Off the beaten path in Guatemala's Altiplano

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Ho
Heart of Travel
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11 reviews
Jun 11 - 19, 2022
Group size: 4 - 12
Off the beaten path in Guatemala's Altiplano
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
11 reviews

Jun 11 - 19, 2022
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

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
12 left
$1795
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
12 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
11 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

We had an amazing trip with Heart of Travel! We were able to experience things we would have never been able to do without their help. Our hike up Volcan Acatenango was an exertion we will never forget. Heart of Travel took care of the details for us, making the trip smooth and simple on us. I highly recommend booking an experience with them.
By Ashley G for Ashley & Mike's Adventure on 10 Mar, 2021
Prompt service. Excellent driver and comfortable ride. Heart of Travel made my arrival from Guatemala City to Antigua very enjoyable. I would highly recommend their services.
By Sande I for Airport to Antigua Shuttle on 13 Feb, 2020
This was my second trip with Heart of Travel and it was perfect in every way. The Parque Hotel was beautiful and in a wonderful location. Dylan and Daniel were the best guides and Allie—an added bonus— The Heart of Travel’s photographer. Daniel, the local guide, is so knowledgeable that you will learn so much from him. Dylan also. The Restaurant’s Chelsea picked were all different and wonderful. Lisa, our food tour guide, gave us the best experience at The Market we went to. I loved Mexico City and I look forward to my next journey with Heart of Travel—where ever that may be. Thank you Everyone who made this trip so perfect and memorable. CRP
By Cathie P for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 09 Jan, 2020
Even though I speak Fair Spanish, I was a little intimidated to tour Mexico City on my own, given the size and complexity of getting around. Our tour guide showed us the best of Mexico City, with no hassles.
By David M for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 07 Jan, 2020
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Fun, Fun, Fun! We traveled with The Heart of Travel, our favorite for Spanish-speaking destinations. We had a perfect mix of history, culture, learning, sharing, and food and drink. Día de los Muertos at the cemetery was very special. Our accommodation at an AirB&B was perfect for our group. Our local guide, Gabo, and Heart of Travel guide, Ana, are the best.
By Jonel J for Food, Drinks & Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca 2019 on 15 Nov, 2019
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