CHOOSE YOUR CORE EXPERIENCES
Each month on a RY program, you can opt into Core Experiences. Included are one weekday and one weekend. Additionally, you can purchase extra seats if you want to experience all the city has to offer or you can buy for your family / friends to experience the city with you.
Select One Weekday
Select One Weekend
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4:00pm- 9pm (typically)
Foodies and anyone looking to enjoy the scenery and a good meal
ALTAMIRA SUNSET & DINNER AT MONTAGU RESTAURANT
The first part of this trip makes the most of a relaxed sunset view point at Altamira, a sleepy town on the hills overlooking Antigua City and its volcanoes. We’ll take our private transfer, up the windy roads, to the lookout point (about 20 mins away), widely recognised on Instagram for large wooden hands jutting into the clouds.
The area includes a unique sculpture trail and walk through local permaculture gardens. For those who want to relax a bit more, then there’s time to sit, have a drink in one of the bars and soak in the view. And then for the main event, Montagu.
Back in Antigua, this is a restaurant and experimental kitchen, not open to the public. Owned by Andres, he’s making a name for himself in Antigua for his passion for fermentation and combining unusual ingredients. We’ll have the restaurant to ourselves, and you’ll be able to see your dinner being cooked in front of you. Not only that, there’s a cocktail bar stocked & ready for your requests, using Andres’ homemade ingredients.
For dinner you’ll be served up first a selection of Andres’ pickles, preserves and fresh bread. And then traditional tacos, but with less traditional fillings such pulled pork & pineapple, bacon and shrimp and pickled egg-plant & avocado. We can assure you that you’ll not leave hungry. In fact, it's more likely you’ll leave with leftovers for the next day AND arms full of preserves, homemade pasta and sauces.
8am- 1pm (typically)
This experiences is mainly focused on people who love markets and culture
LOCAL VILLAGES WITH A VIEW
This track event takes us to two local villages, San Juan Del Obispo and Santa Maria De Jesus, both chosen for their great views of Antigua (intentionally designed for local rulers). So much interesting history surrounding these places, all of which to be told by our local Bi-lingual guide.
The first village stop is 15 mins from Antigua, and our guide will be traveling with us from the start so we’ve maximum time to get a thorough history of the area. And no tour is complete without a bit of commercialism! We’ll of course take you round the local markets, sampling local fruits. And then what goes well with fruit? Chocolate!
We’ll also visit a traditional chocolate workshop, specializing in the chocolate tablets used for hot chocolate, just 10 mins on foot within the village. And yes, samples are included :)The second village stop, a further 15 mins away, is even more rural, with even less tourists, allowing for unspoiled insight into village life.
The whole tour lasts 5 hours from start to finish, and you’ll certainly have your fill of views, Churches and chocolate.
MAYA HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS
Visiting Maya Ruins and Present Day Maya culture, we depart early from Antigua on route to San Andres Itzapa, just 35 mins away from Antigua. We arrive to a surreal parking lot and Shrine for San Simon. Upon arrival to this magical place you will see the present day cosmovision of Maya Shamans doing ""limpias"" 'cleansing' and offerings to San Simon, a modern version of Maximon the Maya Deity from lake Atitlan. We leave a puro and light a candle and have a small limpia before visiting the Famous San Simon Shrine where the walls are full of offerings of gratitude to San Simon form all over latin America. a true 'Pagan' God in the eyes of the conquista and present day we will label this as taboo. A surreal and magical experience that is not the beaten path.
After this we get back on the bus and travel for 1 hour to our lunch stop. We will enjoy a great Churrasco Traditional lunch in Tecpan region famous for its cheeses and meats. Onwards to Iximche 40 mins away from our lunch stop, we arrive to one of the first Capitals of the Maya Kakchiquel. A beautiful grassland setting with great breeze and peaceful atmosphere where you will walk through the ancient ruins of this amazing place, guided by our local guide that travels with us all the way.After this experience we head back to Antigua, 1.15 hrs away.
We then get dropped off at our meeting point or apartment drop of depending on the weather.The highlight of this experience is going to a non touristic Maya Shrine seeing ancient rituals. Enjoying a great lunch together on route to an ancient maya Site, and walking around the grasslands at Iximche with a refreshing and peaceful atmosphere.
8am- 2pm (typically)
Anyone who loves Ruins, scenic walks and culture
COFFEE EXPERIENCE AT SAN MIGUEL ESCOBAR
This is a traditional Coffee tour and Explanation given by a local family at San Miguel Escobar. We meet Fredy and his family and walk up to his coffee farm in the early morning. We will have an explanation of the process from caring for baby bushes in the nursery to harvesting, roasting and grinding the coffee beans.Fredy and his sons will explain a bit of the difficulty that local farmers have in exporting their product nevertheless making a decent salary for every day life, so they have a great initiative in the town and help out the community by working together. They will also explain how to identify good and bad beans and the hand labour that this process takes before it ends up in our coffee cups!You will be guided throughout this experience not only by Fredy and his Sons but also by a general guide to give more insight on this process and experience. After this explanation we will walk back to Fredy's house to enjoy a traditional lunch made by his family and Doña Thelma herself. This is one of the best traditional meals around the area and Thelma is very well known in the town. This activity will take place in the early hours of the morning and will go until after lunch, you will be walking around the town and coffee fields so dress accordingly.
The highlight of this experience is understanding more about the coffee industry in this part of the world, getting to know a local coffee farmer and his family, and having a great coffee and meal together in a very traditional home outside of the norm in Antigua
8am- 2pm (typically)
Coffee lovers and coffee haters. Hey, people who don't like coffee end up liking it, sometimes.