Archaeology Beaches Colonial Ethnic Northern Central America

Duration
16 Days
Destination
Central America

Amazingly beautiful and diverse An off the beaten pathFantastic Holiday

Properly paced, soft hikes, recommended for middle age and mature travelers
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Join us as we explore the home of the ancient Maya empire, visiting the iconic archaeological sites of Xunantunich in Belize, Tikal in Guatemala, Joya del Ceren in El Salvador and Copan in Honduras; admire the exuberant natural beauty of these four countries, see its impressive colonial towns and feel the warmth and friendliness of its people. This is indeed a unique tourist destination like no other in the world.

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Destination
Central America Discover Central America
Departure Location
BELIZE CITY, BELIZE - Philip Goldson International (BZE)
Return Location
TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS - Toncontin International (TGU)
Tour Start Date & Time
December 7, 2019 View other Times
Price includes
  • Admissions
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals and local drinks at Sonsonate
  • Breakfast daily
  • Domestic flight Flores - Guatemala City
  • English speaking guide
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hotel taxes
  • Local guides
  • Lunch at Tikal & Lake Yojoa
  • 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

Maya Archaeological sites

Learn more about the long-lost Maya civilization that once inhabited northern Central America, while visiting some of the most important ancient Maya sites, such as  Xunantunich in Belize, Tikal in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras.

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Breathtaking Natural Beauty

Contemplate one the most diverse natural scenery in the world, exotic flora and fauna encompassed in lush cloud, rain and dry forests see both rumbling and dormant towering volcanoes, as well as incredible mountains, valleys, lakes and waterfalls; take a beach break on the Pacific to gather your strength and observe an astonishing sunset.

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Spanish Colonial Heritage

Admire some impressive colonial spanish architecture, as we visit several historically relevant towns and cities, touring its beautiful churches and some interesting museums in Antigua, Guatemala, Comayagua and Tegucigalpa in Honduras, among others.

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Day 1

Arrival Day

Arrive at Belize City, transfer to hotel, evening free, overnight at Belize City. 

Day 2

Belize to San Ignacio

Tour Belize City, which today remains the commercial capital of the country, In addition to other historic buildings, you will see the Supreme Court buildings flanked by cannons used in the Battle of St. George’s Cay in 1798.Then you’ll be driven 40 minutes up the Western Highway to Belize’s wonderful natural wildlife habitat, the Belize Zoo, which gives you the unique opportunity of viewing Belize’s prolific wildlife in one location. In the afternoon, we will be driven to San Ignacio for overnight.

Day 3

Barton Creek

Today, we will visit the Barton Creek, a remote underground water cave system, which the Maya once used for rituals and ceremonies. While canoeing with a local guide, we will see large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and artifacts left behind by the Maya centuries ago, archaeological excavations are ongoing.  After exploring the cave, we visit the nearby Green Hills Butterfly Ranch where you will experience Belize’s biggest and best butterfly exhibit. later we return to San Ignacio for overnight.

Day 4

San Ignacio to Flores

After breakfast, we are on our way to Guatemala, in route, we will tour Xunantunich Maya site, we will cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry and proceed up a steep incline to the site. The excavated temple, El Castillo, is one of the highest structures in all of Belize and boasts an awe-inspiring view, a reconstructed frieze, a number of stele, and a ball court, Later, we continue onto Lake Paten-Itza in Guatemala arriving late afternoon. Evening free and overnight.

Day 5

Tikal, fly to Guatemala City

After breakfast, the tour continues with a one-hour drive until you reach Tikal, in its heyday 700 AD, Tikal 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 a special destination for discerning travelers, particularly archaeology enthusiast, naturalists and bird watchers; we will tour the ceremonial plazas and see the pyramids that rise above the forest canopy. Mid-afternoon we will head back to Flores, then, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Guatemala City, TAG113 departing at 6:30 PM arriving at 7:30 PM), upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Guatemala City. 

Day 6

Guatemala City to Antigua

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 main monuments are still preserved. Evening free, overnight at Antigua.

Day 7

Antigua

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; rest of the day free to explore on your own or just relax. Overnight at Antigua. 

Day 8

Antigua to Lake Atitlan

Today we are driving to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, here we will have a boat tour on Lake Atitlan and visit the communities along the shore like Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan Laguna, were we will find a Quiche Indian population that descend from the Mayas and walk around this colonial villages Evening at leisure and overnight at Panajachel.

Day 9

Chichicastenango to Sonsonate, El Salvador

At 7:00 AM, drive to Chichicastenango, where we will enjoy the Indian market day, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, it 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; Also, we will have a chance to observe the Maya/catholic rituals that take place at the Santo Tomas church. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Sonsonate, El Salvador, arriving before sunset, here we will spend a couple of night to get some rest and gather our strength at an all-inclusive seaside resort.

Day 10

Sonsonate

Day at leisure at Sonsonate. 

Day 11

San Salvador to Copan, Honduras

At 7:00 AM we drive to San Salvador, in route, visit to Joya de Ceren, declared world heritage by UNESCO in 1993 for being the only maya archaeological site where one can appreciate the day to day life style of the pre-Columbian inhabitants, due to the fact that all remains were well preserved, buried under the ashes of the volcanic eruption; then, we will explore the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador, driving through the streets and avenues of residential and historical districts, we will first visit the David Guzman Museum of anthropology, we will pass Zona Rosa on our way to the Divino Salvador del Mundo monument at Plaza Las Americas, then, we will drive up to a viewpoint located in Planes de Renderos, allowing for a sweeping view of the city and surroundings. In the afternoon, we our heading to the Maya ruins of Copan in Honduras, we drive back into Guatemala briefly to enter Honduras via El Florido border station, arriving at Copan before sunset.

Day 12

Copan

In the morning, 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 structures; We will also visit the Museum of Maya Sculpture and museum of archaeology. Evening free and overnight at Copan.

Day 13

Copan to San Pedro Sula

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, afternoon drive to San Pedro Sula arriving around 6:00 PM. Evening free and overnight. 

Day 14

San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa

At 8:00 A.M.  We are on our way to central Honduras, admiring the green and mountainous scenery while we head to the capital city Tegucigalpa, in route, we will visit the impressive Pulhapanzak waterfall, we will have lunch at beautiful Lake Yojoa and also visit colonial former capital city Comayagua, where we will see the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. We will arrive in Tegucigalpa late afternoon, evening free and overnight.

Day 15

Tegucigalpa

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 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, mid afternoon, Evening free and overnight.

Day 16

Departure day

At the appropriate tine, transfer to the airport. 

 

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