Day 1 Antigua 11/23
Welcome to Guatemala
You’ll be met at the airport in Guatemala City and shuttled 45 minutes to our hotel in lovely Antigua, Guatemala’s historic capital city. We’ll meet at our hotel in the afternoon, go for an orientation walk, and have dinner together.
Hotel Eterna Primavera (3 nights)
Day 2 Antiqua 11/24
Walking Tour Antigua
We’ll devote our day to exploring beautiful Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site of pastel colored buildings where volcanoes loom in the distance around every corner. Our day begins with a guided walking tour during which we’ll explore the town’s Spanish colonial architecture and learn about Antigua’s tragic history and unlikely rebirth. You’ll be free this afternoon and evening to explore on your own.
Day 3 Antigua 11/25
Education; Volcanoes; Coffee
Our day starts with a stop at a rural school where we’ll share a snack and conversation with locals and understand the importance of education to ending the cycle of poverty in countries like Guatemala. Next, we’ll take a ride up the side of the Volcan Agua to meet with coffee farmers and learn about the fascinating process of coffee farming and production. We’ll pick beans, have a late picnic lunch, then track the coffee production process at a family business where we’ll meet the owners, try our hand at roasting, and then taste the final product. Dinner will be at the home of a Guatemalan family this evening.
Day 4 Lake Atitlan 11/26
Highlands; Lake Cruise; Civil War Talk
We’ll bid farewell to Antigua and set out for Guatemala’s highlands where Mayan culture rules. A small boat will meet us at the lake and zip us across the glassy waters of Lake Atitlan and past volcanoes to our hotel high above the lake. We’ll have dinner at our hotel and learn about the long Guatemalan Civil War from our host who worked for the United Nations during the conflict.
Hotel Lomas De Tzununa (2 nights)
Day 5 Lake Atitlan 11/27
Weaving Coop; Women’s Issues
Let’s devote this day to explore the magnificent lake and lakefront villages. We’ll visit a weaving cooperative while learning about the importance of this Mayan art form and its impact for women in particular. We’ll return to or hotel with time to savor its view terrace and pool before dinner together at our hotel. After dinner our hostess, who works as a human rights attorney, will discuss contemporary women’s issues.
Day 6 Flores 11/28
We’ll drive over the hills and through valleys to Guatemala City’s airport where we’ll catch a flight to the island city of Flores in northern Guatemala. In the afternoon we’ll take a boat trip around our island and have an early dinner together so that we can wake early for tomorrow’s big day.
Hotel Isla De Flores (2 nights)
Day 7 Flores 11/29
Today is devoted to exploring the magnificent ruins of Tikal. A local guide will join us as we drive into the jungle to Tikal, home to the most spectacular Mayan temples in the Americas. Our guide will explain the howler monkey and other fauna we’ll encounter on our walk to the astonishing site of Tikal, once the most important city in Mayan civilization. After a guided walk among the ruins, you’ll have ample free time to explore and photograph on your own. We’ll drive back to the gentle town of Flores this afternoon and enjoy a peaceful late afternoon and evening. You’ll be free for dinner tonight.
Day 8 Guatemala City 11/30
Garbage Dump; School Visit
A morning flight returns us to Guatemala City. We’ll visit the city’s infamous garbage dump from which thousands of people make a living through scavenging. We’ll witness some of Central America’s worst poverty, but then be inspired with a visit to a school, funded by the University of Washington, for the scavenger’s children. We’ll return to our hotel for some free time before celebrating our experiences at a final dinner together.
Hotel Biltmore (1 night)
Day 9: Tour over after Breakfast 12/1
Imprint will assist with airport transfer arrangements or post-tour planning.
[Itinerary details & hotels subject to change]
8 nights accommodation; All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners; All transportation (bus, boat, plane); All tips (tour leader, local guides, drivers, boat captains, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of an Imprint tour leader throughout; All entrances: Tikal; All activities: Antigua walking tour, school visit, coffee farm experience, women’s coop visit, Civil War & women’s issue discussions, boat excursions (Atitlan & Flores), Tikal guided tour, garbage dump & school excursion
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, expenditures of a personal nature, and flight baggage overage fees.