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Guatemala – Hike Pacaya Volcano, Kayak Lake Atitlan & Explore Guatemala

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NEW DATES FOR 2019/20!
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  • Support Local Economies
  • Hand-Picked Vegan Friendly Activities
  • Hassle Free Packages
  • 12 Months Members Club Access Included
  • Rewards Program

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7 Days
Availability : November - July
Guatemala
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12
Tour Details

Hike an active volcano, kayak Lake Atitlan, stroll through coffee plantations and Mayan villages, take a plant-based cooking class and unwind at a traditional Mayan spa.

Epic sunsets and savagely beautiful landscapes—prepare to be seduced.

Did we mention that you get to roast marshmallows on an active volcano…

Airport

Guatemala City, GUA (La Aurora International Airport)

Prices Are Per Person Based On Two People Sharing And Include:

  • 6 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Full Board 100% Plant Based Meals
  • Vegan Adventure Holidays Trip Leader
  • Private Transport Throughout The Trip
  • Half Day Volcano Hike + Entrance Fees + Local Guide
  • Mayan Spa Visit
  • 90 Minute Roof Top Yoga Class
  • Plant Based Guatemalan Cooking Class
  • Visit To Women's Weaving Cooperative Lake Atitlan
  • 12 Months Vegan Adventure Holidays Members Club Sign Up
What to Expect

Active volcanoes. Tasty plant-based food. Might-just-change-your-life kind of scenery. Welcoming locals. Awesome sunsets. Crunchy peanut-encrusted chocolate covered ‘choco bananos.’

You’ll find what you’re looking for and more in Guatemala from Antigua’s crumbling Mayan ruins to the volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan.

The vegan-friendly adventure holiday of a lifetime awaits.

This vegan-friendly holiday is perfect for:

 

  • Multi-Passionate Adventure Seekers
  • Plant Based Foodies
  • Health Conscious Travellers
  • Sun Seekers
  • Culturally Curious Travellers
Itinerary

Day 1Antigua

After you’ve settled into the joining hotel in Guatemala’s former capital city, La Antigua and opened your Vegan Adventure Holidays goody bag, you’ll have time to explore.

Antigua is a UNESCO world heritage site which in practical terms translates to cobblestone streets, for that reason we recommend leaving the stilettos at home.

As you’re strolling around town, you’ll notice Antigua sits in a valley, the Panchoy valley which is known as being the cultural center of Guatemala. With no end of ancient churches, appealing parks conveniently placed coffee shops and flanked by volcanoes, your adventure starts now.

There will be an early evening ‘meet and greet’ with your Vegan Adventure Holidays trip leader and other members of the group before heading out for dinner—think delicious tofu tacos with avocado, greens and a dash of lime!

Day 2Antigua - Half Day Volcano Hike & Mayan Spa

After sipping on a freshly roasted Guatemalan coffee, saying ‘buenos dias’ to your new friends, loading up on some healthy carbs and tying your shoelaces volcano-hiking tight, you’ll set off towards Pacaya volcano.

A relatively easy (okay so you’ll probably break a sweat but sweating is good for you) climb of 1.5 hours through forest and farmland with at least one macadamia nut pit stop will bring you to Pacaya volcanoes fertile shelf where you’ll explore the old lava fields with our knowledgeable local guide.

A sensory experience. Enter, “I feel like I’m on the moon kind of thoughts.”

While you watch the smoking crater that looms above and walk across thousands of years old dried lava flows, your local guide will be on the lookout for suitable marshmallow roasting opportunities before starting the descent back down.

Post marshmallow roasting you’ll head back towards Antigua in time for a well deserved afternoon at a traditional Mayan spa.

Day 3Antigua - Roof Top Yoga + Plant-Based Guatemalan Cooking Class

You’ll get to take it slowly this morning with an all levels rooftop vinyasa flow yoga class before heading out to make magic happen in the kitchen!

Today’s cooking class is hands-on and taught by local Guatemalan chefs, you’ll be making 1 vegan-friendly main dish and 3 sides. Guatemalan cuisine is an exotic mix of traditional colonial Spanish and indigenous Mayan cooking that’s healthy, fun to prepare and tastes delish.

This afternoon you’ll be able to take some time out to explore, relax in a coffee shop or pick up some gifts (did someone say brightly coloured, handwoven textiles) at the local cooperative, the choice is yours.

Day 4Lake Atitlan - Women Weavers Cooperative Visit

You’re about to be spellbound as you travel west of Antigua through the rugged Guatemalan highlands towards Lake Atitlan, an area referred to as being the spiritual center of the country—you’ll find that Guatemala is like a good book you just can’t put down or stop talking about.

