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Active Guatemala: trekking in style

Transport

2 scenic road journeys (3-4  hours each). 

Accommodation

On this tour we use good  hotels with character, they are medium sized, colonial style,, friendly establishments, with well-equipped rooms, private bathroom and heating. Key camping equipment for the trek – good quality safari style glamping tents and cooking equipment, toilet tent with HOT WATER! , mess tent . deck chairs and good quality mattress with thermal under blanket to prevent damp  are provided; you can bring your own walking poles or they will be provided . Snacks and pre-arranged alcohol are also provided.

Meals

Breakfast daily, full board days 4-7 . Picnic style lunches during the trek  days 4-7

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 30 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.

Included excursions

• Walking tour of Antigua with a local guide..

Summary of nights

10 days, 9 nights: Antigua 3; Camping 3;  Lake Atitlan 2 ;  Antigua  1. 

Included in the journey price

• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.

Not included in the journey price

• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Optional excursions.

Optional excursions

• Biking or hiking close to Antigua..
• Hike up Pacaya volcano. 
• Biking and kayaking, lake Atitlán. 
• Visit to San Juan de la Laguna.

Currency

The unit of currency in Guatemala is the quetzal.

Daily spend

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$35-45 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants and you will pay considerably more.

How to take it

Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.

We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.

Tipping

Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. 

Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.

Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential.

Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page. 

Airport taxes

If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.

Journey grade

This holiday is suitable for all able-bodied, fit visitors with hiking or hill-walking experience. The trek does not go over 3,000m at any point but it is undulating with long stretches of steep assent and dissent  . You should be able to walk several hours up or down steep dirt track with natural obstacles ( such as tree roots etc).  

Climate

In March and April visitors will encounter high temperatures (up to 30°C) in the lowlands, but cool evenings in the Guatemalan highlands, with temperatures falling to around 5°C. Rainfall and humidity will be relatively low at this time.

Clothing and special equipment

Bring plenty of light cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes with ankle support or preferably boots . Some warm items as the evenings get very cold  and good waterproof jackets are also necessary. We suggest that you plan to ‘layer’ your clothing; it is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper, and sensible to have long sleeves for areas where mosquitoes.

Protection against the sun (sun-block, sun hat) and mosquito repellant and shades are essential.  A day-pack is useful for carrying sun block, guidebook, water and any extra layers and snacks

We recommend 2 litres of water a day that you will need to carry either in bottles or a camel-back style water bladder.  

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets (unlikely for this holiday). For specific requirements you must consult your GP.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website. 

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

APIS and ESTA - important flight information:

ESTA - if flying to, or via, the USA you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online.

This costs $14 per person, and must be applied for by you personally.
Passports must also be e-passports with embedded chip. Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.

APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.

Water-To-Go

We’ve partnered with Water To Go to offer Journey Latin America clients a 50% discount on 7cl filtered, reusable water bottles with every booking. The bottle can be refilled at any water outlet and has a filter that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, allowing the water to be safe to drink.
Contact your Travel Consultant for more information and to include the purchase in your booking.
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