Guatemala Journey

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Guatemala Journey - G Adventures
Guatemala Journey - G Adventures
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Guatemala City


Start in Guatemala City and end in Flores! With the discovery tour Guatemala Journey, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Guatemala City, Guatemala and 5 other destinations in Guatemala. Guatemala Journey is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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12 to 70 year olds
Max Group Size
Private Vehicle

1 Review

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  • NE
    Written on April 10, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    For the Guatemala Journey National Geographic Tour, I would rate it 4 stars. For the upscale luxury tour, I was expecting a lot more. I travelled end of Jan, early February 2017. My tour guide was Victor Lara Ricco. The airport transfer from Guatemala City to Antigua was on time, his name was also Victor, but a different person than my guide. Hotel Las Farolas in Antigua was decent, but away from the centre of Antigua, so I felt limited in time to wander around safely. If I wanted to stay out past sundown (6pm), I’d have to take a cab to back to the hotel . I heard of other G Adventure tourists who had hotels closer to Central Park. The service was great and the rooms and property were clean and pleasant (they had a garden). We had a city tour of Antigua with Hersen (not sure of the spelling). He was a decent guide, with lots of knowledge, but lost 5 of us (our group was 15 people) in the convent. He did not wait at the convent exit to make sure the group was together before onwards to the church. And when we found the group, he was not phased and was not concerned that we were lost. The optional volcano trek was discouraged, no mention of salsa lessons nor coffee tours, but the macadamia nut farm was sold to us instead. It was an interesting visit but I would’ve liked options about salsa dancing too during our stay. I went on a volcano trek prior to joining the group and I’m glad that I did because it was one of the highlights of my trip. I would recommend people go a few days earlier if this is something they want to do. The Jade Museum was a treat because we me the lady who discovered jade in Guatemala! Around Lake Atitlan again, the optional activities (paragliding, fishing and kayaking) were discouraged, and instead we went to visit many little towns around the lake and a few of us did a hike. Not that this was bad, it was just not what several people were hoping for. Our tour guide skipped the Mayan tree planting ceremony to take us to many villages around town. My favourite was the weaving co-op. Our hotel was not in Jaibalito, instead it was in Santa Cruz. Hotel La Casa Rosa was horrible, and should be taken off the accommodation list for this tour. This does not meet the high end level that we were expecting. Although the property looks nice, they had no dock (but I understand they started fixing it the day we left), it was full of bugs (in my room and many others in my group), slow service at the bar, bad cocktails (mojitos and margaritas made with syrup when they have fresh fruit in the country), they had cold showers (out of 4 showers that my roomie and I took, only 1 was warm/hot), the electrical outlets were not installed properly where charging cords hung loose in the outlet, and they had a very simple breakfast (yogurt, fruit, granola, beans and we had to ask for tortillas). However, to their credit, the power went out on our first night and luckily they had gas stoves/ovens to cook our dinner with fresh ingredients. On our hike, we passed La Casa del Mundo. This would be more up to standard for a National Geographic Tour. And you can rent kayaks straight from their dock. Back to Antigua, we had our chocolate tour and workshop. This was super fun and I would highly recommend it for all groups. It’s very hands on and engaging and we get to make and take home our chocolates. Again, the optional salsa lesson was not mentioned nor offered, which was a pity because we had many older couples in our group and I think they would’ve enjoyed this. Victor knew where the salsa places were because he told me of some and since I already knew how to dance, I went out twice during my trip, but this was not a group option. Onwards to Lake Peten. Our flight arrangements were a mess. Because G Adventures books this flight for us, no one knew the details except our guide and we trusted that he knew what to expect. We took the bus to the airport with too little time to clear check in and security for a 6am flight. We were so close in time that Victor had to arrange with the officials to get our group through for boarding. This would’ve been easily resolved by leaving the hotel much earlier. The flight is better than taking the bus ride, but the rush caused a lot of us stress and anxiety. Luckily our hotel in St. Elena was ready to receive us, so most of us took naps in the rooms anyways. The Cooking class was a disappointment because all we did was season the fish and wrap it for the barbecue. It didn’t seem very Guatemalan to me. It was not pepian nor tamalas as in the itinerary. There was no mention of going swimming nor kayaking at this place either. Hotel La Casona del Lago was decent, clean rooms and property, and good service. I would’ve preferred if it was in Flores because we spent most of our free time there. Then, we could walk around and stay later into the evening and drop off things that we bought and keep walking. Tikal was awesome, the tour guide Miguel was very knowledgeable. Everyone was waiting to get to the ruins and we were not disappointed. A full day was enough walking, but lunch could’ve been scheduled a little earlier, because we had been on the bus at 830am and most of didn’t bring any snacks and we didn’t eat till almost 230pm. We were tired and dehydrated from walking in the sun and heat. One of our tourists was on crutches and there was no accommodation with a golf cart or tuk tuk. I think there could’ve have been some advance thought about getting something for her to enjoy the majority of the site. I’m sure there would’ve been something appropriate. Throughout the tour, I felt there was little free time to wander and I was not happy with some of the restaurant picks, they were too fancy and not really what I read about. I never saw tamales on the menus, Kak’ ik soup; I never got a chance to try ceviche or even rice dessert. I would not take a National Geographic Journeys trip again as I didn’t feel that it offered that much more than the Classic level; only 2 exclusive activities and a little higher level of accommodation. I see that Guatemala Journey is no longer offered. I would recommend adding Livingston ,Rio Dulce and Semuc Champey onto the list and a day for a volcano trek. I have researched Guatemala much more since I’ve been back and I would’ve liked it if a tour offered these locations also. Our tour guide took care of us but I think he could’ve asked more questions about what we wanted instead of changing the itinerary ahead of time.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Guatemala City/Antigua
  2. Day 2 Antigua (1B)
  3. Day 3 Antigua/Jaibalito (1B, 1L)
  4. Day 4 Jaibalito (1B)
  5. Day 5 Jaibalito/Antigua (1B)
  6. Day 6 Antigua/Flores (1B, 1L)
  7. Day 7 Flores (1B)
  8. Day 8 Flores (1B)

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Guatemala City is the starting point and Flores is the endpoint.
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Covering a total distance of approx 514 km.
  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 50 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
  • 6 km
  • Jaibalito (Guatemala)
  • 6 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
  • 50 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • 265 km
  • Flores (Guatemala)
  • 44 km
  • Tikal (Guatemala)
  • 44 km
  • Flores (Guatemala)

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