Antigua + Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

JAN 2828 JAN 2017

FEB 0.4 FEB 2017


Join Escape To Shape for a magical week of experiences & exploration in Guatemala. Start the week with three nights in colonial Antigua, Guatemala- a UNESCO protected cultural gem full of beautiful plazas, glorious architecture, cobblestone streets lined with delightful boutiques, restaurants & cafes. Then, we will journey onwards to one of the most breathtaking lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan. Home to numerous indigenous villages that surround the lake, Lake Atitlan provides the perfect backdrop not only for inspiration, rest & relaxation but for an anthropological study of the indigenous people and their craftsmanship along with magnificent hiking. Daily yoga and/or circuit training, delicious local cuisine and stays at two truly exquisite properties round out this unique Escape.

Accommodations

While in Antigua guests will stay at the award winning Meson Panza Verde. This charming & luxurious boutique hotel is a pleasant five-minute walk from the main plaza and cathedral of Antigua, as well as the many boutiques, bars and cafes that Antigua is known for. Each suite is uniquely and meticulously decorated with an en suite bathroom, deluxe amenities and either a private garden or terrace. Meson Panza Verde is complete with an inviting central garden and fountain, charming bar & restaurant & lovely pool- a property full of quintessential Antigua charm!

While in Lake Atitlan guests will have the rare opportunity to stay at what is truly the most exquisite private villa on the lake, and perhaps, in all of Central America. Each modern-with-a-twist- of-rustic yet luxurious suite is uniquely and meticulously decorated with an en suite bathroom, deluxe amenities and a private terrace that opens up to stunning lake views. This breathtaking villa is complete with 2 outdoor pools and a hot tub providing breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan and it’s majestic volcanoes, as well as numerous nooks & fireplaces to curl up by after the sunsets.

Rate

Share:$5000 per person based on 2 people sharing a room. We can pair you with a roommate if traveling solo. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE ROOM WITH 2 TWIN BEDS AVAILABLE.

$4500 per person based on 2 people sharing a king sized bed. THIS OPTION IS AVAILABLE FOR FRIENDS OR COUPLES.

Private: $6000 per person for a private room.

A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1500 is required to confirm your reservation. By submitting your credit card information you authorize Escape To Shape to charge your credit card for this amount.

The balance of your payment is required to be paid in full 6 (six) weeks prior to the start date of the Escape/Detox you are registering for, unless alternative arrangements have been previously discussed. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the due date. The balance due is non-refundable upon payment. Cancellations less than six weeks prior to arrival are non refundable, but Escape to Shape will do its best to apply the balance of your payment, after the initial non-refundable deposit, towards future travel with Escape to Shape, provided that, among other things, we can find a replacement or substitute for you and/or your group.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which will come in handy should you encounter any unforeseen medical issues prior to traveling or while traveling, last minute flight cancellations or personal issues that effect your trip. Many of our clients have found great rates and policies through the following site: www.tripinsurance.com.

Please refer to the POLICIES page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.

Includes

This 7- night Escape is a combination of yoga, circuit training and hiking to experience the cultural and natural beauty of the area. Included in your stay are the following:

  • 3 nights luxury accommodations at award winning boutique hotel Meson Panza Verde in charming Antigua, Guatemala. Each luxurious suite is exquisitely decorated with an en suite bathroom and deluxe amenities with either a private garden or a private terrace.
  • 4 nights at an award winning exclusive private villa overlooking breathtaking Lake Atitlan. Each suite is unique and exquisitely decorated with en suite bathroom, deluxe amenities and private terrace with lake view.
  • 3 delicious + healthy meals & snacks reflective of the region & the season provided daily. Meals will be enjoyed in the boutique hotel, private villa and in some of Guatemala’s most notable restaurants.
  • Daily Yoga and/or circuit training classes.
  • Guided private cultural tours to discover the history, culture, natural beauty & people of this unique region. Experiences include:
  • - Private boat trips combined with hiking to explore the Mayan villages, people & culture along the shores of Lake Atitlan- including Santiago, El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz, San Juan, Santa Catarina and Panajachel.

    - Explore the indigenous markets & handicrafts of the area- from the weaving co-op of San Antonio to Central America’s most noted market, Chichicastanagno. Discover the handmade treasures of the area while supporting the local community.

    - Experience the history of Maximon in Santiago with a Shaman.

