Activities

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Trip Lenght: 8 Days and 7 Nights

Price: Request

Difficulty: Medium

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Overview

Fishing in Guatemala

Activities: Fishing, Small Ship, Archaeology, Hiking and Walking, and Culture Exploration

Departures: Any Day

Difficulty: Medium

Places Visited: Antigua Guatemala, Pacific Coast, Tikal, Lake Atitlán

Description:

Come and experience a Sport Fishing Adventure of a life time.  With our team of American & Guatemalan Agents and Captains, we can provide a unique experience, for professional and amateur anglers.

Join us in the Sail Fish Capital of the World.  Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records, with the most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish records include 124 sailfish releases in one day on conventional gear by Ron Hamlin.  The reason for this incredible unknown hot spot has to do with the ocean currents that run just off the Guatemalan coast.  With combined currents, perfect water temperatures, and the bluest water content: bill fish thrive!
You will find the fishing pressure next to none existent in Guatemala.
The ocean is virtually yours!

GA Unforgettable Memories:

  • Fighting  the incredible force of the Blue Marlin
  • Having a cold beer in a sunny day after catching a sailfish
  • Enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean wildlife, stare into the Volcanoes of Guatemala from our boat, all while you fish in the greatest Sport Fishing Location in the world.
Itinerary & Dates

Itinerary

Day#1 Arrival to Guatemala City – Antigua:

Reception at the airport “La Aurora”, upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala for overnight accommodations.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day#2 Antigua – Marina Pez Vela / First Day of Fishing (B,L):

At 6.00 a.m. transfer from Antigua to Marina Pez Vela where the excitement begins. A typical fishing day begins at 7.00 a.m. and finished around 4 p.m. Lunch and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served on board to enjoy the experience. You will have the opportunity to catch: Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Blue/Black Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Tarpon and Rooster Fish.

De Luxe: Private Villa

Standard: Soleil Pacifico

Day#3 Marina Pez Vela / Second Day of Fishing (B,L):

Transfer from the lodge to Marina Pez Vela. A typical fishing day begins at 7.00 a.m. and finished around 4 p.m. Overnight accommodations in our lodge in the Pacific Coast.

De Luxe: Private Villa

Standard: Soleil Pacifico

Day#4 Marina Pez Vela / Third Day of Fishing (B,L):

Transfer from the lodge to Marina Pez Vela. A typical fishing day begins at 7.00 a.m. and finished around 4 p.m. Transfer back to Antigua Guatemala for overnight accommodations.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day#5 Antigua Guatemala (B):

Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Antigua’s most beautiful churches, monasteries, convents, and the cultural center. This city is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities, it is a magical and captivating small city that will make you feel time stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobbled streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times. In the afternoon visit a coffee plantation, where you will experience the entire coffee process considered one of the best in the world in quality and flavor. Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala.

De Luxe: Casa Santo Domingo or similar

Standard: Posada de Don Rodrigo or similar

Day#6 Lake Atitlán (B):

Visit to Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”. Panajachel is an 800 year old town of about 14000 people, mostly Kaqchikel Mayas and some foreigners from every corner of the globe, living inside that rainbow. Upon arrival discover the magic that surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit a Tzutuhil Village. In this place you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat to have lunch and visit the most important places. Transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.

De Luxe: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day#7 Tikal (B,L):

Early in the morning we take a flight to Flores, Petén. Upon arrival transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Tikal has the distinction of being the first site in Guatemala declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, our guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II” Los Mascarones “, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World. When finished transfer to the airport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.

De Luxe: Intercontinental Hotel or similar

Standard: Barceló or similar

Day#8 Departure (B):

Transfer to the airport to take flight back.

Our package includes:

  • Flight from Guatemala City – Flores, Petén – Guatemala City via TAG (Saab 340A , Embraer 110)
  • Guided fishing (Captain plus mates) with conventional tackle, ballyhoo and Lures.
  • Lunch on boat and preferred drinks.

Ground Transportation:

  • Guatemala City Airport – Hotel – Guatemala City Airport
  • Hotel – Marina – Hotel (Every day of Fishing)

The Boat:

The boats we use are as followed. We run a deep V center-counsel open fishermen boat, 1 walk around model by Sea Fox for 2010 season, and our hydro cat with twin four stokes for bigger groups. These boats are operated by out-board motors with fuel efficiency in mind. With minimum gas consumption we can limit costs while providing unparalleled fishing experiences. We include aboard 24 bottles of soft water, 24 sodas,24 beers, 12 snacks, Fruits, lunch aboard the boat (chicken or meat) if we catch Dorado we make ceviche and sashimi aboard.

Fishing Equipment:

30 lb test Shimano conventional tackle along the Fat Cat, 30 lb test Penn, and Quantum on the Picasso, Ballyhoo (Fresh Bait), the option to take home fresh fish fillets to your villa, first mate support to Operation, iPod connection for you own play list.

Tips are not included.

Our Catch

We invite the most serious Anglers, as well as the very beginning Angler to fish this Sport Fishing Hot Spot. You will have the Chance to experience the Sail Fish Capital of the World first hand with our experienced crew. Your groups can expect to participate in the bait and switch practices of catching bill fish. In the prime season expect to see 20 sails raised, and at least 10-12 Sail Fish released on an average day. The Pacific indo Sail Fish is known to weigh from 100 lbs to 150 lbs.
Much different from its smaller Atlantic cousin. Sails Fish are very aggressive, and an aero flying fighter. Make sure to have the camera ready! No one fish is the same and each one makes for a great show while reeling in.

Double and triple hook ups are also common with sail fish in Guatemala, and no day is slow when Mahi Mahi are on the hunt. Big Mahi Mahi, 25 – 35 lbs, is plentiful in the Pacific Ocean of Guatemala. Fishing is outstanding all year round! Ask us what is biting, and we will tell you.

Marlin bite all year round as well as Sails in Guatemala. Blue Marlin in the 300 to 700 pound range being the most common. In recent years it has not been uncommon for the best captains to raise 4 or more marlin in a day. Marlin can be caught year round in Guatemala but the largest concentrations seem to occur in late spring through December.

Other species pursued by the Guatemalan Adventure Team are:

Marlin (Blue & Black), Yellow Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Jacks, Rooster Fish, And Pacific Indo Sail Fish.

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