Flanked by three volcanoes that provide a dramatic backdrop, Lake Atitlan is surrounded by small villages where Mayan culture is still prevalent and traditional dress worn. The countryside supports small and large-scale coffee plantations and avocado farms alongside other crops, most noticeably, corn.

If you consider yourself to be a culturally curious traveler, Lake Atitlan will be one of those places that will intrigue you long after you get home.

In the heart of Lake Atitlan lives a community of indigenous women who weave traditional clothing, handbags, shawls, and other products unique to their regions by the Lake. These women are part of a local cooperative called Atitlán Women Weavers (Mujeres Tejedoras del Lago Atitlán). The cooperative began in 2014 with 5 women, today, it provides an economic opportunity for 25 dedicated women.

After a lakeside lunch at the lodge, you’ll travel across the lake by boat to spend some time at the cooperative this afternoon—from naturally dyed cotton to scarf, it’s a fascinating process and one which supports a whole community.

Day 5Lake Atitlan - Kayak + Hike

As you walk down from your cabin towards the lakeside restaurant for breakfast, you’ll see the early morning sun and appreciate why Guatemala is called the land of eternal spring; fresh early morning temperatures, hot days and cool nights—great for adventures!

Setting out along the rugged northern shores of the lake in kayaks before hiking back through the beautiful small Mayan villages of San Marcos, Tzununa, El Jaibalito and Santa Cruz La Laguna, today is about experiencing Guatemala’s unique culture up close whilst learning about agriculture and its economic and cultural importance to the locals.

Day 6Antigua

After one last lakeside breakfast, you’ll be head back to Antigua today where you’ll have the time in the afternoon to visit your favorite coffee shop before we head out in the evening for our farewell dinner.

Day 7 Antigua - Depart

This adventure comes to an end today but the experiences you’ve had will make you ask yourself when the next adventure begins.

But first, one more cup of (amazing freshly roasted Guatemalan coffee) for the road!

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FAQ'S

WHO'S BEHIND VEGAN ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS?

Emma—explorer, Health Coach & rider of inappropriately large motorcycles.

10 years leading adventure trips in Latin America. Over 500 happy customers. At least 5 pairs of hiking shoes ruined by hot lava flow. Fuelled by coffee, compassion and avocados.

WHY TRAVEL WITH VEGAN ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS?

Stress-free travel. Rewards program. Support local communities. Travel Responsibly. Join a community of like minded travellers. Get to do exciting things with vegan marshmallows on active volcanoes.

*Warning—side effects may an increased sense of adventure and desires to quit your job, learn Spanish and move somewhere warm to open a vegan coffee shop called cafe y amor (that’s coffee and love).

WHAT'S THE DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO SECURE THIS TRIP?

The deposit is 10% of the trip price so in this case, it’s US$125.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE?

The maximum group size is 12 people.

IS THIS TRIP FULLY GUIDED?

Yes, Emma, along with knowledgeable local guides will be with you throughout the trip.

WILL I BE SHARING A ROOM?

Yes, all trip prices are based on two people sharing so you’ll be paired up with another member of the group of the same sex for the duration of the trip. If you’re a single traveller and would like your own room, the single supplement for this trip is US$280.

WHAT KIND OF HOTELS DO YOU USE?

You’ll be staying in a traditional Guatemalan hotel with an interior garden or courtyard. The exact hotel will be confirmed nearer the time based on availability and group size. All hotels we use are chosen for their investment into the local economy, excellent reputation, location, beautiful decor and welcoming service.

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

This trip is perfect for moderately fit men and women who want to experience one of Guatemala’s most famous volcanoes, explore a UNESCO world heritage site and eat healthy plant-based meals. No previous volcano hiking experience is required, just a good sense of adventure and decent shoes.

WHO IS A TYPICAL VEGAN ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS CLIENT?

Anyone is welcome but we typically cater for vegan travellers and busy working professionals with limited time — think healthy, fun adventures for grown-ups!

ARE MEALS INCLUDED AND WHAT TYPE OF FOOD WILL WE BE EATING?

Yes, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, all meals are plant-based and 100% vegan. You’ll be eating tasty, healthy whole foods all week both traditional Guatemalan and international cuisine.

I'VE GOT A QUESTION THAT ISN'T ANSWERED HERE, WHO SHALL I CONTACT?

Email Emma at hello@veganadventureholidays and I’ll answer your questions and queries personally.

CAN THIS BE RUN AS A PRIVATE TRIP?

Yes, email Emma at hello@veganadventureholidays.com to discuss it in more detail.