Off the beaten path in Guatemala's Altiplano

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Ho
Heart of Travel
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36 reviews
May 7 - 15, 2022
Group size: 4 - 12
Off the beaten path in Guatemala's Altiplano
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

May 7 - 15, 2022
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 visit the northwestern region of the country including visits to Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango and the main event: Huehuetenango. During our time here, we will be exploring the most beautiful cenotes and lagoons in the area during the week, allowing you to reconnect with nature. 


View an epic video of our latest trip to Huehue here! 


TRIP SUMMARY  


We start our trip with a fun cooking class in Antigua Guatemala for your welcome dinner and some general information about the trip.


The next morning we head out to Chichicastenango to visit one of the largest indigenous markets in Latin America.


Next, we will continue to Quetzaltenango where we will relax in some natural hot springs and visit the first church ever built in Central America.


On the last part of our trip, we will head to Huehuetenango, a mostly unexplored and untouched natural gem. 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 water lake that will take your breath away! We will also visit the interesting town of Todos Santos where the men can still be seen using their traditional garments, something that isn't seen in the rest of the country very often.


Remember, we will be getting fairly off the beaten path during our time in Quetzaltenango, and even more so in Huehuetenango. These areas have yet to develop as tourist sites to the same degree as La Antigua or Lake Atitlán. Be prepared for a few bumpy rides and more modest accommodations at times, but 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!

Learn more on our free Discovery Calls!

For those interested in joining our Altiplano trip in Guatemala, we will be hosting two Discovery Calls via Zoom. These calls consist of a brief presentation as we walk through the itinerary together before opening up the session to questions and general conversation. 


Join us on Wednesday, January 12th at 6:00 pm PST here


Join us on Sunday, January 29th at 11:00 am PST here

What’s included

  • 8 nights accommodation
    9 nights of boutique hotels and country haciendas
  • Meals
    8 breakfasts & 10 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 March 7, 202212 left
$1795
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until March 7, 202212 left
$2225
Deposit: $500

Available options

$25 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$25
$50 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$50
$100 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$100
$250 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$250

Itinerary

Day One
Welcome to Guatemala!

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. 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 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.

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
36 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

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
This trip exceeded my already high expectations. The itinerary was planned and crafted with such care to allow for an immersive experience. Chelsea and the Heart of Travel allow you to experience Guatemala like a local while touching on the experiences all tourists want to have. Chelsea welcomed us to Guatemala with open arms and we left with full hearts. An 11/10 experience; highly recommend.
By Julie I for Transportation and Tours Services: Julie Irwin on 18 May, 2021
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Heart of Travel thinks of every possible scenario and detail and made every thing so effortless for us so we could just enjoy our trip. Will be using heart of Travel again and again! Great guides, shuttle drivers, and support through out the trip.
By Flow Yoga Adventures for Transportation and Tours Services: Suzanne on 10 May, 2021
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