John Galt’s Post-Seminar Trip


July 13 – 16, 2018


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. There are 2 choices, pre-seminar and post-seminar but each is unique and offers a different experience. If you have the time, do both. You won’t be disappointed!



At a Glance


Day 1 – Guatemala City, Tecpan, Lake Atitlan

Day 2 – San Juan La Laguna, Coffee Coop, Weaving

Day 3 – Santiago de Atitlan, San Pedro

Day 4 – San Marcos, Jaibalito, Panajachel





Day 1 – Shuttle To Panajachel


We’ll get out of the city and head to the mountains where we’ll explore the area and have a wonderful lunch at a local favorite.  We’ll also visit Solola, the capital of the lake region.  From Solola, we’ll head down the hill to the lake where our private boat will take us to our hotel.  Dinner will be at our hotel.

Bus: 5 hours. Walking: Moderate


Day 2 – San Juan La Laguna


Now it’s time to decompress.  You will have the opportunity to just sit in the hammock and read all day or you can join us in the village of San Juan.  We’ll visit a local coffee coop where the local growers take their harvests for processing.  July isn’t coffee season, but we’ll be able to learn about how the local farmers produce their crops.  We’ll also eat at a typical local restaurant.  You’ll have plenty of time to wander the local art galleries and weaving coops.  We’ll have dinner in San Juan.

Bus: None.  Walking: Strenuous 

Tuk Tuks in San Juan
Tuk Tuks in San Juan
La Voz Coffee Coop
La Voz Coffee Coop


Day 3 – Santiago


Shopping in Santiago
Shopping in Santiago


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.  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 or head back to the hotel for a siesta.  We’ll have a light dinner at the hotel.

Bus: None.  Walking: Strenuous




Smokin' Joes Menu
Smokin’ Joes Menu


Day 4 – San Marcos, Jaibalito & Back to Guatemala City


Check out of our hotel and hit a couple more lake towns from our private boat.  We’ll see San Marcos and Jaibalito before we land in Panajachel for lunch.  Then we’ll shuttle back to Guatemala City.  

Bus: 4 hours. Walking: Moderate

San Marcos
San Marcos




$999 for single occupancy

$1499 for double occupancy.  

2 payment plan is available at the regular rate.



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 do you need money for??


  • 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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