The Guatemalan Multi-Sport

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Antigua – We will meet guests off their flight and transfer them to the beautiful city of Antigua. (D)

Day 2: Chichi market visit, bike to Toto – Visit the local crafts and goods market of Chichicastenango, wander up to the sacred mountain of Pascual Abaj, where often shamon rituals can be witnessed. After lunch enjoy biking  to Totonicapan. A short transfer brings us to Quetzaltenango, where we spend the night. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Hike and Bike Cerro Quemado, Zunil market visit – Hike and bike around the dormant volcano of Cerro Quemado with views to several volcanoes and mountain ranges Visit the impressive  vegetable market of Zunil, where often there are no tourists to be seen. After lunch, guests will be transferred to the shores of Lake Atitlan. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cerro de Oro and Santiago Village – This morning guests will kayak on what many have called, “the most beautiful lake in the world,” Lake Atitlan. Guests pass by local fishermen, indigenous Maya women doing their washing and men working in the fields wearing their famous embroidered Santiago shorts as well as enjoying views of the three lake volcanoes. Once at Cerro de Oro village, guests will hike this impressive hill and on the top of this sacred hill. Sometimes guests can witness Mayan rituals in process which is an amazing and authentic glimpse of local Mayan life in this area. Enjoy the great views of the whole lake and the surrounding volcanoes from the top of this hill. When guests are ready they will be transferred back to our lodge on local pick up trucks.  After lunch, guests will visit the town of Santiago, this lively Tzutuhil Maya town with its market and its strange Maya God, “ Maximon.” Locals revere and perform rituals in front of Maximon to bring good luck – or bad! (B,L,D)

Day 5: Zip line and Hike, Ixmiche Ruins and transfer to Antigua – This morning enjoy a hike in the san Buenaventura reserve combined with an emotional zip line adventure. En route to Antigua, visit the Mayan temple site of Ixmiche (corn tree) where also the first Spanish city has been established. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Pacaya Volcano Hike - Guests will have breakfast with the tour leader before they will be transferred to Pacaya National Park where we will begin our hiking ascent of this famous, active volcano! The hike takes around 2.5 hours and at the top, you can see down into the crater to the lava as well as experience the energy of an active volcano. On the return to Antigua, you can enjoy a fun guided tour through the colonial city. Dinner in one of the many local restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Sustainable Coffee tour, Antigua walking tour – As Green as it Gets (GAIG) is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promoting environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. This tour takes guests to visit some of the families supported by this organization where they can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers in their daily coffee processes where they pick, pulp, ferment, wash, dry, trilla, sort, and grade the coffee (depending on the season), then roast the coffee over an open fire and grind the coffee by hand on a grindstone before sampling their handiwork. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour in Antigua. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Departure – Guests will be met at their hotel by their driver to transfer them to the airport in plenty of time for your international flight out. (B)

Starting price
10 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 790 / student
16 – 20 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 640 / student
21 – 25 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 540 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years period are peak season)

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with van, boat or a local tuc tuc, accommodation in an economic hotel or in a tent, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees, a Students Journey guide

Price does not include:
International flights, airport departure taxes, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance,  all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.

 

Note! You can extend your program for example with our tour program Off the Beaten Path in Belize.

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