John Galt’s Pre-Seminar Trip


July 4 – 7, 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 – Transport to Lake Atitlan via Iximche Mayan Ruins

Day 2 – Trip to Chichicastenango

Day 3 – Riserva Natural/ Ceramics & Weaving

Day 4 – Panajachel / Transfer to Guatemala City






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 visit the Lake museum to learn more about the lake and how it’s formed throughout the years.  Dinner will be in Panajachel.

Bus: 5 hours.  Walking: Moderate


Day 2 – Chichicastenango


Market Day in Chichi


In the morning we’ll head up the hill into Chichicastenango.  Chichi, as it’s called, is home to one of the largest Mayan outdoor markets in Central America.  Expect to negotiate if you want to buy something.  It’s expected.  Lunch will be in Chichi and we’ll head back to Pana in the afternoon.  Dinner in Pana.

Bus: 2 hours.  Activity: Strenuous


Day 3 – Riserva Natural



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 our Tuk Tuks will take us along the lake to visit local weaving and ceramics.  You’ll get more great views of the lake along the way.  Dinner in Pana

Bus: None.  Walking: Strenuous


Day 4 – Return to Barcelo


You’ll have some free time in the morning to get any last minute shopping or lounging in.   For lunch, we’ll go see Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ.  This guy has it figured out.  Started out as a one-man band but you should see his operation now.  Once you’re stuffed, we’ll board our private shuttle back to the Barcelo in Guatemala City.  You’ll have a little time to get settled before the start of Johnny’s Seminar.

Bus: 4-5 hours.  Walking: Light

Smokin' Joes Menu
Smokin’ Joes Menu



$999 for single occupancy

$1499 for double occupancy.  

2 payment plan as well.


What’s included???


  • All transportation
    • Private Shuttle to and from the Lake
    • Tuk Tuks
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast every day in the hotel
  • All admissions
    • Iximche
    • Lake Atitlan Museum
    • Riserva Natural
    • Butterfly Pavilion
    • Any fees to visit the weaving and ceramic coops
  • 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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