Private Journeys

Active Guatemala: Trekking in style

10 days from £2,054pp

Guatemala

TREK GUATEMALA ©

Essentials

Transport

2 scenic road journeys (3-4  hours each). 

Accommodation

On this tour we use good  hotels with character, they are medium sized, colonial style,, friendly establishments, with well-equipped rooms, private bathroom and heating. Key camping equipment for the trek – good quality safari style glamping tents and cooking equipment, toilet tent with HOT WATER! , mess tent . deck chairs and good quality mattress with thermal under blanket to prevent damp  are provided; you can bring your own walking poles or they will be provided . Snacks and pre-arranged alcohol are also provided.

Meals

Breakfast daily, full board days 4-7 . Picnic style lunches during the trek  days 4-7

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 30 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.

Summary Of Nights

10 days, 9 nights: Antigua 3; Camping 3;  Lake Atitlan 2 ;  Antigua  1. 

Optional Excursions

• Biking or hiking close to Antigua..
• Hike up Pacaya volcano. 
• Biking and kayaking, lake Atitlán. 
• Visit to San Juan de la Laguna.

Currency

The unit of currency in Guatemala is the quetzal.

How To Take It

Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.

We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.

Daily Spend

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$35 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants and you will pay considerably more.

Tipping

Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. 

Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 – 12% in restaurants.

Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential.

Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page. 

Airport Taxes

If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.

Journey Grade

This holiday is suitable for all able-bodied, fit visitors with hiking or hill-walking experience. The trek does not go over 3,000m at any point but it is undulating with long stretches of steep assent and dissent  . You should be able to walk several hours up or down steep dirt track with natural obstacles ( such as tree roots etc).  

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Climate

In March and April visitors will encounter high temperatures (up to 30°C) in the lowlands, but cool evenings in the Guatemalan highlands, with temperatures falling to around 5°C. Rainfall and humidity will be relatively low at this time.

Clothing And Special Equipment

Bring plenty of light cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes with ankle support or preferably boots . Some warm items as the evenings get very cold  and good waterproof jackets are also necessary. We suggest that you plan to ‘layer’ your clothing; it is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper, and sensible to have long sleeves for areas where mosquitoes.

Protection against the sun (sun-block, sun hat) and mosquito repellant and shades are essential.  A day-pack is useful for carrying sun block, guidebook, water and any extra layers and snacks

We recommend 2 litres of water a day that you will need to carry either in bottles or a camel-back style water bladder.  

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets (unlikely for this holiday). For specific requirements you must consult your GP.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website. 

Country info

When is the best time to visit Guatemala?

The best weather conditions in the upland areas are during the dry season Dec - May. It can be cold in the highlands in winter, while the jungle areas are hot and humid all year round. Culture lovers may opt to spend Easter in Antigua.

For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.

What is the official language of Guatemala?

Spanish and indigenous indian languages mainly derived from Maya.

What's the official currency of Guatemala?

Quetzal. Notes can be withdrawn using a UK credit or debit card from the many ATMs. There’s at least one in most main towns. You may have ask your bank to authorise withdrawals before you leave the UK and each transaction is limited to about £100.

What's the time difference between the UK and Guatemala?

GMT -6 hours.  

Which other countries combine well with Guatemala?

A visit to neighbouring Belize, where there are luxury eco-lodges, superb diving and snorkelling all embraced in British Caribbean cultural heritage; Copán, the ruined Mayan City of northern Honduras with its intricate carvings, accessible from Guatemala by road.

What are the festivals, cultural and sporting events in Guatemala?

Semana Santa, Easter. Celebrations throughout the country; especially impressive in Antigua.
Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, 1-2 Nov. Celebrated throughout the country.
Traditional fiestas:  There are many festivals in Guatemala from giant kite flying near Antigua to wild horse racing in remote Todo Los Santos.

 

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • All land transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Walking tour of Antigua with a local guide

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • International flights to Latin America
  • Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
  • Optional excursions

What's included in the price

  • Services of our team of experts in our London office
  • Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
  • All land transport within Latin America
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions as specified, including entrance fees

Included Excursions

  • Walking tour of Antigua with a local guide

What's not included in the price

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals other than specified
  • International flights to Latin America
  • Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
  • Optional excursions

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