​Ursula Hosting, 2019

Five nights in guatemala

may 22 - may 27  

Hello Gentlemen, 

Thank you again for traveling with us to Antigua- Guatemala!!  The country is beautiful, and I am sure you guys are going to love it. 

 

I would like to present to you, the updated plan for your trip.  Please review it and let me know if there are any questions, comments or anything else you would like me to add.  

In summary, this package would include: 

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  • Airport pick up and drop off.  

  • Transportation to and from Lake Atitlan

  • 5-night accommodations

    • 4 nights in boutique hotel in Antigua

    • 1 night in Isla Verde Resort in Lake Atitlan

  • Activities / Transportation​

    • Antigua - Private Volcano Pacaya Hike

    • Shutles and Flight to/from Flores/Tikal 

    • Tikal - Tikal Ruins Visit

  • Breakfast three mornings in Antigua, and lunch during Tikal trip. 

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

Accommodation

Antigua - Boutique Hotel 

  • 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 in their beautiful terrace from where you can see the volcanos around the city. The perfect view to start your day with.  

  • We are recommending the room with two queen beds for you.  It is spacious, comfortable, and simply beautiful with an Antigua vibe.  

Lake Atitlan - Eco Friendly Hotel 

  • Eco hotel located at the edge of the lake, with bar and restaurant, amazing views, great service and amenities,

    • Small cabin with private bathroom

Itinerary 

 

Day One - Wednesday - May 22nd

  • Arrival - Your private taxi will be waiting for you outside the airport to drive you to Panajachel (Lake Atitlan)Antigua Guatemala.  This ride should last 2 1/2 hours. ​​

    • Make sure to exchange money at the airport as you will need cash at the Lake. 
    • Look for the car as you exit the airport, under the TV screens, The driver will have a sign with your names on it. 

    • You should be arriving between 3-4 PM to the pier of Tzanjuyú, at Panajachel.

  • Panajachel to Hotel Isla Verde. - At the pier, you are to catch the shuttle to Santa Cruz 

    • Shuttles leave every 30 minutes (make sure you take the shuttle to Santa Cruz, as there are three other shuttles.

    • Cost of the shuttle is 15Q per person (About $2 USD).  

    • Ask the driver of the boat to take you to Isla Verde if possible.  They have their own pier. If this is not possible, you will just have to walk 10 minutes from Santa Cruz pier to the hotel. 

  • Late Afternoon - Evening - You will have time to check in and explore the town. Check with the hotel for activities that same evening or in the morning,  or simply enjoy the calm of the place.    ​​

  • Dinner - You can have dinner at the hotel, or in a couple of small places in the town. The restaurant at the hotel is recommended as food is good, it overlooks the lake, and is beautifully decorated. 

    • You will need to confirm ​with me if you would like dinner at the hotel. As they require confirmation before 4PM that day, and you guys might arrive later than 4PM. 

    • They have 3 course set dinner menu for 100Q per person ($15 USD)

    • Dinner will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm 

 

Day Two - Thursday - May 23rd

  • Morning - You will have the morning to enjoy the hotel/lake. 

  • Panajachel to Antigua - Your shuttle to Antigua leaves at 12:00PM (They also have 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM shuttles. Please let me know if you would like to change time to one of these)

    • Please make sure to check the schedule of boats from Santa Cruz to Panajachel, and plan accordingly. ​

    • Shuttle to Antigua is not private. 

    • Ride to Antigua should be about 2 1/2 hours. 

  • Hotel Check in - Leaving at noon, you would be arriving in Antigua around 2:30 PM. Shuttle will drop you off at the hotel - Sor Juana.  

  • Free Afternoon - Let me know if you would like me to provide options for activities or recommendations

  • Dinner - Let me know if you would like me to make any particular reservation for you. See recommendations below the itinerary.

Day Three - Friday - May 24th

  • 4:00 AM - Depart to Tikal - You will be picked up at the hotel ato be driven to the Guatemala City airport.  You could ask hotel staff if they can arrange for you a to go care package/breakfast bag. 

    • Check in with TAG airlines.  6:30 AM - TG110 Flight to Flores. ( I will forward reservations)

    • 8:00 AM - Arrive to Flores. Meet tour staff at  the airport exit. They will take you to the Tikal National Park.  Entry fee is included.  Lunch is included (I recommend to bring snacks)

    • 3:30 PM - Shuttle to airport

    • You will be required to pay a local tax when checking into your flight. Q20 per person ($3 USD)

    • 6:30 PM - Flight to Guatemala City TG11

    • 7:30 PM - Shuttle back to Antigua. Driver will be waiting right outside airport.  Expect arrival about 9:00 PM

  • Dinner - Let me know if you would like me to make any particular reservation for you. See recommendations below the itinerary.

 

Day Four - Saturday - May 25th

  • Free Day 

  • Dinner - Let me know if you would like me to make any particular reservation for you. See recommendations below the itinerary.

  • Drinks/Entertainment  - Monthly Gay Night Party at Fridas.  Vibras for dancing (Across from Fridas)

Day Five - 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 three guests of Ursula Hosting .

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

  • Dinner - Let me know if you would like me to make any particular reservation for you. See recommendations below the itinerary.

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 Seven - Monday - May 27th

  • 08:30 AM - Departure - We have scheduled your airport pick up with Justin's flight time in mind. Drive should be about 1 1/2 hours. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Nights out - Night life in Antigua is rather calm, but there are bars everywhere; breweries, whiskey bars, dive bars, etc. 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. 

      • La Casa Del Run - Upscale bar for cocktails, small bites, and rum tasting. 

      • 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 in Antigua

  • ATV tours

  • Bike tour in Antigua 

  • Day Time ATV tour 

  • Coffee Plantation tour

  • Walking tour of the city

Cost 

With the itinerary as approved, the total stands at $1859 at this moment.  

  • Paid amount : $929

  • Remaining balance : $930

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