Dec 3 – 9, 2017


  • September 22, 2014
  • Helen

Eastern Guatemala only attracts a slim slice of this Central American country’s burgeoning tourist industry.  Not because there aren’t incredible sites to see, but because not many people know about them! Beyond the Mayan temple at Tikal (which, of course, we will visit) there are stunning lakes, rolling hillsides and farmlands, and rivers that carve through vertical limestone cliffs covered in lush vegetation.  On this 8 day/7 night wellness tour, we will explore some of the lesser known, but equally enchanting parts of Guatemala. And as with all of our tours, wellness elements of mind, body, spirit and community will be weaved into this once in a lifetime experience.

Rio Dulce

 $4,245 per person, single occupancy

$3,745 per person, double occupancy

 

Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017 : Arrive in Antigua

Now technically, Antigua is not in Eastern Guatemala — but no trip to Guatemala would be complete without a visit to this charming city.  After arriving to Guatemala City in the early afternoon, we will meet you at the airport and take you to the colonial, cobblestone street town that you will soon fall in love with. Upon arrival, an in-suite massage will be awaiting you at the once church, now boutique hotel, Hotel Cirilo.

Dinner included at Tartines

Stay at  Hotel Cirilo

Tartines & Cirilo Hotel

Monday, Dec 4th, 2017 : Shopping in Antigua

Every time we come to Guatemala, our guests always tell us how much they wish they just had more time to shop.  We’ve listened to their advice and, after a morning walking tour of the city,  we have dedicated nearly an entire day to meandering and shopping!  Lunch will be on your own as you get lost in amongst colorful alleyways. In the later afternoon, we will meet back at our hotel for a private wine and chocolate pairing event, and then head to dinner at the incomparable Panza Verde.

Shopping in Antigua

Tuesday, Dec 5th, 2017 :  Volunteering in a Mayan Village

Long Way Home  is a US registered 501c(3) that uses sustainable materials to construct schools which promote education, employment, and environmental stewardship. After breakfast, we will be greeted by Long Way Home staff and spend the morning shopping at their local market – an experience unlike others you’ve had!   In the afternoon, we will volunteer at the school.  Volunteers can choose any variety of activities from painting to teaching English  to construction. In the later afternoon, we will head towards Eastern Guatemala and stay at the lakeside G Boutique Hotel.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Stay at  G Boutique Hotel

Long Way Home & Mariscos Boutique Hotel

Wed, Dec 6th, 2017 : Thermal Hot Springs, Waterfalls and Canyons (oh my!)

Waking up on the shores of Lake Izabel, Guatemala’s largest lake, is a feast for the senses.  After some yoga, or maybe just listening to the birds chirp, we will embark on a day-long boat excursion that will take us through limestone canyons, past Spanish forts, and through meandering river tributaries. Along the way, we will find a few waterfalls, and even soak in hot springs!

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Stay at  G Boutique Hotel

Rio Dulce

Thursday, Dec 7th, 2017 : Flores

After a leisurely breakfast and some time in the morning to do some last minute kayaking or hammocking, we will head into the jungles of Western Guatemala on a 4-hour private bus right to Peten. In the later afternoon we will arrive to another lake, Lake Flores, where will stay at a charming boutique hotel and enjoy dinner in town.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Stay at Hotel Isla de Flores

Guatemala Countryside

Friday, Dec 8th, 2017 : Tikal

Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel in the rainforests of northern Guatemala, about 30 minutes North of Flores. Possibly dating to the 1st century A.D., Tikal flourished between 200 and 850 A.D. but was later abandoned. Discovered under mounds of vegetation in 1853, today Tikal’s iconic ruins boast the giant ceremonial Lost World Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. At 70 meters, this temple is the tallest pre Columbian structure in the Americas and offers sweeping views. We will spend the day exploring this magnificent site, returning back to Flores in the afternoon for some need R&R.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Stay at Hotel Isla de Flores

Tikal

Sat, Dec 9th, 2017 : Return Home

In the early morning, we will all take flights from Flores back to Guatemala City, arriving in time to catch our afternoon flights. While our trip will come to end, the wellness that Guatemala will bring to your life will stay for years to come!

Antigua Cerro de la Cruz

$4,245 per person, single occupancy

$3,745 per person, double occupancy

 
 

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