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05 Days: Lava explosions above the clouds @ Guatemala

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Why us ?

Because of our transformational, sustainable and ethical approach. 

Engage with your destinations and its heritage, be an active and experimental traveler and  cultivate joy and experience bliss during your journey.

Remember that you are not only traveling, in fact you are supporting many noble causes, and keep in mind that your investment benefits you, the residents you meet, and mother nature.

- high quality, hygiene, safety & comfort - 24/7 customer service - exclusive & unique activities - sustainable philosophy - social responsibility - amazing destinations - a team of local living legends - exquisite local food - handpicked accommodations - on-time transportation - and much more.

When you have to choose between two roads, ask yourself which of them has a heart? Whoever chooses the path of the Heart never makes a mistake.

Popol Vuh (the sacred book of the Mayans).

Questions?

Feel free to contact us. We are a team of expert travel designers more than happy to help you.

How can we customize it for you? If it leaves you dreaming about it, and makes you smile. Just let us know, and we can begin the process of tailoring it.

(+43) 6765191970

info@guatemalascension.org

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Tour Details

Specially curated for socially conscious explorers in search of high and hot adventures.

When you think of Guatemala, you probably think of ancient civilizations and culture, active volcanoes, colonial cities, and with this transformative journey you are going to experience all of them and many thrills and surprises along the way.

Get ready for a truly epic journey visiting the World Heritage Site of Antigua Guatemala, the magical Atitlan Lake with its indigenous communities and the Acatenango volcano overnight hike (located next to the world acclaimed and active Fuego volcano).

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Highlights

Travel dates

Available all-year-round.

Country

Guatemala.

Airport

GUA (arrival & departure).

Rating

Leisure and medium (Acatenengo hike).

Interest

Nature, adventure, culture and community.

Lodging

Boutique hotels.

Transportation

Van / microbus & boat.

Destinations & activities

Day 01: Guatemala city & Antigua Guatemala (World Heritage Site).

Welcome (GUA airport) – drive to Antigua – free & easy time – Boutique Hotel Antigua.

Day 02: Lake Atitlan.

Drive to Lake Atitlan – boat ride – San Juan La Laguna visit – boat ride – drive to Antigua – Boutique Hotel Antigua.

Day 03: Acatenango volcano. 

Drive to Acatenango – Acatenango hike – Acatenango base camp.

Day 04: Acatenango volcano and Antigua Guatemala. 

Acatenango hike – drive to Antigua – Antigua visit – Boutique Hotel Antigua.

Day 05: Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala city.

Goodbye – drive to GUA airport – Buen Camino.

Your Itinerary

DAY 01Welcome to Guatemala (Heart of the Mayan world) and your visit to Antigua (World Heritage Site)

Welcome by your team at the Aurora International Airport (GUA) and transportation to the cosmopolitan and colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a “pueblo magico” full of charm and probably the most visited one in the country.

Free time to explore your colonial surroundings (try to arrive before midday and enjoy the sunset in Antigua with tea, coffee, or drinks), begin to connect with the local people and international community, and prepare yourself for your upcoming rewarding journey. 

Meals: None.

Lodging: Boutique Hotel in Antigua.

Activities: Welcome transfer and sightseeing.

DAY 02The Mayan highlands and Lake Atitlan with its indigenous communities and Mayan workshops of Juan La Laguna

Aldous Huxley described Atitlan as “too much of a good thing, it touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque”.

Morning transportation through the Mayan highlands, most known as the sectors of the indigenous Mayan culture alive. Areas surrounded by beautiful landscapes of mountains, volcanoes, indigenous communities, and all kinds of crops until the town of Panajachel, located on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Atitlan, and the place where you are going to take a boat ride and cross its crystalline waters until the small, picturesque, and charming town of San Juan La Laguna.

Lunch and a cultural afternoon of ancestral knowledge by visiting and learning from their community social projects, focused on preserving alternative and natural medicine, primitivist painting, natural dyeing, and etc.

Boat ride back to Panajachel followed by your transportation to Antigua Guatemala. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Lodging: Boutique Hotel in Antigua.

Activities: Boat rides (Lake Atitlan) and San Juan La Laguna tour.

DAY 03Acatenango volcano overnight! Prepare yourself for a truly adventure with astonishing views and countless lava eruptions.

Today is your visit to the famous Acatenango volcano, and you are going to make things properly by experiencing a sunset, a sunrise, and sleeping under the stars next to the acclaimed and active Volcan de Fuego (Fire volcano). 

So, don’t forget to pack your hiking clothes (a warm sweater, layer, fleece, rain jacket / windbreaker, and quick-drying leggings), a good pair of trainers, a hat, and sunscreen. 

The temperature and weather of Acatenango vary significantly from around 20+ degrees Celsius (68+ Fahrenheit) during the day as you hike up and get down to below 0 Celsius (32F) at night.

