What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, including a Guatemalan cooking class
    7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, including a Guatemalan cooking class
  • 7 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms<br />
    7 nights’ accommodation based on sharing twin-rooms
  • All activities included, from kayaking to volcano trekking
    All activities included, from kayaking to volcano trekking
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • 2x Domestic flights
    2x Domestic flights
  • Private airport transfer on Day 1 and a private minibus throughout
    Private airport transfer on Day 1 and a private minibus throughout

Hike to the top of an active volcano and drink in the incredible summit views. Learn the secrets of hot and spicy Guatemalan cooking in Antigua, and kayak your way across the vast blue waters of Lake Atitlan. Zipline your way through the forests of the San Buenaventura Valley over canyons, waterfalls and dense coffee groves. Watch an epic sunset from the lofty heights of an ancient temple, uncover the mystery of the Mayan Empire at iconic Tikal, and sleep under the wilds of the canopy at a jungle lodge.

 

Flashpackers, we’ll get straight to the point. This eight-day adventure around Guatemala is truly epic and now is the time to travel here before everyone knows about its best kept secrets. Guatemala is a vibrant country full of awe-inspiring sights, spectacular landscapes and mouth-watering flavours (not to mention to the incredible coffee), so if you’re happy to forgo a little luxury to uncover the true beauty of this Central America gem, pack your bags! We’ll kick things off in Antigua, hike to the summit of an active volcano for a picnic with a view, learn the secrets of whipping up a Guatemalan feast, and then kayak our way across the vast blue crater of Lake Atitlan. We’ll journey into the highlands of the Sierra Madre mountains and discover the vibrant town murals of living Mayan cultures, then zipline our way through the forests of the San Buenaventura Valley over canyons, waterfalls and dense coffee groves. We’ll hitch a flight north to Petén, watch a breathtaking sunset from the heights of an ancient temple, explore the mystery of the Mayan Empire at Tikal’s iconic landmarks, then bed down for the night under the wilds of the canopy at a magnificent jungle lodge.

 

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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.

  • Kayak your way across the vast blue waters of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan
  • Watch an epic sunset from the lofty heights of an ancient temple
  • Zipline through the Atitlan Nature Reserve for some epic views
  • Climb an active volcano on an adrenaline-pumping hike
  • Witness the mind-blowing sight of Tikal’s iconic Mayan temples and pyramids
  • Sleep under the canopy at an incredible jungle lodge
  • Learn the secrets of a Guatemalan feast from a local expert
  • Toast your adventure with beers at sunset from a rooftop bar in Antigua

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO GUATEMALA

Touch down in Guatemala City and dive straight into the colonial heart of this captivating country, as a private transfer whisks you directly to Antigua. Get to know your comrades over a delicious Antiguan feast, and soak up a bird’s eye view of the adventures that lay ahead with sundowners at a rooftop bar.

 

Flashpackers, welcome to Guatemala! After touching down at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, a private transfer will be ready and waiting to whisk you off the colonial heart of Antigua – where our eight-day adventure begins. Check-in at your boutique hotel, take a moment to drink in the impressive baroque decor (hello first photo opp), then prepare to meet your new comrades as we head to a local restaurant to break bread (more likely, crispy filled tacos and delicious salsa-dipped tortillas) and share a first beer together. This is your chance to break the ice and get to know your guide, who’ll fill you in on all the excitement to come. We’ll round things off with a sundowner at a rooftop bar, where you’ll get to soak up the incredible bird’s eye view of a land that’s waiting to be explored.

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Arrive in the vibrant town of Antigua

Day 2: PACAYA VOLCANO HIKE

Get your adrenaline pumping on a hike to the top of an active volcano, and enjoy lunch with a view across Antigua’s incredible volcanic landscape—if you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of the glorious south coastline too. Later, feel free explore what the local nightlife has to offer.

 

Grab your hiking boots Flashpackers, today we’ll be scaling the side of an active volcano! One of Antigua’s must-visit landmarks, Pacaya Volcano stands a formidable 8,373ft above sea level and has been active since 1965. Though most of its activity is known to be Strombolian (no dramatic lava flows here), you may spot the occasional puff of smoke from the crater. We’ll start at the base and climb the 1.5 hours to the top, where you’ll get to put your photography skills to the test while admiring spectacular views across the country’s volcanic landscape – if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the south coastline in the distance. After a gentle descent (you might want to take it easy on those burning glutes), we’ll bus it back to the hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to either put your feet up and relax, head to the rooftop terrace, or head out to explore the local nightlife. Foodies will find endless pleasure in sampling more of the area’s delicious cuisine, from Mayan dishes packed full of roasted veggies, to hot and spicy chicken stews.

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Hike up Pacaya Volcano for epic views

Day 3: GUATEMALAN COOKING & LAKE ATITLAN

Travel to the picturesque region of Lake Atitlan, a deep blue oasis nestled in an expansive volcanic crater, and check-in at your boutique hotel. En route, flex your culinary skills with a masterclass in Guatemalan cooking from a local expert.

 

If your legs are feeling the burn of yesterday’s volcano hike, today’s leisurely pace will be music to your ears. We’ll be travelling southeast, from the bustling heart of Antigua to Lake Atitlan – a deep blue oasis nestled in an expansive volcanic crater, surrounded by Guatemala’s craggy Sierra Madre mountain range. Before we hit the lake’s serene shoreline however, we’ll be hitching a bus to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, where you’ll feel the real heat of a Guatemalan kitchen with a hands-on culinary masterclass. Forget recipe books, this local chef will be putting your skills to the test with traditional dishes cooked straight from the heart. Expect a spicy feast of Guatemalan delicacies for lunch, whipped up by your own hand. Afterwards, it’s time to kick back and relax as we continue our three-hour journey south to our beautiful hotel right on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Stunning views across the water await, plus a restaurant primed with delicious local dishes and breathtaking backdrops.

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Put your culinary skills to the test

Important notes

Fly into: La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City

Fly out of: La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City

You will be picked up by a private transfer anytime on day 1, try to arrive before 4pm in order to make it for sunset drinks in Antigua.

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.

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

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Depending on how soon your adventure is, you’ll either need to pay a deposit (which can be refunded within 7 days) or the full balance.

International flights aren’t included, but we’ll help you to find the best options from anywhere in the world.

To avoid single supplement charges, we’ll pair you up with a same-sex roommate who shares your interests and values. If you prefer your own room, you’ll just need to pay the extra charge shown below.

Please read the “Important Notes” section of the itinerary before booking and act fast to avoid disappointment; our adventures sell out quickly.

If an adventure is marked “Final call”, you should book asap – but please wait for our team to confirm your place before arranging your flights.

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