Runaway Tours Guatemala: A Deeper Look

dsc00866-2We started Runaway Tours in Jan 2015. Since then I’ve hightail it with over 50 people through 3 of my favorite nations, Thailand, Japan, and Guatemala.

In Thailand we discovered a unique blend of Buddhism, learned just how to drive scooters, and of course 6$/hour massages.

In Japan we gained understanding of the Japanese philosophy of life. We discovered to call home just, considerately plus in the current, and ate lots great food in the process.

In Guatemala, we found the Maya, their sacred Lake Atitlan, and their ancient traditions. We met a unique band of expatriates that has carved down fruitful, frequently eccentric, but constantly symbiotic lives on the list of stunning indigenous Maya. So we witnessed what is arguably the most amazing sunset on earth.

On October 25th, 2016 Runaway Tours: Guatemala is occurring once more. Although this could be the 5th tour in Guatemala, it nevertheless continues to be the best Runaway Tour.

Here’s Why!

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is a 5 celebrity feast for all the sensory faculties. Turquoise waters and mammoth volcanoes overwhelm the eyes. A melange of tropical flowers and coniferous pines arouse the nose. The spring climate invigorates the body. Getting up toward cheerful laughter associated with Maya individuals tickles the ears. And hot tortillas with your 2$ break fast tipico delights the tongue plus the budget.

Some individuals declare that the actual magnificence for the pond resides in those ideas that may never be seen; the deep waters, the vast magma chamber below and powerful geomagnetic industries. It’s due to these known and as yet not known phenomena that lots of think the lake to be a source of a sacred energy, the kind of which can cause vivid dreams, changed idea patterns, and an attraction on lake it self. Which is excatly why Runaway Tours Guatemala features the lake and it’s diverse towns as it’s primary location.


The view from Santa Cruz


The sunset from Panajachel



But before heading to the lake, we begin our journey in Antigua. With over 30 ruins dating back to toward sixteenth century, this ancient capital for the Spanish “” new world “” is similar to the Rome of Central America. it is got history, nightlife, the finest Guatemalan dishes, and it’s surrounded by volcanos, one of which erupts each and every morning around 9am. It’s an ideal introduction to Central America at large and of course, Guatemala.


Cerro De Los Angeles Cruz


10$ Drug rugs through the neighborhood market


Hanging in front of the church regarding the Merced


Checking out the Convent Of This Capuchinas


Wicked Nice Accommodations

Runaway Tours is all about value, and no spot is this more real than through the unique accommodations I’ve secured in Guatemala. From gorgeous colonial domiciles and cliff part bungalows with uninhibited views, up to a hotel that really sits in lake it self, everyone enjoys a level of privacy and luxury that many tours don’t provide.


The Volcano Lodge in Jabalito


The Hideout in Panajachel


The Mirador on Hideout


The Activities

Most of the adventures I’ve prepared up for this tour are activities that I’ve developed myself throughout 4 years of backpacking in Guatemala. From motorcycling towards the key hot spring to descending to the lake by vehicle, you’re gonna find out Guatemala like few others have.

Personal Boat Tour/Dance Party in Panajachel


The 8m high cliff jump in San Marcos


The hike toward top of Volcan San Pedro


The Kayak Pub Crawl in San Pedro Los Angeles Laguna


The Maya

Within each of Lake Atitlan’s unique towns live a individuals whose languages and traditions have actually survived millennia. Although Catholicism, the Spanish language and other Spanish influences is evident throughout the highlands, numerous Maya still maintain their conventional languages and religions. Numerous also continue traditional livelihoods centered on hand crafts and agriculture.

In lots of ways, the Maya are particularly much like the Japanese. Many people are friendly enough to foreigner tourists but often prefer to keep a comfortable distance. More, public shows of thoughts, especially anger, is perceived as weakness and frequently met with smiles and laughs in embarrassment. Harmony in the home and community is just a pillar of everyday life and society. Finally, similar to the Japanese, although a lot of people practice Christianity, the ancient animistic traditions remain strong.

My pal & favorite road merchant


Riding local trucks


The Expats

Lake Atitlan hosts a large expatriate community. Most hail from the USA but you can find many from around European countries too, most notably Norway. These expats range from senior snow wild birds and all year round business owners to people offering jewelry and tourists who got stuck and became property owners.

During our trip, we’ll fulfill a lot of these expats, learn their particular stories, and see new lease of life paths.

