In the Footsteps of the Conquistadors

9 days from £1,895pp

If your family is ready for an action-packed adventure, where better to visit than Guatemala? You'll see colonial monuments in Antigua, go kayaking in Santa Cruz and visit a huge safari park with lions, llamas and antelopes. There's also the chance to go hiking up a volcano and you'll follow in the footsteps of the Mayans with our walking tour to the ancient village of Tzununa. 

If all that wasn't enough, you'll also get the chance to take part in a breathtaking zipline adventure in the San Buenaventura Valley. With superb views of forests, waterfalls and volcanoes, it will create memories that last long after you and your loved ones return home.

Highlights

  • Zipline in the San Buenaventura Valley

  • Make your own authentic peanut butter from scratch

  • Kayak past spectacular views at Santa Cruz

  • See lions, rhinos and leopards at Chapin safari

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In the Footsteps of the Conquistadors

9 days from £1,895pp
2019 Feefo

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Guatemala includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

 

Day

Location

Type

1-4

Antigua

City + Wildlife

Your whole family will be filled with excitement as you land at Guatemala City Airport on the first day of your adventure. It's just over an hour's transfer to Antigua, where you'll be staying at the Casa Santo Domingo. Your first full day in this historic city begins with a guided walking tour of Antigua’s magnificent colonial-era buildings, from churches to convents and mansions. Its colour and vibrancy are breathtaking, and you’ll soon see why this bustling city was the most important in the region for the Spanish conquistadors hundreds of years ago. Once you've had the chance to explore, we'll transport you a short distance to the beautiful small town of San Miguel Escobar, situated at the base of Volcan de Agua. Here you'll be welcomed by local peanut farmers who will share the secret of how they make their delicious authentic peanut butter - you can then try your hand at making some, to be enjoyed with a tasty homemade tortilla! 

There's a treat in store for animal lovers on day 3 with a tour of the wildlife park Autosafari Chapin. This vast park in the Escuintla region works to protect some of South America and Africa's most endangered native animals and allows them to live in wide open spaces. You'll be able to see them as you would in their natural environment, all from the safety of a vehicle driven by an expert guide. The animals here are sure to capture the imagination of young explorers - there are lions, giraffes and leopards in the park, along with monkeys, rhinos and ostriches. If you look closely you'll also be able to see some of the smaller mammals like pygmy goats - always a firm favourite with visitors! 
 
On day 4 you can explore the surroundings of Antigua at your own leisurely pace. Or there's a chance to enjoy an optional volcano hike, where you can scale the heights to view the incredible scenery of the surrounding countryside.

Things to do

5-9

Lake Atitlán

Wildlife + Activity & Adventure

On day 5 of your trip you'll travel to Lake Atitlan, in the Sierra Madre mountain range in the Guatemalan Highlands. Renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, it's surrounded by lush green valleys and three towering volcanoes with hot springs and traditional Maya towns dotted around. You'll stay at the Atitlan Hotel, which provides a comfy place to get some rest before an action-packed day of kayaking and hiking. After a tasty breakfast at the hotel on day 6 you'll take a boat to Santa Cruz, a small village on the lake. Here the whole family will get kitted out with kayak gear before heading out onto the water to see the amazing scenery from a whole new perspective. 

Once you're back on dry land, it's time for a hike to Tzununa, a village on the north side of the lake. It's truly off the beaten track with no road access, so this is your chance to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Maya, trekking on paths that have been used by locals for centuries. After lunch, you'll visit the village of Santiago, the traditional home of the pagan saint Maximon, also known as San Simon. He's a central figure in many famous Maya myths and legends, known for his fondness for drinking alcohol and smoking cigars. Visitors travel from far and wide to visit him and ask for help, healing and favours. 

After spending a day getting an insight into traditional Guatemalan culture, the next morning offers the chance to try something totally different. You’ll visit the San Buenaventura Valley where you can enjoy a zipline adventure, zooming up to 60 metres above the valley as you take in some incredible views of the lake, forests and surrounding volcanoes. You’ll whizz across the valley to the tip of Lake Atitlan’s bay, where if you’re feeling extra brave there will be an optional rope course waiting for you at the end of the circuit. This activity is suitable for daredevils of almost any age, and children can choose to go in tandem with a guide if they wish. Day 8 is free for you to spend at leisure, exploring the surrounding area or just relaxing and enjoying some peace and quiet before your transfer back to Guatemala City. Then it's time to fly back home, tired but happy and enjoying all the brilliant memories you've made as a family.

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