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GUATEMALA: HIKE PACAYA VOLCANO, TAKE A VEGAN COOKING CLASS & EXPLORE GUATEMALA

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WHY BOOK WITH VEGAN ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS?

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

Hike and camp overnight on an active volcano, explore Lake Atitlan, stroll through coffee plantations and Mayan villages, take a plant-based cooking class and discover the secret Antigua with a group of fun, like minded vegan adventurers. 

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

A note from Emma; I would love to be able to run this trip early 2021, support my local guides and show you around one of the most extraordinary countries in Central America, however, Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions I cannot confirm if it will be possible yet so to register your interest and get your name on the waitlist please email hello@veganadventureholidays.com 

Airport

Guatemala City, GUA (La Aurora International Airport)

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

  • 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation & 1 Night Volcano Camp Out
  • Full Board 100% Plant Based Meals
  • Vegan Adventure Holidays Trip Leader
  • Private Transport Throughout The Trip
  • Overnight Volcano Hike + Entrance Fees + Local Guide + Camping Equipment
  • Vegan Guatemalan Cooking Class
  • Visit To Women's Weaving Cooperative Lake Atitlan
  • Airport Transfers
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 bananas!

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.

DIFFICULTY

No previous volcano hiking experience is necessary for this trip but a moderate fitness level is required, we will be hiking up to 15kms on some days.

This vegan-friendly holiday is perfect for:

 

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

KIT LIST

  • Day pack (35L +)
  • Re-useable water bottle
  • Sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses, sun screen)
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking shoes/boots (worn in)
  • General every day shoes & light sandals 
  • Comfortable hiking trousers & shorts (leggings are fine)
  • Casual day & evening clothes (daytime temperatures can get up to 30C/86F, night time temperatures can drop to around 16C/60)
  • Wind breaker jacket for hiking
  • General evening jacket/coat
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear
  • Light snacks (vegan energy bars etc)
  • Sleeping bag (all other camping gear is provided)
  • Head torch
Itinerary

Day 1Antigua

After you’ve settled into the joining hotel in Guatemala’s former capital city La Antigua, 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 2Overnight Volcano Hike

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.

Volcano Pacaya (8370ft/2552m) may not be Guatemala’s highest peak, however its slopes and smoldering lava fields are certainly of some of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in all of Central America. Set in its own National Park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit and a massive lava flow reforming the valley at the base of its caldera.

An epic climb 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 starting to set up camp. A campfire vegan dinner will be prepared for the group while your enjoying the sunset views and fiery orange glows the after dark lava flow.

Hot coffee and tea will keep our volcano hiking vegan group warm after sundown, and after a good night’s rest, early morning views of the surrounding highland volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango will greet you at first light.

Day 3Antigua & Free Afternoon

After a good night’s rest, early morning views of the surrounding highland volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango will greet you at first light, the best views to accompany and early morning coffee!

After packing up camp and heading back dow the volcano you’ll be back in Antigua by around mid-day where you’ll have a free afternoon and a later well deserved dinner!

Day 4Antigua - Vegan Guatemalan Cooking Class

You’ll get to take it slowly this morning with an optional 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 5Lake 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 6Lake Atitlan - Half Day 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, we’ll be hiking 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 7Antigua - Optional Sunrise Hike

After one last lakeside breakfast and the option to do some early morning kayaking, you’ll be head back to Antigua today where you’ll have the time in the afternoon to visit your favourite coffee shop before we head out in the evening for our farewell dinner.

Day 8Antigua - 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

HOW DO I MAKE MY BOOKING?

Due to the unpredictability of COVID19 you can currently reserve your spot on this trip without a deposit! Spaces are limited so email hello@veganadventureholidays.com to get your name on the waitlist today.

WHAT'S THE DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO SECURE THIS TRIP?

The deposit is 10% of the trip price.

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 £215.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE?

The maximum group size is 12 people.

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).

IS THIS TRIP FULLY GUIDED?

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

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.