Guatemalan Coffee Expedition
Guatemalan Coffee Expedition
- All lodging (10 nights, double occupancy)
- Private transportation
- Domestic flight from Guatemala City to Flores, Petén
- All national park entry fees
- All guided excursions (minus optional add-ons)
- 1 night private hot tub/sauna - lakeside on Atitlan
- 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
- All local guiding fees and tips
- 1 Fit4Adventure Guide
- 1 Elevate Coffee Trading Company Guide
- Donation of 1 EcoFiltro* on behalf of each guest
* An EcoFiltro is a Guatemalan-made water filtration device that can filter out 99% of pathogens, supplying clean water to rural households and schools
TRIP DATES: December 1-11, 2022
TRIP PRICE: $4029 (per person, double ccupancy)
(For Single Occupancy add $1187)
Not included in price: Flights, F4A Guide tips, single occupancy, additional excursions not listed on itinerary, meals not listed above, personal expenses (souvenirs, alcohol, etc.)
The Land of Eternal Spring. The birthplace of chocolate. Queen of coffee. Need we say more? Come with us to explore this vastly underrated country! Our unique itinerary provides a taste of everything: adrenaline filled volcano treks, the jaw-dropping ruins of Tikal, jungle canopy walks, luxury accommodations, communal meals with new friends, and plenty of coffee and cacao to keep you going. Michael Iwasko, of Dallas’ Elevate Coffee Trading Company, will join us and provide the scoop on all things Guatemalan coffee. With the logistics taken care of – all you need to do is show up ready to experience the vibrancy of Guatemala!
Book your flight into La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on December 1, 2022, arriving before 12PM. Guests will fly to Flores, Petén as a group with F4A guides later that afternoon (cost of domestic flight included in trip). Guests have the option to arrive a day early should they choose to break up the travel. Guatemala City is on CST.
A $500 deposit (per person) is due at the time of booking. This deposit is non-refundable.
The 2nd payment (50% of remaining balance) will be due September 1, 2022. Final payment will be due October 15, 2022. You will receive a reminder email when this payment is due. Once made, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
By Client: If you need to cancel before the final payment date, the cancellation fee is your initial deposit. Your reservation will automatically cancel if final payment is not received by the due date.
By Fit 4 Adventure: In the event that we must cancel a trip for commercial reasons beyond our control, including if the minimum number of trip participants is not met, you will be able to transfer any amount paid toward any F4A trip in the next 24 months. You may also opt for a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee.
By Force Majeure: In the event that a trip is cancelled due (but not limited) to natural disasters, pandemics, border restrictions, terrorism, or political instability, F4A will offer you a future trip credit valid for 24 months from the original trip date.
F4A is not responsible for any additional expenses you may incur as result of your booking, including (but not limited to) visas, vaccinations, clothing, equipment, testing, travel insurance, or non-refundable flights.
The cancellation policy will be strictly adhered to. To avoid loss of payments due to unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is highly recommended. Travel insurance can often be purchased along with your flight or you can book though our partner World Nomads.
*We at Fit 4 Adventure take the health and safety of our guests and guides seriously. We will follow all local protocols and CDC-recommended guidelines while on this trip.
If you have any questions about this trip, please feel free to reach out to Marie@Fit4Adventure.com
December 1: Travel day. Meet at La Aurora International Airport at 2PM and board a quick 1 hour flight to Flores, Petén, a city-island in Guatemala's northeastern corner (incoming flights should arrive by 12PM). Decompress at our secluded hotel on the shore of the Petenchel lagoon. The eco-property offers nature trails, tropical gardens, bike rentals, an outdoor pool, hot tub and more. Dine in Flores overlooking Lake Petén Itzá for a much deserved welcome dinner.
December 2: Private tour of Tikal National Park. A destination on many bucket lists, this expansive site of Mayan ruins can't be missed. Dating perhaps as far back as 1AD, Tikal remains covered by dense jungle and is only roughly 30% excavated, even after being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and receiving attention from around the world. Prepare to hear the sounds of the jungle as you climb the stairs of ancient temples to viewpoints overlooking the mysterious archeological remains and surrounds. Spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coatimundis, jaguars, crocodiles and dozens of bird species all call the area home and may be sighted.
December 3: Canopy play in Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Choose between hiking a set of 6 skybridges or whizzing through the canopy via zip-line to further explore the jungle (2-3 hours). Spend the afternoon walking the colorful streets of Flores before a group dinner. If the lake is calling, kayak rentals can be arranged by your F4A guide.
December 4: Flores to Antigua. Leaving the jungle for the highlands, we travel to the colonial gem and original Spanish capital of Guatemala, Antigua. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is the hub for adventure travel in the Guatemalan highlands. Surrounded by volcanos and filled with great restaurants, shops, markets and historical landmarks, Antigua has something for everyone. After checking in to your room, feel free to hit the streets on your own or join us on a locally-guided walking tour of the city. Dinner as a group to follow at one of Antigua's best restaurants.
