Duration
10 Days
Destination
Guatemala

Ethnic cultures and Nature at its best

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What's included

Destination
Guatemala Discover Guatemala
Departure Location
La Aurora International (GUA), Guatemala City, Guatemala
Return Location
La Aurora International (GUA), Guatemala City, Guatemala
Price includes
  • Admissions
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • English speaking guide
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hotel taxes
  • Local guides
  • Lunch at Tikal & Rio Dulce
  • Sightseeing tours listed
Price does not include
  • Airport taxes
  • Any meals not mentioned as included
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters or waiters
  • International flights

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala offers something for all travelers. Antigua combines colonial history with an array of cultural activities including art galleries and exhibits, performing arts, films, forums, and cultural tourism in general.

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Lake Atitlan

A beautiful volcanic lake in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is ringed by small towns, Panajachel is best known, and a good entry point, but more off the beaten track are San Pedro La Laguna or the village of San Marcos.

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Tikal

Tikal, located in the north of the Petén region of Guatemala, was a major Maya city which flourished between 300 and 850 CE. The city, known to the Maya themselves as Mutul, is one of the greatest in Mesoamerica.

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Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce is a river running from Lake Izabal, in the eastern part of Guatemala, to the Carribean. The river itself is exquisite, with graceful birds and tall cliffs overflowing with lush flora. In the area, you will also find Livingston and Quirigua.

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  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
Day 1

Arrival Day

Arrive at Guatemala City, our representative will meet you at the airport, we will drive you directly to Antigua Guatemala, evening at leisure, overnight at Antigua.

Day 2

Antigua to Chichicastenango

In the morning, we will explore this beautiful colonial town, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time, Antigua Guatemala became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style; we will have a chance to see both the restored buildings as well as those left as ruins, among the intricate buildings and interesting museums to be visited on the tour are the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral; in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Chichicastenango for overnight.

Day 3

Chichicastenango to Panajachel

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, jewellery and accessories, in the afternoon you will be transferred to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, evening free, overnight at Panajachel.

Day 4

Panajachel to Guatemala City

In the morning, 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 towns, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Guatemala City for overnight.

Day 5

Guatemala City to Coban

Today we will enjoy a tour of the city, starting at the Metropolitan Cathedral, the city's main church. It has stood the test of time, having been completed in 1867, and has survived numerous earthquakes, then we will drive to the Guatemala Relief Map, an iconic scale map of the whole country, we will visit the National Palace of Guatemala, the symbol of the city and the President's headquarters; in the afternoon, we will heat to Coban arriving early evening, overnight at Coban.

Day 6

Coban to Flores

Early morning departure to Sayaxche area to explore the Aguateca National Park, navigating through the Petexbatun river to reach this amazing Maya spot which also serves as a wildlife sanctuary perfect for photography, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Flores for overnight.

Day 7

Tikal

We will start the day with a one-hour drive until you reach the Maya ruins of Tikal. Tikal in its heyday 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala's premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travellers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers. We will tour the main archaeological  site and museum, mid-afternoon we will head back to Flores, evening at leisure, overnight at Flores.

Day 8

Flores to Rio Dulce

Early morning we will start our journey to Rio Dulce, we will navigate by the community into Lake Izabal and visit the Spanish colonial fort Castillo San Felipe. Time to walk around Rio Dulce, evening at leisure, overnight at Rio Dulce.

Day 9

Rio Dulce to Guatemala City

Today, we will head back to Guatemala City, in route we will visit the Quirigua Ruins, a small Mayan site located in the Motagua River that was apparently ruled by an offshoot of Copan's ruling dynasty during most of its history and served to secure Copan's access to the Motagua river and the trade routes to the cities further north. Quirigua features the tallest stela in the entire Mayan world, evening free, overnight at Guatemala City.

Day 10

Departure Day

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your international departure flight.

More about this tour

  • Single room accommodations and upgraded hotels are available for a supplement.
  • Departures on Tuesdays and Fridays only.
  • Discounts and special deals are usually available on certain dates and for advance purchase.
  • This tour is operated on a private basis, for rates and details please contact us.
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