Day Trips to Antigua Guatemala

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  • From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

    1. From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

    Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasions you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. To ensure your safety you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano, from where you will transfer back to your acc...

    It was perfect and the tour guide was excellent! He was very patient and shared his knowledge about the volcano throughout the hike. Definitely recommend it!

  • Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

    2. Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

    Your 10-hour excursion begins with a drive into the western highlands of Guatemala. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. When you arrive at the Chichicastenango market you’ll begin your walking tour. The market is at the center of the town and is the heart of commercial life for maxeños, the natives of Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday merchants head to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and admire the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region. In Chichicastenango, you’ll also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of a pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial archi...

    Everything about this tour was great, our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The ride was safe. The only thing to be aware of this does include the lake in the extent of eating at a restaurant overlooking the lake. I went for the market so I didn’t mind but if you want a more immersive lake experience this might not be the tour for you.

  • From Guatemala City: Private Full-Day Antigua Artisans Tour

    3. From Guatemala City: Private Full-Day Antigua Artisans Tour

    Your tour begins as a representative picks you up from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala for a 2-hour transfer. On the way, you will pass by small cities, villages, and plantations. You will arrive to the villages surrounding Antigua, where you will begin with a visit to a house/museum of textiles to learn about ancestral traditions. Here you will learn how the hand-made clothing worn by locals hides patterns and colors that only natives can identify, with these patterns telling stories about home cities, families, status, and more. You will also visit other villages to discover local daily lifestyles such as laundry traditions, gastronomy, and history. There will be a break later for lunch, which you will be welcome to purchase on your own from recommended restaurants. Following lunch, your afternoon in Antigua will be spend visiting a jade factory, where you will lea...

  • Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    4. Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    Take a day trip to one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America, Atitlán Lake. Explore 2 ancient Mayan towns with your private guide and admire the impressive landscapes formed by 3 volcanoes. After pickup at 6:00 AM at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City, take a 3-hour journey towards Atitlán Lake. Your first stop will be a viewpoint with impressive panoramic views over Sololá Department, the volcanoes, and the lake. From Panajachel, one of the 11 Mayan villages, take a 20-minute boat trip across the lake towards San Juan La Laguna. Once you debark, stroll along the “handicrafts” street, which includes chocolate and medicinal plant stores, textile factories, art galleries, and souvenir shopping.  After San Juan La Laguna, take the private boat towards Santiago Atitlán, where you learn about Mayan ethnic groups and their unique textile patterns and colors, religious ...

  • Lake Atitlan Tour Full Day From Antigua

    5. Lake Atitlan Tour Full Day From Antigua

    Take road to The Western Highlands region, home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests, and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous people. This is the region most travelers familiar with Guatemala think about when daydreaming of a trip to this beautiful country. Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Santiago Atitlan, where you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon". Enjoy the vibrant colors and local flavor of this village. Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many atitecos (as its people are known) cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicis...

    We had an excellent experience. We were picked up on time from our hotel. The guide explained the tour clearly. We visited a couple of indigenous settlements around the lake, attended a demonstration of the weaving process, and had plenty of shopping opportunities. The guide was knowledgeable, courteous, and was able to keep the schedule even though it was a busy market day with a lot of traffic and people on the streets. We returned at the appointed hour.

  • Antigua Guatemala: Morning Tour from Guatemala City

    6. Antigua Guatemala: Morning Tour from Guatemala City

    Antigua Guatemala, once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemala, is today a peaceful, beautiful, and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries. After pickup in Guatemala City, transfer to Antigua Guatemala to meet your local guide and begin your gentle 3-hour walking tour. Visit the Jade Factory and Museum to admire ancient Guatemalan carving traditions. Continue to the ruins of El Carmen church and browse for souvenirs at the craft market beside the ruined building. You will see La Merced Church of Guatemalan, which features an ultra-baroque style, as well as two bell towers. On the facade of the church in its upper part is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order. You will also see Santa Catalina Arch, built to connect the nuns...

    Because of lack of time and bad time management of the guide the main square in Antigua was actually skipped.

