Guatemala Antigua + Lake Atitlan Impact Adventure

Starting at $2,095 / 10 Days

Guatemala is an incredible country filled volcanos, lush green mountains, and magical jungles and rich with culture. The mighty Mayan civilization and traditions live on in their beautiful weavings architectural ruins and 28 Mayan languages that are still spoken throughout the country.

Experience this beautiful country, gain a new perspective and genuinely connect with locals while working alongside them to strengthen their communities. You will experience their culture and traditions first hand — not as an outsider but as a friend.

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About the trip

Details:

Starting at $2,095 per person (or just $336/mo)

Duration: 10 Days

About:

Adventure through Guatemala and genuinely connect with the locals while working alongside them to strengthen their communities. You will experience their culture and traditions first hand — not as an outsider, but as a friend. The Guatemala Backroads Plus is a perfect blend of culture, impact and adventure. You will explore colonial Antigua, get to know Guatemala cowboy country in the department of Chiquimula and explore the magical jungles along the breathtaking Rio Dulce.

An impact adventure is the best of both worlds, an incredible travel adventure combine with an impactful service project. During a portion of your trip, you will go off the beaten path to rural villages where we have partnerships with local communities. During this time you will work alongside the community to help increase access to clean water, education and health services. Don’t worry, no specific skills are needed to partake in the project, just a big heart, and a positive attitude!

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Highlights

  • Work alongside locals to strengthen their communities.
  • Roast marshmallows on an active volcano.
  • Explore colonial Antigua, it’s vibrant colors and volcanic landscape views.
  • Adventure around the magical Lake Atitlan
  • Experience Guatemala the way most travelers never get the chance to.

Impact

The central part of a Vivid Roots Impact Adventure is the “Impact” portion of the trip. For this trip you will be working in San Jacinto where we have partnered directly with the local government and community leaders. You will work alongside the community to help increase access to education, water, health services through multiple initiatives.

Donation for Impact Project – To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guests donates or fundraises $250. This small donation will change many lives. When you arrive you will see the materials that your donation funded and your volunteer labor will help complete the project.

If you have questions about the donation, please let us know!

What's Included:

Accommodations: 9 Nights Hotels

Clean, safe, and comfortable private rooms. You’ll share rooms with one or two other Impact Adventurers. (Upgrade to your own private room if you want!)

Meals: 15

15 of 26 meals are included

9 Breakfasts – 3 Lunches – 3 Dinners

Dietary restrictions? No worries, we can accommodate to most preferences!
You will be on your own for 10 meals where you can explore local cuisine with recommendations from your guides.

Transportation

All group transportation is included. Private passenger vans (with A/C) – tuk-tuks and boats.

Guides

You will be accompanied by professional guides throughout the trip. Our Vivid Roots adventure guides are not only professional and knowledgeable but also all around incredible humans who you’ll surely value from the get-go.

Activities Included:

  • Antigua Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Pacaya Volcano Hike
  • Impact Project + Community Activities
  • Panajachel Market Tour

Add-on Optional Extras

  • Rock climbing
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Yoga
  • Acro-Yogo
  • ATV Rental/Tours
  • Chocolate Class/Museum Tour
  • Spa Wellness Treatment

Additional Things To Think About

Flights:

Flights to Guatemala are affordable and range from $300 – $1,000+. We can help you book your flights and get you a great deal. Just ask us for a quote!

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is required for all trips. Policy’s start around $75. (Don’t worry, we can help with this too!)

Airport Transportation:

It’s about a 45 minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There are public taxis shuttles and uber available or we can book a private driver who will be waiting with your name on a sign to take you to the hotel for $50.

Private Room:

If you would like your own private room, no problem just add $295.

Payment:

To save your spot on the trip, just make your $250 Deposit. We can workout a payment plan with you. Must be paid in full 6 weeks before departure.

Impact Project Donation:

To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guest donates or fundraises $250. This small donation will change many lives. We can give you everything you need to fundraise so you can make a HUGE impact in the community you will be helping!

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What People Are Saying About The Trip

  • SofiaStephanie Rodriguez

    My experience with Vivid Roots was phenomenal! I loved every single moment of my experience in Guatemala. I felt safe from the get-go (my first solo vacation. I was super nervous.) Everyone from the team was friendly. I love how conscious the company is and gives back. I definitely recommend going on a trip! ??????

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  • Hans Hansen

    Amazing guides, beautiful country, and most importantly, the profound impact this group is having on communities in Guatemala. Being a part of that will be something I remember for the rest of my life. Highly recommend getting involved with these guys.

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We have limited spots available, don’t miss out on this life-changing opportunity! Apply Now!





    Day 1: Arrival In Guatemala City & Transfer to Antigua

    After arriving in Guatemala City, you’ll head about an hour South West to the beautiful town of Antigua. Antigua is known for its Colonial Era Spanish architecture, it is also surrounded by three beautiful volcanoes. Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanos can all be seen on a clear day. You’ll get settled in, meet your guides and the other guests you’ll be traveling with. Once we’re acquainted we’ll go out to dinner as a group to get the good vibes rolling!

    Meals Included: None

    Day 2: Explore Antigua

    We’ll start the day by having breakfast and delicious Guatemalan coffee together. After we’ve finished up, our Adventure Guide will take the group on a walking tour through the vibrant, cobblestone streets of Antigua. This town is rich with history and culture. Diego, our guide, is a Guatemalan local and a very knowledgeable person. He’ll be able to answer any questions you may have along the way. To finish the tour we’ll go to a viewpoint that looks over the city and is a great place to take photos. After that the day is yours! You’ll have the rest of the day to get some lunch at a local spot and choose some activities to fill your time.