Mike from ny & who owns the Crossroads Cafe


Joseph & the gang chanting within Tzununa Ashram


Joseph & I using the boat straight back


Guatemalan/American couple & recycled products musicians


Owner regarding the Volcano Lodge, Gustav from Norway


Brazilian & Uk jewelry makers 


Part time expatriate/Photo Bomber Leif  from ny


Sign Me Personally Up!

If you’re finding unique expertise in an old land with a group of likeminded friends become, We welcome you to definitely join us on our next tour of my personal favorite place in the entire world, Guatemala.

Runaway Tours: Guatemala

Dates: Oct 25 – Nov 3rd
Duration: 10 Days
Destinations: 1) Antigua 2) Panajachel 3) Jaibalito 4) San Pedro
Tour Leader(s): Leif (The Runaway Guide)
Trip Style: 20percent Adventure,  20per cent Party, 25percent Spiritual, 25percent tradition, 10% Swimming/ Hot tubs
Max Group Size: 8 (3 Spots left)
Total cost: 1195$

Lake Atitlan Hideout

DSC01949Lake Atitlan Hideout is an exclusive apartment nestled among pines and palms privately of the mountain with epic and unobstructed views of sunrise & sunset. it is in which perspective altering views meets pure living, deep sleeps and hammock relaxation. It’s a location to simply decelerate, de-stress, discover the Maya, live cheap, and enjoy springtime like climate every day.

The Room

Lake Atitlan Hideout is a 2 room studio apartment. The interior living area is around 40 m2/ 430sqf, and outside porch and garden is about 5 m2/60sqf. The bed room features a comfortable double sleep, satellite tv with 30+ english networks including HBO, NBC 4, ABC 7, History, TV5 Monde, RAI, DW and so many more. The bedroom and kitchen/dinning space function almost flooring to cieling windows with epic views of the sunrise and sunset throughout the lake (also from sleep!).

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The kitchen/dinning room possesses complete size fridge, 4 burner stove, fresh water dispenser, and aside from an oven, everything needed seriously to cook up anything you want.


The restroom contains a sink, lavatory and bath. According to the toilet, the sole issue/difficult thing for used to just isn’t throwing rest room paper in it. Like most developing countries, plumbing systems in Guatemala aren’t created to handle paper. Additionally, since the bath is electric it may be very fickle. It can get hot but generally speaking possesses sluggish flow. 

Finally, there’s additionally a semi-enclosed porch area. It’s the perfect place for eating break fast, getting prompted, relaxing in lawn chairs and/or being productive on your computer if that’s your thing.

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The Hideout On Lake Atitlan features use of a dedicated beach on the lake, where you could just take early morning swims.

You also have access to a massive mirador (a lookout). Initial flooring the mirador is partially enclosed although the second flooring is open air and will be offering unobstructed views of the very most gorgeous sunset on the planet.DSC01949 2

Where Do We Live?

we reside in 1 of 6 hideouts from October to February.

If you need to drop, I will do all that I am able to to make your stay as comfortable, relaxing and sublime as you can.

Why? Because that is my favorite devote the planet and I’m stoked to have the chance to show others just how good life is on pond. 

If you want to volunteer for the humanitarian organization assisting Maya families, let me know. If you’d like to just take Spanish lessons i will easily assist work it for you personally. If you’d like to go explore the pond together, let’s hop the following ferry motorboat.

I will help introduce you to Lake Atitlan, the Maya individuals, a number of eccentric and interesting expat friends, and everything you need to understand to take pleasure from a short term stay or start a long-lasting moving.

The Neighbor Hood

Lake Atitlan Hideout can be found within private and protected apartment complex having a evening manager/guard. Although guests come and go, there are some longterm tenants who are all extreamly friendly, wanting to help with any such thing, wellness concious and generally speaking of the joyful disposition, without doubt fueled by your head blowing view. 

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Family type breakfast buffet.

Getting Around

Lake Atitlan Hideout is located simply 15/20 mins walking from Lake Atitlan’s most convenient, delicious, and expat friendly city Panajachel (Pana for brief). But if you don’t feel walking, you are able to either phone a Tuk Tuk (10Q / 1.30$) or hail a pickup truck-collectivo such as for instance a neighborhood Maya just for 2Q / 25 cents. The hideout is far enough from noise and air pollution of town but close sufficient to easily run in for groceries or a eleventh hour wine.

