Guatemala,

Guatemala For All The Family

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Family Holiday
14 Days
From £3875
GEOIP Not Available
Birding
Culture and Archaeology

Tour Introduction

14 Days from £3875
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £1267 per child.

They say that travel broadens the mind: we believe that’s certainly true, and equally so for children and parents alike. A good family holiday should be educational and also contain exciting elements which appeal to all age groups – and this Guatemala family itinerary fits all the criteria. Your family will have a marvellous adventure as you learn about Spain’s colonial heritage and how to make peanut butter; ride a bike through local villages; explore mysterious Mayan cities; take part in a traditional ceremony; kayak on a volcanic lake; hike ancient pathways; traverse high zip lines; boat down a jungle river; have lunch in a Garifuna Caribbean town; brave canopy walkways; watch the sun set from the top of a temple; and spot brightly coloured birds and agile monkeys in the rainforest. Suitable for families with children aged 8 or more, the itinerary provides an active and stimulating holiday in a small, colourful country with friendly people, varied landscapes and scenery, and pleasant accommodation. We are sure you and the children will love it.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3875
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £1267 per child. Child rates are for children under 12 years old sharing twin rooms. Prices based on sharing double / twin rooms or family suites
Day 1
Travel Day

Arrive Guatemala City. Met & transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 2
Antigua

Morning transfer to Antigua, one of Latin America’s best preserved Spanish colonial cities featuring cobbled streets and a wide variety of shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Your hotel has a swimming pool, vital for keeping children happy in hot climes.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Antigua

Morning guided walking tour of Antigua to see the impressive colonial buildings and monuments. Afternoon excursion to San Miguel Escobar to learn from local farmers how to make traditional peanut butter. Spread some on a delicious corn tortilla and enjoy the flavours. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day by the pool. Accommodation in a split-level suite.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4
Antigua

After breakfast, transfer to your bike starting point. Ride bicycles to a valley, site of a former Guatemalan capital; visit the San Lorenzo macadamia farm; visit the villages of Santiago Zamora and San Antonio Aguas Calientes, famed for their elaborate Maya textiles and traditional weaving. Return to the hotel.

Staying at Porta Hotel Antigua. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5
Iximche Maya Site

Morning transfer to Iximche Maya site, founded in 1470 and abandoned in 1524 after the Spanish invasion. Tour the site, then take part in a Maya ceremony, performed for a specific purpose, usually to saturate with positive energy or cleanse negative energies. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan. On arrival check in to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel Atitlan . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6
Lake Atitlan

Morning boat ride to pick up kayaking gear. Paddle for around 45 minutes along the lake shore, past lush gardens, villages and large houses. Marvel at the lake’s three main volcanoes: Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman. Disembark for a hike along ancient trails followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit Santiago Atitlan where you can visit the church, various shops and the shrine of Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smokes cigars. Return to your hotel by boat across the lake or by road.

Staying at Hotel Atitlan . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7
Guatemala City

Morning check out of your hotel and transfer to Los Tarrales Reserve, situated at Atitlan volcano, for a thrilling (yet safe) zip line tour, gliding high across the forest. Afterwards, transfer to Guatemala City.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 8
Rio Dulce

Morning transfer to Rio Dulce. En route, visit the small UNESCO World Heritage Maya site of Quirigua with its stellae and anthropomorphic sculptures, considered among the finest in the Maya world. On arrival at Rio Dulce, check in to your hotel by the shore.

Staying at Nana Juana . Includes Breakfast.

Day 9
Livingston

Today the family will enjoy a boat ride all the way to the Caribbean coast. Passing through a wide river lagoon, enter a steep gorge before arriving at Livingston. The town was settled by Garifuna people in the 19th Century and retains a laid back Caribbean culture, quite unlike the rest of Guatemala and similar to southern Belize. Have lunch at a local restaurant where the seafood is fresh and delicious and walk around the small town before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.

Staying at Nana Juana . Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
El Peten

Morning transfer by road north to El Peten. The rainforested El Peten region occupies a third of the land mass of Guatemala but has only three percent of its population. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and settle in, followed perhaps by a swim in the pool overlooking the large lake.

Staying at Villa Maya . Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
El Peten

After breakfast, transfer to Ixpanpajul Park nature reserve for an exciting walk high up along canopy walkways called the Hanging Bridges. Later, transfer to Yaxha temple site for to see the sun set over the rainforest from atop a pyramid-shaped temple. Plenty of wildlife can often be seen along the jungle road between Tikal and Yaxha. After sunset, return to the hotel.

Staying at Villa Maya . Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Tikal Maya Site

After breakfast, walk with your guide to Tikal National Park and learn about the various Maya structures and how they relate to their bygone civilisation. After exploring Tikal, enjoy lunch at a jungle restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City. On arrival, met & transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 13
Guatemala City

Transfer to airport. Fly out.

Staying at Flight to London. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14
Travel day

Transfer to the airport and connect with your international flight home.

Staying at In flight. Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Guatemala Southern Guatemala

Porta Hotel Antigua

Overview

Porta Hotel Antigua is a family-friendly hotel set in colourful grounds filled with native plants, exotic birds, and inviting pools. It is located in Antigua, a well preserved Spanish colonial city at the epicentre of three magnificent volcanoes, and on a clear day the hotel offers stunning views of Agua Volcano.

The colonial-style hotel is divided among several buildings and conveniently located within walking distance of central Antigua. There’s plenty to see and do in this area of Guatemala so you are spoilt for choice, as well as with the hotel’s location, grounds, facilities and service.

