Guatemalan Multi-Regional Coffee Tour

Antigua Guatemala & Lake Atitlán

Ho
Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
37 reviews
Dec 11 - 18, 2022
Group size: 4 - 12
Guatemalan Multi-Regional Coffee Tour
Antigua Guatemala & Lake Atitlán

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
37 reviews

Dec 11 - 18, 2022
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

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


Join us on our Guatemalan Multi-Regional coffee tour. Together with our talented and knowledable barista friends, we have come up with an itinerary packed full of experiences that will help you understand a wide range of aspects that you need to know as a coffee lover!


We will visit coffee cooperatives and small producers who will share with us in detail all of the processes involved in the various stages of coffee production.  Our two main destinations are the colonial town of La Antigua Guatemala, a picturesque little town complete with cobblestone roads nestled in a valley surrounded by volcanoes; and Lake Atitlán, a beautiful volcanic lake in the Western highlands, ringed by small villages where you can feel the strong presence of the Maya culture, customs and traditions. 


The fun doesn't stop there, during our time in Antigua we will also hike one of the 3 active volcanoes in Guatemala, the Pacaya volcano. Here we'll enjoy a picnic at the summit while appreciating the lava and roasting some marshmallows!


Finally, our trip will conclude with a  stop at our favorite stands and tiny comedores in the towns surrounding Antigua for the best local street food!

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
    6 nights of accommodation in boutique hostels and vacation rentals
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Guatemala including private shuttles and boats.
  • Entrance & Guide Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary
  • Meals
    6 breakfasts and 6 additional meals with soft drink included
  • 24/7 Assistance
    Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • Spanish immersion
    Opportunities for those interested in practicing their Spanish, just let us know!
  • Airfare assistance
    Assistance searching and booking international flights if desired.
  • International airfare
    International airfare to and from Guatemala City.
  • 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
    Tips to local guides & drivers

Itinerary

Day One
Arrive in Guatemala City

Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places, therefore, travelers are welcome to choose the flight path that best suits their travel preferences and needs. If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know!


Upon arriving at the airport one of the Tour Leaders will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua via private shuttle (45-minute drive, without traffic). Once in La Antigua, you will be checked into your hotel and be given a brief orientation of the city. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. your Tour Leaders will be more than happy to accompany you. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests.


We'll start our trip with a welcome dinner at Cuscún Cooking School where we will learn how to make some authentic Guatemalan dishes at our friend Joaquín's rooftop kitchen! 

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
37 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

KP
One of the best cooking classes I've ever done! The Heart of Travel + Cuscun Team catered the meals to be veggie friendly for us so we were able to try traditional Guatemalan food with a veggie twist - which is difficult to find in the country. The views, atmosphere, outdoor rooftop kitchen, and mainly the company was incredible. Felt like we were getting together with old friends, having some drinks, and making a meal together. Learned a lot and 100% recommend this! Antigua highlight for sure!
By Keri P for Antigua Cooking Class on 01 Sep, 2021
KP
10/10 recommend. Incredible pre & post communication from the Heart of Travel team which also included some Guate recs; which I loved! Specifically, the book & film recommendations to learn from before arriving. The airport transfer was seamless, Luis Miguel was there on time, easy to find, and great! Can't wait to do more experiences with them during my trip!
By Keri P for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 16 Aug, 2021
From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my 11-day/10-night trip to Guatemala and highly recommend Heart of Travel. The itinerary Chelsea planned for me was perfect. The pricing was very reasonable. Her communication and support before and during the trip was exceptional. She went above and beyond in helping me solve a couple of SNAFU’s of my own making. I look forward to traveling again with this company in the hopefully not too distant future. I consider myself a well-traveled (104 countries), fairly adventurous, 61-year-old. My previous trips have ranged from completely self-planned to high-end travel companies, solo to small group. I seek unique, authentic experiences. Probably more so than most travelers my age, I enjoy being active and even physically challenged. However, like most travelers my age, I have become old and spoiled and place great value in a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed in a safe environment.
By Kent M for Kent Miller: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 27 May, 2021
Show More Reviews