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Whether you’re attempting to detox or just want to get healthier, my nutritionist neighbors provide anything from personalized meals to training as well as expert consoling (especially for those experiencing addiction) for an incredible value. Let me know if you’re interested.

So How Much Does It Price?

The manager/owner with this spot has been raising rates each year. They’ve additionally made the daily and once a week rate only a little unreasonable. If you’re planning to stay, the greatest value is unquestionably by the thirty days.

  • 39$/night (2 individuals +0)
  • 229$/week (2 individuals +25$)
  • 599/month (2 Many +50$)

There are only 4 hideouts available and they’re going fast, therefore make sure you get in touch earlier than later on.

Hideout With Us! 

It’s a good time  


Try To Escape To Guatemala

hanging from the truck in guatemalaOverview Preparation Budget Travel Guatemala Hideouts


Name: Republic Of Guatemala
Nick-Name: Guate (Guatay)
Population: 16,000,000
Capitol City: Guatemala City
Main Language: Spanish
English Speakers: Low
Main Religion: Christianity
Slogan: Land Of Eternal Spring

Runaway Review

Our Slogan: Land Of Volcanoes
Favorite Destination: Lake Atitlan
Top Experience: Meet The Maya
Safety: 3.7 from 5.0
Friendliness: 4.1 out of 5.0
Deliciousness: 4.0 out of 5.0
Cheapness: 4.8 away from 5.0
Recommended Budget: 18$/Day

Guatemala may be the largest nation in Central America. It’s territory extends from the pacific, through highlands home towards the contemporary Maya, across thick jungles filled with ancient ruins, and to the Rasta rhythms associated with the Caribbean coastline. You will find many individuals, countries and epic landscapes that there’s something for every single traveler. Not only that, but Guatemala is among the cheapest countries in Central America and the world.

World Travel Expert Rank:  4.8 from 5.0


Guatemala is not as dangerous while you might think. Neither is El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, or Panama for that matter. Yes gang relevant violence does exist. Tourist are robbed, rooms are broken into, and violent crime occurs. But Guatemala, like USA or any country, is not dangerous everywhere on a regular basis. In fact, many towns and cities, apart from Guatemala City, have a heavy police presence and therefore are in fact pretty safe. You truly have to go looking for risk it if you’d like to experience it.

So long as you simply take necessary precautions like venturing out during the night with teams, and staying out of bad areas, chances are you’ll never have an issue. However, travel insurance is recommended.


Guatemala is excessively diverse both ethnically and culturally. Within the highlands you’ll encounter the Maya. Along the Caribbean coast you’ll get the Garifuna. In large metropolitan areas you’ll meet people of direct Spanish descent. And every-where else, you’ll find a gorgeous fusion for the three. Despite this cultural melange, or due to it, people welcome gringos as well as other international travelers.

The Maya, similar to the Japanese, tend to smile politely but tend to be weary of having too close to foreigners. The Garifuna, descendants of Brazillian/African slaves, want to share their culture and shore with travelers. Plus the top class Spaniards are so amazed you arrived that they’ll fold over backwards showing you a good time.


Guatemala, like a lot of Central America, is no cooking hotspot. Chicken with rice, beans and corn tortillas is considered the most common meal. In terms of street food, it is exactly about the fried chicken and tacos. It’s advantageous to just what its, but after a month you’ll wish you had more variety in your diet.

Probably the most delicious element of Guatemala is it’s fruit and vegetables. Although you can purchase almost any form of produce, the avocado, papaya and mango really stands out. Remember to purchase the fresh fruit entire instead of pre-cut (dirty water accustomed clean fruit knifes = days of diarrhoea).


Guatemala, along side El Salvador and Nicaragua, is amongst the cheapest countries in Central America. Costs from meals to accommodation can generally be located for 50-60per cent lower than in america or Europe. Even in tourist hotspots, like the ancient Guatemalan capitol of Antigua, you can still find a budget college accommodation with breakfast included for approximately 10$/night.

Top 10 Things You Can Do & See

6) Hang From The Truck
7) Get Garifuna In Livingston
8) Climb Volcan Pacaya
9) Drink Significantly More Coffee
10) Study On The Maya

Why Guatemala?

Guatemala is very cheap, it is much safer than you believe, therefore the locals, through the Garifuna in north to your Maya of this highlands, make you feel simply comfortable. Therefore and much more, Guatemala received a rating of 4.8 away from 5 from over 25 globe travel specialists.

Guatemala is my favorite nation in the world to take a short holiday, a long backpacking adventure or residing longterm.

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