January 11 - 15, 2019

John Galt, the original New Expat, introduced his Lake Atitlan trips as a way for attendees to Johnny’s Expat “Insider” Seminars to get a more in-depth view of Guatemala and it’s people. He may not be with us anymore but we’ll continue to carry on the tradition as long as we can. This time we are only offering a post Seminar Trip. You’ll get more time at the lake and we’ll have an opportunity to really take our time and dive deep into all that the area has to offer!

At A Glance...

Day 1 -Transport to Lake Atitlan via Iximche Mayan Ruins

Day 2 – Panajachel, Riserva Natural

Day 3 – Santiago de Atitlan, San Pedro

Day 4 – San Juan La Laguna, San Marcos, Jaibalito

Day 5 – Morning Free Time, Transfer to Guatemala City

Itinerary

Day 1 - Iximche

Enjoy the private transfer to Iximche Mayan Ruins. You’ll go back in time 1000 years to the original capital of Guatemala. Or was it? The story changes every time I go. We’ll have lunch at a local favorite restaurant, Katok. Located in the mountains of Guatemala, Katok is known throughout the country for its meat, sausages, and cheeses.  All from their own farms. 

After lunch, we’ll head to Lake Atitlan and its main town, Panajachel.  We’ll watch the sunset over the lake.  Dinner will be in Panajachel.

Bus: 5 hours.  Walking: Moderate

Day 2 - Panajachel

We’ll take a Tuk Tuk ride to Riserva Natural.  You’ll find suspension bridges and waterfalls along the trail and enjoy the natural beauty of Guatemala.  We’ll have lunch at the reserve and then visit the butterfly pavilion.  In the afternoon we’ll grab some coffee at one othe best Expat Coffee Houses on the Lake and walk the main street. This would be a great time to pick up souvenirs. Johnny’s favorite hidden belts can be found here.  Dinner in Pana

Bus: None.  Walking: Strenuous

Day 3 - Santiago de Atitlan, San Pedro La Laguna

We’ll take the boat to Santiago, a typical Mayan village.  Sunday is market day and you’ll be able to use your haggling skills for all sorts of local items.  This is also the day we find Maximon.  

Bus: None.  Walking: Strenuous

Once we’re finished, we’ll head over to San Pedro La Laguna to visit Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and a look at the town.  You’ll have time to explore the town before we head back to Panajachel on our boat. Dinner is on your own if you’re even hungry.

Day 4 - San Juan, San Marcos, Jaibalito

We’ll head across the lake to San Juan La Laguna. This is a gem of a town. Off the tourist trail but full of little cooperatives. We’ll take a hike through the coffee fields, visit a Women’s weaving cooperative and learn how medicinal plants are used.

We’ll board our boat and head to Hippie Paradise (San Marcos). We’ll be able to walk about the town a bit and have a little lunch.

After lunch, we’ll head to Jaibalito. This is a one-horse town. It’s the kind of place you may want to stay if you’re looking for authenticity and privacy. We’ll visit Hans and his hostel/restaurant/tienda/bar/coffee farm.

No bus: Walking: Moderate to Strenuous

 

Day 5 - Free Time, Transfer to Guatemala City

You’ll have a little free time in the morning to get some last minute lake viewing or souvenir shopping done. After lunch, we’ll head back to Guatemala City.

Bus: 4 hours, Walking: Easy

Pricing

$999 for single occupancy

$1499 for double occupancy.  

What's Included?

  • All transportation
    • Private Shuttle to and from the Lake
    • Tuk Tuks in San Juan and Santiago
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast every day in the hotel
  • All admissions and any local guides
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Me – You’ll get all the stories you want. And maybe some you don’t.   And some more than once.  But I’ll be here to help with anything.

What's Not Included?

  • Your lunches, dinners, snacks, drinks. Anything that’s not breakfast.
  • Shopping.
  • Tips (shuttle drivers, translators, tuk tuk drivers). If you need help figuring out what to tip, just ask.  It’s not as expected here as it is in the First World which makes it appreciated. 

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