Guatemala: Artisans, Adventure & Cultural Immersion

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Heart of Travel
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63 reviews
Jul 15 - 26, 2023
Group size: 6 - 12
Guatemala: Artisans, Adventure & Cultural Immersion
Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
63 reviews

$NaN
Jul 15 - 26, 2023
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

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


Upon touching down in Guatemala City, your Heart of Travel Tour Leader will be waiting to greet you and accompany you to the colonial town of La Antigua Guatemala. Before you arrive in this picturesque little town, you'll buzz through the busy urban streets of Guatemala City. 


Once settled into Antigua you'll be able to enjoy all that the town and surrounding areas have to offer from coffee farms, to artisan chocolate & wine, beautiful historic buildings, cheerful marimba music, delicious food, colorful markets, and quiet mornings, and bustling nightlife. There is no shortage of activities in Antigua, trust us!  


The fun doesn't stop there, during our adventure in Guatemala we will also explore the massive Tikal ruins that loom over the jungle canopy, home to many species of birds, monkeys, jaguars, and other critters. After an exciting adventure in the north, we will enjoy a peaceful day floating leisurely down the expansive Río Dulce before arriving on Guatemala's Caribbean coast. 


Finally, our trip will conclude with a visit to the famed Lake Atitlán, where we will spend the night with local families and learn more about cultural customs and traditions in the area along with the artful skill of weaving. 

What’s included

  • 11 nights accommodations
    10 nights in boutique hotels, 1 night with local family
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Guatemala including domestic flights, private shuttles, boats, etc.
  • Entrance & Guide Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets, local guides for all activities indicated on itinerary
  • Meals
    11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners each with one beverage included
  • Spanish immersion
    Opportunities for those interested in practicing their Spanish, just let us know!
  • Airfare assistance
    We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip
  • 24/7 Assistance
    Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • International airfare
    To/from Guatemala
  • Meals
    Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Additional Beverages
    Beverages not indicated as included on the itinerary
  • Additional tours
    Extra activities done individually during your free time
  • Tips
    To local guides and drivers

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until February 28, 202312 left

Per person price when booking double occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Guatemala including visits to Antigua, Flores, Tikal, Río Dulce, Tecpán and Lake Atitlán. 

$2,395
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy
Available until February 28, 202312 left

Per person price when booking single occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Guatemala including visits to Antigua, Flores, Tikal, Río Dulce, Tecpán and Lake Atitlán. 

$2,799
Deposit: $750

Available options

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Itinerary

Day One
Welcome to Guatemala!

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. That being said, we encourage participants to book flights that arrive in Guatemala in the morning or early afternoon so that they have time to get settled before the welcome dinner that evening. If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know!


Upon arriving at the airport one of our Program Directors will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua via private shuttle (approx 1 - 1.5 hour drive). Once in La Antigua, you will be checked into your hotel and given a brief orientation of the city. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc. one of the Program Directors 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.


Later at night we will enjoy a traditional Guatemalan meal and learn how to make tortillas during an interactive dining experience at our friend Joaquín’s cooking school just outside of La Antigua. Here we will in the rooftop kitchen and dine on the terrace while you will meet the guides and fellow travelers to discuss the upcoming activities for our adventure here in Guatemala.

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
63 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

Such a great trip with great trip leaders, guides and fellow travelers. Lots of fun and varied activities with plenty of time for self exploration. I would highly recommend the trip for those looking to experience the many charms of Spain. - and the food!
By Lynn M for Sampling History, Art, Culture & Cuisine in Spain on 04 Oct, 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 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
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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