Mayan Highlands of Guatemala

Lake Atitlan II
Hobbitenango I

All tours are operated independently of IBRC/NASBR, and organized by generous volunteers. As with all travel, we strongly encourage participants to secure appropriate travel insurance including trip cancellation and travel health insurance.

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Host: Luis Alfredo Trujillo Sosa

Dates: Saturday August 13 to Thursday August 18

Travel: Pick-up and drop-off at Guatemala International Airport

Cost: $1740 (flights not included)
Minimum: 15 people  Maximum: 20 people

-Transportation: from Guatemala International Airport to all locations and back to Guatemala International Airport (all at selected hours). Five nights in an hotel (double) with view to the beach. Entrance to attractions and tours. Also, a basic First-Aid kit and traveler`s insurance.
-Hotel: Five nights in comfortable hotels (double) in selected locations.
-Meals: All the breakfasts at the hotel and meals and dinner at local restaurants (except at free time). Snacks and beverages would be available throughout the tour.
-Others: All tour fees and the special activity as well as a basic First-Aid kit and traveler`s insurance.
Note: It is a guided tour, and the organizers would be available during the whole tour to aid. Most places/sites have bilingual guides available. It is a custom practice to tip your guides after the tour.

Embark on an adventure through the Mayan highlands of Guatemala, dare to discover its beautiful people, the amazing landscapes and its delicious food. Our first stop is the beautiful colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, let´s visit its cobbled streets, ruins, the jade, coffee and chocolate museums and enjoy its unique landscapes and architecture. Our next stop is Atitlan, a marvelous lake surrounded by volcanoes which Alexander von Humboldt, Aldous Huxley and many others called “the most beautiful lake in the world”. It is time to visit the lovely Mayan towns around the lake and dive into their culture, cosmovision and amazing landscapes. As a big highlight, Mayans considered that bats are sacred and we are going to explore their vision through its stories and weaves. And if that was not enough, both Antigua Guatemala and Atitlan are bat biologist paradise, harboring a high number of species.

General Recommendations:
All participants that wish to interact with bats must be vaccinated against rabies. In regards to equipment and clothing, attendees are recommended to bring headlamp, protective gloves, boots, comfortable clothes and insect repellent. For the rest of the activities we also recommend comfortable shoes and clothing, sunglasses, sunprotector, hat, swimming suit, raincoat and jacket. Medical insurance is advised, and any special needs (such as allergies) should be informed at arrival. Special medication is the full responsibility of the tourist.

Covid-19 rules and dispositions:
All participants should have the complete vaccination scheme against Covid-19. Everyone must bring their own mask and wear it properly, as well as to carry their own hand sanitizer.
Note: On behalf of the tour organizers and guides, all precautions against Covid-19 will be taken. We will ensure to maintain all spaces and surfaces clean and ensure to take attendees temperature all the time.

Day 1: August 13th
Arriving attendees will wait for transportation at Guatemala’s International Airport “La Aurora” (Guatemala City, Guatemala) at 13:00 h, and would be transported to the beautiful colonial city, Antigua Guatemala. After a meal and short break at the hotel, we would go to set mist-nets to catch some bats in the area. To end this first day, we will take dinner at a restaurant nearby.

Day 2: August 14th
After taking breakfast in the hotel, we would go back in time and merge all day with Antigua Guatemala’s vibrant colors, local flavors and Mayan culture.  We are going to visit colonial ruins, museums and markets as well as to taste typical dishes of the region taking lunch and dinner in local restaurants.

Day 3: August 15th
After taking breakfast in the hotel, we will visit Hobbitenango to enjoy a different concept, in which unique views in a place surrounded by mysticism, will steal your hearts forever. You will have the opportunity whether to relax or to explore and hike, in both, you will be able to take extremely cool pics, enjoy delicious coffee and food and be delighted by incredible landscapes. Later that day, we are going to travel to our next location, the deepest lake in Central America, Atitlan’s Lake. Here at dusk, mist-nets will be set to catch some bats in a location nearby the hotel followed by dinner to end the day.

Day 4: August 16th
After taking breakfast in the hotel, we are going to take a boat and travel throughout Atitlan’s deep blue waters. We will enter to the Mayan Tz’utujil culture visiting the most emblematic magic towns around the lake. Here we will visit markets, iconic places and connect with its people, art and culture. We are going to enjoy meals and dinner in restaurants nearby.

Day 5: August 17th
After breakfast, we are going to take a short walk into a natural reserve, where it is inevitable to relax with the sounds of nature and adore the amazing views. Later, we are going to have some free time for you to explore, buy, rest, swim or any other activity that you want. At dusk, we are going to set mist-nets and catch bats for the last time. For closing our marvelous tour, we are going to have dinner at the hotel and a special cultural activity (great surprise!).

Day 6: August 18th
Take breakfast at the hotel, and our transport would be available to all attendees at 10:00 h, to return to the International Airport.

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