In this trip you will see markets, beautiful colonial cities and lakes: Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, Atitlan and Antigua. Guatemala is a land where you’ll discover timeless culture and beauty…come to this wonderful country and see for yourself!
Upon arrival to Guatemala City you'll be transferred to your hotel.
Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City
In the morning you will have a brief tour of Guatemala City. then continue to the archaeological site of Iximche for a visit of the site.
In the afternoon transfer to Chichicastenango. Lodging at the Mayan Inn in Chichicastenango.
Today is market day in Chichicastenango! Visit the most colorful and picturesque Indian open-air market in the country. Hundreds of Indians from the surrounding countryside gather to barter their goods and products. Also, witness the captivating religious ceremonies held on the steps and inside the 400-year old Church of Santo Tomas (No shorts or bathing suits are allowed inside the Church, PLEASE NO PHOTOGRAPHS INSIDE THE CHURCH).
Transfer to Quetzaltenango for overnight accommodations at Pension Bonifaz Hotel
This morning you will visit Almolonga market known for its vegetables and fruits cultivated on small parcels and from which products are exported to Central America and Mexico. Continue your visit to San Andres Xecul which has an important XVI century temple, with a fabulous bright-yellow facade, the color which is representative of the local huipil (or indigenous blouse). There are saints and angels sitting next to corncobs and quetzal birds on the facade. Then you will visit San Francisco El Alto, with its typical market where people gather in front of City Hall to sell their products and handicrafts. In the afternoon, transfer to Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful in the world, with its crystalline-azure waters in the crater bowl below. Atitlan is the ideal place to come in contact with Guatemalan folklore. Twelve Indian villages surround the Lake, and their inhabitants are descendants from the great Quiche, Cackchiquel, and Tzutuhil nations.
Overnight accommodations at Porta Hotel del Lago.
At 09:00 a.m. you will board the motor launch to cross Lake Atitlan to the picturesque Indian village of Santiago Atitlan, one of the twelve lake-shore villages surrounding the Lake. Enjoy this bustling Indian community, where weavers work the colorful textiles. Continue, to Antigua Guatemala, the most important and enchanting city of colonial Guatemala. Founded by the Spaniards in 1543, nowadays Antigua is a beautiful blend of ruins, restored colonial buildings, and new buildings in colonial style. It was declared Monument of America in 1965.
Overnight accommodations at Porta Antigua hotel
Building, and the Palace of the Captains General; colonial churches and monasteries, primitive foot-looms where colorful textiles are woven, and a jade factory where this stone is worked into beautiful jewelry. In the afternoon, return to Guatemala City.
Overnight accommodations at Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Flores (flight included). Upon arrival to Flores, you'll be transferred to Ceibal, the Mayan Archaeological site situated in Sayaxche, near the banks of La Pasion River where you can see crocodiles and exotic birds. The Ceibal Stelae is among the finest and best preserved sculptures of the late Classic Period. Because of the hardness of the local stone, which has withstood centuries of rain, root penetration, and falling trees, it is often called the Maya Art Gallery. One of its most important structures is a round stone, which is considered very rare in the Mesoamerican area.
Overnight accommodations at Camino Real Tikal Hotel.
Today you will go back more than 2,000 years in time when you visit the Tikal National Park. At 08:30 a.m., you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to the Mayan City of Tikal which is located in the center of the National Park that bears its name, and has an extension of 222 square miles. Tikal was inhabited from 600 BC., till 869 AD. Its highlight was between 690 till 850 AD., a time period known by archaeologists as the Late Classic. Visit the Twin-Pyramid Complexes , Lost World Complex where the Great Pyramid and Temple 5C-49 are the most important. Also, visit Temple III and the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, squared off with the pyramids of the Grand Jaguar and the Masks, the Palace of the Nobles, and Pyramid IV. This one is the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from its top a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle can be enjoyed. After this visit, return to Guatemala City.
Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City
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