Treasures of Colonial Guatemala - 5 Days

Discover Guatemala’s colonial treasures in this fully escorted 5 day 4 night tour.

Enjoy a guided tour of Antigua, the most beautiful colonial city in Guatemala. Antigua is the former capital of the country, hence, the reason for the name Antigua. Its colonial architecture, colorful houses with red tile rooftops, and cobblestone streets has given Antigua its charm and picturesque character. This unique and colorful city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Your adventure also explores the breathtaking beauty of Panajachel and the volcano guarded Atitlan Lake. In Panajachel, you will head by small boat to explore two lakefront villages and discover their Mayan traditions (most inhabitants of these two towns are Mayan). Learn about Mayan handcrafts and ceremonial traditions at the Chichicastenango Market.

Notes:

  • This tour needs a minimum of 2 guests to operate.
  • Ask for our discounted prices for groups of 4 or more guests.
  • Options to tailor your trip are available.

Flexibility is one of our values, if you would like to extend your visit, please let us know and we can assist with your accommodation bookings. You can extend your magical adventure and combine this tour with the following tour(s):

Please read our Terms and Conditions that apply to all our tours available.

Day 1
Arrive into Guatemala City

Upon arrival into Guatemala City International Airport you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua Guatemala (approximately 1 hour away) where you have the evening to enjoy your spectacular colonial style hotel or explore the city’s main square only a few minutes away by foot. The hotel also delivers great views of Volcano del Agua.

Depending on your airport arrival time you can also book our fully guided tour of Guatemala City.

Day 2
Charming Antigua Guatemala

After breakfast explore the magical city of Antigua Guatemala on a half day walking tour; the best way to discover the city’s spectacular architecture and colourful homes. You will discover the city hall, the main square park, the picture famous Arch of Santa Catalina, the main cathedral, and the ruins of the original cathedral. Other highlights include the Cerro de la Cruz for a fantastic photo opportunity of the entire city with Volcano del Agua in the background.

At the end of the walking tour you will have lunch at the beautiful restaurant of El Tenedor del Cerro. The restaurant is located on a hill overlooking Antigua Guatemala and provides a great photo opportunity of the astonishing city view and the two volcanos del Agua and del Fuego.

Day 3
Panajachel, Atitlan Lake & Volcanos

Early in the morning you will head to Panajachel. Panajachel is located on the shore of Atitlan Lake and famous for its natural beauty and surrounding volcanos. You will have breakfast at the well-known and traditional restaurant of Katok before check-in to your hotel.

Next is a full day tour with a remarkable and interesting 100% Mayan local guide who speaks Mayan. Enjoy a boat ride on Atitlan Lake as you journey towards San Juan de la Laguna and Santiago de Atitlan. You will learn how Mayan and Spanish traditions merged. Time and weather permitting, you will be able to discover Mayan art galleries, the traditional process of chocolate production at a Mayan family owned business, and beautiful handmade Mayan clothing. This is a very rewarding portion of your tour as you will have close contact with traditional Mayan families and realize your visit helps promote tourism in the area.

Afterwards, you will have the evening to enjoy the charming town of Panajachel.

Day 4
Mayan Market of Chichicastenango

Today you will be visiting one of the most colorful places you have ever seen; the Mayan Market of Chichicastenango. You will also enjoy this day with a 100% Mayan local guide. Your guide will not only share his/her interesting life and traditions with you, but also show you the highlights of Chichicastenango, the market, the colorful cemetery, traditional dances, costume fabric, and the historical hotel museum. You will also have time for some souvenir shopping at the market.

Following lunch, you will head to Antigua Guatemala and check-in to your hotel for one more night in Guatemala.

Day 5
Farewell and thank you!

Your transfer to the Guatemala City International Airport will be planned according to your flight departure. We hope you enjoyed this journey and accumulated some incredible memories and beautiful pictures. Travel safe and see you on your next adventure with us.

Includes

  • 4 nights accommodation - double occupancy.
  • 4 breakfasts.
  • Air conditioning on all land transfers.
  • Full time tour guide for the entire duration of the tour.
  • Entrance fees to all sites.
  • Boat ride in Atitlan Lake.
  • Local guide at Panajachel.
  • Local guide at Chichicastenango.

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Guatemala City.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunches and dinners throughout your adventure. (An all-inclusive option is available - kindly ask for prices.)
  • Beverages for lunches and dinners.
  • Tips for your driver(s) and guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other expenses mentioned in our ‘Terms & Conditions’.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • The charming colonial city of Antigua, Atitlan Lake, Panajachel, Two small villages on the shore of Lake Atitlan and Mayan market of Chichicastenango.
  • Mayan archaeological sites, Colonial architecture, Small boat ride on Lake Atitlan, Mayan Market of Chichicastenango and Mayan culture.
  • 5 days and 4 nights
  • Monday or Thursdays
  • Easy