Guatemala For All The Family

# Family Holiday

Guatemala For All The Family

14 Days from £4475 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Family Holiday
Birding
Culture and Archaeology

They say that travel broadens the mind: we believe that’s certainly true, and equally so for children and parents alike. A good family holiday should be educational and also contain exciting elements which appeal to all age groups – and this Guatemala family itinerary fits all the criteria. Your family will have a marvellous adventure as you learn about Spain’s colonial heritage and how to make peanut butter; ride a bike through local villages; explore mysterious Mayan cities; take part in a traditional ceremony; kayak on a volcanic lake; hike ancient pathways; traverse high zip lines; boat down a jungle river; have lunch in a Garifuna Caribbean town; brave canopy walkways; watch the sun set from the top of a temple; and spot brightly coloured birds and agile monkeys in the rainforest. Suitable for families with children aged 8 or more, the itinerary provides an active and stimulating holiday in a small, colourful country with friendly people, varied landscapes and scenery, and pleasant accommodation. We are sure you and the children will love it.

Itinerary

Price from £4475 per adult. Children under 12 years old sharing twin rooms: from £1867 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms or family suites

Day 1 - Travel Day

Depart London. Arrive Guatemala City. Met & transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Antigua

Morning transfer to Antigua, one of Latin America’s best preserved Spanish colonial cities featuring cobbled streets and a wide variety of shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Your hotel has a swimming pool, vital for keeping children happy in hot climes.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Antigua

Morning guided walking tour of Antigua to see the impressive colonial buildings and monuments. Afternoon excursion to San Miguel Escobar to learn from local farmers how to make traditional peanut butter. Spread some on a delicious corn tortilla and enjoy the flavours. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day by the pool. Accommodation in a split-level suite.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Antigua

After breakfast, transfer to your bike starting point. Ride bicycles to a valley, site of a former Guatemalan capital; visit the San Lorenzo macadamia farm; visit the villages of Santiago Zamora and San Antonio Aguas Calientes, famed for their elaborate Maya textiles and traditional weaving. Return to the hotel.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Iximche Maya Site

Morning transfer to Iximche Maya site, founded in 1470 and abandoned in 1524 after the Spanish invasion. Tour the site, then take part in a Maya ceremony, performed for a specific purpose, usually to saturate with positive energy or cleanse negative energies. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan. On arrival check in to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel Atitlan . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6 - Lake Atitlan

Morning boat ride to pick up kayaking gear. Paddle for around 45 minutes along the lake shore, past lush gardens, villages and large houses. Marvel at the lake’s three main volcanoes: Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman. Disembark for a hike along ancient trails followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit Santiago Atitlan where you can visit the church, various shops and the shrine of Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smokes cigars. Return to your hotel by boat across the lake or by road.

Staying at Hotel Atitlan . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 - Guatemala City

Morning check out of your hotel and transfer to Los Tarrales Reserve, situated at Atitlan volcano, for a thrilling (yet safe) zip line tour, gliding high across the forest. Afterwards, transfer to Guatemala City.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Rio Dulce

Morning transfer to Rio Dulce. En route, visit the small UNESCO World Heritage Maya site of Quirigua with its stellae and anthropomorphic sculptures, considered among the finest in the Maya world. On arrival at Rio Dulce, check in to your hotel by the shore.

Staying at Nana Juana . Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Livingston

Today the family will enjoy a boat ride all the way to the Caribbean coast. Passing through a wide river lagoon, enter a steep gorge before arriving at Livingston. The town was settled by Garifuna people in the 19th Century and retains a laid back Caribbean culture, quite unlike the rest of Guatemala and similar to southern Belize. Have lunch at a local restaurant where the seafood is fresh and delicious and walk around the small town before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.

Staying at Nana Juana . Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - El Peten

Morning transfer by road north to El Peten. The rainforested El Peten region occupies a third of the land mass of Guatemala but has only three percent of its population. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and settle in, followed perhaps by a swim in the pool overlooking the large lake.

Staying at Villa Maya . Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - El Peten

After breakfast, transfer to Ixpanpajul Park nature reserve for an exciting walk high up along canopy walkways called the Hanging Bridges. Later, transfer to Yaxha temple site for to see the sun set over the rainforest from atop a pyramid-shaped temple. Plenty of wildlife can often be seen along the jungle road between Tikal and Yaxha. After sunset, return to the hotel.

Staying at Villa Maya . Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Tikal Maya Site

After breakfast, walk with your guide to Tikal National Park and learn about the various Maya structures and how they relate to their bygone civilisation. After exploring Tikal, enjoy lunch at a jungle restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City. On arrival, met & transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Guatemala City

Transfer to airport. Fly out.

Staying at Flight to London. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14 - Travel day

Arrive in London.

Staying at London. Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly BA from London Heathrow to Dallas and connect with American Airlines to Guatemala City.

Best visited:
November to April

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

When at the Villa Maya hotel near Tikal, venture out into the grounds at sunrise for good chances of seeing many colourful bird species including keel billed toucan and crested guan. Guatemala combines perfectly with the reefs and lodges of Belize for a comprehensive Central American holiday. Ask us for details.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Route Map

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Porta Hotel Antigua: 14.552930, -90.733620
Hotel Atitlan: 14.748048, -91.165565
Nana Juana Hotel and Marina: 15.657502, -88.992038
Villa Maya: 16.916900, -89.829400