The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with private patio outdoor spaces. Air conditioning is available in some of the premium room options; however, the other rooms will have large ceiling fans which help to keep you cool at night.

There are two swimming pools heated by solar energy, the one in the main building having a shallow area for children. There is a playground in the gardens and a kids’ club is available at various times.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
110
Facilities

High speed internet access is available in public areas and rooms, a gym, a soothing spa and two solar-heated swimming pools, a playground, tour desk, a bar, restaurant, room service, laundry service, air conditioning in premium rooms, Currency exchange, Safety deposit boxes in rooms, Babysitting service, and luggage storage.

Local Wildlife

A variety of birds can be seen within the grounds of the hotel.

Optional Activities

Explore the many cobblestoned avenues, admire the vibrant-colored homes and meticulously renovated Spanish Baroque-style churches, museums and convents.

Guatemala Southern Guatemala

Hotel Atitlan

Overview

Hotel Atitlan is a charming, long-established Spanish colonial-style property just outside Panajachel town with an enviable location directly on the shores of Lake Atitlan with private lake access. On clear days you will have picture-perfect views from the pool of the three volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan across the lake.

Each room features a private balcony overlooking either Lake Atitlán or the hotel’s tranquil grounds. The accommodation has been individually decorated with authentic artwork from local Guatemalan villages.

The beautiful swimming pool and Jacuzzi overlook the entire lake and the hotel’s magnificent botanical gardens are a true horticultualist’s paradise. In the morning, begin the day taking in the sounds of the exotic birds and fluttering butterflies among the flowers and shrubs.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
61
Facilities

A stunning outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and lounge, complimentary free Internet, cable television and spa-style baths with plush towels and deluxe bath products, a fitness centre, laundry service and a shop.

Optional Activities

Picturesque Lake Atitlán offers a diverse array of sights, attractions and recreational activities. From trekking and boat trips to archaeological sites, diving sunken Mayan villages, kayaking and fishing.

The nearby San Buenaventura Nature Reserve is perfect for wildlife hikes.

In just one day, you can summit a lakeside volcano, set off on a horseback riding adventure and tour a working coffee plantation.

Eastern Guatemala

Nana Juana Hotel and Marina

Overview

The Nana Juana Hotel has a pleasant location right on the Rio Dulce riverside and next to the marina. The hotel extends over a large property with lush palm trees dotting grassy areas and the waterline.

Guests can relax in their rooms or take a refreshing dip in the riverside pool. There is also a Jacuzzi to warm up in the evenings after a day out. The hotel’s restaurant offers guests a delicious menu of Caribbean and Mediterranean dishes as well as specialities inspired by traditional Guatemalan cuisine. The bar is stocked with a wide range of beer, wine, and spirits and drinks by the pool are a fun way to spend the sunset hour.

The rooms are spacious, colourful and light, and they each have their own private bathroom. The standard rooms include a fan, and the suites come with air conditioning.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
32
Facilities

An outdoor pool, a restaurant, BBQ facilities, bar and lounge, room service, free WiFi available in public areas, a sun terrace, a gym, solarium, a volleyball court, a heliport and access to marina facilities, a tour desk, luggage storage, and laundry service.

Optional Activities

Horseback riding, bird watching, and sand volleyball. Water sports like fishing, kayaking, and sailing can also be arranged.

Visits can also be made to the Chocón Machacas Biotope, which has hiking trails and protects a small population of manatees.

You can go kayaking on the river or take boat trips to the warm waterfalls and the canyon known as La Cueva de la Vaca.

Guatemala Northern Guatemala

Villa Maya

Overview

Villa Maya has a beautiful location outside Flores, nestled within the El Peten rainforest. The hotel has its own private reserve on the shores of Petenchel and Monifata lagoons where a wide variety of birds can be found as well flowers and trees.

Its location is just 15 minutes east of Santa Elena and the Mundo Maya International Airport and about an hour from the spectacular Mayan site of Tikal.

The 56 rooms at Villa Maya are arranged as 10 bungalows of two or three floors each with two rooms per storey, and 10 individual bungalows. All of the rooms are accessed via paths surrounded by beautiful gardens. The rooms are quite simple yet spacious and well furnished. All have private bathrooms with hot water showers and good water pressure. Air conditioning and ceiling fans keep the rooms cool, and there is a telephone should you need to make outside calls or contact reception. All rooms also have a balcony and many face the lake — a great place to read or simply sit and take in views of the jungle.

Villa Maya’s restaurant serves a varied menu of international and regional dishes and offers a BBQ on Sundays. In addition there is a bar-cafeteria and room service is also available.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
56
Facilities

Villa Maya offers a restaurant and deck overlooking the lake, room service, souvenir shop, two outdoor swimming pools for adults and children, an open-air gym, beautiful gardens, 15km of nature trails, free WiFi in public areas, bike rental, a refuge for the conservation and breeding of white-tail deer, scarlet macaw and peccary, a heliport, shuttle service and various tours.

Local Wildlife

At the nearby Mayan site of Tikal there are good chances of seeing many colourful bird species including keel billed toucan and crested guan around sunrise.

You can also hear howler monkeys at a distance and sometimes see them close to the lodge.

Optional Activities

Visit the Mayan sites of Tikal, Yaxha, Uaxactun.

Explore the island of Flores nearby.

Route Map

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Porta Hotel Antigua: 14.552930, -90.733620
Hotel Atitlan: 14.748048, -91.165565
Nana Juana Hotel and Marina: 15.657502, -88.992038
Villa Maya: 16.916900, -89.829400

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly BA from London Heathrow to Dallas and connect with American Airlines to Guatemala City.

Best Visited:

November to April

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965