Guatemala: Off the beaten path in the Altiplano

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Heart of Travel
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54 reviews
Feb 18 - 27, 2023
Group size: 4 - 12
Guatemala: Off the beaten path in the Altiplano
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
54 reviews

Feb 18 - 27, 2023
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

** Scroll down to view the complete day-by-day itinerary**

Join us on this off-the-beaten-path trip in Guatemala, as we travel throughout the northwestern region of the country with visits to Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, and the main event: Huehuetenango. This trip provides the opportunity to explore some of the less visited regions in Guatemala where the majority of the population self-identifies as indigenous. This culturally and linguistically diverse region of the country has also been heavily affected by climate change, immigration, and the lasting effects of the country's 36-year-long internal conflict. In addition to its cultural, historical, and social intrigue, Guatemala's northwestern region is also incredibly beautiful. Throughout this trip, we will have various opportunities to disconnect and enjoy nature including visits to rivers, lakes, cenotes, mountain ranges, and light hikes. 

View an epic video from a previous trip to Huehuetenango here! 

Our trip begins with a fun cooking class in Antigua Guatemala for your welcome dinner and some general information about the trip. The next morning we depart for Chichicastenango to visit one of the largest indigenous markets in Latin America and to enjoy a multi-course lunch with our friends at Proyecto Tux. This dining experience is put together by a group of indigenous women who are passionate about sustainable and seasonal food production as well as preserving pre-hispanic recipes and customs related to food. 

From there we will continue to Quetzaltenango where we will relax in some natural hot springs and visit the first church ever built in Central America along with other surrounding towns in the Quetzaltenango and Totonicapán departments. On the last portion of our trip, we will head to Huehuetenango, an area that does not receive a high volume of tourism. Here we will see dry cenotes that are over 500 ft, deep, wet cenotes where we will be able to take a swim, and a turquoise lake that will take your breath away! We will also visit the interesting town of Todos Santos Cuchumatán where we will stay at a small, family-owned bed and breakfast. 

Remember, we will be getting fairly off the beaten path during our time in Quetzaltenango, and even more so in Huehuetenango. Some of these areas are not developed as tourist sites to the same degree as La Antigua or Lake Atitlán so they prepared for a few bumpy rides and more modest accommodations at times. Rest assured we've done everything possible to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, and above all else to keep you safe and healthy.

What’s included

  • 9 nights accommodation
    9 nights at boutique hotels, country haciendas and bed and breakfasts
  • Meals
    9 breakfasts & 12 additional meals with one soft beverage included
  • Entrance & Guide Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Guatemala including private shuttles and boats
  • 24/7 assistance
    Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • Spanish immersion
    Spanish language immersion opportunities for those interested: Let us know if you want to practice!
  • Airfare assistance
    We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip
  • International airfare
    To/from Guatemala City
  • Extra meals & beverages
    Meals & beverages not indicated on the itinerary
  • Additional tours
    Additional tours/activities done individually during free time (we can assist in coordinating these for you)
  • Tips
    Tips to local guides & drivers

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot

Deposit: $650
Single Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot

Deposit: $650

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Day One
¡Bienvenidxs a Guatemala!

Upon arriving at the airport, one of your Program Directors will be waiting to greet you and accompany 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.

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

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Heart of Travel
54 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.


We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. We were with a great group of people and enjoyed comfortable accommodations, good food, and interesting outings. We visited three different geographic areas in Costa Rica and learned a great deal about the plants, animals and people in each. Our guides were informative and fun, and Chelsea handled every situation with ease.
By Thomas B for Adventure and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica on 10 Jul, 2022
Most amazing trip ever. Wonderfully organized covering many insightful aspects of Ecuadorian culture and its varied people. Great to learn all that is done to preserve Ecuador’s special natural treasures. Our Ecuadorian guide, Gustavo, went over and above to make our visit the best I have ever had when traveling in a foreign country.
By pamela g for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 03 Jun, 2022
Gustavo, our guide, was wonderful! He was attentive to details & helpful & organized. Great meals including choices like fresh fish and the desserts were fabulous. All the animals and great activities were life changing . Our days were packed with adventure. Some of the boat rides & bus rides in the Galapagos were long & uncomfortable. The accommodations were quite good and ranged from excellent (Hotel de la Isla) to comfortable with a view. (Casa de María needs some hooks to hang things in the rooms but the views were magnificent so can’t complain too much. ) All the support staff from guides to drivers, etc. we’re very warm & welcoming.
By Elizabeth M for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 01 Jun, 2022
Absolutely loved the casa gardenia. Such great breakfasts options. Passion fruit is my new favorite... and such GREAT service. They anticipated our every need... even had food to go for our EARLY morning departures. Thank you !
By LAURIE b for Ecuador: Extra Night Double Occupancy on 30 May, 2022
Had a wonderful guide that knew all the best spots to share with us. He kept us busy without feeling overwhelmed. He was extremely informative about what we were experiencing and sharing the culture.
By LAURIE b for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 29 May, 2022
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