Guatemala: See & Experience it ALL in 8 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers Welcomed?Yes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► A Helicopter Ride Over Ancient Temples Found Deep in the Jungle
► Watching an Active Volcano Erupt in the Middle of the Night (optional)
► Hanging Out with Hippies in the Village of San Marcos
► A Visit to the Country’s Biggest Indigenous Market
► A Full-Day & Private Tour of Guatemala’s Showcase City, Colonial Antigua
► Experiencing Truly Traditional Life in the Lakeside Villages of Lake Atitlán
► Hiking “The Mayan Face,” Reaching a Gorgeous Viewpoint Over Lake Atitlán
► Seeing One of Central America’s Greatest Archeological Sites, Tikal
► And Much, Much More...
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
Male or Female Tour Guides
Tours in English
All Ground & Water Transportation
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 2
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: Flores Island with a Personal Tour Guide
If you wish to be picked up from Belize instead of Mundo Maya International Airport (IATA: FRS) just outside of Flores, let us know. We will make arrangements for you to join us.
Our tour starts in Flores, a small town located on an island. Flores is best used as a base from which to make daytrips. Let's go on a walking tour around Flores with an English-speaking and private tour guide.
Day 2: Helicopter Ride Over Ancient Temples Found Deep in the Jungle
Today we are making a daytrip by helicopter to an archeological site called El Mirador. Although containing striking examples of Pre-classic Maya civilization, the remote location of El Mirador has prevented it from becoming a popular tourist site. Get ready for a hike as we discover the area. Lunch is included on today's tour.
Note that the helicopter ride often gets cancelled due to bad weather. In the event we cannot get onto the flight, this tour would be replaced with a visit to a natural park called Ixpanpajul as well as an archeological site called Yaxha. At Ixpanpajul, first we would go walking on the sky-way (a.k.a. hanging bridges) for about 1 hour. We would then go zip-lining for about 1.5 hours. At around noon, we are taken to Yaxha. There we are provided with a guided tour.
Day 3: Seeing One of Central America’s Greatest Archaeological Sites Followed by Relocating to the Colonial City of Antigua
Before flying from Flores through Guatemala City to reach Antigua (where we are based for the remainder of our trip), we are making a daytrip to Tikal. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization and one of the country’s greatest tourist draws. Lunch is included on today's tour.
Day 4: Hiking a Complex Volcano
Today we are making a daytrip to an active complex volcano called Pacaya. It first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago. Pacaya has erupted at least 23 times since the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. It rises to an elevation of 2,552 meters (8,373 feet). After being dormant for over 70 years, Pacaya began erupting vigorously in 1961 and has been erupting frequently since then.
Day 5: Hanging Out with Hippies, Hiking “The Mayan Face” & Experiencing Truly Traditional Life in Lakeside Villages
Today we are making a daytrip to Lake Atitlán. The town of Panajachel serves as the gateway to this popular area. Firstly, we go on a guided tour to the surrounding villages, all located on Lake Atitlán. Although the cultures of these villages are influenced by the Maya people, each has its own personality and distinctive indigenous style. Our first stop is the village of San Marcos. There we have some time to walk along a long street filled with shops and hippies alike. This street is San Marcos’ main attraction. Next, we are taken by boat to the village of San Juan. From this village’s pier, we are taken by road to the base of La Nariz del Indio (a.k.a. The Mayan Face). The 1-hour guided hike to the viewpoint is worth the effort. We have some time to relax while up there. We should be back at the base of the mountain around 12:30pm. We then return to the dock in San Juan and have lunch.
Around 1:15pm, we are taken by boat to the village of Santiago. There we are provided with a guided tour. The greatest attraction in this village arguably is seeing traditional women washing clothes in the lake. Next, we return by boat to Panajachel. There we are provided with a guided walking tour, wandering the handful of streets filled with restaurants and tourists alike. Afterwards, we head back to Antigua.
Not included in the tour price but in high demand nonetheless is paragliding over Lake Atitlan. There are two places near Lake Atitlan which offer this experience. One is located above Santa Catarina Palopo, which can be reached via a 25-minute drive from Panajachel. The other is located across the lake in the village of Santa Clara La Laguna, which can be reached via a 30-minute drive away from San Pedro or San Marcos. Which of these two locations would be available for you? It usually depends on the direction of the wind. If you are interested in paragliding, then please let us know. Note that most paragliding companies offer a GoPro camera for rent. To save yourself some money, bring your own memory card.
