- Kayak around the mangroves and waterways of Tortuguero National Park
- Water-tube down the canyons and rapids of the turquoise Rio Celeste
- Stay in unique boutique hotels, from a beachfront haven to a remote jungle lodge
- Hike through the rainforest and lava formations of Arenal volcano
- Jump aboard a boat to beach-hop and snorkel around the stunning Pacific
- See beautiful wildlife in its natural habitat, from monkeys to exotic birds
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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- 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
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.More +
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.More +
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.More +
Day 4: KAYAKING LAKE ATITLAN
Travel into the highlands and discover a local hotspot teeming with vibrant murals and bustling Mayan culture. Later, work up a sweat as we take to kayaks to see Lake Atitlan’s spectacular views right from the water.
Start the day in style by tucking into breakfast with spectacular views stretching right across the water, as volcanoes jut from the craggy landscape in the distance. Our first expedition on today’s adventure menu takes us up into the Guatemalan highlands to the town of San Juan la Laguna – a local area rich in Mayan culture. Drink in the kaleidoscopic murals that decorate walls along bustling streets, browse the market teeming with local handicrafts (if you’re keen for souvenirs here’s your chance), and flex your painterly tendencies at a traditional Tz’utujiles masterclass. After lunch overlooking the peaks of the Sierra Madre mountains, head back to the shoreline where we’ll take to the vast waters of Lake Atitlan in kayaks. Work up a sweat gliding across the tranquil crater, drink in the incredible volcanic views, then cool down with a refreshing plunge into the deep blue. Later, the evening is yours to kick back after a jam-packed day before sharing a beer at sunset with your fellow Flashpackers, all overlooking the lapping shoreline of course.More +
Day 5: FOREST ZIP-LINING
Journey into the coffee grove forests of Reserva Natural Atitlán, and indulge your inner adrenaline junkie by ziplining your way through tree tops, over canyons and past waterfalls. Travel back to Guatemala City and catch a flight north to Flores Petén.
Savour one last morning eating breakfast on the shore of Lake Atitlan; today we’ll be heading north to the jungle-dense department of Petén. But first, it’s time to indulge your inner adrenaline junkie. We’ll travel to nearby Reserva Natural Atitlán, once a coffee plantation now overtaken by verdant forest, natural waterfalls, coffee groves and intriguing wildlife — keep your eyes peeled for spider monkeys, coatis and hummingbirds. Strap in and take to the skies as you fly along a network of cable ziplines stretching up to a kilometer long over towering treetops, plunging canyons and ancient trails. Glide your way across the San Buenaventura Valley towards Lake Atitlan — if there were ever a perfect GoPro moment, this would be it. With your feet back on the ground, lunch is yours to explore the rest of the reserve and tuck into Guatemalan dishes at the onsite restaurant, or indulge in an aromatic shot of the area’s award-winning coffee. Later, we’ll journey back to Guatemala City and hitch a flight to Flores Petén, one of the country’s northernmost regions. Touch down at Mundo Maya Airport, where a transfer waits to to whisk you to your boutique hotel on Flores Island.More +
Day 6: TEMPLES AT SUNSET
Savour a late start and spend the day at your leisure exploring the town of Flores and soaking up views across Lake Petén Itza. Journey to Yaxha Archaeological Site, climb an ancient Mayan temple to watch an incredible jungle sunset, then bed down under the wilds of the canopy.
After yesterday’s pulse-raising agenda, savour a late start this morning and take the day at your leisure. Enjoy breakfast on the hotel’s rooftop terrace with views across Lake Petén Itza, before kicking back on a lounger with a good book or taking a dip in the outdoor pool. Explore the town of Flores and enjoy lunch at a local cafe — fill up on pupusas (chunky tortillas stuffed with deliciously gooey fillings), sip on cold beers or take advantage of more richly decadent Guatemalan coffee. Later, we’ll board our minibus and head to nearby Yaxha Archaeological Site, the third largest of Guatemala’s Mayan ceremonial cities (the park covers close to 37,000 hectares), sandwiched between the waters of Lago Yaxhá and Lago Sacnab. Walk through the jungle canopy watching out for wildlife, discover restored Mayan ruins and climb an ancient temple to watch the surrounding rainforest glow burnished gold in a breathtaking sunset. Sounds like heaven? We’re not done with the bucket list yet — once we’re back on level ground, bed down at a jungle lodge bordering on Tikal National Park, where you’ll doze off to the music of the canopy at night.More +
Day 7: MAYAN RUINS IN TIKAL
Wake up to the early morning chirps of the jungle, and enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Journey deep into Tikal National Park and discover ancient Mayan ruins, iconic towering temples and mind-blowing pyramids. Eat lunch in the middle of the Guatemalan rainforest, then hitch a flight back to Guatemala City.
Get an early morning call like no other, as you wake up to the chirps of the busy jungle canopy. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before we pack up and prepare to journey deep into Tikal National Park. Guatemala’s most iconic cultural landmark, the reserve is home to the largest preservation of ancient Mayan architecture, boasting over 575 square kilometers of lush wild rainforest, towering temples and mind-blowing pyramids. Once a central hub of Mayan civilisation playing host to extravagant feasts, bloodthirsty sports and ceremonial sacrifices alike, the millenia-old ruins now hold endless clues to both the great reign and mysterious fate of the extraordinary Mayan Empire. Walk ancient trails, spot wildlife from monkeys and parrots to toucans and macaws, and climb gargantuan temples for an epic view across the jungle. Tuck into lunch at the centre of the rainforest, and don’t forget to fill your camera roll. Later, we’ll hitch a ride to the airport and board a local flight back to Guatemala City. If you’ve got the energy for it, rally your fellow Flashpackers and head out to toast your last night in Guatemala with beers and cocktails in a local bar–salud!More +
Day 8: DESPEDIDA GUATEMALA
Flashpackers, it’s time say despedida to Guatemala. You’ll need to arrange your own transfers to the airport. What an epic adventure it’s been!
Flashpackers, it’s time say despedida to Guatemala. It’s over to you to organise your taxi to the airport and depart at your leisure. Wherever you’re next stop, you’re sure to be pumped from an epic eight-day adventure around Central America’s crown jewel. You’ve hiked to the top of an active volcano, kayaked across the deep blue crater of Lake Atitlan and learnt how to whip up a Guatemalan feast with a local culinary expert. You’ve journeyed into the highlands and witnessed the vibrant murals of living Mayan cultures, and ziplined your way through tree tops, over canyons and past gushing natural waterfalls. You’ve watched the sun set over the jungle from the lofty heights of an ancient temple, spent the night under the wilds of the rainforest canopy, and explored the mystery of the Mayan Empire at Tikal’s iconic landmarks. All while toasting your adventure with a brand new group of friends for life. All in all, we’d say that’s one awesome trip.More +
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.
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