Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras - 11 days, 10 nights

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  • Aerial view of San Salvador
  • Maya pyramids at Tazumal, El Salvador
  • Arco de Santa Catalina at Antigua, Guatemala
  • Indigenous women at Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Tikal, Guatemala
  • Stelas at Qurigua, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Copan, Honduras
  • Pulhapanzak waterfall in Honduras
  • Basilica de Suyapa at Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Masaya volcano crater at Nicaragua
  • Panoramic view of Granada, Nicaragua
  • Old cathedral at Managua, Nicaragua

itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Guatemala City, transfer to the hotel, evening free, overnight at Guatemala City.

Day 02
In the morning we will have a brief city tour of Guatemala including the historic district and the center of government, in the afternoon, we will drive to Antigua Guatemala, the city founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 meters above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. Evening free, overnight at Antigua.

Day 03
In the morning, we will explore the timeless colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time it became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style. While in Antigua you will explore both the restored colonial buildings as well as those left as ruins throughout the city. Among the intricate colonial buildings and interesting museums you will visit on our tour, you will explore the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral, overnight at Antigua.

Day 04
Today, we will head to Panajachel, upon arrival, we will have a boat tour on Lake Atitlan and visit the communities along the shore like Santiago de Atitlan, were we will find a Quiche Indian population that descend from the Mayas and walk around this colonial villages, we will also visit Santa Cruz La Laguna and San Antonio (By private small boat) around 5:00 PM, we will be transferred to Chichicastenango for overnight.

Day 05
We will visit the Chichicastenango Indian market, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, which attracts buyers and sellers from near and far every Thursday and Sunday. A great variety of handicraft and souvenirs are for sale here, from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewelry and accessories. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to El Salvador, on our way we will visit San Cristobal de Sacatepequez, arriving at San Salvador early in the evening, overnight at San Salvador. 

Day 06
Today we will explore the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador, driving through the streets and avenues in the residential and historical areas. We will first visit the David Guzman Museum of Anthropology where we will have a guided tour of this historical location. We will see the famous Zona Rosa on our way to the Divino Salvador del Mundo monument at Plaza Las Americas. We shall go to a viewpoint located in Planes de Renderos, which will place us at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. At this height we will have a magnificent view of the city as well as access to a gallery of handcrafted artifacts. In the afternoon, we will visit El Tazumal, which is the biggest pyramid that has been discovered in the country. Its architecture will definitely impress you. After this we shall continue to Joya de Ceren. Joya de Ceren was declared world heritage by UNESCO in 1993 for being the only location in the whole Mayan culture where you can appreciate the day to day living styles of the popular pre-Columbian inhabitants. All was well preserved thanks to the ashes of the volcano’s eruption. We will return to the city through the Pan-American Highway going up and through the mountains that belong to El Balsamo´s Mountain Range. Overnight at San Salvador.

Day 07
Today, we are on our way to the Maya Ruins of Copan in Honduras, departing at 7:00 AM, we drive back into Guatemala briefly to enter Honduras via El Florido border station, to arrive at Copan around noon, at 2:00 PM we will have a guided tour of the main archaeological site located just one mile away from town, here we will see the hieroglyphic staircase, the ball court, the main ceremonial plaza and its famous high relief carved stelas among many other monuments; in the afternoon, we will also visit the Museum of Maya Sculpture. Evening at leisure to enjoy the typical village of Copan Ruinas, overnight at Copan.

Day 08
No visit to Copan can be complete without a close encounter with the quarters of the royal families at “Las Sepulturas” site, we will end our Copan visit with a tour of the Macaw Mountain Bird park, evening at leisure, overnight at Copan.

Day 09
We will be transferred to the Honduran Capital City, Tegucigalpa, you will have a chance to admire the mountainous scenery while we drive to the capital city of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, in route, we will visit Pulhapanzak waterfall, enjoy a delicious lunch at beautiful Lake Yojoa and also visit colonial former capital city Comayagua, including the cathedral which holds the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. We will arrive in Tegucigalpa late afternoon for overnight.

Day 10
Tegucigalpa is not only the capital city of Honduras but further a colonial town of abundant history, we will enjoy a morning tour of both modern and colonial districts, the Basilica of Suyapa and a sweeping view of the metropolitan area at the foot of the giant figure of Christ located at Picacho hill. We will finish our Honduras mainland tour visiting two charming old mining colonial towns, Santa Lucia and Valle de Angeles that are home to the local artisan’s school and many souvenir shops, evening is free, overnight at Tegucigalpa.

Day 11
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport.

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Lunch at Lake Yojoa.
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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Superior accommodations

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Westin Camino Real
Antigua, Guatemala – Camino Real Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
San Salvador, El Salvador – Hotel Real Intercontinental
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (Premium)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Marriott

$ 2,095.00 USD Per person
Supplement for a single room: $ 800.00 USD.

Moderate accommodations

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Holiday Inn 
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Las Farolas
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
San Salvador, El Salvador – Holiday Inn
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (standard)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Plaza del General

$ 1,895.00 USD Per person
Supplement for a single room: $ 600.00 USD.

Economy accommodations

Guatemala City, Guatemala - Howard Johnson Inn
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Casa Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
San Salvador, El Salvador – Hotel Mediterraneo Plaza
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Camino Maya
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Alameda

$ 1,695.00 USD Per person
Supplement for a single room: $ 400.00 USD.

Budget accommodations

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Pan American Hotel
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Meson de Maria
Chichicastenango, Guatemala - Hotel Santo Tomas
San Salvador, El Salvador – Hotel Mirador Plaza
Copan, Honduras – Lauros Hotel
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Mac Arthur

$ 1,495.00 USD Per person
Supplement for a single room: $ 300.00 USD.

dates

Summer 2014: June 8th to 18th.
Winter 2014: November 9th to 19th.

This tour is also available on a private basis, for rates and details please inquire.

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