December 5: Sip n Cycle to a family-owned coffee farm! Today, we switch it up and mount bikes to ride to a neighboring coffee farm for a tour and lunch with the owner of a multi-generation coffee farm. No big business here. Our host will take us through his fields and into his home to show us how fantastic, small-batch coffee is grown and processed. After a freshly roasted and ground cup of coffee, we'll return by bike to Antigua. (Riding level: beginner to intermediate)
December 6: Private transfer to Lake Atitlan, with scenic stops. Accessible only by boat, a private lancha (water taxi) will take us to our lakefront hotel. Unpack in your one-of-a-kind rooms and take your choice of activities! Rent stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) or kayaks, and depart straight from the hotel dock, take a swim, or kick back and relish the views from your balcony. After dinner, we have reserved the hot tub and sauna for our group starting at 8PM. Soak under the stars, sweat and cool off in the lake for as long as you please. An unforgettable experience.
December 7: Mayan cooking class and hike to viewpoint. After a breakfast with one of the best views in town, prepare yourself for a dose of cultural immersion. A lancha will take us to the neighboring town of San Pedro where our friend Anita will meet us. Born and raised in San Pedro, she will guide our group through the local market as she gathers supplies for us to cook a traditional Mayan meal in her home. Get your questions ready! A wealth of stories and information, she is passionate about sharing her Mayan heritage with visitors. After lunch, tuk-tuks (zippy local taxis) will take us to the charming neighboring town of San Juan, where you'll be able to shop for handmade textiles and walk up to a mirador (viewpoint) overlooking Lake Atitlan.
December 8: Coffee lab and tasting. We promised coffee, and not just a strong cup every morning! Today, Michael leads us to a forward-thinking Guatemalan coffee co-op in Santiago de Atitlan. This co-op leads research and development for hundreds of Guatemalan coffee farmers, seeking to identify strong genetics in order to ensure quality harvests for their farming members. They will demonstrate as much of the seed-to-cup process as can be shown (seasonally dependent). We'll visit their propagation house before a detailed coffee tasting in their treehouse-like lab overlooking the lake. An early afternoon transfer takes the group back to Antigua where we'll meet our volcano hiking guides for a Q&A before heading to a casual dinner. We check in to a new hotel, one of the finest in all of Antigua.
December 9: The grand finale! Today’s hike is what you have been preparing for. Having acclimated to the altitude for over a week, we approach the highlight of the trip. Sitting a little over 13,000ft, the formidable Acatenango is the hike of a lifetime. We take the experience a notch further, choosing to stay the night in high-altitude huts below the summit, and hike to the ridge of neighboring volcano Fuego for the best views of Fuego's red hot volcanic explosions. Fuego is very active, and erupts several times per hour. All meals, snacks and equipment are provided, but we recommend the use of your own 30-40L backpack.
Disclaimer: This is a short (4 mile) but difficult hike due to the steep grade. We take many, many breaks in order to ensure that all are able to ascend. Our professional mountaineering guides will asses physical ability and altitude sickness early on, allowing those unable to continue to return to Antigua with a F4A guide. This route is well established, and we always stay a safe distance from any volcanic eruptions and gases.
All excursions on this trip are optional. Should you choose not to participate in hiking Acatenango, Fit 4 Adventure can extend your room reservation in Antigua, allowing for more time to explore town, or for the booking of an alternate excursion). (Double occupancy must be in place to extend a room in Antigua or a small single occupancy charge will apply. Any alternate excursions must be arranged for and paid for by guests. Please alert your guide ASAP if choosing not to participate so hotel arrangements can be made).
December 10: Early morning summit of Acatenango (optional). Choose to take in the sunrise over volcano Fuego with views extending as far as the Pacific before you’ve even had breakfast. OR sleep in and enjoy the sunrise from our gorgeous base camp. Breakfast and hot beverages by a roaring fire prepare us for the hike down. We return to our luxury hotel in Antigua to clean up and rest before a farewell dinner with the group in a local restaurant. We cheers to the week and to the hospitality of Guatemala! Reservations for the hotel spa can be made in advance.
December 11: Travel day. We will transfer directly to the airport from Antigua. Please book an afternoon flight. We will enjoy a final breakfast before we depart.
If arriving a day early, we recommend the following activities in Guatemala City:
- Take a sightseeing tour
- Visit the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología (Natural History Museum)
- Visit Museo Popol Vuh (host of one of the largest collections of Mayan art in the world)
- Visit Mercado Central. Try a meal there if you can! Guatemala City’s largest market, you will be amongst locals here. Consider a tour if it feels overwhelming.
- Stroll up to Cerrito del Carmen for panoramic views of the city and its oldest church
- Visit Danta Chocolate for some of the city’s best chocolate
We'll plan the trip!