Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala

4 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala

4 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip


Our tours make you experience the real Guatemala with 100% of profits going directly to Niños de Guatemala schools. Just by taking a tour, you are helping to support families in need in Guatemala!

Visit Ciudad Vieja and discover what everyday life looks like in Guatemala. With our guide you’ll catch a chicken bus, visit Niños de Guatemala schools  Nuestro Futuro and El Horizonte, and see two main industries of the town: A chicken bus factory and a coffin carpentry. While walking around Ciudad Vieja, our guide will tell you all about the city, its people and daily life here.

Ciudad Vieja

This tour begins with an exciting start -a ride on one of the colorful and chaotic chicken buses, an experience you cannot skip if you want to understand Guatemalan everyday life. After a short bus ride (15 - 20 min.) you will arrive in Ciudad Vieja, one of the former capitals of Guatemala. While walking towards your first stop and passing through the local market, your guide will tell you about this interesting place.

Local Workshops

After learning all about the school, you’ll visit workshops of the two principal industries here: Chicken buses and coffin carpentry. Chicken buses are a common form of transportation in Guatemala. These former U.S. school buses are repaired, modified and decorated locally to meet the needs of the Guatemalan bus companies. At the workshop, you’ll learn how the buses are transformed and the industry in general. Coffin carpentry is a prominent and important part of life in Ciudad Vieja. At the workshop, you will meet Don Cesar who owns a family coffin-making business. Here, you'll learn how the coffins are built and decorated according to Guatemalan tradition. Also, the guide will share with you more about the mayan beliefs, traditions and celebrations related to this part of life.

Niños de Guatemala Schools Nuestro Futuro and El Horizonte

In Ciudad Vieja, you will visit two schools of the NGO: Nuestro Futuro and El Horizonte. Nuestro Futuro is the first primary school of Niños de Guatemala, which opened its doors in 2009. Nearly 200 children, aged 4 to 12, who would otherwise not be able to go to school, attend Nuestro Futuro. You will get to see the school premises, meet the students and learn more about Niños de Guatemala, our programs and what education is like in Guatemala. After finishing primary school, some pupils of Nuestro Futuro and El Porvenir (a further primary school run by the NGO in the neighboring town) attend secondary school El Horizonte. After opening in 2015, the first class of El Horizonte graduated in November 2017. Here you will learn about additional programs of the organization and the future opportunities for our graduates.

After these fun and educational visits you will return to Antigua by chicken bus. A good way to observe all that you have just learned about these Guatemalan buses in real life!

Please make sure to wear closed-toed comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for a school environment (covered shoulders, shorts and skirts below the knee). Please be prepared to walk through Antigua and Ciudad Vieja. There is an uphill to reach the schools.

This tour takes 3.5 to 4 hours.

What’s included

  • Public Transport
    Chicken Bus
  • Local guide
    Bilingual English/Spanish
  • All entrance fees
    Chicken bus factory and coffin workshop
  • Refreshments
    Water, if you bring your own bottle
  • Sun and rain protection
    Please bring sunscreen/rain cover as necessary
  • Lunch
    Not included
  • Private Transport
    Available with an additional fee. Contact us to coordinate it!

Available Packages

Public Tour

With this option, you can join a group and the meeting point is at Niños de Guatemala offices at 4ta calle oriente #28, Antigua Guatemala. We recommend to be 5 minutes earlier so the tour can start on time on 8:00 am.

Deposit: $4
Private Tour

This option is for those who prefer to take the tour with family and friends only. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation 

Deposit: $4

Available options

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Your Organizer

Niños de Guatemala
4 reviews
social business tour operator offering off-the-beaten-path excursions with an impact. We offer unique and sustainable experiences in the areas surrounding Antigua and nationwide in Guatemala that give back to the communities we visit. we believe in creating a positive impact with everything we do. 100% net profit of all services booked with us is donated directly to Niños de Guatemala, an NGO providing education and empowerment to ~500 children who would otherwise not have access to it, to break the cycle of poverty and contribute to a better future for Guatemala. We offer unique and memorable experiences that collaborate with the communities we visit and support the local economy by partnering with local guides, providers, and artisans.


I have been taking 1:1 Skype Spanish classes with Ninos de Guatemala since the start of the pandemic. It is probably the only "self improvement" activity that I have done consistently. My teacher, Brandon, is patient and fun to work with. Maybe I will finally be able to converse with people when I am able to travel in person again!
By Kathleen B for 1-on-1 Skype Spanish Language Classes on 30 Sep, 2021
We loved everything about our journey with Ninos de Guatemala. The experiences, attention to detail and genuine desire to ensure everything was perfect was admirable. NDG is a social tourism business which made us feel ever better about booking with them, knowing some of our tourism $'s was going to support local kids education! AMAZING. Can't wait to go back.
By Nanda Journeys for Nicola and Husband Trip To Guatemala on 18 Aug, 2021
The Pacaya hike was the highlight of the trip for our boys. It was truly and amazing and unique experience. Our tour guide Tania was spectacular and extremely helpful. Having her as our guide on multiple tours with Ninos de Guatemala, we can say for sure that she made our entire trip more enjoyable. So glad we got to see Pacaya up close and meet wonderful people like Tania.
By Clint T for PACAYA VOLCANO HIKE on 01 Aug, 2021
This was an amazing experience with Rosa and her family. We had such a great time and it's definitely something we will never forget. Also, our tour guide Tania Salazar was incredible. We cannot say enough good things about her. She connected with each member of our family and was so helpful. When we come back we will be asking for Tania again.
By Clint T for WORRY DOLL WORKSHOP on 01 Aug, 2021