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ViaVenture is offering a honeymoon package in Guatemala that we have completely fallen in love with. It includes sightseeing in lovely colonial Antigua—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a getaway to Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America. The newlyweds land in Antigua to start their 9-day adventure, where they make themselves at home at Meson Panza Verde, with just three guestrooms and nine suites featuring fireplaces and outside garden or terrace. In Antigua there’s a private walking tour with entrance to La Merced, the Cathedral and San Francisco Church, and the opportunity to take a coffee tour and/or to hike the Pacaya Volcano, as well as plenty of free time for newlyweds to do as much or as little as they want.
While transferring to Lake Atitlan, the lovebirds can visit Comalapa Market, where they can get a real insight into how the locals live as they barter for their weekly shop, and Iximche, a Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaeological site.
Then in Lake Atitlan, they’ll get some snuggle time at the Casa Palopo Atitlan, which was originally built as a private home and transformed in 2000 into a sprinkling of colorful suites with views of the lake and the three volcanoes. While at the lake, the happy twosome will take a boat tour to some of the surrounding villages and go bartering at the famed Chichicastenango Market. After visiting Lake Atitlan, they’ll head to Guatemala City for the return flight, or they can choose from a couple of extensions, one a 3-day Copan extension with a stay at the romantic Hacienda San Lucas, and the other a 5-day Belize beach extension, with a stay at Francis Ford Coppola’s 25-room seafront Turtle Inn. Couples can also throw in a few more goodies such as welcome gifts—Mayan chocolates, flowers, or champagne—Maya shaman wedding blessing ceremony at Iximche with luxury picnic; helicopter sightseeing over Antigua and on to Lake Atitlan to view the volcanoes and land at the hotel; and massages and treatments at most hotels and a special chocolate treatment in Antigua.
Additionally, ViaVenture’s one-of-a-kind 2-day camping adventure in the jungle among the Mayan temples is a must for twosomes seeking an experiential honeymoon. The camp is set up right in the middle of the Uaxactun archaeological site—one of the longest-occupied Mayan sites—and the couple have a specialist guide who comes from the Uaxactun community, which offers the opportunity to interact with and learn about the various ways they make a living from the rainforest while still protecting it. They can also take time out to go bird and wildlife viewing. It’s comfortable camping in beds with toilets and shower block nearby. E-mail for rates on tours and extensions. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit viaventure.com.