Start your adventure in the morning with your transportation to the massive volcanoes complex, for the beginning of your challenging and elevating hike, around 6 hours and until 4,000 above the Pacific coastal plain.

Walk your way up the volcano and be able to notice the change in climates and ecosystems upwards by crossing hot cornfields and other ones infused with cloud forests, then a humid tropical setting, and the closer you get to the basecamp, the more volcanic ash and rubble with a cold environment and genuinely breathtaking panoramic views.

Water, snacks and tropical fruits on the way and until your ascension to the summit. 

At the basecamp, rest and relax for the remainder of the day, or if you wish and you feel in condition to do so, we can continue with the path a little more (one hour) and get as close as possible to the Fuego volcano followed up by a  one-of-a-kind sunset before your hot and well deserved dinner.

The reward and the most epic part of this adventure camping experience is watching Fuego Volcano erupting lava with several colossal “bangs” next to you during the night (perfect for that photo moment). 

Honestly, it’s just breathtaking, speechless, and healing. 

Meals: All. 

Lodging: Camping at Acatenango. 

Activities: Acatenango volcano hiking and camping.

DAY 04Sunrise above the clouds, Antigua walking tour and your goodbye dinner

Early wake up before dawn, for even more breathtaking views, because it is during the morning when the skies are clearest.

Breakfast back at the campsite, and the beginning of your descent (approx 4-5 hours) followed by your drive to Antigua.

Free and easy time to rest followed with an afternoon Antigua walking tour visiting its most significant cobblestone streets and trendy hotspots, including the central plaza, cathedral, history and art museums, jade stores (the sacred stone of the Mayans), fantastic handicraft markets, and way much more.

Visit a local cafe and try probably one of the best coffees you have ever tried, take photos of Antigua´s unique stores, and the Calle del Arco (Arch street), El Mirador El Cerro de la Cruz (with a fantastic panoramic view of the city) and because it is your last night in Guatemala, you are going to have the perfect time celebrating life with a curated lounge bar-hopping night experience and goodbye dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner. 

Lodging: Boutique Hotel in Antigua.

Activities: Volcano Hiking and Antigua walking tour (culture, art and nightlife)

*Note: During this day you need to take an antigen test to fly back home on the next day, and your team is going to help you to coordinate that.

DAY 05Final exit transfer to Guatemala City airport and the end of your services

Morning breakfast and your final transfer to the Airport to be there 4 hours before your departure time. Goodbye from your team and until the next time! Buen Camino.

Meals: breakfast. 

Lodging: none.

Activities: Exit transfer and sightseeing.

Other Details

INCLUDED:

– 24/7 guest support.

– High profile tour leader in English and experienced local guides.

– All breakfasts.

– Day 03 lunch.

-Days 03 & 04 dinner.

– All activities.

All transfers between hotels and activities.

– Plus way more thrills and surprises along the way.

 

– 04 Nights accommodation.

– 3 nights in Antigua at: 

Hotel Convento Santa Catalina or Meson del Valle (in a double or twin shared room).

– 1 night in Acatenango: 

Base camp with professional gear plus a beanie, scarf, winter gloves, jackets (windbreakers, double layers, base layers, mid layers), head lamp and a 1.5L Nalgene water bottle. 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

– International flights and airport taxes.

– Days 1, 2, 4 & 5  lunches.

– Days 1,2 & 5 dinners.

– All the drinks at restaurants.

– Personal expenses of any kind.

– Gratitudes. 

– Antigen or PCR test for Covid-19 (to take your flight back home).

– The not described services at our sample itinerary.

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Your requirements and recommendations that facilitate entering fully into the experience

Travel with your heart and mind open and be receptive to all the lessons that these sacred lands have for you 🙂

– No matter where you are, always travel with health & travel insurance.

-Tell all your friends, family, and community about it. We recommend having this experience with a group of your closest friends because it’s going to connect all of you on a more profound and higher level.

Follow the instructions of your expert Tour leader / spiritual guide and local guides. They really know what they are doing. Ask them, question them, and also connect with them. They are going to surprise you.

Be prepared for the tropics and pack multiple changes of clothes: 

Clothing for warm and hot weather during the day: two pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, three changes of shirts, a rain poncho, a swimsuit, and a sweater or jacket to wear at night. Walking shoes, hiking boots, sneakers, and sandals are all acceptable. 

Quick-dry clothing (especially a pair of convertible pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts) is recommended for your visit to the tropical areas. 

Always bring a towel, and please don’t forget sunblock, bug spray, a flashlight, a sun hat, a lightweight raincoat or poncho, anti-diarrheal medicine, and wet wipes.

*Important reminder: Be conscious of what you pack, and always keep sustainability in mind.

How can we customize it for you?

If it catches your attention, leaves you dreaming about it, and makes you smile, just let us know, and we can begin the process of tailoring it

Call us or email us now:

info@guatemalascension.org / sales@guatemalascension.org

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