Want to make sure you visit all of the must-see sites that Guatemala has to offer? On the Mini Adventure, you'll see all of Guatemala's major hot spots in 1-week. This can can be added at the beginning or end of your volunteer program depending on your itinerary. You will be accompanied by a certified, bilingual tour guide for each trip, using Antigua as your home base between tours.
The 6-day adventure complements your volunteer experience, without the stress of trip planning! It will begin on Sunday and finish the following Saturday morning. Accommodation is included from the Saturday before your adventure begins. Breakfast and dinner is included.
The Mini Adventure includes:
Set out on a half-day hike to climb Pacaya Volcano, a fully active volcano and one of Guatemala’s best national parks. Take amazing photos and roast marshmallows over hot magma.
YALU COFEE FARM
Start the day with an exhilarating zipline tour through the trees! Next, learn how the people of Yalu produce their rich and flavorful coffee. Choose two more activities to round out your day—pick fresh blackberries, walk the eco-trails, go horseback riding, catch some fish, or help milk the cows! End the day with a cup of Yalu’s finest coffee.
Leave the town of Antigua and head over to the village of El Zonte in El Salvador. Enjoy your stay at a local surf hostel, and 2 days of private surf lessons with certified surfing instructors. Relax on the beach, try body boarding, and explore nearby caves and waterfalls. The hostel has a great ocean view, a nice pool, and hammocks for relaxing. Based on field conditions and logistics, surf school may be moved to Guatemala’s well-known Playa Hawaii surf destination.
TIKAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Take a short flight from Guatemala City to Santa Elena, where you meet your guide and travel to Tikal National Park. Explore the “City of Voices” and learn about Mayan civilization and history. The next day you have an early breakfast and visit the Temple of the Jaguar, the Great Plaza, the Lost World, and you climb Temple IV. In the afternoon you fly back to Guatemala City.
The Mini Adventure is offered as an extension to your program duration and it’s an exciting experience that runs for 6 days/7 nights. This can be completed the week prior to your program beginning or the week after your program finishes. This means that if you want to volunteer for 2 weeks and add the Mini Adventure week to your itinerary, you’ll be hosted by the local team for a total of 3 weeks. Please note, if you complete this the week prior to your start date an extra night of accommodation will be required for the Saturday between this activity and your program starting, at an additional cost.
*The local team also required a copy of your passport, as per Guatemala tourism requirements. You can send this to the local team directly once you have registered for the program.