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Guatemala

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Guatemala February 15th - 22nd, 2023

This 7-day/6-night adventure explores two of Guatemala's most iconic locations. A small colonial town, Antigua, and the world famous, Lake Atitlan. 

 

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the town of Antigua

  • Active volcano overnight hike

  • Recharge for a couple days on Lake Atitlan.

  • Enjoy local gastronomy & customs

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CM Tours believes in the principle of, "quality over quantity". With this in mind, we will experience the best destinations within reasonable driving distance. Once at our destinations, yes, our goal is to explore, but also to take you out of the rat race. Not have you make a lateral move.

 

We will have down time to recharge and reflect. To have a moment abroad to yourself. In between our destinations and activities, we encourage you to take a nap, read a book or simply enjoy the foreign views in our private transportation as we take you around Guatemala

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Itinerary 

1. Wednesday, February 15, 2023
🍽 DINNER                                         🏨 Why Not Hotel        🌤 71-82F°

 

    You will arrive at: La Aurora International Airport (GUA), located in the capital, Guatemala City, Guatemala.  Chris will be waiting for you at the airport upon arrival. We will check in at: Why Not Hotel, located at 6a Avenida Norte No. 1A, 03001 in Antigua. Our hotel is one block from Central Park but still quiet enough at night. Once all our travelers have checked in and freshened up, we will grab dinner. Dinner and soft drinks are included. Alcoholic beverages are not. Optional: Bar crawl with a local hostel.

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2. Thursday, February 16, 2023
🍽 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER    🏨 Why Not Hotel         🌤 71-82°


   Our tour begins with breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants for typical Guatemalan cuisine . After breakfast, we will walk to one of the biggest landmarks in Antigua, that has survived many natural disasters, Santa Catalina Arch. From there we continue our walk to Cerro de la Cruz. A great viewpoint of the city. We finish our walking tour with refreshments in Central Park before heading back to the hotel for downtime before dinner. Tomorrow, we climb a volcano! 

3. Friday, February 17, 2023            

     🍽 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER      🏨 Volcano de Acatenango        🌤 Day time: 55° Night Time: 32°

 

Located about 30 minutes from Antigua, we take a "Chicken Bus", a true Guatemalan experience, to Saul's house, our guide for the volcano. We eat a light breakfast, meet his amazing family, and hop in the back of a pick up truck to the beginning of the hike. As we start the 5 hour hike, we take as many stops as needed and replenish with food and water along the way. Saul will not only encourage us to ease the pain but he also explains different plant species and what their purpose is. We arrive to camp, sit down and relax for the next couple of hours watching the lava explode from Volcan de Fuego. After dinner, we will begin the hike to Volcano de Fuego to get as close as possible to the eruptions. This part of the journey is optional. 

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4. Saturday, February 18, 2023

🍽 BREAKFAST, DINNER                          🏨 Iguana Perdida Hostel          🌤 50-73°

    

    Today, we wake up early to catch the sunrise from 12,000 feet. Sitting around the fire enjoying hot chocolate and watch the volcano continue to erupt. Hiking back down the volcano takes around 2.5 hours and once at the bottom, we will head back to our hotel to shower and relax for a couple of hours. Pack your bags though, we are on the move to our next destination, Lake Atitlan. Once arriving to the dock, we will take a boat taxi to our accommodation in Santa Cruz. Enjoy the breeze and beautiful landscapes as we feel the energy of this special location. For the rest of they day, all we day, is, recharge in our sanctuary. We will end the day with dinner and dessert at Iguana Perdida.

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5. Sunday, February 19, 2023

🍽 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER                          🏨 Iguana Perdida          🌤 50-73°

    

    Grab your swimming trunks – we're hitting the lake! Hop on a boat taxi as we go to San Marcos for the day, from the dock, we will walk to a nature area where we can swim, cliff jump, kayak, and catch some sun rays. For lunch, we head to an incredibly tasty vegan restaurant that also has some great photo ops. After lunch, we walk to the "Eagles Nest". A community center with a great viewpoint of the lake. Feel free to support local artists, hop in the sauna, or have a cup of coffee. We walk back to the docks and catch a boat taxi back to our sanctuary and have free time for the rest of the night. 

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6. Monday, February 20, 2023

🍽 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER                            🏨 Iguana Perdida          🌤 50-73°

 

    We wake up at whatever time we want to. Today is an optional day as it is our last full day on the lake. We take a boat taxi to another part of the lake, San Juan. This colorful little Mayan town is full of artsy cafes, textile shops, and an overall peacefulness. While we explore this town, we make our way towards for the "Indian Nose" hike. This viewpoint is nothing short of spectacular, no matter the time of day. After the hike, we will grab lunch in town and have some time for souvenir shopping. If you prefer to do your own thing today, and relax back in Santa Cruz, that is absolutely allowed. This is your tour. 

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7. Tuesday, February 21, 2023

🍽 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER                             🏨 Why Not Hotel        🌤 77-82° 

 

    Today, we return to Antigua in preparation for your flight on the 22nd. We will leave the Lake at 12pm and get back to Antigua around 3pm. It's never easy leaving the Lake but we hope you enjoyed your time in such a special place. After checking back into Why Not Hotel, we will have some down time before meeting for our last dinner together as a group. 

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8. Wednesday, February 22, 2023

🍽 BREAKFAST                                                                         🏨 Home     

 

Depending on what time your flight is, we will have our final cup of coffee or breakfast together. We hope you enjoyed your trip and was able to recharge your batteries and return home with a clear mind. Thank you again for choosing #CMTours. 

Included:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights 

  • Transportation to and from the airport

  • Transportation for activities listed above

  • Group photographer

  • Guides for activities listed above

  • Meals as listed above

  • Activities as listed above

Not Included:                                       

  • Airfare in and out of the country

  • Mandatory travel insurance

  • Alcohol

  • Gratuities

  • Souvenirs 

$999

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