• Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed UNESCO city of Antigua
  • Appreciate the culture and natural attractions of Guatemala
  • This journey has a focus on sustainability and actively supporting local economies
  • Hiking to Pacaya National Park and Volcano
  • Visit from a Mayan Shaman to share Mayan spiritual customs and traditions
  • Participate in a cooking class with ingredients purchased at the local market
  • Team building exercise in Antigua

This school program explores not just the beauty of Guatemala and its people, but the unique challenges it faces as well in areas such as nutrition, education, and traditional agriculture. Student groups will visit impactful projects to learn inspiring stories of efforts to feed malnourished children, educate the young minds of Guatemala, help small-batch coffee farmers improve revenue, and foster the integrity of the Mayan culture. Along the way, student groups will explore historic Antigua, hike volcanos and soak in thermal waters, traverse Guatemalan cloud forests, and immerse themselves in the friendly and welcoming Mayan communities to learn about traditional customs, follow ancient footpaths, and expand their worldview.


Start and Finishing Point:

Guatemala City


Grading:Introductory to Moderate   

So close...yet a world away! It’s easy to leave home in the morning and be strolling along cobblestone streets by late afternoon. From Guatemala City, it’s a quick one hour private shuttle ride to Antigua. After settling into the hotel, the group will enjoy a welcome dinner while the trip leader provides an introduction to the week’s activities. Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Meals:  D

