Discover Guatemala

The southern neighbor of Mexico and Belize, Guatemala is an under-the-radar destination beloved by travel insiders for its lush mountain landscapes, natural wonders and vibrant architecture and culture. This February, you can join Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley for a joyful first discovery of Guatemala’s many charms, from the cobblestoned streets and artisan shops of Antigua, to the wide, blue expanses of Lake Atitlán and the majestic ridges of the Fuego (fire) and Agua (water) volcanoes. Our itinerary perfectly balances deep immersion in local heritage and culture with outdoor adventure and meditation amid dramatic vistas, with the chance to connect with local creatives and designers, embark on hikes, learn about ancient and indigenous traditions, boat to magical villages like Santa Catarina Palopó and relax at the Indagare-adored retreats Villa Bokéh and Casa Palopó.

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture by connecting with local artisans and insiders in Antigua and beyond—including San Juan La Laguna, the top village for traditional textiles, and Santa Catarina Palopó, where you will learn about an initiative that is transforming the lives of residents through art.
  • Climb through cloud forests and volcanic sands to reach the top of Volcano Pacaya—where you’ll be rewarded with incredible 360-degree views and a picnic lunch, cooked on-site over the volcano’s steam pockets—and take scenic boat tours across Lake Atitlán to the bohemian villages that lie on its shores.
  • Enjoy a visit to Chichicastenango, an enchanting town in the mountains, to experience a Maya ceremony and visit its famous market—one of the largest and liveliest in the Americas, and a haven for shoppers seeking handmade crafts.
  • Visit a coffee farm in Antigua, where you will have a hands-on experience to learn about the production of the world-famous Guatemalan coffee.
  • Discover hidden-gem boutiques in Antigua with a shopping insider. You will have a special visit to Luna Zorro Studio, a top textile destination that works closely with local weavers to preserve Guatemalan traditions.
  • Enjoy accommodations at two top Relais & Châteaux properties: the hacienda-style Villa Bokéh, which offers a dose of serenity in the lively, colorful city of Antigua (with six-acres of greenery to explore), and Casa Palopó, a boutique hotel overlooking the clear blue waters of Lake Atitlán, which feels like a private retreat in the jungle (with an infinity pool and al fresco dining).
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at insiderjourneys@indagare.com.

  • When
    February 20 - 25, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Adventurers , Trailblazers , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host

MELISSA BIGGS BRADLEY, FOUNDER AND CEO OF INDAGARE

After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels and has scouted extensively in Central and South America. Melissa’s first book, Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges, was released in the fall of 2021. This September, Melissa was named host of a new radio show and podcast on SiriusXM, Passport to Everywhere.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    February 20 - 25, 2023
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From
    $6,000

Includes

  • Accommodations at Villa Bokéh (3 nights) and Casa Palopó (2 nights)
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group transfers throughout Guatemala by car, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host, Indagare Founder and CEO Melissa Biggs Bradley, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip

Excludes

  • Transportation to/from Guatemala and transfers outside of those that are scheduled
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses, including any Covid testing fees
  • All gratuities
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
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