discover the waterfalls and hot springs of Finca Paraíso . Swimming and relaxation in a tropical paradise environment.
We then follow the lake to reach Río Dulce (45mn). The Caribbean atmosphere is starting to show, many sailboats are coming here to drop anchor. Overnight stay at the hotel hacienda Tijax.
Day 10 : Livingston
Nice boat trip on the Río Dulce (private boat). Crossing a canyon and swimming in hot springs. The village of Livingston is reached by water. Part of the population is of Garifuna ethnicity, descendants of black slaves. The contrast with the rest of the country is striking. Overnight stay at the hotel Villa Caribe.
Day 11 : Livingston
Boarding for Puerto Barrios (40mn of navigation) and road to Quirigua (1h30).
Visit of the archaeological site in the Motagua Valley. Quirigua was an important and respected city during the Mayan classical period (200 – 900 AD). The site is particularly renowned for the beauty of its stelae, the highest reaching 10. 70 metres high and weighing 65 tonnes. Continuation to Guatemala (5h).
Option included: private boat from Livingston to Puerto Barrios. Overnight stay at the hotel Stofella.