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Begin your Guatemala travel adventure with a visit to the celebrated market of Chichicastenango. Bargain your way through the rows of vendors and emerge with local arts and crafts, and vegetables and fruits - a taste of Guatemala. Spend the next couple of nights along the beautiful shores of volcano-fringed Lake Atitlan. Your last Guatemala travel days are spent back in historic Antigua to shop and explore this wonderful city, its decorative cathedrals, its lively markets, and the friendly people that make Guatemala such an exceptional place to travel.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Antigua
Day 2 : Antigua Walking Tour
Day 3 : Comalapa Market
Day 4 : San Juan & Santiago Full Day Lake Tour
Day 5 : Chichicastenango
Day 6 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Tour Antigua and visit mammoth churches and palaces
  • Attend Comalapa Market full of handicrafts, artwork & local crops
  • Travel to Lake Atitlan, a deep caldera lake flanked by three volcanoes
  • Visit a macadamia nut or coffee finca plantation

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The city of Antigua is nestled between two volcanos Visit the brightly colored markets of Guatemala Sunset at Lake Atitlan Colorful streets of Antigua Antigua's cathedral as seen through stone arches Natural skylights Back loom Wandering through the market

Day 1 Arrive in Antigua

Arrive at the Guatemala City airport and transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Spend a leisurely evening getting to know your surroundings.

Day 2 Antigua Walking Tour

Volcan Fuego rises to the roof of the world above the streets of Antigua. Once the capital of Guatemala and all of Central America, Antigua resembles a living ruin. Mammoth churches and palaces tell the story of Antigua's past glory, and restored facades speak of a bright future for this wonderful city. In the morning, take a guided tour of the city and admire Antigua's gilded cathedrals. The afternoon is yours to rent mountain bikes and explore the countryside, visit a coffee finca or macadamia nut plantation, or relax and people-watch in the main plaza. In the evening, return to your hotel.

Day 3 Comalapa Market

Spend a cultural and leisurely day in the Comalapa Market. Enjoy greeting the locals and admire their beautiful handicrafts and artwork, occasionally stopping to barter and buy. The market is also a selling-point for mounds of fruits, vegetables, meats, and clothing. The market disperses in the early afternoon, and you travel to the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, a deep caldera lake flanked by three majestic volcanoes.

Day 4 San Juan & Santiago Full Day Lake Tour

After admiring the placid waters of the lake, set out about town on a walking tour. Scholars claim that the ancient Maya mysteriously disappeared a thousand years ago, but anyone who has intimately explored this fascinating region knows that the Maya continue to thrive in the highlands of Guatemala. Villagers in Santiago Atitlan still adhere to the traditional lifestyle of the Tz'utuhil Maya, and you can see many people cloaked in brightly-colored, hand-woven clothing. Along Santiago's main street are art galleries filled with oil paintings depicting busy market scenes and typical life in the highlands. Weather depending, visit Maximòn and leave an offering to this curious and revered deity.

Day 5 Chichicastenango

Rise early to visit the famous market of Chichicastenango. This beautiful town, surrounded by valleys and shadowed by mountains, has many shamanistic and ceremonial overtones. Its large market brings villagers from throughout the region, who often arrive the night before and sleep on blankets in the market square. Rising early, they set out their colorful fruits, vegetables and handicrafts. Return to colonial Antigua in the evening.

Day 6 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, transfer on your own to the airport for your continued travels.

Antigua - Hotels

Panajachel - Hotels

Per person starting at
$1,095

Notes

$215 single supplement

Best to start on Saturdays, Sundays or Wednesdays to match up with market days near Lake Atitlan.

Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 5 Nights Hotel
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • International Arrival Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $45 Airport Departure Tax
  • $75 Optional Excursions
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