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It's vacation time, welcome to Guatemala and Thrive Vacations! We'll meet today at the joining hotel in Guatemala’s former capital city, La Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site. Antigua sits in the Panchoy valley and as the cultural centre of the country, is definitely the best place to experience traditional music, art and architecture. Abundant in ancient churches, pretty parks, welcoming coffee shops and surrounded by volcanoes, Antigua is a city you'll never forget! There will be an informal briefing in the afternoon followed by a rejuvenating sunset yoga class before heading out to sample some of Guatemala’s best healthy, plant based cuisine.
Included: Hotel, sunset yoga class and evening meal.
HALF DAY VOLCANO HIKE
We'll have an early breakfast before heading out towards the 'Volcan de Pacaya' (Pacaya volcano). A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours will bring us to the fertile shelf just below the cinder cone called la Meseta — we'll explore the old lava fields with our knowledgeable local guide and watch the smoking crater that looms above. An incredible sensory experience, you'll get to walk across thousands of years old dried lava flows, through lush forests and farmland whilst getting views of nearby towering volcanoes, and on a clear day, even the Pacific coast. After our decent we'll head back to Antigua in time for a well deserved late lunch and fresh juice with time to explore the city or just relax in the afternoon.
Included: Hotel, breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, private transport and local guide for the Pacaya volcano hike.
LOCAL MARKET TOUR & GUATEMALAN COOKING CLASS
There's no better way to explore a country and it's culture than to explore it's cuisine! Guatemalan cuisine is an exotic mixture of traditional colonial Spanish and indigenous Mayan cooking that is both delicious and fun to prepare. We'll have a tour of the local produce markets before heading back to learn about the traditional ingredients used in Guatemalan cooking. Todays cooking class is hands on and taught by local Guatemalan chefs and you'll learn to make 1 main dish, 3 side dishes and a dessert all of which are totally plant based, culinary indulgence at it's very best!
Included: Hotel, breakfast, lunch, dinner, market tour with a local guide, cooking class with local chefs.
LAKE ATITLAN SUNSET HIKE
Prepare to be enchanted as we travel west of Antigua through the rugged Guatemalan highlands towards Lake Atitlan, an area referred to as being the spiritual centre of the country. Flanked by three volcanoes that provide a dramatic backdrop, the lake is surrounded by small villages in which Mayan culture is still prevalent and traditional dress is worn, the countryside supports extensive coffee plantations and avocado farms alongside a variety of other crops, most noticeably, corn, the perfect destination for the curious traveler. After a short boat ride across the lake you'll have time in the afternoon to just stop and take it all in before we set on an easy sun set hike and later a delicious lakeside evening meal.
Included: Lakeside lodge, breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, private transport to Lake Atitlan, sunset hike with local guide
PRIVATE LAKE TOUR & VISIT TO THE ATITLAN WOMENS WEAVERS COOPERATIVE
We'll be heading out this morning in a private boat for a guided tour of the lake and surrounding villages. In the heart of Lake Atitlan lives a community of indigenous women who weave traditional clothing, handbags, shawls, and other products unique to their regions by the Lake. These women are part of a local budding cooperative called Atitlán Women Weavers (Mujeres Tejedoras del Lago Atitlán). The cooperative began in 2014 with 5 women, today, it provides an economic opportunity for 25 dedicated women. We'll spend some time at the cooperative today and travel across the lake to explore some of the surrounding villages on foot.
Included: Lakeside lodge, breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, private lake tour and local guide, visit to Atitlán Women Weavers cooperative
HALF DAY HIKE & COFFEE PLANTATION TOUR
You'll get an authentic Guatemalan experience that supports local communities while getting off the beaten path today as you learn about the history of coffee and it's economical and cultural importance to the locals. There will be great views of the lake as we walk between villages and with no rush you'll get to fully enjoy your surroundings and the experience.
Included: Lakeside lodge, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee plantation visit and half day hike with local tour guide
After one last breakfast at the lake we'll be heading back to Antigua today where you'll have the time in the afternoon to head back to your favourite coffee shop or juice bar or pick up some gifts at the local cooperative handicrafts market before we head out in the evening for our farewell dinner.
Included: Hotel, breakfast, lunch, dinner, private transport from Lake Atitlan to Antigua
Your adventure comes to an end today but the experiences you've had and memories made will leave you wanting more — safe travels and we hope to see you again next year.
TRIP PRICE: US$1295 PER PERSON
DATES: 17 - 24/02/2018 FULLY BOOKED
24/11/2018 - 02/12/2018 OPEN
Q: Which airport do I need to fly into?
A: Guatemala City (airport code GUA), the trip begins in Antigua which is just 40 minutes from the airport.
Q: What type of accommodation will we be staying in?
A: Hotels in Antigua and lakeside lodges at Lake Atitlan.
Q: What kind of food will we be eating?
A: Beautiful fresh local produce. All meals are included, totally plant based and vegan friendly, I can also cater to any dietary requirements you may have.
Q: How many people will be in the group?
A: The maximum group size is 10.
Q: What's the cancellation policy?
A: I hope you don't have to cancel your trip but in the instance that you do, I'll do my very best to fill your spot on the trip which will allow you to get a full refund no questions asked. If the trip is cancelled by Thrive Vacations you'll get a full refund.
Q: What's the weather like in Guatemala in February?
A: Beautiful! Guatemala is known as the land of eternal spring, November through to May is dry season and the best time to visit, you'll be in a t-shirt and shorts or a skirt in the day time and will need a jacket and long pants for the evening.
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Hello I'm Emma, a qualified Health & Lifestyle Coach, podcast host and owner of Thrive Vacations Guatemala — a little travel company with a big heart and just in case you're wondering, yes, it is my motorcycle!
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