​Ursula Hosting, 2019

A weekend in antigua

may 24 - may 27  

Hello, 

Thank you again for considering traveling with us to Antigua- Guatemala!!  

 

I have updated the proposal to serve as a plan for your 3 night/4 day trip - three guests.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or would like to make any changes. 

In summary, this package would include: 

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  • Airport pick up and drop off

  • 3-night accommodation in a Convent Boutique hotel in Antigua Guatemala

  • The following activities:

    • Sunset ATV Tour - Friday May 24th

    • Private Day trip to Lake Atitlan - Saturday May 25th

    • Private Hike to Volcano Pacaya - Sunday May 26th

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Concierge services before and during your trip. We know the town and can recommend and help with reservations at restaurants, shows, and setting up transportation in advance. 

Accommodations - El Convento Boutique Hotel  

  • Medium Size luxurious boutique hotel (26 Rooms)

  • Elegant, beautiful, and full of history. One of the best hotels in hotels in the city. Located in the colonial area of the city. 

  • Breakfast is served at your convenience. Hotels has gardens, patios, and a beautiful terrace from where you can see the volcanos around the city. The perfect view to start your day with.  

  • All rooms would have an internal patio, and elegant bathrooms.  Recommendations are all junior suites. 

Itinerary 

Weekend full of outdoor activities with enough time to relax and enjoy the physical beauty and culture of the region.  Please take a look and let me know if you like the plan or would like to add/remove anything. 

 

Day One - Friday - May 24th

  • 12:30/12:45 PM - Arrival - Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you to Antigua Guatemala.  This ride lasts about an hour and 1/2.  The estimated time of arrival at the apartment would be 2:00 PM 

    • Car will be to the right when you step out of the airport (Just one exit). Driver will have a sign that reads Miller/Michael/Wayne ​

  • 2:00 PM to 03:00 PM - You will have an hour to settle in, and maybe grab a quick bite to eat if you haven't already have lunch,  You will also be able to grab food and drinks in the stops you will be doing during the ATV excursion.  

  • 03:00 PM - Sunset ATV Tour - This is the best way to take in the beauty surrounding the city.  You will visit some of the best view points located in the mountains around the city.  They are restaurants and eco-lodges with gardens, bars and cafes you can enjoy while taking in the best views of the city.  

    • Guides will come pick you up at the hotel to start the ride from there.   

  • 09:00 PM - Dinner reservation at Angie Angie.  Feel free to arrive a little early and enjoy some drinks at their bar. Their live music starts at 8:30PM. 

  • Drinks/Entertainment - Some options 

    • Rum Tasting ​at La Casa Del Ron - This is an elegant bar/restaurant. It could be a good option for drinks, and also for dinner.  Make sure to taste Rum Zacapa. Considered one of the best of the world.

    • Cafe No Se - Hipster Vibe. Next door to Angie Angie 

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Day Two - Saturday - May 25th

  • 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM - Day at Lake Atitlan (Total trip would be around 10-12 hours) - Prepare to see one of the most beautiful landscapes in Guatemala.  This lake is surrounded by volcanos, and small villages founded by Mayan descents, and colorful landscapes. 

    • Our day starts with a 2 1/2 to 3 hour ride to the lake (perfect to recover sleep). The driver will pick you up at the hotel at 7:00 AM and take you to the Kayucos Pier in Panajachel. . Once there you will be picked up at the pier by a shuttle from Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort and Nature Reserve.

    • Once at the resort you can stretch for a bit, enjoy the view, drink something, use restrooms, etc., before heading out to your experience - San Juan Adventure.

