What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 11 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms
    11 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms
  • All activities included, from hiking Pacaya Volcano to kayaking on Lake Atitlán<br />
    All activities included, from hiking Pacaya Volcano to kayaking on Lake Atitlán
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
    Max 14 Flashpackers
  • 1 flight to Flores
    1 flight to Flores
  • Private minibus and airport pickup any time on day 1
    Private minibus and airport pickup any time on day 1

Climb an active volcano on an exhilarating hike and kayak your way across the blue waters of Lake Atitlán. Sip rum in the sunshine from a rooftop lounger, sleep under the canopy of the Guatemalan jungle, and watch the sun set over the rainforest from a towering Mayan temple. River tube through incredible underground caves, dive into the blue waters of a plunging cenote, and swim with sharks on the Belize Barrier Reef. End your adventure lounging on golden sands, soaking up the sweet life with a sunset BBQ.

 

We’re an honest bunch here at Flash Pack HQ so a word to the wise; our adventure around Guatemala and Belize isn’t for the fairweather traveller who wants to fly-and-flop. From trekking through the thickets of the jungle and rainforest, to swimming with sharks and hiking the active volcanic landscape, both Guatemala and Belize offer up incredible scenes of breathtaking natural beauty, but don’t come without their quirks and challenges. As with travelling around any still developing country, to get the most out this epic adventure you’ll need to be laid back about plans prone to quick change, and able to see the charm in some questionable service and timekeeping. But if you’re up for escaping to the jungles of Central America before hopping to the beaches on the edge of Caribbean, all while pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, jump aboard! We’ll begin our 12-day adventure in Antigua, embark on an exhilarating hike up an active volcano, then travel to Lake Atitlán to kayak our way across its great blue waters. We’ll head into both the Guatemalan and Belizean jungles, climb to the top a gargantuan Mayan temple and watch the sun blaze orange as it sets over the rainforest. You’ll go river tubing through incredible underground caves lined with giant stalactites and ancient Mayan paintings, dive into the sapphire-hued waters of a plunging cenote, and take an ocean dip off the Belize Barrier Reef with the company of sharks and stingrays. We’ll round things off lounging on golden sands overlooking the Caribbean, feasting on fresh seafood, sipping local rum and soaking up the sweet life with a sunset beach BBQ. Grab your bags Flashpackers, the adventure’s about to begin…


The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Climb an active volcano on an exhilarating hike and picnic near its peak
  • Work up a sweat kayaking across the blue waters of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán
  • River tube through the incredible junglescape and underground caves of Belize
  • Get out of your comfort zone swimming with sharks and stingrays off the Belize Barrier Reef
  • Climb to the top of a towering ancient temple and watch the sun setting over the thickets of the rainforest
  • Bed down for the night under the canopy of the jungle at an enchanting rainforest retreat
  • Sip rum and relax with the laid back charm of island life in Belize
  • Learn the art of Guatemalan cooking with a hands-on masterclass from a local

Itinerary

Day 1: Hola Guatemala

Touch down in Guatemala City, jump in your private transfer to Antigua and soak up the city’s atmosphere on day one of your adventure. Check into your hotel, an impressively restored Colonial building with interiors that’ll appeal your inner art lover, then share a few beers with your fellow flashpackers at our first group dinner.

 

Flashpackers, welcome to day one of your adventure in Guatemala! Touch down in Guatemala City at La Aurora International Airport, where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk you off to your hotel in Antigua, our base for the next two nights. Today is all about getting to know your fellow Flashpackers and settling into your new surroundings. If you arrive early, feel free to explore the nearby Parque Central (also known as Plaza Mayor) or take a stroll through the city’s cobblestone streets, where you’ll find pastel-hued buildings and Colonial restorations lining the remarkably photogenic pavements—look out for a riot of colour as the infamous Chicken Bus rounds each corner. This evening, we’ll all head to a rooftop bar to share a few beers before tucking into your first Antiguan dinner with your fellow explorers.

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Fly into Guatemala City and head straight to the much more charming town of Antigua

Day 2: Volcano Hiking

Fuel up on rich local coffee at breakfast, then hike an active volcano with your Flash Pack crew. Tuck into a glorious picnic at one of the highest points of our climb, snap a selfie against the incredible backdrop, then prepare your jelly legs for the steep descent. Rest up come evening or explore Antiguan dining options in the local area.

 

If there’s one thing not to skip while in Guatemala it’s the rich local coffee, so fill up your cup at breakfast today—you’re going to need all the fuel you can get for our volcano hike. We’ll load up the Flash Pack coach and set off, arriving at Pacaya Volcano in just over an hour. Some 8,373ft above sea level, it’ll take us around 1.5 hours to climb to the top, with incredible views along the way that’ll make the steep climb well worth it. Since Pacaya is still an active volcano, you may catch a little smoke puffing from its crater, but if you’re expecting flowing lava we’re happy to report you’ll be disappointed, little more than clouds of ash have been reported from Pacaya eruptions since 1965.

After tucking into a picnic quite unlike any other (how many packed lunches have you eaten atop an active volcano?), and checking the ground for soil patches hot enough to toast our marshmallows over, we’ll begin the scenic descent. Once back at the hotel, feel free to rest up your jelly legs or explore some of the area’s dining options. To eat like a local try pepián de pollo, a hearty chicken stew often served with thick corn tortillas (a staple food here). Vegetarians are in luck too; since meat can be a luxury in some areas, squash, frijoles (black beans), corn, avocado and roasted veggie dishes are all Mayan staples, so you’ll have no problem exploring Guatemalan cuisine.

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Hike up Pacaya Volcano for epic views.

Day 3: GUATEMALAN COOKING & DRIVE TO LAKE ATITLÁN

Take a more leisurely pace today starting with breakfast at the hotel, before a masterclass in  Guatemalan cuisine at nearby town San Miguel Escobar. Prepare to get stuck in—you’re making lunch! Kick back with a good book as we drive on to Lake Atitlán, then enjoy dinner with an incredible view after we check into our hotel on the shores of the picturesque lake.

 

After yesterday’s volcano hike, we’ll enjoy a more leisurely pace today. After breakfast at the hotel, which is always a hearty affair in Guatemala (think eggs, tortillas, beans, fried plantains and of course, good coffee) we’ll hop on the coach and drive the short distance to nearby town San Miguel Escobar, which sits at the base of Volcán Agua. Fast fact: San Miguel Escobar was once the second Colonial capital of Guatemala, until the volcano triggered a mudslide in 1541 which wiped out the entire town.

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get stuck into a Guatemalan cookery class led by a local where we’ll learn how to rustle up Pepián, a meaty stew packed with spices and roasted veggies, often considered to be the national dish. After feasting on a lunch whipped up by your own hand (plus a little help, if you need it), we’ll jump back on the coach and continue our journey down to Lake Atitlán. Kick back with a good book or load up your phone with an epic playlist, the drive will take us around three hours, but once we’ve arrived at our 4* hotel you’ll be met with picturesque views right across the lake.Take a dip in the outdoor pool surrounded by manicured gardens , enjoy a massage at the spa or treat yourself to a few drinks overlooking the incredible view.

 

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Put your culinary skills to the test

Important notes

Fly into: La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City – Try to arrive before 3pm if you can but we will pick you up anytime on day 1. 

Fly out of: Belize City Airport (make sure your flight is after 10am to give yourself enough time to get to the airport from Ambergris Caye).

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

Hotel standards particularly in Belize can be a little dated and service can be slow. For those looking to stay in luxury hotels this is not the adventure for you.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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