On Day 1 you will be picked up at the Guatemala City airport and privately transferred to Antigua. Trek the active Pacaya Volcano on Day 2. Transfer to Panajachel on Day 3 for your Maya Homestay Experience, where you will get to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy home-cooked meals with your host family. Tour the colourful indigenous communities around Lake Atitlan before returning to Antigua on Day 4. Take a private transfer to Guatemala City for your flight to Flores on Day 5. Enjoy an early morning tour of the Tikal mayan pyramids, set deep in the jungle, on Day 6. Transfer to Lanquin on Day 7 to swim in the refreshing natural pools of Semuc Champey and discover the stunning Kanba Caves on Day 8. Return to Antigua on Day 9 and end your trip with a Guatemala City airport drop-off on Day 10.
Day by Day Interview:
Day 1: Guatemala City Airport Pick-Up & Private Transfer to Antigua
Today you will be picked up at the Guatemala City airport upon arrival and privately transferred to Antigua, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 2: Pacaya Volcano Trek
Hike up the Pacaya Volcano slope for an hour and then trek onto dry lava that resembles a moon-like landscape. Look up to catch an eruption from the active volcano if you're lucky (depending on the activity of the volcano you may or may not see eruptions or lava). Take unforgettable photos in a landscape so surreal that you feel like you are walking on the moon. Admire the breathtaking landscape and views of neighboring volcanoes peeking through the clouds around you. Take your time returning to the base of the mountain as you make your way down the slippery, muddy slopes. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 3: Shuttle to Panajachel - Maya Home Stay Experience (D)
Take a transfer to the lakeside town of Panajachel and begin your unique Maya Homestay Experience in which you will get the opportunity to stay with a local family. Learn about their unique traditions and customs as you join your host family for dinner and let them show you around town.
Note: A small gift for the family would be a nice gesture of appreciation for the family welcoming you into their home. Cooking or kitchen materials such as pasta, rice, sugar, fruit, vegetables or kitchen utensils are very much appreciated ($3 USD per person approx). Other materials from your home country or children's books (coloring, basic english, workbooks, almanacs) would be a great addition to the family library.
Day 4: Panajachel - Lake Atitlan Boat Trip - Transfer to Antigua (B)
Get picked up from your homestay for an exciting Lake Atitlan Boat Trip to visit colourful indigenous Maya villages before transferring back to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 5: Private Transfer Antigua - Guatemala City & Flight to Flores
Today you will be privately transferred back to Guatemala City and dropped off at the airport for your included flight to Flores. Upon arrival in Flores you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the city center. Please make your own way to your accommodation for check-in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Flores.
Day 6: Tikal Early Morning Tour
Depart Flores at 4:30 am this morning for your early morning experience to Tikal archaeological site. Walk among giant pyramids towering over 200 feet at dawn to feel the magical vibration of Tikal and its historic splendor. Listen to the jungle sounds of exotic birds, monkeys and small mammals and feel the humid jungle air on your skin as the Maya inhabitants of this site felt it 2000 years ago. Immerse yourself in the jungle at dawn for an early morning tour through the archaeological site to experience the jungle come alive as it wakes up at sunrise, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get in touch with nature and marvel at the majestic pyramids hidden away in the jungle. Overnight in Flores.
Day 7: Shuttle Flores to Lanquin
Today you will take a shuttle transfer from Flores to Lanquin. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Lanquin.
Day 8: Semuc Champey & Kanba Caves Tour
Take a hike through the mysterious caves of Kanba (activity at your own risk) which are filled with extraordinary limestone formations distributed among an endless stretch of different chambers housing a sharp pointed rock altar where ancient Maya once performed sacred rituals. The Maya people of Guatemala continue holding spiritual ceremonies here and believe that the cave is the "heart of heaven" where the secrets of many centuries are held.
Enjoy free time to swim and go tubing in the crystalline waters of Semuc Champey, where there are natural pools filled with fresh mountain spring water above a 300-meter long limestone bridge. Flowing underneath the bridge is the Cahabón River, where you will have time to swim in the cool waters. At the end of the bridge you will visit waterfalls over 40 feet in height. The color of the water is constantly changing depending on factors such as the season, sun and rainfall, a characteristic of the national park that makes this place an idyllic and awe-inspiring setting to experience and take photographs. Overnight in Lanquin.
Day 9: Shuttle Lanquin to Antigua
Today you will return to Antigua with a shuttle transfer. Get checked into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to enjoy this charming colonial town on your own. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 10: Transfer to Guatemala City & Airport Drop-Off
Today your amazing adventure comes to an end with a transfer back to Guatemala City, where you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your outgoing flight. We wish you happiness and health for your journey onward.