    • ​Guided trip visiting a small farming and fishing Maya Tzutujil village. Some of the stops can also be weaving and textile cooperatives, resident master artists' galleries, and working coffee cooperatives. Total time can be 3-4 hours (with 1 hour of horse back riding)  
    • Arrive back at the Lodge Resort and enjoy the last two hours at the pool, having drinks, and grabbing lunch.  
    • You should return back to the main pier not later than 4:30PM.  Driver will be ready to depart towards Antigua at 4:45PM ​
  • 09:30 PM - Dinner reservation at Hector's Bistro.  This is a small and intimate place. It is located around the corner from Fridas.  
  • Drinks/Entertainment  - Fridas for Monthly Gay Night Party.  Vibras for dancing (Across from Fridas)

Day Three - Sunday - May 26th

  • 10:00 AM - Volcano Hike (5-6 hours) -  Time to visit the Pacaya Volcano. This is one of the most beautiful and dangerous attractions near antigua.  This active volcano is surrounded by a lot of beauty and also results from recent eruptions.  A unique and impactful trip.  Private transportation and guide. 

    • Hike is about 1 1/2 hours.  Not the easiest hike but for definitely a rewarding one. The views from the top are incredible, and you can see lava and steam depending on how active the volcano is.

    • I have made the reservation for 10AM.  You will be joined by two other guests of Ursula Hosting .

    • Please make sure to wear long pants and resistant shoes. 

  • 08:00 PM - Dinner ​reservation at Los Tres Tiempos.  

  • Drinks/Entertainment - Barrio 

Even though you will have a busy schedule, we hope you will still have time to explore Antigua. Its cobble streets and colonial architecture are beautiful.  You can also visit some the ruins of many monasteries, convents, and churches that were destroyed and/or abandoned after multiple earthquakes hit the city last century.  I recommend walking to at least one of them (e.g. Capuchinas, Santo Domingo) 

 

Day Four - Monday - May 27th

  • 08:30 AM - Departure - Our driver will be ready to pick you at this time. You should arrive at the airport around 10:00 PM for your flight at 12:35 PM.  Let me know if you would like to leave earlier. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Nights out - Night life in Antigua is rather calm.  There are bars everywhere. Of all kinds. These are are just some I like:  

    • Drinks / Night Life

      • Cafe no se - Bar - Hipster vibe. Good drinks 

      • Barrio - Open courtyard with multiple bars. Cocktail bar, whisky bar, sports/Irsih bar, etc.  It's fun, good drinks. All types of people in each place.  Like this one there are others similar. Bars around courtyards in colonial houses.  Feel free to explore. 

      • Gay Party on Saturday - Fridas - Mexican Rest that hosts a gay party last Saturday of the month. Only gay club night in Antigua. 

      • Dance Club - Las Vibras de la Casbah - Late night in Antigua. Fun, Young crowd, top 40 music. 

  • Lunch/Dinners -  There are also tons of restaurants. Usually pretty good.  These are some I particularly like: Let me know if you are interested in any of them, or would like us to choose some to make reservations based on your preference:

    • More gourmet and elegant, but with cool vibe. Live music sometimes  

      • Hector Bistro ​(Traditional, Steak)
      • Los Tres Tiempos (Traditional, Fusion) 
    • More relaxed and lively.
      • Angie Angie Cafe Arte (Argentinian, Italian)
      • Sobremesa (Fusion)
    • Relaxed atmosphere ( No reservation necessary)
      • Rincon Tipico ​- Super informal, but really tasty traditional food. 
      • Chermol - Beer garden, Local beers, tasty and heavy bar food. 
      • Por que no? Cafe - Small, limited venue, Great food. A whole experience. 
  • Transportation - No need to reserve additional transportation within Antigua.  The colonial area is very walkable.  

Other Options for Activities

  • Bike tour in Antigua 

  • Day Time ATV tour (Would impact one of the other two recommended activities) 

  • Coffee Plantation tour

  • Walking tour of the city

Cost 

With the itinerary as approved, the total stands at $2575 at this moment.  

  • Paid amount : $1287.50

  • Remaining balance : $1287.50

Let me know if there are any questions, special requests, or changes.  We can continue to tailor this plan until you are completely satisfied. 

THANK YOU