Sacatepéquez Department

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  • Antigua Family Walking Tour

    1. Antigua Family Walking Tour

    Experience the most rewarding adventure with your family on an exclusive family walking tour. Your family-friendly local professional guide will make sure the kids have just as much fun sightseeing as adults. Enjoy an easy pace and a stroll around the city center, highlighting the famous cultural and architectural sites. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites. Hear stories from the guide, which are guaranteed to provide you with a few giggles, as you wind down the off beaten paths of the city. Discover the legend hidden in The Arch of Santa Catalina of Antigua, and learn what Antigua means and how to pronounce it. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites.

  • From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek

    2. 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!

  • Guatemala Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

    3. Guatemala Pacaya Volcano Day Tour

    Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.

    From the moment Davis picked us up, we felt safe and very excited. His English is perfect and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and the tour. The hike was challenging for us, but not difficult. We are experienced hikers who refused the horses, but I did rent a hiking stick, which I found to be incredibly useful. The tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it.

  • Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

    4. 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

    5. 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...

  • From Antigua: 3-Day Cobán & Semuc Champey Tour

    6. From Antigua: 3-Day Cobán & Semuc Champey Tour

    Day 1: Guatemala City/ Cobán: Depart from Guatemala City or Antigua to Coban. You may have the chance to see Quetzal. Begin your hike in the forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal. After 2-hours of hiking, a lunch will be served of traditional food (not included). Afterwards, transfer to your selected hotel in Cobán for overnight accommodations. Accommodation: Park Hotel Resort or similar. Day 2: Semuc Champey/ Lankin Caves (B): After breakfast, the adventure will begin by taking a 2-hour journey to Semuc Champey, a monument made ​​by nature. Explore the natural beauty and swim in the pools carved out of limestone. Relax, enjoy and afterwards, have time for lunch. Next, you will get to explore the Lankin Caves. In the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Cobán. Accommodation: Park Hotel Resort or similar. Day 3: Rey M...

  • Iximche and Antigua Day Tour

    7. Iximche and Antigua Day Tour

    Discover the charms of 3 of the 4 major cities of Guatemala, all in one day. Get to know Iximché (the first capital of Guatemala), Ciudad Vieja and Antigua Guatemala. Today's trip combines Spanish Colonial and Mayan influence, and you'll visit sites that will immerse you in the area’s enthralling history. Learn from watching the indigenous people that still visit Iximché, and if we are very lucky, we will witness a real Mayan ceremony that takes place in Iximché. We will begin the day with a transfer from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala, to the archaeological site of Iximché. Upon arrival we will take a guided visit to Iximché: the first capital of Guatemala. We will then transfer to the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, where we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the city. Whilst here we will visit some of the most important and significant attractions of the city...

  • 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    8. 3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

    Experience two of Guatemala's most celebrated points of interest: sparkling Lake Atitlan and the Chichicastenango Market on this 3-day tour from Antigua. Visit the highland town of Chichicastenango, world-famous for its open-air market. Here you'll find amazing handicrafts created by the indigenous Maya people as you witness an incessant exchange of fruits and vegetables. Next to the market stands the Church of Santo Tomas, a 16th-century church where you can observe age-old Mayan rituals being performed. Filling an enormous caldera and surrounded by volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages, Lake Atitlan has become renowned for its indescribable beauty and unique cultural history. Spend a day on a guided boat tour of the lake and surrounding towns, then experience the nightlife of Panajachel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Antigua ̶ Chichicastenango – Panajachel

  • Atitlán: Private Full-Day Lake and Locals Tour

    9. 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 ...

  • Antigua: Cielo Grande Half-Day Expert Bike Ride

    10. Antigua: Cielo Grande Half-Day Expert Bike Ride

    Get an adrenaline fix on this 4-hour bike ride of Antigua’s Panchoy Valley, and cycle a challenging 22-mile (35-kilometer) route to the trailhead of the Cielo Grande Ridge. After you have picked up your quality Kona mountain bike in Antigua town, you will start with a 4-mile climb out of the Panchoy Valley. The ride combines technical climbs with mouth-watering cross-country single-tracks high above the valley floor. It’s a big climb of some 2,323 feet (725 meters) to the top of the mountain, but the views of the surrounding valley from an altitude of 7,438 feet (2,324 meters) are your reward. Cycle the old growth forest trail, retracing ancient footpaths high on the ridges above Antigua. The seemingly endless single track back downhill promises to sneak into your top favorite rides! Pass indigenous towns high in the mountains, and cool off by beautiful waterfalls as you ascend and de...

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based on 240 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!

From the moment Davis picked us up, we felt safe and very excited. His English is perfect and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and the tour. The hike was challenging for us, but not difficult. We are experienced hikers who refused the horses, but I did rent a hiking stick, which I found to be incredibly useful. The tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it.

Me and my sister love this tour so much! Very informational and we learn alot. Thanks to our best tour guide Miguel Cardona. We would recommend this tour to other tourists.

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!