Day 6: A Visit to the Country’s Biggest Indigenous Market
Today we are making a daytrip to Chichicastenango, a town popular specifically for its Thursday and Sunday market. Expect to see vendors selling traditional attire, masks, handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, wooden boxes, condiments, medicinal plants, candles, pom and copal (traditional incense), cal (lime stones for preparing tortillas), pigs and chickens.
Note that "Day 6" may be switched out with another daytrip from Antigua in order for Chichicastenango to be visited on a Thursday or Sunday.
Day 7: A Full-Day & Private Tour of Guatemala’s Showcase City
Surrounded by 3 enormous volcanoes and mountains and otherwise famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of colonial-era landmarks, this town is unarguably Guatemala’s most beautiful. Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. We are provided with a full-day tour of Antigua, getting around in a private car.
Day 8: Our Tour Ends This Morning
Antigua is the final destination on our tour of Guatemala. The capital of Guatemala, where the international airport is located, takes about an hour to reach by shuttle from Antigua. A shuttle will be arranged for you to reach that airport.
Note that if you wish to spend another day in Antigua rather than go home today, then consider taking the 5-hour hike up Acatenango Volcano. Watching lava burst out of the volcano in the middle of the night is jaw-dropping. Tours leave from Antigua usually at 8:30am and 11:00pm. The morning departure includes lunch and dinner as well as an overnight stay. The late-night departure allows you to arrive at the viewpoint around 3:30am, in time to see both the bursting lava as well as sunrise a couple of hours later. If you are interested in this hike, we can make arrangements for you. The best advice we can give you is to stay warm! It is really cold up there…but it is also an unforgettable experience.
There is one more thing to note. Purely due to the difficulty in getting there, not included in our standard “Guatemala in 8 Days” itinerary is a visit to a popular natural monument called Semuc Champey. It consists of a natural 300-meter limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabon River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped and turquoise pools, which are used for swimming. Semuc Champey can be reached via an 8-hour bus ride from Antigua. Adding Semuc Champey increases our standard 8-day itinerary to now 10 days in total. Let us know whether you would like to add it.
I really enjoyed my time in Guatemala. Gabriela was always there to help and Victor went above and beyond on showing me around in Antigua. It was a great experience and I really appreciate them putting everything together very last minute. And it was super awesome that my room was upgraded with jacuzzi, loved and enjoyed it!
Although I have a friend from Guatemala who has told how magnificent the country is, I had never gone. One night I was doing research when I came across CharlieTheTraveler’s tour to Guatemala. It was unique and seemed to include activities that highlighted what my friend had said about the country. I booked the trip and do not regret a single thing. The company was well-organized and I enjoyed every activity they planned for this trip!
The entire time I was in Guatemala, I seemed to forget about the stresses and worries of homelife, which is exactly what I wanted out of a trip. CharlieTheTraveler did an amazing job keeping me busy with interesting and exciting activities on this trip.
This area of Guatemala is known for the natural landscapes, history, and culture. CharlieTheTraveler managed to plan a trip that highlighted each of these aspects. Each tour had an ideal time limit. There was never too much time or not enough time and I was able to explore every site without being rushed.
CharlieTheTraveler balanced nature and culture in this Guatemala trip. It was awesome to go on the exhilarating excursions. I could not believe all of this way for one low price!
I don’t travel a lot, but after booking through CharlieTheTraveler, the company kept in contact with me to answer any questions and let me know how to prepare for my trip. The itinerary and the information provided made the process much easier for me. I don’t think I can ever take a vacation without this assistance from this company again!
I wanted to go to Guatemala because I knew of some of the natural landscapes were breathtaking. However, I did not know there were so many attractions in this area of the country until I saw CharlieTheTraveler’s itinerary. If I had planned this trip myself, I would have missed so much of such a beautiful country.
The Guatemala trip through CharlieTheTraveler had so much packed into 6 days. I had such a good time on each daytrip and going to each attraction. I was intrigued by the country’s history and culture, which was highlighted on this trip.
The entire tour to Guatemala was amazing. Besides all of the wonderful activities planned, the best part was that CharlieTheTraveler provided the best accommodations. Everything was first-class and I felt safe and secure the entire time. I never felt like I was shorted in the trip or felt I couldn’t relax.
CharlieTheTraveler provided a great tour guide for the Guatemala trip. He was friendly and welcoming. For all of the meals, he knew the areas we stayed in very well and recommended the best places to eat. I had a great experience on this trip organized by a great company.
The CharlieTheTraveler trip to Guatemala was a trip of a lifetime for me. I had an awesome time on each of the four-day trips and had so many activities to partake in. It was a unique and interesting trip for me!
Guatemala made for an awesome trip for my vacation. CharlieTheTraveler planned it out very well with tons of activities. The meals that were provided each day were fresh and were reflective of the cuisine of the country, which gave me the best experience of the trip.
