Walking and easy hiking with options for more extensive hikes and activities. Comfortable accommodations in hotel, lodge or yacht.
Ideal for relaxed travelers and families with children of all ages, this Maya adventure tour into the rich highlands of central Guatemala is an exploration of dramatic landscapes and includes journeys into lush forests, coffee plantations, crater lakes and volcanic peaks, and introductions to a vibrant Maya way of life, both past and present. As our local guide takes you off the main village streets, you experience authentic Guatemala: in Chichicastenango, explore the indigenous Mayan market and observe the ancient native rites of burning incense and candles and spreading flower petals on the steps of the Santo Tomás Church; in the highland city of Totonicapán, enjoy a home cooked lunch with local weavers set to the sounds of a live marimba band; hike through the coffee and cornfields lining the volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan; and tour the coastal coffee plantations and ancient Mayan site of Tak’alik Ab’aj. Complete your Guatemala adventure tour in the former colonial capital of Antigua, a place where you walk the atmospheric cobblestone streets and discover the restored churches and old haciendas of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Your comfortable accommodations reflect the unique culture and history of the region and include private volcanic stone cottages set among shady avocado trees and coffee plants, a converted colonial mansion and a cozy casita located on a family farm.
My days in the highlands were the highlight of my visit to Guatemala. More than the things I bought, I most value the sights, sounds and experiences of my trip, especially my guide's insights into Mayan and Guatemalan culture.
- Paula Riggert, WA