Music, Arts & Culture Immersion

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Ho
Heart of Travel
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62 reviews
Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2022
Group size: 6 - 16
Music, Arts & Culture Immersion
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
62 reviews

$NaN
Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2022
Group size: 6 - 16

About this trip

Heart of Travel, in collaboration with Voices from the Lake, is thrilled to be hosting a unique retreat and cultural immersion experience for artists, musicians, and creatives from around the world. This week-long trip includes an all-access pass to the Voices from the Lake Electronic Music Festival on the shores of Lake Atitlán where you will enjoy music, art, and human connection for two whole days.


Once the festival has wrapped up, we will dive into a dynamic retreat-style trip that balances creativity, wellness, and cultural immersion - giving you time to soak in Guatemalan culture while also honing your own craft and collaborating with others' creatives. 


Together, we will enjoy meditation, yoga, studio recording sessions, visits to local cooperatives and meet and greets with artists, artisans, and changemakers from around the country. Lake Atitlán is not only physically beautiful but it's considered by many to have a special energy and we couldn't agree more. It's truly a magnetic destination that inspires healing, connection, and creativity. 


We invite anyone ready for a transformational travel experience to join us on this life-changing adventure! 

About Voices from the Lake

Voices from the Lake is an eco-friendly music and arts festival thriving through its community of musicians, artists, promoters, thought leaders, festival goers, and supporters that believe in a brighter future for Lake Atitlán, Guatemala,  and the world.  The festival actively supports different NGOs, entrepreneurs, and artists that are changing the landscape in the country.  Voices from the Lake is a unique opportunity to connect with the impact sector in Guatemala and also take part in helping the arts ecosystem develop its great potential.  All of this while you dance for 2 days with more than 30 DJs and visual artists in a span of 4 stages set in one of the lake’s most idyllic spaces, the Atitlán Nature Reserve. 

About Heart of Travel

Heart of Travel is a small business, powered by womxn, born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel and a desire to showcase the often undervalued and misunderstood countries of Latin America.


Heart of Travel is designed to provide you with an ideal travel experience that meets your specific wants and needs while upholding high ethical standards and sustainable practices to ensure that we are making a positive impact on local communities, cultures, and economies.

What’s included

  • Bilingual Tour Leader
    Two Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • 7 nights accommodation
    7 nights of accommodation in boutique hotels and/or vacation rentals
  • Transportation
    Transportation to/from all activities indicated on the itinerary. This does not include transportation from Guatemala City or Antigua to the festival. However, we can arrange that for you separately!
  • 24/7 Concierge
    Available if participants need assistance with planning additional activities, restaurant recommendation, transportation, pharmacy runs, visit to doctor, or any type of need or request.
  • Meals
    7 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Guided Meditation
    3 Sessions
  • Yoga
    3 Sessions
  • Studio Sessions
    1 individual minimum, 1 group session and additional depending on package and group size
  • Cultural Immersion
    Full day in San Juan la Laguna. Visits to coffee cooperative, female-led textile cooperative, medicinal plant garden, microbrewery and more!
  • Special Guest Lecturer
    Local chef and food justice activist
  • Community Outreach
    Brainstorming & Building Relationships
  • Networking Lunch
  • Private Party
    with industry guests
  • Tips
    At included meals, and to local guides and drivers.
  • Festival Pass
    2 day, all access pass to Voices from the Lake Electronic Music Festival
  • International airfare
    International airfare to and from Guatemala City.
  • Transport to festival
    We can arrange transportation to Panajachel from anywhere in Guatemala. Just letting us know if you're coming in from the airport, Antigua, Xela or anywhere else and we can get you a quote!
  • Travel Insurance
    Recommended, not required
  • Extra meals & beverages
    Meals and beverages not indicated on the itinerary.
  • Additional tours
    Additional tours/activities done individually during free time (we can assist in coordinating these for you) or activities booked directly with a separate tour operator.
  • Tips
    to retreat center personnel, nor to Tour Leaders

Available Packages

Double Occupancy 7 day/7 night package
Available until October 31, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for the 7-day/7 night experience. If you are rooming with a partner or friend, please let us know. If you are traveling alone but would like to be paired with another solo traveler we will assign you a roommate. 

$2,150
Deposit: $650
Single Occupancy 7 day/7 night package
Available until October 31, 20226 left

Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for the 7-day/7 night experience.

$2,395
Deposit: $650
Double Occupancy 10 day/10 night Package
Available until October 31, 2022

Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for the 10-day/10-night experience. If you are rooming with a partner or friend, please let us know. If you are traveling alone but would like to be paired with another solo traveler we will assign you a roommate. 