    - Hike one of Guatemala’s active volcanoes- Pacaya (1.5 hour drive from Antigua). A unique, fun & safe hiking experience ideal for all levels.

    - Discover the history and culture of charming UNESCO protected Antigua- a city rich in history, architecture, culture & beauty. Highlights include plazas, churches, ruins, Santo Domingo Cultural Park, Nim Po’t Market & Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation.

    - Private shopping tour of Antigua, Guatemala- a shopper’s paradise.

    - Cooking or traditional beading class based on your personal interest.

  • Free time to relax poolside at either property, relish in the majestic beauty of the lake or the elegance of Antigua.
  • Round trip ground transportation from La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City (GUA).
  • Additional cultural surprises
  • Tax

WELLNESS ACTIVITIES: Yoga, hiking & circuit training.

Teacher

Erica Gragg
Erica is an acclaimed yoga teacher, known for teaching a very strong, yet playful Vinyasa flow practice. She is largely inspired by the journey of yoga, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their practice, inviting students to have fun while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique practice. With classes always set to music, from tribal, to lounge to classic rock songs, students are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Additionally, Erica contributes to AFAR and Livetheprocess.com and has created time efficient and results driven workouts and fitness tips for publications such as Health, Self, Shape, Fitness, The New York Post, Newsday as well as Red, The London Times, Daily Star, The Sunday Express and Healthy in the United Kingdom.

Testimonials

The trips hosted by Escape to Shape are an amazing way to enjoy your time off. The trips are the perfect mix of high quality service, outstanding food, exotic locations, physical activity, spiritual well-being and cultural activities. In a nutshell, if you are looking for time to spend by yourself, with a friend or spouse, Escape to Shape has something for everyone. I have been on 2 Escape to Shape trips and they were both magical in their own unique ways. The rooms are spacious, clean and surrounded by nature. The food is outstanding – healthy, fresh, ethnic. The locations are exotic, safe and stimulating. The service is attentive, warm, and caring. The yoga is outstanding – with wonderful teachers from around the world who are all incredibly inspiring. The cultural activities are wonderful – unique to the location, adventurous and memorable. Most importantly, the trip feels like a home away from home. The hosts and guests of Escape to Shape are warm, inviting and sharing. You leave the trips with new experiences, new friends and a renewed sense of well-being. I highly recommend Escape to Shape. NEWYORKYOGA GIRL September 2009


This is the first time that I write a Trip Advisor review. There is always a first time for everything and I found that Escape to Shape was a good reason to break the tradition. I just came back from Kyoto and I cannot stop thinking about Escape to Shape…

I have been with Escape to Shape in 4 different locations: Cambodia, Vietnam, Cartagena de Indias and Kyoto. So, I think that at this stage I have enough knowledge to release an accurate and objective opinion about Escape to Shape. Here it is…

First, Escape to Shape is wonderful because it does offer exotic locations in a way that nobody does. In this sense, Escape to Shape is unique and innovative. Escape to Shape has comparative advantage because of their flexibility in changing locations.

Second, Erica and Francesco (the business owners) take great care of you during the trip, but at the same time they share with you their secrets with the purpose of making you completely independent. There is a transfer of travel knowledge going on.

Third, Erica and Francesco have great taste. Not surprising as Francesco is Italian and Erica is a leading lady who managed to make a business out of her travel passion. Their seal equals quality. I apply the blind faith principle when travelling with them because I know that I am not going to be disappointed.

Last but not least, Erica and Francesco are the soul of the business and they are really good company: good conversation mixed with kindness. They both are really attractive persons to spend time with. If you have the time and the money, go for it. It’s so easy, just pay and go. You will not regret it! Pilar April 2014



I have been on 4 trips with Escape to Shape and look forward to a new location every year. I wasn’t originally keen on organized travel, but Erica, Francesco and the great folks at E to S proved me wrong. They organize the perfect trip for someone that doesn’t have time to plan the perfect getaway and wants to stay in luxurious accommodations, yet actually get out and learn about the culture of a place. They find all the things you wish you could do, but probably wouldn’t have the time to plan or even find, for that matter. The experiences are unforgettable. The food is amazing, healthy, and local. The instructors are top notch and the people you meet are always interesting. I can’t say enough positive things about these trips. I’d really recommend them to anyone I’ve been to Marrakech and Cartagena in 2008, Bali in 2011, and Cambodia in 2012. They really go out of their way to meet your every need, whatever that may be. Go Escape!!! Keep Exploring, July 2012