Smoking volcanoes spin by as a sea of Mayan weaving lurches from one side of the chicken bus to the other. With the Mayan majority on constant display, dramatic geography, and prices a student could love, for some, Guatemala is the quintessential Central American experience. One of its mandatory stops, incredible Antigua Guatemala, was once the capital of an enormous swath of the Americas. Frozen in time for centuries thanks to repeated earthquakes, today it has been impeccably restored in all its rubble and glory ... not to mention it's the best traveller's hub from here to Cuzco. From crater lakes to the ruins of Tikal, it's a miracle Guatemala is still off the radar for so many. Let's hope it stays that way.
Whether you're in Antigua because of another G Adventures trip or you’re looking for a unique opportunity, this Local Living stay is your chance to forge a deeper connection to the region. Connect with Mayan culture, seek out beautiful jewellery or study Spanish. You’ll share a centrally located but quiet house—TV, internet, laundry—with a few other like-minded travellers but how you spend your time is entirely up to you. Colonial Antigua is a traveller favourite; give yourself enough time to discover why.
Highlights: Sharing a rental property with optional day trips and activities, exploring colonial Antigua, finding that perfect momento in tiny artisan shops, Learning to salsa dance, Cycling the hills outside of town, Climbing an active volcano, Being able to choose which activity is right for you.
Antigua, Guatemala's most beautiful colonial city, is famous for its celebrations, and this unique 10-day adventure ensures you're there for Semana Santa—one of the most vibrant and colourful celebrations in all of Central America. Line the parade route along cobblestone streets decorated in flower petals and take in religious processionals on Good Friday. Search for cultural treasures at the famous Chichicastenango market and meet local Mayan villagers amidst the volcanic scenery of Lake Atitlán. See for yourself how timing is everything as you discover the splendour of Guatemala.
Highlights: Bartering at the bustling local market of Chichicastenango, Relaxing at breathtaking and peaceful Lake Atitlán, Watching the Holy Week processions and elaborate colourful carpets laid out in the streets in Antigua.