Antigua welcomes you with open arms – so kick back, relax and enjoy

Experience Guatemala’s celebrated colonial gem and its surrounds on this delicious four-day stopover. Travel just outside of town to a coffee plantation and be shown how coffee is grown, harvested and produced by a member of a local farming cooperative. Lunch with a farming family and enjoy a cup of their home-grown brew. Tour the local food market and dive into the colourful local life, sampling regional specialties and grabbing lunch at a food stall. Then travel to Chocomuseo and prepare for a scrumptious afternoon of chocolate making - yum! There’s also heaps of free time to explore this beautiful city, wandering cobbled streets, relaxing in cafes with views of the imposing Pacaya Volcano, checking out the craft shops and generally soaking up the atmosphere of this rad city.


Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
Antigua, Guatemala
Country
Guatemala
Style
Original
Theme
Food, Short Breaks
Code
QVHA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Dig into the history of coffee at a local plantation co-op – get your hands dirty harvesting the beans, discover the art of the perfect roast, then sip a freshly homebrewed cup

  • Explore the chaotic and colourful Antigua Market, sampling local produce and snacking on the most popular Guatemalan dishes

  • Lick your fingers clean with a hands-on lesson in South America’s other famous bean, perfecting your chocolate-making skills in a tasty tutorial

Is this trip right for you?

  • With a duration of 2-4 days, Bite-size Breaks are the ideal add-on to a longer holiday – or a mini adventure of their own. Departures are frequent and usually guaranteed.

  • Bite-size Breaks are slightly different to our group tours, with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence in your free time. You’ll have a leader for included activities only, but there is always support if you need it – simply call the number in your arrival pack.

  • Activities and tours are on a join-in basis, which means other travellers may join you at these times. You may also have different guides throughout the tour, in order to give you the best experience of each activity.

  • There are no multi-share accommodation nights on this trip.

  • This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Guatemala! Today is an arrival day so you can arrive in Antigua at any time. A welcome pack will be waiting at the hotel including all the information you need for your tour. As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once the most important city in Central America. In 1773 Antigua was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen. Walk through the quiet cobblestone streets and past heavy carved-wood entrances. There are many fascinating markets and museums to explore, but maybe start this Bite-size Break with a stroll for tamales, a local dish usually prepared traditionally on weekends and served in a corn leaf. You could also give the pepian a try, a meal that consists of a rich dark sauce and three meats (chicken, beef and pork). The best value food you find is next to the artisan market close to the bus station.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Guatemala’s fertile valleys provide the perfect conditions for growing coffee, and it produces some of the best in the world. Get to know this addictive little bean a bit better with an exploration of a local coffee plantation, joined by a member of a local farming cooperative. You’ll visit the plantation and dig into the history of the plant with a hands-on coffee culture experience. See how the beans are grown and, if the season’s right, get your own hands dirty helping to plant coffee seedlings or harvesting the beans. Then it’s on to the farmer's house to see how the bright red berries are processed, dried, roasted and ground by hand. Finish off with a homebrewed cup and a snack prepared by the family. Hop back on the bus to Antigua, and head to the chaotic and colourful Central Market for a slice of local life. Wander through the market and visit some of the many fresh fruit and vegetable stands, maybe sampling some of the various local produce. Then sit down at one of the lively food stands in the tasty ‘comedores’ section of the market and try some of the most popular regional Guatemalan dishes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antigua - Coffee and market tour
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Today is a day to discover Central America’s other famous bean, and a day for chocoholics! Attracted by the intoxicating smell, head to the city’s ChocoMuseo and join a chocolate-making workshop. First you’ll learn about the long history of cacao in South America, including interesting titbits like the bean once being used as currency in Mesoamerica, and how chocolate was mainly a drink for thousands of years, before being made into eatable solid chocolate. Then it’s time to get you hands deliciously dirty as you take part in the tasty traditional process of bean-to-chocolate. You’ll get to grips with smoothing and tempering chocolate, and (most importantly) get to taste the freshly made results! After a mouthful of a morning, the rest of the day is free. You might want to get moving to work off the calories from all that chocolate – Antigua is the place to be for salsa. Many dancing schools offer hourly lessons so you'll be able to perfect your skills and maybe show off in the many music-filled bars and restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This Bite-size Break Antigua comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

1 lunch

Transport

Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Antigua - Coffee and market tour
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop

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