  • From Guatemala City: Farms of Antigua Private Tour

    7. From Guatemala City: Farms of Antigua Private Tour

    Your experience will begin with pickup at 8:00 AM from your centrally-located hotel in Guatemala City. From there you will begin your 2-hour land transfer towards Antigua Guatemala, with the option of a hotel pickup from within Antigua Guatemala. Once having arrived to Antigua, you will start visiting some of the different farms. The first stop is a macadamia nut farm, where you will learn about production, the farm, and volunteering options. This farm is focused on helping communities to be economically independent through macadamia production and the sale of their products, both nationally and internationally. At the conclusion of your farm tour, you will receive a face massage with macadamia oils and creams, and can also enjoy some delicious macadamia pancakes. Later, you will move to another farm for an agricultural tour and exotic plant tour. Whilst at this site, you will also get...

  • Antigua: Full-Day Private Coffee Tour From Guatemala City

    8. Antigua: Full-Day Private Coffee Tour From Guatemala City

    Following a pickup at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM from your centrally located hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala, begin the 2-hour transfer towards Antigua Guatemala passing by small cities, villages, and plantations. Arrive directly at the coffee plantation where the locals are waiting as hosts for a walk through the nursery and coffee plantation.   Continue to the wet milling and drying patio where the beans are processed and sorted. Finish the coffee tour with a cup of locally produced coffee.   There will be time to enjoy lunch on your own at restaurants recommended by your guide before heading to the center of Antigua Guatemala. Here you will have leisure time to explore the main buildings before departure at 4 PM to return towards your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala.

  • From Guatemala City: Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan

    9. From Guatemala City: Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan

    Explore the Western Highlands, the region of Guatemala that most travelers familiar with Guatemala think about when daydreaming about a trip to this country. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests, and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. Arrive at Chichicastenango Market and begin your walking tour inside the market. It is the center of the town and heart of commercial life for the maxeños. The merchants go down to the central plaza every Thursday and Sunday to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little throughout the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and view the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region. In Chichicastenango, we will also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of an archaeological pre-Hispanic temple. Thi...

  • From Guatemala City: Lake Atitlan & Santiago Village Tour

    10. From Guatemala City: Lake Atitlan & Santiago Village Tour

    Your tour will begin with pick-up from your hotel in Guatemala City. From there, you will drive to the western highlands region, home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, lakes, pine forests, and the majority of Guatemala's indigenous population. Upon arrival to Panajachel, you will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and to visit Santiago Atitlan. In Santiago, learn about the local saint Maximon. Enjoy the vibrant colors and local flavor of this village. After you have explored the village and experienced the local culture, you will take the boat back to Panajachel. In Panajachel you will have time to eat lunch (at your own expense). Then explore Panajachel, a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin. The town witnessed the final battle between the Spanish and their Kakchiquel allies against the Tzutujiles, and it was also a settlement point for Franciscan missionaries who fo...

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What people are saying about Antigua Guatemala

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 106 reviews

This tour was amazing! Our guide Dario (sp?) was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. He stopped along the path to teach us about the volcano, plants, and history. Our Spanish was limited so he spoke some English for us until another traveler translated. The best parts were the incredible views, roasting marshmallows and grilling our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and skiing down a portion of the trail. Dario even took a video of us and sent it! The whole experience was wonderful and we are very grateful we had the opportunity to do such a unique tour.

It was an awesome hike. I’m so happy we had someone in the group who could translate so we could hear all the amazing knowledge. We actually ended up making friends on the hike and had dinner after which was special. The hike was challenging but worth it. The only complaint was the people on the horses who kept asking the whole way up if we wanted to ride the horse. They would not take no for an answer. I understand it’s their livelihood but it was annoying whenever we took a break or a breather to be hounded. Other than that we had a great time!

One of the best things I've ever done! The hike up takes about 1.5 hours and about an hour to come down. Some parts were steep and a little challenging, but you can rent a horse to get to the top. The amazing views were well worth the climb, would definitely do it again!

Flawless round-trip transportation. We loved the cultural and gastronomic route and both the guide and the organizer were charming and very professional at all times.

It was perfect and the tour guide was excellent! He was very patient and shared his knowledge about the volcano throughout the hike. Definitely recommend it!