The last couple of years has seen a surge in folks who not only what to come down and experience the amazing sailfishing Guatemala is known for but to also include some the incredible travel aspects only Guatemala has to offer. Last year almost half our clients choose to continue their fishing adventure by adding on a few days to take advantage of some nearby world class travel destinations that Guatemala has to offer. Lake Atitlan and Antigua are considered to be highly regarded, and are major travel destinations on a world level basis. These places are close, easy to get to and worthy of experiencing while in that neck of the woods.
Living in Guatemala for over 26 years has allowed me to get to know its astounding features culturally and geographically. I am glad to accommodate and accompany you through this beautiful and exotic land.
We will cruise through the country in a well equipped Toyota Landcruiser stocked with cool drinks. We’ll stay and frequent Hotels, restaurants, cafes, and nighttime establishments which are places well vetted and recommended by me via decades of experience.
Days One thru Four - Fishing of course!
We head out to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan in the LandCruiser. We’ll see Volcano Fuego to the north. We’ll stop for breakfast along the way. It’s about a three hour drive through sugar cane, pineapple fields and even a rubber tree farm. Then we climb up from the coast through coffee fincas and drive right along the base of Toliman and Atitlan Volcanoes that sky to about 12,000 feet. We’ll get to an incredible vista overlooking Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. We’ll drop down and go to Hotel Don Rodrigo by the lakeside and drop off your bags and get you settled. They also have an incredible collection of artifacts gathered from submerged Mayan villages from the Post Classical Mayan period.
After a little rest we can head over to the nature reserve which used to be an old coffee finca and do a zip line that zigs and zags across the valley. The hike up goes across some hanging bridges. After that we’ll walk thru the nature preserve.
Then cocktails at the Sunset Café on the lakeside for of course sunset! At night we can go out to one of the many restaurants.
The lake in the morning is calm and is quite spectacular. We’ll jump on a private boat and do a cruise around part of the 70 sq mile lake. We cruise past some amazing houses built right into cliffs, like mine, and other eclectic abodes that ring the shore. We’ll eventually go around to the village of Santiago Atitlan which is one of the largest Mayan villages in Central America. It sits in the lap of three volcanoes and is very unique. We’ll go check out Maximon, who is a local deity who is worshiped by the Mayan Indigenous. He’s kinda like the god of vices. It’s a pretty interesting scene with Mayan shamans doing ceremonies with moonshine liquor, candles, and cigarettes while chanting. Lots of folks go see this and they are very welcoming, especially when we lay a pack of cigarettes and a small bottle of the local liquor at his feet!
We get back in the afternoon for a rest and then out on the town for dinner and drinks.
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll head out to Antigua. We’ll climb up from the lake which sits at 5000 ft to about 8000ft and travel on the Trans American Highway until we drop down into Antigua which also sits about 5000ft. The trip will take about 2 ½ hours. We arrive to Hotel Posadas San Sebastian. It’s a small family owned one of a kind place you’ll never forget. It has an amazing collection of antiques. It is located right in the center of town.
We’ll go out and walk the cobblestone streets which are filled with stores selling handicrafts, Cuban cigars, wine, etc. Guatemala is renown for it’s Jade. These are places where some clients like to get the misses a nice piece of jade jewelry as a token of appreciation for allowing them to make the journey. Antigua has some excellent restaurants and bars and I can recommend some to fit your style. One place we have to go is the No Se Café which is one of the most unique bars I’ve ever been to. I can go into detail while we fish.
I’ll take you to the airport. We’ll need to be at the airport two hours before your flight.
This lake considered by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world! It is dotted with Mayan villages and culture and is one of the most photographed and breathtaking locations in all of Guatemala.
Climbing Volcano Picaya is to some one of the highlights of their trip! The is no place in the world where one can climb on a moderate path for an hour and then be able to see lava shoot into the sky and to stand right next to streams of lava! It is located only an hour from the coast.
A trip in Antigua the original capital of Guatemala until rocked by numerous earthquakes centuries ago. Now Antigua is considered one of the world’s best travel cities. Numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, cigar bars, ruins, museums, and handicrafts abound in this cobblestone lined town.