The following itinerary is ideal for families. It is designed for several families to travel together and share experiences. There are many travel dates to choose from. Sign up and meet the other families on-line before travel or when you arrive into Guatemala.
A meaningful and personalized “homeland journey” !
8 day / 7 night – Antigua and Panajachel (Lake Atitlan)
This itinerary includes morning activities with enough down time to spend as a family to relax, volunteer, schedule a birth and/or family meeting, service project, or otherwise plan your time and activities for a personalized experience. Flexible to add days before or after the group itinerary for birth family visits, more travel, service work, etc.
4 PRICING PLANS DEPENDING ON THE HOTEL CHOICE BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY !
Arrival Saturday / Departure Saturday
JULY: 18th – 25th (GROUP FULL)
JULY: 25th – Aug 1st
AUGUST: 1st – 8th
Thanksgiving: Nov 21 – 28
* Saturday / Travel to Guatemala
Transfer from airport to Antigua.
Included this day: Airport transport, hotel.
Note: Many families choose to travel earlier for other activities / family time and meet the group in Antigua. Transport from Guatemala city to Antigua is included.
* Sunday / Orientation/ Niños con Bendicion
8:30am – Meet as a group for introductions and orientation.
9:30am – Mid morning transport to San Antonio Aguas Calientes (@20 min from Antigua). Visit a “typical” home – grind corn, make tortillas and get a taste of daily life. Opportunity to buy textiles and crafts.
Afternoon/evening at leisure.
Included this day:Breakfast, transports, guide, snack, hotel.
* Monday / Tour of Antigua.
Morning tour of the main sites of Antigua. Learn about the history and Modern cultures of Guatemala and visit some ruins around town.
Afternoon at leisure.
Included this day: Breakfast, guide, transport, museum entrance fee, hotel.
* Tuesday / Iximche / Panajachel
After breakfast, depart for Panajachel via the ruins of Iximche – the first Capital of Guatemala after the conquest. Iximche is still an active Mayan ritual site. Visit the ruins with your bilingual driver then continue to Panajachel and your hotel. Afternoon/evening at leisure.
Overnight in Panajachel (“Pana”).
Included this day: Breakfast, transports, entrance fee, hotel.
* Wednesday / “Fun Day” on Lake Atitlan
After breakfast, take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santa Cruz where you will spend the day with your bilingual guide hiking, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, relaxing and more! All equipment and activities as per USA safety standards. Enjoy a family style lunch. Late afternoon return to hotel in Pana. Overnight in Panajachel.
Included this day: Breakfast, boat rides, activities, bilingual guides, lunch, hotel.
* Thursday / Free Day Free day to enjoy the hotel pool, take another boat ride, visit the nature reserve, zip line, shop, etc
3:00pm Transport to Antigua. Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, transport to Antigua, hotel.
* Friday / Mayan Music Museum OR Pacaya Volcano Climb OR Zip line / mule ride / coffee tour / paintball (Finca Filadelfia)
9:00am – 12:00pm – Shared transport (on the hour) to Mayan Music Museum “La Azotea” cultural complex outside Antigua. Visit music and coffee museums. Return to Antigua when ready. Included in this option: Breakfast, shared transports, hotel.
OR: 8:00am – 3:00pm +/- PACAYA VOLCANO CLIMB (extra fee). Pacaya, at a height of 8160 feet, is one of the smaller volcanoes of the country but certainly one of the most impressive. Set in its own National Park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit and a massive lava flow reforming the valley at the base of the cone. With any luck the trail will lead to the active lava flows near the summit but at the very least the group will traverse lava flows that are just a few years old and experience the hot spots in the volcanoes crater. On the way down a picnic style meal is prepared by your guide (included) and served with the views of volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango as a table centerpiece.
Included in this option: Breakfast, bilingual guide, transports, entrance fees, lunch.
OR: 8:30am, or 10:30am – Transport to “Finca Filadelfia” @10 min outside Antigua. Free time to enjoy any or all of their available activities as a family. Decide your activities that day and pay directly. All activities with bilingual staff. Afternoon return to Antigua when ready.
Included in this option: Breakfast, shared transports, hotel.
Overnight in Antigua.
Saturday / Departure
Included this day: Breakfast (for those departing after 7:30am), airport transport.
“The bottom line”
Package includes the following services as listed in the full itinerary:
IN COUNTRY SUPPORT with EMERGENCY CONTACT 24/7; WELCOME PACKET with information and maps; use of CELL PHONE; LOCAL CURRENCY UPON ARRIVAL; PROFESSIONAL BILINGUAL GUIDE; ALL TRANSPORTS; ENTRANCE FEES / ACTIVITIES as per the itinerary; 7 nights HOTEL (5 in Antigua, 2 in Panajachel); Daily BREAKFAST.
4 PRICING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR FAMILY.
Costs are per person. Extra fee for single room.
Platinum – $1285: (Antigua) Porta Hotel Antigua / Posada de Don Rodrigo
Gold – $1180: (Antigua) Porta Hotel Antigua / Hotel Dos Mundos
Silver – $925: (Antigua) Hotel San Jorge / Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo.
Bronze – $845: (Antigua) Hotel San Jorge/ Hotel Dos Mundos.
Porta Hotel Antigua – Rooms with 2 queen beds (+ cot upon request), restaurant, heated pool, garden and play area, buffet breakfast.
Hotel San Jorge – Located across the street from the Hotel Antigua, with free wifi, drinking water, garden with outside sitting areas. Light breakfast included, additional items available for small extra fee. Rooms with 1 double bed + 1 or 2 twin beds.
Posada de Don Rodrigo – Lake view suite with 2 queen beds (+ cot upon request) and private garden area, restaurant, hammocks, large heated pool with water slide. Breakfast included.
Hotel Dos Mundos – Hotel located 1 block from the lake with restaurant, large garden area, small heated pool, breakfast included. Rooms with 1 double bed + 1 or 2 twin beds.
Payment via personal check (US Dollars) or Paypal.
Paypal payment (adds 0-5% depending if you have an existing account)
Note, prices and itinerary subject to change until your deposit and registration form are received !
$200. per person deposit holds your space and locks in package price.
Itinerary is flexible to add days before or after the group portion with your airport transports included – regardless of additional dates or arrangements.
For additional information: Nancy@GuatemalaReservations.com