This 10 day package includes everything in the 7 day/7 night package plus the following:


- 3 additional nights of accommodations 

- 3 additional breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners 

- Transportation to activities indicated on the itinerary 

- Community Immersion in Santa Catarina & San Antonio Palopó 

- Art Tour in San Pedro la Laguna 

- Visit to the Atitlán Nature Reserve (entrance included, additional activities at your cost) 

- 2 additional yoga sessions 

- 1 additional meditation sessions 

- 1 to 2 additional studio sessions 

- Closing party 


$2,700
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy 10 day/10 night Package
Available until October 31, 2022
$3,150
Deposit: $750
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Itinerary

Day One, November 25th
Arrive in Panajachel & Welcome Party

Optional transportation from Guatemala City, Antigua, or Xela to Lake Atitlán. Please reach out to us at hola@theheartoftravel.org with your flight information in order to schedule the best transportation option for you! If you are arriving on your own please let us know so we can coordinate your arrival at the retreat center! 


Once all participants have arrived in Panajachel and checked into their accommodation, we will meet for dinner and a welcome party at Azul Rosa to kick off what is sure to be an incredible week of music, art, connection and the making of lifelong friendships! 

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
62 reviews
The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.

Reviews

I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
By Devan R for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 03 Oct, 2022
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We booked heart of travel services with only a limited amount of time before our actual trip took place. This is my second time using their services and as always they go above and beyond. Chelsea's communication and organizational skills always amaze me. Selvyn, who was my tour guide once again is extremely knowledgeable, kind and funny. My friends and I had such an amazing time! It was their first trip to Guatemala and they already stated we will all be going back and using Heart of Travel services to explore other areas of beautiful Guatemala. I highly recommend anyone who is considering booking a tour to do so. They offer an experience that allows you to really get to feel and know the people of the country you are visiting and as an avid traveler not many companies do this. I love Heart of Travel and the amazing work they do in the communities they serve and am looking forward to utilizing their services not only in Guatemala but in other parts of the world.
By Miosotis C for Custom Services - Miosotis on 02 Oct, 2022
This was an amazing trip. The accommodations were great, comfortable and varied. We enjoyed the hotels as much as we enjoyed the change of pace and the stay at the Air B & B near Seville.. It was definitely comprehensive and we got to experience many regions of Spain and the pace felt just right. There was always the option of opting out and having some time to explore on our own which was welcomed. We not only visited the museums and Cathedrals that each city had to offer, in addition, there were also opportunities to vacation and go to the beach, kayak and go sailing/boating. We enjoyed the food as well as the opportunity to learn how to make Paella, Sangria and delicious Moorish sweet treats. Rather than piling on and off of a designated bus we used a variety of transportation methods including the metro in Barcelona, small buses/vans, hired cars and a flight from Barcelona to Granada. If I could go to Spain again in the future I would do it again with Heart of Travel. The leaders, Chelsea and Pam, were there for us 100 per cent, and took care of all the details. They were creative problem solvers, warm and have good travel skills. It was a pleasure to experience Spain with them.
By Elizabeth M for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 01 Oct, 2022
It was a very pleasant trip, with a well balanced combination of activities. There was the Sunday bike ride on closed-to-car-traffic Reforma Blvd, visits to neighborhoods and coffee shops (including as a site for one of our many Spanish lessons!), visits to the main parks, several museums (Frida Kahlo, Palacio des Bellas Artes, and the Anthropology Museum), artisanal markets, the historic district, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, Ballet Folklorico. To name a few of our outings! There were also quite a number of absolutely fabulous restaurants (lunch or dinner). Dominique prepared an excellent Spanish workbook directly related to our activities which was very helpful and explored new vocabulary and expressions for an intermediate level of students. Our local guide Daniel was extremely knowledgeable and Dominique and Eimy (both with Heart of Travel) were both very attentive to the needs of the group. The fact that Dominique has lived in Mexico City was also helpful. We did a lot of activities - but not too many! The pace was good. There was adequate solo time. I would definitely go on another trip with Heart of Travel!
By Barbara G for Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Mexico City on 26 Sep, 2022
PF
Just the right amount of time. Suggest 1 day less in Barcelona, 1 day more in Madrid. HeartofTravel is special for its personalized services before, during and after trip
By Pamela F for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain: Pam and Randy on 26 Sep, 2022
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I’ve just returned home from 17 days on Heart of Travel’s first fabulous trip to Spain. We visited Barcelona, Granada, Malaga, Seville, and Madrid— not to mention side trips to the smaller towns of Ronda and Cordoba. Chelsea and Pam amazed me daily! Their ability to research artsy boutique hotels, small family owned businesses for us to experience, along with their attention to detail and ability to respond to glitches was impressive. I loved going into two homes for cooking classes with delightful women. Our guided tour through Sagrada Familia was a highlight as was spending time in Parque Guell in a Barcelona. I thoroughly enjoyed our kayak outing and would have liked to have done a city bike tour for a bit of variety and exercise too! We saw amazing citadels, mosques, cathedrals, and a bullring. Thank you ladies for organizing a wonderful tour and helping to create a “family” of fellow travelers.
By Devan R on 03 Oct, 2022