Hiking and Cultural Immersion in Guatemala

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Heart of Travel
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Feb 19 - Mar 4, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12
Hiking and Cultural Immersion in Guatemala
Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
40 reviews

Feb 19 - Mar 4, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

**Scroll down for the complete day by day itinerary**


This trip, hosted in collaboration with Nate Perlow of Nate Meets World, is designed for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path experience. During your time in Guatemala, you will hike various volcanoes and even do a three-day trek from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlán! 


While this tour centers on hiking and outdoor activities, we've made sure to fuse in some cultural immersion and educational activities along with some time to grab a beer at one of Antigua's premium breweries or relax in natural hot springs. 


This trip is for people who are physically ready for multiple days of hiking, including, numerous volcanoes with steep inclines set at high altitudes. At times our lodging and meals situation will be on the more basic side as we will be in more remote and rural parts of Guatemala. In addition to hiking, this trip is also designed to give you a deeper understanding of Guatemalan history and culture and to support small local businesses! 


Heart of Travel and our co-host, Nate, look forward to seeing you all soon! 

What’s included

  • 13 nights accommodations
    13 nights of accommodation in boutique hotels, Airbnbs, homestays, camping (tents, sleeping bags, mats, etc.).
  • Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets, and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Guatemala including private shuttles, boats, etc. for activities indicated on the itinerary
  • Meals
    13 breakfasts per person, 7 lunches and 6 dinners per person (not including alcoholic beverages or tip).
  • 24/7 Assistance
    Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
  • Airfare assistance
    We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip
  • Spanish Immersion
    Opportunities for those interested in practicing their Spanish, just let us know!
  • International airfare
  • Meals
    Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Additional Tours
    Extra activities done individually during your free time
  • Tips
    Tips to local guides and tour leaders, while not mandatory, are met with deep gratitude

Itinerary

DAY ONE
Welcome to Guatemala!

FEB 19th, SATURDAY: D included

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 the Program Directors will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua via private shuttle (approximately a 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 such as going to the bank, store, or pharmacy, your Program Directors will be more than happy to accompany you. 

This day you 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. We will dine on the beautiful rooftop terrace as we meet the guides and fellow travelers and discuss the upcoming activities for our adventure here in Guatemala.

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Heart of Travel
40 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

I highly recommend the HoT team if you're looking to get the most out of your trip to Guatemala. I have known Chelsea for a while and was delighted to be able to use the HoT teams services. From the moment I outlined what we were looking for, Chelsea made sure to get me all the information I needed and a quote really quickly. We arranged the Acetenango volcano hike with HoT and it couldn't have been better. Our guides were incredible and went above and beyond (including carrying our backpacks - this hike is not easy!) and we had the best time. I felt incredibly safe and well looked after. Chelsea also made sure we had a ton of food and snacks, even catering for a vegan which is not easy for an overnight expedition with very little amenities! We also booked transfers in and around Guatemala with HoT - they all went very smoothly and every trip was well organized. When we threw in a last minute change, they were super accommodating which meant we were able to squeeze in even more sightseeing! If you're into attention to detail, great customer service, flexibility and a sense that someone else is doing the thinking and organising for you, choose HoT!
By Lucy F for Custom Services - Lucy on 21 Oct, 2021
We did the Mountaintour with Quads. Grest Tour, niice guide, delicious food. Even my 15 year old son enjoyed it so much. Also we enjoyed the volcano Tour. One by horse and one hiking. Sat in the "Lava" had picknick and of course warm marshmellows. Unforgetable day.
By Sandra D for Custom Services - Sandra on 19 Oct, 2021
I found Heart of Travel through a blog by a Claire. I inquired about a shuttle between Guatemala City and Antigua, and how it was complicated by meeting up with family members and luggage. Chelsea met us at the airport with two vans. It was an incredible way to begin our ten days vacation. We used Heart all through the week. Chelsea also set us up for our return trip to airport and Rio Dulce, and the Covid tests needed for return to US. Thank you!! I can't say it enough. Thank you also for Hobbitland, volcano and coffee farm. I leave feeling we did some of the real Guatemala.
By Deborah S for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 09 Oct, 2021
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
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