    A few possibilities for the day:
    – Learn how to make chocolate from scratch
    – Visit a world famous Jade museum
    – Rent ATVs and explore the surrounding hills
    – Find a quiet cafe to read a book or chill
    – Hunt for souvenirs at the colorful textile markets

    In the evening we’ll get back together for one of our favorite activities of the trip, a group cooking class. We’ll hop in a caravan of tuk-tuks and head to a surrounding town. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make a traditional Guatemalan meal with all of your fellow travelers while sipping on beverages and dancing to reggaeton.

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 3: Cimb An Active Volcano

    After an early breakfast, we will head by private bus to the base of a majestic volcano called Pacaya where you will be able to roast marshmallows on hot lava! Pacaya volcano is one of the many (active) volcanoes near Antigua, rising to an elevation of 2,552 meters. The hike to the summit is gradual and manageable for nearly anyone and the views at the top are breathtaking. (If you don’t feel comfortable hiking you can rent a horse).

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 4: Off To Lake Atitlan | Start Impact Project San Lucas

    After breakfast, we will drive to San Lucas, a small town on the shore of the incredible Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is a natural lake inside of a massive volcanic crater surrounded by lush green mountains and known for its incredible Mayan villages and heritage that surround the lake. This is where we will begin the impact portion of the trip. Where we will meet the community and the organization who will lead us. Friends of San Lucas supports development in San Lucas Tolimán and the surrounding communities in Guatemala. We work through a locally-based organization: the Mission of San Lucas Tolimán. The Mission is run by more than 100 Guatemalans in seven program areas, including: Healthcare, Education, Coffee, Construction, Charity, Women’s Center, and Visitors.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5: Continue Impact Project In San Lucas

    We will continue to work alongside the community members to strengthen their community through the impact project.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 6: Final Day of Impact In San Lucas

    We will continue to work alongside the community members to strengthen their community through the impact project! This is the final day of the Impact Project

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7: Across The Lake To San Marcos

    After breakfast, we will jump on a boat and head across the lake to a quaint little town on the western shore called San Marcos La Laguna. This is your time to relax, adventure or do whatever your heart desires. Some options for the next few days could include: Sunrise stand up paddleboard tour, cliff jumping, rock climbing, learning ariel yoga (or regular yoga), rock climbing, weaving class, hiking,  massage, reiki, facials, foot reflexology, and countless other wellness experiences!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 8: Free Day of Adventure & Relaxation In San Marcos

    Continue your unforgettable relaxing or thrilling experience and San Marcos doing whatever you please!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 9: Visit Panajachel & Back To Antigua

    After breakfast jump on the boat and head to the north shore of the lake to Panajachel, the largest and most built-up town on Lake Atitlan. We will have the chance to tour some of the bustling markets and see some of the intricate handicrafts for which Guatemala has become renowned. 

    After we will jump on the bus and make our way back to Antigua for the final evening before we say our good-byes!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 10: Farewell!

    This is the day the trip ends. Guests will be leaving for the airport starting very early in the morning. Breakfast is included with stay at the hotel, but depending on your departure time you might have to get breakfast at the airport. Your guides will help you arrange rides to the airport, and say goodbye.

    Meals Included: None

    Not enough?

    If you want to extend your adventure, maybe climb another active volcano or visit the beautiful volcanic Lake Atitlan, just ask!

    Will you join us?

    We have limited spots available, don’t miss out on this life-changing opportunity! Apply Now!





      Impact Location: San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala

      Causes:

      Water, Education, Health Services

      Volunteer Hours:

      15+ Volunteer Hours

      Overview:

      San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. The town of 17,000 people sits on the southeastern shore of Lago de Atitlán. The population is 90–95% Highland Maya. There is a population of about the same size living in the surrounding villages. Vivid Roots & Vivid Roots Collective have partnered with Friends of San Lucas.

      Friends of San Lucas Supports the development and has made a MASSIVE impact on the people of this community. We are fortunate to partner with this amazing organization.

      What will I do?

      As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty on the project you helped fund, primarily through manual labor. This could consist of painting, planting gardens or trees, basic construction, clean up and more!

      With additional training you may also fit children with shoes, or distribute and demonstrate how to use water filters, or provide medical treatment.

      Where will I stay?

      You will stay at a local hotel that supports the local community. Accommodations are comfortable and meals will provided

      What will I eat?

      We eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel and lunch will be provided at different locations depending on the project you are working on.

      What’s My Impact?

      Your impact expands far beyond the scope of the specific impact project you work on. Each project completed will empower the communities to improve their quality of life, and embolden them to plan for a brighter future. There is no doubt the things you learn during this process will highlight the common thread that connects us all and change your life forever.

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      Questions?

      If you love this trip we can book a private group trip for you and whoever you want to bring with you. We can work with you on dates, customize the itinerary to craft the perfect, life changing experience for your group.

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      Small Group & Private Trips Available!

      What’s the difference?

      With Small Group Travel we have set-departure dates and you will be joining 5-20 other like-minded, amazing people like you from all over the world who want to make an impact. Select your trip date below and apply now before spots fill-up!

      With a Private Group, you can gather 10-20 people and customize a trip to your desire. We can work with you on dates, budgets & activities to build the perfect life-changing trip for your group.

      Questions? Just reach out and we can help!

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      or call us at (208) 283-4772 to get more details on scheduling a private trip!

      Questions?

      If you love this trip we can book a private group trip for you and whoever you want to bring with you. We can work with you on dates, customize the itinerary to craft the perfect, life changing experience for your group.

      Contact Us