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Sunrise Travel Antigua

Antigua, Guatemala
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Cedric R wrote a review Mar 2020
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I just spent the past 6 weeks in Antigua and I had the time of my life. I can honestly say that the success of my trip was in large part thanks to the help Cory and her staff at Sunrise Travel gave me. From the moment I stepped into the door, they treated my like a friend more than a customer or client. The result is lifelong friendships as well as an unbelievably successful trip! Through Sunrise Travel, I had the chance to go on trips all throughout Guatemala. I visited the beach at El Paredon, Lago Atitlan, Iximche, Volcan Pacaya as well as Volcan Acatenango, which I liked so much I actually did twice (see pictures)! I also used them to book my trip back to Guatemala City to return to the airport. My friends also used them to go to Tikal, Semuc Champey and Chichicastenango. Each time, Sunrise takes care of ALL necessary steps, such as shuttles, hotels, guides, etc. Overall, the prices are very affordable and fair. Cory and her team do their absolute best and work very hard to satisfy every single one of their clients. They are always there in case any problem arises, they actually use Whatsapp to help make communication wonderfully easy. They all speak English as well. I fully recommend using Sunrise Travel for all your traveling needs in Antigua!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Marcus Salvador wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, California1 contribution
I had a wonderful experience for every one of my trips. Bookings included an overnight stay on Volcan Acatenango, Pacaya, a shuttle to and from El Paredon, and a shuttle to the airport. They were very friendly and accommodated language barriers. All of my friends took my recommendation and experienced more than they could’ve imagined. They are also accessible through WhatsApp which makes communication before, during, and after the trip very convenient. Thank you for an unforgettable trip!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sam wrote a review Dec 2019
Fredericton, Canada24 contributions4 helpful votes
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I came to Guatemala with no plans, knowledge or idea of what to do, as I walked through Antigua lots of places were advertising Volcanoes & Lake Tours which peaked my interests. The sign out front of Sunrise caught my attention and I walked in to check my options, I forget the girls name but she was extremely helpful with recommendations and ideas of how I should spend my (short) time in Antigua. I booked Pacaya Evening home and took her further recommendations to consideration. Within 5 hours I was back at the door to book a tour to Lake Atitlan. This time Cory was working, Cory was extremely kind, knowledgeable and helpful and a fantastic representation of the hospitality of Guatemala. I learned so much about the Guatemalan culture and way of life from her in such a short time. And I’m thankful that I was able to meet her during my trip. The first day I did the Pacaya Volcano Hike which was quite a hike as I am not the most in-shape person, you leave from your hostel or hotel around 2PM. So you still have the morning to explore the city. You have a bit of a drive before you arrive Pacaya but it’s while worth it when you get to the top. Upon arrival your guide greets you and shows you over to the national park ticket entrance, you need to pay (Q50 I believe?) entry upon arrival, there are lots of local children trying to sell you walking sticks they are not necessary (as they will try to tell you) but probably would be helpful if you needed a little bit of assistance. The walk it not vertical but the climb is a bit steep in some part. You take breaks on the way up to have the group rejoin as some people do hike faster than others. As you get to the top you go above the tree line as recent eruptions have kept the top of the volcano as black rock which with the amount of traffic of other hikers is well worn down and easy to traverse. Your guide will bring you up to the old lava fields and into the inside of the fields you will feel the cooler temperature from your altitude slowly fade away as you start to feel the heat from the active lava beneath the ground. From small vents in the lava fields your guide will bust out marshmallows and some sticks to give you a nice little treat at the top. Which is well deserved after your hike. We were lucky enough that one of the park rangers who was up at the top had scouted out a area very close to where we were roasting marshmallows that you could see lava/molten rock. Which was a great surprise. As the sun starts to set you proceed to the end of the lava fields to view the sunset with amazing views of Acetenango, Fuego and Agua. It’s getting dark by this point so we started our decent, it’s completely dark so being a flashlight or make sure your phone has battery and use the light on it. The park ranger lead the way, I’m unsure how often he goes up and down but could traverse the whole mountain in the pitch black without a light. No one asks for tips, and guides and park rangers are all very nice and helpful. You return back into town at about 8:00PM. The next morning was an early wake up call, 6:00AM pickup for the lake. You drive around 2 hours to get to Lake Atitlan, You stop once at the travel agency to drop off some of the transfer guests who are heading to do their own personal day or some that are heading to Lake Atitlan to stay longer. Breakfast is included at a nice little restaurant very close to the lake, your guide for the day will meet you there and escort you to the lake. Your departure town is Panjachel and you visit 3 different village on the lake, on this tour we visited San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan. They all have their own life and are extremely fascinating in their own ways. San Juan La Laguna you are given 3 different experiences, A Chocolate Museum where you learn the ways the mayans used to make Cacao, A local art maker who has some amazing paintings and my personal favourite was the woman’s coop where you are shown how they turn picked cotton into yarn by a hand loom and then they dying process which is extremely captivating and very surprising to see their how their products are made from scratch. You are given time to explore on your own as you make your way back to the boat, I chose a local coffee shop to try some of the local espresso. The group continues to the 2nd village San Pedro, here you are given 30-45 minutes to explore on your own. I chose to explore the Main Street looking at some of the local artists and wandering down upon the lake to meet some of the locals. As you regroup you head to your third and final stop, Santiago. Your guide will present you with options that he thinks would interest you and let’s you know that for the Tuk Tuk to the points of interest it will be a few more Quetzal, I assure you it’s worth it. Your first stop is to meet one of the local elders who shows you how the traditional ladies hat is worn and how to put it on and she is very open to taking photos! Then you proceed to the local Shamans home for a quick viewing of the local beliefs and how they have been intertwined with Catholicism, from here you press on to the Cathedral, the same Cathedral that during the Guatemalan unrest in the 80’s American Pastor Stanley Francis was murdered. He has since been Beatified by the pope and is a local saint in Santiago. After visiting the church you can choose to join your group for lunch or proceed to explore and find lunch on your own. You’re given a specific time to meet at the boat and head back to Panajachel where you’ll proceed back to Antigua. All in all I’m very happy I found Sunrise Travel and the new experiences they helped me find. Would recommend if you are in Antigua.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Marian wrote a review Jul 2019
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We booked the Acatenango tour (overnight stay) What can I say? It was an awful experience! First of all we started very late. The food was hideous, not satisfying, and absolutely not enough. We were promised an English speaking guide- not a single word in English. He almost didn’t stop for breaks during the hike which is not en easy one. We got up there, and the weather wasn’t good. They had one big good tent and another tent for ants. They asked for OUR water to make hot Chocolate and pasta!!!!! We ended up sleeping 14 people’s in a 7 people tent. So we woke up at 6 hiked down again too fast no breaks, most of us got injured. The guides just said- YALLA YALLA. So.... awful experience.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MeAe C wrote a review Dec 2018
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My husband and I used Sunrise Travel to book Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlán tours and also shuttle to the airport. Corina and Maylin are very professional, friendly and helpful. We are very happy with their service and have referred other travelers to them.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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