Guatemala Duke of Ed. Adventure Gold
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualification Level: Gold
- Complete all the required conditions of the Adventurous Journey portion of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- Challenge yourself in a demanding outdoor journey designed to foster discovery, self-reliance, and an appreciation of the natural environment
- Learn essential skills during Preliminary Training that will help you prepare for a successful and safe Practice Journey and Qualifying Journey
- Embark on a Practice Journey to ready yourselves for the ultimate Qualifying Journey
- Put all your new skills and practice to the test during your culminating Qualifying Journey
- Walking tour of Antigua
- Zip lining tour above the forests’ canopy
- Take in the colorful Mayan culture with a walk around Parque Central
- Participate in a reforestation and water preservation project with Chico Mendes
- Enjoy a homestay with local families in Pachaj
- 5-day trek through beautiful landscape and Guatemalan villages from Xela to Lago Atitlán
- Roam the town of San Pedro
- Tour a local coffee plantation
- Jump into the lake off a 20 foot platform at San Marcos
- Explore and shop at Panajachel
Challenge yourself in a demanding outdoor journey designed to foster discovery, self-reliance, and an appreciation of the natural environment. Complete all the required conditions of the Adventurous Journey portion of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award while exploring and experiencing the country of Guatemala.
In addition to the Duke of Ed. Award, this trip is designed to get your students developing individual leadership skills, team building, and outdoors skills, all while experiencing the beautiful country of Guatemala! Your group will return more cohesive, matured, and ecstatic.
All Evolve Tours itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs
Day 1 - Travel to Antigua, Guatemala
Our private bus will transfer us from the airport to Antigua. Take in the sights and sounds of Guatemala’s bustling and westernized capital city, escape to the serenity of greenery and the mountainsides, and arrive to the quaint cobblestones and boutique shops of Antigua, in the shadow of Volcano Agua (roughly 1 hour).
Day 2 - Antigua - Preliminary Training and Practice Journey Begins
In the morning we will embark on a guided walking tour of Antigua, which served as the capital city of the Spanish Colony of Guatemala for over 200 years. After lunch, we will take private cars to Antigua’s rainforest for a zip lining tour above the forests’ canopy. Begin our practice journey on this day. Prepare for early departure next day.
Day 3 - Antigua to Xela - Practice Journey Ends
Commute from Antigua to Xela located in the Sierra Madres and surrounded by mountains and volcanoes in every direction. Transfer to The Chico Mendes project: located in the small mountainous community of Pachaj, it is a reforestation and water preservation community run nonprofit organization. Tour the community, and retire to our homestays for the evening.
Day 4 - Chico Mendes Project (pachaj), Xela, Qualifying Journey
Head out to the fields for a day of tree planting, water treatment, and whatever other needs Chico Mendes has for the day. Return to your host families for a late lunch and leisure time (Spanish lessons available). Return to Xela for hike briefing and dinner, and prepare for early departure next day.
Day 5 - Xela to Lago Atitlán Hike, Qualifying Journey
Hiking distance: 5 km
Start a 3-day, 2-night hike with Quetzaltrekkers (QT), a volunteer run non-profit hiking organization with all proceeds going to helping local street children in the community
On our first day we will be passing through forest, grassplains, cloud forests, and little villages along the route. We will set up camp this night at anta Catarina Ixtahuacan, an isolated highland indigenous village.
Day 6 - Xela to Lago Atitlán Hike, Qualifying Journey
Today we have another great day of trekking through local Guatemalan landscapes, passing villages and locals, and even spending a couple hours with our watershoes on crisscrossing a forest covered river. Reach village of Xiprian, where we will be spending our second night. We will get a delicious meal cooked by Don Pedro and his family, a local of Xiprian.
Day 7 - Xela to Lago Atitlán Hike, Qualifying Journey
Hike 40 minutes under the stars to get to our perch. We then enjoy hot drinks and breakfast as we watch the sun gloriously rise, casting its rays on the Atitlán volcanoes and the lake 500 meters below us. Trek down the hillside to the village San Juan La Laguna, then take a short ride to our final destination of San Pedro La Laguna. Afternoon tour of a fair-trade, local coffee plantation—we will see the techniques and machinery used in coffee production, as well as learn the benefits of co-ops to individual production
Day 8 - Lago Atitlán to Guatemala City Hike, Qualifying Journey
Private boat for our day on the lake. Depart from San Pedro and make the short trip across the lake to San Maros La Laguna. We will spend some time at the nature reserve in San Marcos, where we can swim in the clear cool water of the lake and jump off a platform over 20 feet above the water! Make our trip back to Guatemala city
Day 9 - Homeward Bound
Board our group flight home after an amazing trip to Guatemala together
BusPrivate coach bus as needed for duration of tour
HomestayEnjoy an authentic home stay with a rural Guatemalan family
HostelCentrally located, student friendly hostels
CommunityCamp at local communities during our trek through the country
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Three meals a day included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and acaccommodation serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites
Guatemala has the largest collection of UNESCO heritage sites in Latin America
Places You’ll Visit
Welcome to Guatemala
Tour the former Guatemalan Capital
Head to a remote village near the city of Xela
Watch sunrise over Lago Atitlán after a multi day hike
Enjoy a tour of a local organic & fair trade coffee plantation
Are you brave enough to cliff dive at San Maros?
The perfect place to get your final souvenir shopping in