9 Days 8 Nights
This family adventure tour will take you through the highlands and lowlands of Guatemala, including activities for the whole family and stay in family-friendly hotels and destinations.
- Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Pacaya Volcano – Chichicastenango – Lake Atitlan – Tikal – Ixpanpanjul
- Activities: Active Volcano – History – Culture – Horseback Riding – Trekking – Live Culture – Zip Lining – Nature – Archaeology – Birdwatching
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Holiday Type: Tailor-made
- You will visit: Guatemala
- Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups – Families
- Comfort level: Standard – Luxury
- Transportation: Minibus / Boat / Plane
- Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks and boat rides
- Group size: Minimun 1
- Pick up / Drop off locations: La Aurora International Airport
- Day 1 – Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
- Day 2 – Family Adventure & Walking Cultural Tour
- Day 3 – Pacaya Volcano
- Day 4 – Chichicastenango – Lake Atitlan
- Day 5 – Biking Village Tour – Boat Ride to Panajachel
- Day 6 – Kayaking – Transfer to La Aurora Airport – Tikal
- Day 7 – Tikal National Park
- Day 8 – Ixpanpajul – Flight Back to Guatemala City
- Day 9 – Back Home
Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
Meet and greet at La Aurora International Airport and transfer to the City of Antigua Guatemala, (1 hour).
Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.
Family Adventure & Walking Cultural Tour
We start the family adventure with our nature tour in El Pilar Reserve, located just 5 minutes outside of the center of Antigua Guatemala. Here we will have an encounter with birds and butterflies while hiking through an old coffee plantation, and wooden stairways under the pine-oak forest of the reserve where we learn about the birds of Guatemala.
After this adventure tour, we will head towards the center of Antigua Guatemala where we will experience and discover all about the Chocolate, and also you will have time to prepare your own chocolate, this is a good family activity that everybody will enjoy.
Afterwards, we are going to taste the Guatemalan food visiting one of the traditional restaurants in the heart of Antigua Guatemala.
After Lunch break is time to start with our cultural walking tour visiting churches, ruins, galleries, and markets of this colonial jewel declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Cultural Site.
Time for rest and dinner
Pacaya Volcano Hiking
After breakfast, we will head towards one of the three actives volcanoes in Guatemala, The Pacaya volcano, located about one hour from Antigua Guatemala.
At our arrival at the park entrance is possible to hire a horse, if not we will start whit our three hours volcano hiking adventure, during the hike the landscape will offer a pictures opportunity.
We will arrive at a place known as Cerro del Chino (the Chinese hill) from where we will observe the highest part of the volcano.
Time to return to the entrance to board our transport towards Antigua
Chichicastenango Market – Lake Atitlan
After breakfast, we are going to be transported to the holy city of Chichicastenango where every Thursday and Sunday an ethnic and millenarian market comes alive.
The syncretism produced by the Maya believes, and Catholicism is present in the atmosphere inside and outside of the Cathedral of Santo Tomas. Flowers, Shamans, and believers are part of the ceremonies performed on the stairways at the main entrance of this sacred place.
Just in front and around of the cathedral the vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts and colorful textiles, this is a great destination to buy some souvenirs to bring back home.
After lunch, we will visit the cemetery; National Geographic declared this cemetery as the most colorful of the world. Also here is possible to observe some ceremonies. Then we continue on a short hike to visit a sacred hill known as Pascual Abaj; this is a place where the quiche people come to celebrate rituals and ceremonies. On route, we also will attend a maks factory and a museum.
After this fantastic experience, wi will head to our lodge in Lake Atitlan.
Two nights lodging at Lale Atitlan
Biking – Village Tour – Boat Ride Back to Panajachel
Today is time to enjoy physical and cultural activities. After breakfast, we will start our family adventure tour around Lake Atitlan.
A short boat ride will take you to Tzununa village, from where we start our 3 hours biking tour, through the corn, tomatoes and onion fields, and the towns of San Marcos, San Pablo, arriving in San Juan for lunch. A scenery during the biking experience is fantastic.
After lunch, our cultural tour begins, visiting the famous textiles factories where you learn about the natural processes of the particular back loom weaving style. Also, we will visit a project and garden of natural medicines production and famous naif painters.
Then time to discover Santiago Atitlan, the market, the Catholic church and the pagan Mayan god known as a Maximon.
After this family adventure and cultural tour, we are going to take a boat ride back to your hotel.
Kayaking – Transfer to La Aurora International Airport – Tikal National Park
This morning you will have an optional activity, enjoy a kayaking or visit the butterfly farm before to be transferred towards the La Aurora international airport to take a 45 minutes flight to the Mundo Maya international airport.
At our arrival, the Martsam travel staff will greet and meet you before to take an hour transfer to Tikal national park.
Two nights lodging at Tikal National Park
Archaeological and Nature Tour in Tikal
The Tikal family tour is a unique experience in the heart of the Mayan World.
This World Heritage destination is one of the main sites of the Mayan civilization that remains in the middle of the rainforest of Guatemala, surrounded by lush vegetation, inhabited from the sixth century B.C. to the tenth century A.D.
The archaeological tour in Tikal is a journey through time and history; we will visit the central plaza that includes outstanding temples I & II, north and central acropolis, the lost world complex, temple III, temple V, and the highest temple in the site temple IV.
With 64 meters of elevation, this temple offers one of the best views of the green jungle that is part of a One a half million hectares of tropical forest known as The Mayan Biosphere.
Besides the historical and cultural component of this family adventure tour, are the natural treasures including a millenarian forest that inhabit neotropical fauna such as howler and spider monkeys, colorful birds, insects, reptiles, mammal and much more, that will improve your family vacation in Guatemala.
Return to the jungle lodge for resting
Ixpanpajul – Flight Back to Guatemala City
After breakfast, we will head towards Ixpanpajul Natural Park, located just 15 minutes from the island of Flores, the capital of the province of Peten.
Our tour in Ixpanpajul includes
- Skyway tour: six hanging bridges of more than 100 meters long through the rainforest
- Zip lining: 8 platforms connecting by cables to flight like a bird in the jungle.
- Horseback riding: 30 minutes riding through the trails around the property.
After this family adventure excursion, we will continue to the island of Flores for our lunch; then we visit the island of Flores before to go to the Mundo Maya International airport to take a short flight to Guatemala City.
One night lodging at Guatemala City
Transfer to la Aurora international airport on time to take your flight back home