I am an adventurous person, so the trips on this Guatemala trip were perfect for me. My experience was emphasized by our excellent tour guide and the well-planned transportation to and from each site. I felt the entire trip was smooth and little to nothing went wrong, so I was able to enjoy myself.
This company did so much for this trip to Guatemala which saved me a lot of planning. CharlieTheTraveler was thorough in their planning, including making sure I knew everything I needed to bring and pack for. The itinerary was detailed and helped me prepare for each day trip.
CharlieTheTraveler has all positive reviews online, which made it an easy choice to book my Guatemala trip through them. They ensured I was safe throughout the trip and that I enjoyed my time there.
I appreciated that there was only a small group that went to Guatemala on this trip. It was a detail by CharlieTheTraveler that made for a truly fantastic trip for me. The tour guide got to know me and individualized much of the tour for what I was interested in seeing and doing, which is something I would not get with other touring companies that overbook trips.
Guatemala is full of natural wonders, and this trip through CharlieTheTraveler highlighted all of this. The company put me first as a customer and did everything to make sure my time was well spent while on this trip.
There were so many activities packed into this trip. My experience in Guatemala would not have been the same if I planned it myself or booked through anyone else but CharlieTheTraveler.
I am always nervous traveling out of the country, as I am not familiar with most places or cultures. However, after reading the reviews for CharlieTheTraveler, I felt confident in booking my trip to Guatemala. It settled my nerves to know our tour guide was so knowledgeable of the area.
Most of the time when I plan a trip, I need to account for all amenities, all meals, all admission fees, booking transportation while I’m there, and figuring out hotels that are safe and clean. However, I was amazed from the moment I booked my Guatemala trip with CharlieTheTraveler that so much was already done for me. They really allowed me to enjoy this fun trip!
I don’t think I have been on a more relaxing trip than the one I took to Guatemala with CharlieTheTraveler. Booking was easy and there was little planning I had to do on my own, which made the trip stress-free. I am interested in checking out more of this company’s trips.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Guatemala in 8 Days” tour is available for $1,994 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It does, however, include the helicopter ride/tour to El Mirador. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,327 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. Note that whereas there is no fee associated with paying by check, there is a 3.5 percent surcharge for payments made by credit card. We accept both forms of payment. Moving forward, to better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour? Solo travelers are welcomed, in case you were wondering.
2. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
3. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
4. Where would you be flying from (and back to)?
5. On what date would you like to leave home?
6. Would you like to extend the duration of this tour so you have some free days just to relax? If so, then how many days would you like to add?
7. Do you have a preference between male and female tour guides?
8. On a side note, would you-and the others in your party if applicable-like to paraglide over Lake Atitlan? Note that this specific activity is optional and is not included in the standard price. It costs $220 USD per person. Photos and videoing of you are included in this price.
9. Also, would you-and the others in your party if applicable-like to do the 5-hour hike up Acatenango Volcano? Note that this specific activity is optional and is not included in the standard price. Watching lava burst out of the volcano in the middle of the night is jaw-dropping. Tours leave from Antigua usually at 8:00am and 11:00pm. The morning departure includes lunch and dinner as well as an overnight stay. The late-night departure allows you to arrive at the viewpoint around 3:30am, in time to see both the bursting lava as well as sunrise a couple of hours later. Note that there is nowhere to bathe. The best advice we can give you is to stay warm! It is really cold up there…but it is also an unforgettable experience. Adding Acatenango Volcano increases our standard 8-day itinerary to now 10 days in total. Would you like to add it?
10. Lastly, purely due to the difficulty in getting there, not included in our standard “Guatemala in 8 Days” itinerary is a visit to a popular natural monument called Semuc Champey. It consists of a natural 300-meter limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabon River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped and turquoise pools, which are used for swimming. Semuc Champey can be reached via an 8-hour bus ride from Antigua. Adding Semuc Champey increases our standard 8-day itinerary to now 10 days in total. Would you like to add it?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
Below are the domestic flights needed for this tour:
Day 1: Guatemala City to Flores
Day 4: Flores to Guatemala City
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-2: Flores, Preferred Accommodation: Hotel Isla de Flores
Nights 3-7: Antigua, Preferred Accommodation: Los Olivos Hotel Boutique y Restaurante or Good Hotel Antigua
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although about half of the activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, the sightseeing tour at the waterfront town of Flores, at the famous indigenous market city of Chichicastenango, in colonial Antigua and around Lake Atitlan are exclusive to you and whomever else you book on behalf of. All the other activities are shared with other travelers.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
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