Following breakfast, the group will learn about the city through an immersive two hour “outdoor escape room”. This action-packed city adventure is designed for young adults in who learn about Antigua! Some stops are puzzles to solve, while others present unique challenges that celebrate Guatemala’s traditions. Each stop also features interesting facts that make the tour a fun learning experience as well. From there, the group will sit down for a one-hour introductory Spanish class where students will learn some basic words and greetings that will allow them to better connect with the locals they’ll meet. Antigua is home to more than 50 Spanish Schools, and is a global destination for new Spanish speakers! In the afternoon, the group will visit the Casa Jackson Malnutrition Center that provides improved healthcare and housing to Mayan communities throughout Guatemala. The group will learn about the challenges of malnutrition in Guatemala and the solutions being implemented by the NGO. The group will also visit the Casa Jackson nursery to see the beautiful Guatemalan children recovering from malnutrition. Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast, the group will take a one-hour shuttle ride to Pacaya Volcano. Pacaya (8,370 ft/2,552 m) is one of the most impressive volcanic landscapes in all of Central America. Set in its own National Park, Pacaya is a storybook volcano with a continuous plume of smoke drifting from its summit and a massive dried lava field where you can even roast marshmallows! We’ll have a picnic lunch on the volcano. Following the hike, we’ll head to a nearby thermal spa whose natural springs are heated by the linked underground activity generated by the very volcano we just climbed. The spa experience begins with a ‘Thermal Circuit’, consisting of immersing the body for short periods in natural thermal pools of varying temperatures, moving from hot to cold. Afterward, you will have plenty of time to return to the natural swimming pools and water slides and enjoy a fruit smoothie. Our group returns to Antigua by private transport to arrive in the early evening. Trekking difficulty: moderate Trekking time: 3 - 4 hours Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The next day begins with a visit to a “De La Gente” coffee-growing community just outside of Antigua to learn about Guatemala’s rich history of coffee production. The De La Gente project helps small-scale coffee farmers by establishing fair trade relationships between coffee producers and buyers. The group will tour a nearby coffee farm to learn about coffee planting and harvesting, then return to a coffee farming family’s home to roast and taste small batch coffee, before sitting down to a home-cooked meal with the family. In the afternoon, the group will visit the “Niños de Guatemala” NGO, one of the oldest educational programs in Antigua. The group will learn about the NGO’s holistic approach to education at their K-12 school and a vocational program for high school graduates that enables them to join the hospitality industry that employs 80% of Antigua’s workforce. During their visit, the student group may assist during meal and recreational periods, playing and interacting with the “niños de Guatemala”! Overnight: Antigua Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the group itinerary takes us out of Antigua and into the mesmerizing Guatemalan countryside for the first day of the Antigua to Atitlán Trek! The trek immerses guests in the finest natural scenery that Guatemala has to offer. After arriving at the trailhead, a morning push takes us to the highest point of the trek, just over 9,040 ft/2,755 m. We follow a pristine ridge line for the rest of the day with panoramic views of six volcanoes and cloud forests before arriving at Agua Camp. After relaxing a bit, we venture into the local Mayan community of Chuinimachicaj to visit a women’s cooperative that specializes in traditional back strap weaving, an ancient art practiced for centuries in Guatemala and still used to weave fabric for clothing and other textiles. Overnight: Agua Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The second day of the trek begins with a descent into the Madre Vieja River valley, where we visit a quaint coffee plantation. After, we begin a short ascent that takes us up to the rim of Lake Atitlán, which offers expansive views of the water below and the three massive volcanoes that surround it. From there, a final descent takes us to the lakeside village of San Antonio Palopó to conclude the trek. Congratulations, you made it! You’ll board a private boat for the short trip to San Juan La Laguna, a picturesque Mayan town located right on the shores of Lake Atitlán, and our hotel for the night. Overnight: Lake Atitlán Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, the group will take a walking tour of San Juan La Laguna, visiting a beautiful overlook providing panoramic views of the lake below before visiting several local Mayan community, “cooperatives” that specialize in indigenous products such as honey, chocolate, weaving, handicrafts and paintings. In the afternoon, we’ll have a Mayan Shaman visit the group to share Mayan spiritual customs & traditions and conduct a Mayan astrological reading that reveals everyone’s “nawal”. Your nawal is the energy associated with your day of birth, which determines your path & essence, according to the Mayan Calendar. It’s a beautiful Mayan way to explore our nature, path, and purpose, gifting us with a sort of a spirit guide to help us along the way and a new lens through which to view the world & our place in it. Overnight: Lake Atitlán Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Santiago Atitlán is the largest of the lake communities, famous for its arts and crafts scene as well as its strong indigenous identity, seen in the traditional dress worn there and the Mayan dialect spoken. The group’s experience begins when you meet your guide, Lola, an indigenous Mayan woman and graduate of the MAIA school. After a welcome, you will tour the central part of the city which includes a picturesque Central Park and the formidable catholic church, built in the 16th century by Franciscans. Santiago was also a focal point of indigenous resistance to right-wing government forces during Guatemala’s civil war in the 1980s. Next, the group will visit one of Guatemala’s most fascinating cultural attractions, Maximón, a deity revered through the country’s highlands. Thought to be a combination of Mayan gods and the biblical Judas, Maximón is an effigy to which worshippers make offerings and ask for blessings. Every year, Maximón is paraded through town and ends up in a new house, where visitors are welcomed to pay their respects. The next stop is Santiago’s bustling market where a cornucopia of fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish are sold. As your guide Lola walks you through the market you’ll sniff, feel, and buy the ingredients needed for your next stop, a visit to Lola’s house for a home-cooked meal. But it’s all hands on deck, as Lola gives a culinary workshop and enlists everyone to help prepare the meal! After lunch, we return to the hotel to relax and enjoy the refreshing waters of Lake Atitlán. Overnight: Lake Atitlán Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Following a quiet morning at the Lake, you'll return by boat to the town of Panajachel where we’ll get on our private shuttle for a 30- minute ride to the town of Sololá, the home to the MAIA high school. The MAIA school specializes in education for young Mayan women (Lola is a graduate!) and empowers them with the knowledge and skills to establish themselves as leaders in Guatemala. Following the one hour visit to the school, we’ll return to Antigua by mid-afternoon with time for last-minute souvenir buying and a final stroll around town on the way to our celebratory farewell dinner!

Meals:  B,L,D

All good things must come to an end. Following breakfast, you'll depart Antigua by private shuttle for Guatemala City's international airport and your return flight home.

Meals:  B

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Comfortable, well located hotel accommodation on a twin or triple share basis in 3 or 4 star hotels. Along with Luxury camping tents and included camp services
  • Expert bilingual guides throughout
  • All boat and vehicle transportation
  • Private airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • All camping equipment, towels and bedding, trekking poles and medical kit. Purified water provided throughout trek

  • Items of a personal nature ie laundry, phone calls
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Medical treatment

About Your Leader

Our guides are bilingual and many of our departures are conducted in English as well as Spanish.


Introductory to Moderate

On a moderate trek physical activity will generally not exceed eight hours in a day. On a moderate adventure the physical activity is sustained and travelers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain. At any stage of a moderate trek you can expect long steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions. An example of an average day on moderate trek could include several ascents and descents of 500 metres or more, level ground is rare in the mountains. To prepare for a moderate trek you should begin training at least four to five months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per bushwalk, albeit with stops along the way, you will cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and continuity are.

Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


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Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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