Get picked up at the Guatemala City airport on Day 1 and transfer to Antigua. Experience a Maya Homestay in Panajachel with a boat ride and free time in Lake Atitlan on Days 2-4. Transfer back to Antigua for a Pacaya Volcano Trek and free time on Days 5-7. Transfer to Lanquin to visit Semuc Champey National Park on Days 8-9. Visit Flores and Tikal Archaeological Site on Days 10-11. Relax in Flores on Days 12-13, then take a nightbus back to Guatemala City where your trip will end with an airport drop-off in the morning of Day 14.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1 - Airport Pickup in Guatemala City & Transfer to Antigua
You will be picked up from the Guatemala City airport upon arrival and transferred to Antigua where you can enjoy free time to see this picturesque town.
Day 2 - Transfer to Panajachel & Maya Home Stay Experience (D)
Take a transfer to the lakeside town of Panajachel and begin your unique Maya Home Stay 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 3 - Maya Home Stay Experience & Maya Communities Lake Tour (B)
Get picked up from your homestay for an exciting Lake Atitlan Boat Trip to visit nearby Maya villages.
Day 4 - Free Day in Panajachel
Spend a free day on your own in Panajachel today. You may want to go on your own and see the fascinating market in Chichicastenango (Thursday and Sunday only) to buy delicate handwoven textiles and souvenirs. Spend the night in Panajachel.
Day 5 - Transfer to Antigua
Enjoy the morning in Panajachel and take a transfer back to Antigua.
Day 6 - Half-day Trip to the Pacaya Volcano
Spend some free time getting to know the colonial streets of Antigua this morning and then enjoy a half-day trip to trek up the active Pacaya Volcano. Hike up the steep slopes of the volcano to reach a moon-like landscape of dried lava with panoramic views of nearby volcanoes above the clouds.
Day 7 - Free Day in Antigua
Enjoy a free day in Antigua to see the cathedral and historic city center on your own.
Day 8 - Transfer to Lanquin
Take a transfer into the lush jungle of central Guatemala to the town of Lanquin.
Day 9 - Semuc Champey Day Trip
Enjoy a day trip filled with pristine nature at the Lanquin Caves inside Semuc Champey National Park.
Day 10 - Transfer to Flores
Take a transfer to Flores in the Peten Jungle.
Day 11 - Tikal Morning Tour
Visit the impressive Tikal Archaeological Site at dawn and experience the jungle as it comes alive in the early hours of the morning. Learn about this former Maya citadel, once the largest and most powerful civilization in Meso-America, by exploring the site and taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at majestic pyramids hidden away in the jungle.
Day 12 - Free Day in Flores
Enjoy a free day on your own in Flores to rest up after an exciting trip on the tranquil Lake Peten.
Day 13 - Night Bus Transfer to Guatemala City
Take a night bus transfer from Flores to Guatemala City.
Day 14 - Airport Drop-off in Guatemala City
Upon arrival to Guatemala City, you will be transferred to the airport in order to catch your flight back home.
Recommendations on what to bring: Small Gift for local family (see details on Day 2), Clothing suitable for humid/tropical weather, Shorts & Pants, Comfortable shoes, Swimsuit, Sunscreen, Hat or cap, Camera, Sun glasses, Backpack, Towel, Mosquito Repellent.
Note: Please be aware that transportation in Guatemala is often informal and unregulated. Drivers may try to squeeze in few more passengers than allowed to gain extra income. But rest assured that this is culturally very normal and that they will always get you safely to your destination.