Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future

      Ho
      Heart of Travel
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      74 reviews
      Jun 10 - 17, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 10
      Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future
      Caribbean

      Heart of Travel
      • Facebook verified
      74 reviews

      $NaN
      Jun 10 - 17, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 10

      About this trip

      ** Scroll down this page to view the complete, day by day, itinerary**


      Please note that why travel to the island IS legal for US citizens, using the name of the country on the trip description page can cause problems for our third-party payment processor. Therefore, we will be referring to the country as "the island" on this itinerary and its people as "the islanders". 


      The island is easily one of the most unique and interesting destinations to visit in all of Latin America, if not the world. While you may come here looking for answers, you're more than likely to return home with even more questions. The island's vibrant culture is reflected in its art, music, dance, food, drink, and overall energy. However, it's important to recognize the struggles that islanders have been facing for years, with their fate in the hands of an oppressive government and the outdated US embargo. 


      In recent years, islanders, both on and off the island, have been raising their voices and demanding change on the island. The government's response to the July 2021 protest was a direct violation of human rights as they censored citizens,  reduced access to resources such as the internet and electricity, and wrongfully imprisoned civilians for peaceful protest and personal expression. The decision to resume tours to the island was not taken lightly, but we eventually decided it was ultimately in the best interest of our local operators on the island to resume tours to the island and continue with our mission to educate people about the island.


      Heart of Travel's trip gives you the opportunity to hear a variety of experiences and perspectives directly from islanders as we discuss the island's history, politics, economy, and current events. All of the activities on our trip are designed to support small, privately owned businesses and individual freelancers. We will not be staying in any government-owned hotels or eating in government restaurants and we will get absolutely as much of every cent possible directly into the hands of civilians and not government-operated businesses. 


      Our island tours immediately immerse you as you settle into your "casa particular" owned and run by a local family. From there you will jump into learning about the island's historic and cultural past and present while traveling throughout both urban and rural parts of the island. Our in-country host families, local guides, and drivers look forward to sharing the real island with you! 

      What’s included

      • 7 nights accommodation
        Private room + bathroom inside casa particulares
      • 15 meals
        Includes one beverage at each meal
      • In country transport
        Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance + guide fees
        For all activities included on the itinerary
      • 24/7 access + support
        Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel Tour Leader
      • 5 DAY EXTENSION ONLY
        5 nights accommodation in casas particulares
      • 5 DAY EXTENSION ONLY
        12 additional meals
      • International airfare
        To/from the island
      • Travel Medical Insurance
        Required, usually included in flight. We will provide assistance
      • Tourist Card/Visa
        You can purchase at airport on departure day or in advance online. We will provide assistance
      • Meals not stated
        Any meals not indicated on itinerary
      • Trip insurance
        Recommended, not required
      • Tips
        To local guides

      Available Packages

      8 day/7 night: Double Occupancy
      Available until March 15, 202310 left

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for an 8-day/7 night trip 

      $2,750
      Deposit: $750
      8 day/7 night: Single Occupancy
      Available until March 15, 202310 left

      Per person price when booking single-occupancy spot for an 8 day/7 night trip 

      $2,995
      Deposit: $750
      13 day/12 night: Double Occupancy
      Available until March 15, 202310 left

      Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for a 13 day/12 night

      $3,495
      Deposit: $1,000
      13 day/12 night: Single Occupancy
      Available until March 15, 202310 left

      Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for a 13-day/12 night trip

      $3,850
      Deposit: $1,000

      Available options



      Itinerary

      Day One
      Welcome to the Island

      Upon arriving at the airport, one of our Program Directors will be waiting to greet you. They will then accompany you to the capital's historic center to get settled into your casa particular. You will then be given a brief orientation to the neighborhood. 

      That evening we will all enjoy a welcome dinner during which travelers can get to know one another and the guides better as we discuss the itinerary for the following days. 


      We'll later get into the spirit of the island with cocktails and live music at one of the historic center's most iconic, privately owned, bars just steps from the Capitol! 

      Your Organizer


      Ho
      Heart of Travel
      74 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

      TM
      Traveling with small kids, we like the flexibility of exploring the world at our own pace, where we want and when we want. That is exactly the niche that Heart of Travel is catering for. We made some last minute changes to out itinerary to see and experience more without wasting extra time in transit. HoT made it happen with no fuss nor hassle. In the end we spent a thrilling day in Chichicastenango market town with lunch prepared according to centuries old revived Mayan recipes and another day hiking Volcán Pacaya. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, chatty, friendly, accommodating, helpful and so on. Kids were happy and excited meaning we got a lot of bang for the buck.
      By Taavi M for Custom Services: Maran Family on 18 Jan, 2023
      We had great time, visited amazing places, cool people and a fantastic adventure.
      By Jaroslaw K for Custom Services - Megger Travel on 15 Jan, 2023
      Great time. Great itinerary. Well executed and amazing
      By Christopher N for Custom Services: Guatemala on 04 Jan, 2023
      Fantastic trip getting to meet real people in each of the towns. The coffee tour with Don Jose was the highlight of my trip.
      By Lisa C for Custom Services: Guatemala on 03 Jan, 2023
      BR
      Our guide Gustavo was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, punctual, and patient. We traveled to 4 provinces during this trip, covering both the mountain and rainforest regions. It was a great mix of learning language, culture, architecture, history, cuisine, nature, adventure, and meeting and learning from both the locals and fellow travelers along the way. Highly recommend!
      By Barbra R for High Basic/Low Intermediate Spanish Immersion in Ecuador on 21 Dec, 2022
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      I just completed the Oaxaca 2022 Did de Muertos Trip with Heart of Travel and it was amazing. Such a surreal and gratifying experience. Learned so much in regards to the culture and celebrations and customs of the local people and enjoyed learning about their traditions. Heart of Travel made this entire experience so enjoyable and well rounded with cultural immersion experiences. Great accommodation choices and knowledgeable local guides. Their use of local guides to share their knowledge and love for their traditions and home is a great learning experience. I have partake in several of their trips and would highly recommend not only this trip but any they have to offer. They defintiley take care of you. Would travel with them again!!
      By Olivia S on 22 Nov, 2022
      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