Imagine a gorgeous aqua lake surrounded by three stunning cone volcanoes, with tiny villages perched on the mountainside -- welcome to Lake Atitlán! Navigate the waters of Lake Atitlán (don’t forget your swimsuit!) and then stop along the way to explore colorful Maya communities.
Visit Maya Ruins
Visit the Maya ruins at Iximche and see stone relics and human sacrifice sites. Learn about the people who stood in your spot over 500 years ago. Engage with an expert on Maya history and then kick back with your new CCS family at nightly Guatemalan campfires where the staff will play guitars and you’ll all play games together.
Maya Market Day
At a Mayan market, you’ll be able to purchase many of those bright traditional textiles that you will see on the Maya community throughout Guatemala. Our volunteers love to practice their bargaining skills at the market. With the smells of street food cooking and great people-watching, a visit to a Mayan market is an explosion of color and tradition.
Practice Your Spanish
In Guatemala, CCS Spanish lessons are divided into levels based on your ability, and tailored to your needs. The first lesson is held in a typical classroom style, but then you'll have a chance to put your knowledge to the test. Your teacher will take you out into the community and challenge you to bargain for fruits, vegetables, and clothing in Spanish at a nearby underground market. Just another awesome adventure to add to your list!
Reserva Natural Atitlan Adventure Park
Hold on tight! Ziplining is sure to get your adrenaline pumping, as you speed over waterfalls and natural forest. Of course, what’s a trip without a little fast-paced adventure? A trip to this gorgeous green area is both peaceful and exhilarating at the very same time, with an opportunity to relax in restorative hot springs afterwards.
Cook Guatemalan Cuisine
Our CCS cooks will provide all of your meals for you, with one fun exception: each week, you'll have a chance to prepare a veritable Guatemalan feast with your fellow volunteers, under the expert guidance of our cooks. Learn how to prepare a traditional Guatemalan “fusion” meal, combining elements of both Spanish and Mayan cuisine, and don’t forget to take the recipe home to replicate for your friends and family.
Visit a Coffee Plantation
When you journey to Guatemala with CCS, you aren’t signing up for corporate tourism. When you visit a coffee plantation, you will have the opportunity to meet the family who runs the farm. Beyond a demonstration, you’ll be welcomed into this family’s home where you’ll sit down and talk while eating real chocolate and drinking coffee together.
Roast Marshmallows on a Volcano
Spent an afternoon hiking up Pacaya, a volcano just outside Antigua. At the top, grab some sticks and a bag of marshmallows and start roasting up an afternoon treat over bubbling lava.