February 12-20, 2025 Guatemala Tour

Explore, Experience, Empower

*Adventure Tour*

ALDEA offers a unique, eye-opening, 8-day/8-night tour of the western highlands of Guatemala, the “Land of Eternal Spring.”

The mission of ALDEA and its partner organization, ABPD, is to promote integrated development services that improve the well-being of families with limited resources, especially in rural Mayan areas. For over 50 years, we have been working to change the trajectory of peoples’ lives and empower them to create lasting solutions to the persistent problems of poverty and inequality that are inherent in Guatemala’s large indigenous population.

This 8-day/8-night tour provides the rare opportunity to be welcomed into Mayan villages to experience ALDEA’s life-changing work and understand how you can be a part of making a meaningful difference. In addition, this glimpse of Guatemala will leave you amazed by the country’s incredible beauty, warm, gracious people, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscape around Antigua and Lake Atitlán. Tour participants form strong bonds and a shared commitment to improving the lives of rural Guatemalans.

Is this tour for you? It is, if you want to:

  • Enjoy adventurous learning experiences – both physical and emotional.
  • Experience the unique honor and privilege of being welcomed into the homes of the communities ALDEA serves and witness firsthand the impact of our work.
  • Climb a volcano and relax afterwards in a spring-fed thermal spa.
  • Discover daily activities of rural Mayans in their homes, learn their stories, and meet community leaders.
  • Learn about Guatemala’s thriving Mayan heritage and amazing legacy.
  • Explore Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site and learn of its rich history.
  • Relax surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán.
  • Kayak on the deep blue waters of Lake Atitlan.
  • See how the beautiful blue and white pottery available throughout the country is created by potters at
    the lake.
  • Revel in the magical atmosphere of the lake and its traditions of painters, potters, weavers, and fishermen.
  • Learn about your Mayan energy “nawal.”
  • Enjoy the opportunity to sample delicious Guatemalan food and some of the best coffee in the world.
  • Take advantage of fair-trade shopping opportunities in Antigua and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Get to know and spend time with people who care about the world and want to support women and families.
  • Make memories for a lifetime!

what’s included

  • Extensive pre-tour information, trip coordination assistance, welcome packet, souvenir gifts.
  • Pick-up and shuttle to/from La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.
  • Five nights at Hotel Aurora in Antigua and three nights at Jenna’s River B&B at Lake Atitlán.
  • Daily breakfasts plus five lunches and six dinners (including a special farewell dinner).
  • Air-conditioned, chauffeured tour bus for in-country trips; water and some snacks included.
  • Bilingual guides, all excursions and entrance fees during group activities.
  • Gratuities for meals, drivers, all local guides, and hotel service.
Price per Person:
$2,100 double occupancy; $2,400 single occupancy. For double occupancy, roommate’s name should be indicated at time of registration, or one can indicate willingness to be assigned a roommate if available.

what’s not included

  • Round-trip air transportation.
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. souvenirs, laundry, extra snacks and drinks.
  • Meals on Wednesday, February 12 and lunch on Sunday, February 16.
  • Cost of optional activities during free time.
  • Travel medical insurance.


$500 deposit is due at the time of registration and the remaining balance ($1,600 per person for double occupancy and $1,900 for single occupancy) is due by November 30, 2024. If a participant cancels by November 30, 2024, they will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations after November 30, 2024, unless the vacancy can be filled with a participant of equivalent occupancy.

Participation Details: This is a trip for people who are physically active. We will be hiking a volcano (moderately strenuous), walking on uneven, cobblestone streets and up and down slopes, riding on bumpy roads, paddling kayaks, and getting in and out of boats. We have two other trips that are not as active if that is of interest (see Guatemala Tours tab on website). This tour is limited to 12 participants who are 21 years or older. Participants are required to sign a liability waiver, confirm their ability to participate physically in this active tour, test negative for COVID on the first day of the tour, and have travel medical insurance coverage.

Travel Documents: A current U.S. passport is required. No visa is required for Guatemala visits of fewer than 90 days.

Climate: February weather in the Guatemalan Highlands is sunny, rain is unusual, daytime temperatures in 70s F, nights in the 50s.

Brief Day-by-Day Itinerary
(Subject to Change)

“Since returning home, people have asked me what I liked most about my trip to Guatemala. The truth is, I don’t know. It was a perfect mix of cultural immersion, breathtaking beauty, and the chance to make a difference. I came home with beautiful hand-woven items and many gifts for friends. But I also came home with warm memories of being welcomed into the homes of inspiring Mayan women. There was also the opportunity to relax by the volcanoes surrounding stunning Lake Atitlan, walk the cobbled streets, eat delicious Guatemalan foods (and even make our own tortillas), and watch women teach their children to weave textiles of art. Finally, there was the opportunity to meet a group of people who wanted to take a trip while making a positive impact. So, what do I tell people when they ask me what I liked most about my trip? I tell them they need to go themselves because it is too big to share in words alone.”

Danielle Gordon, 2024 Tour Participant