If you want to see a display of color like no where else; if you are an arts and crafts enthusiast,love to see culture and traditions,and of course do some shopping, this is the perfect trip for you. While visiting the beautiful Antigua, Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango and Chichicastenango you will see why!
Upon arrival to Guatemala City you'll be transferred to your hotel. Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City This metropolis, of about 3 million of population, presents a contrast panorama between the colonial architecture that is combined with modern buildings, which, with its important museums and history monuments, offer to the tourist a unique experience!
This morning, depart towards Antigua. This colonial city is famous for its Spanish baroque architecture. This area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its many ruined churches, cobblestone streets, and strong culture. Today you'll visit the best spots in Antigua: colonial buildings such as churches, convents and monasteries.
Lodging at Casa Santo Domingo Hotel
In the morning depart towards Lake Atitlan, making a stop along the way at Iximche Archaeological Site. The Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaeological site of Iximche (located in Tecpan, a small community in the western highlands of Guatemala) was the capital of the Late Postclassic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524. Explore the architecture of the site, including a number of pyramid-temples, palaces and two Mesoamerican ballcourts. The ruins of Iximche were declared a Guatemalan National Monument in the 1960s. The site has a small museum displaying a number of pieces found there, including sculptures and ceramics. Continue to Lake Atitlan, an immense and beautiful lake said to be the deepest in Central America. The lake is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Here you will find lush animal and plant life and many villages and towns still inhabited by Mayan descendants.
Lodging at the Porta Lago Atitlan Hotel
Today you'll join a boat excursion to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan. Then, in the afternoon you'll head towards Quetzaltenango. Quetzaltenango is a beautiful city of the highlands; settle in an extensive valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. It conserves the antique traditions of the Mayan-Quiche, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life. It is currently considered, as the second most important city of Guatemala.
Lodging at the Bonifaz Hotel in Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango is famous for their elaborated textiles, basket work, ceramic, images ork in wood, palm and metal, musical instruments, products in wax, leather, pyrotechnics, as well as jicara and guacaw.. Today you'll visit the open-air animal market of San Francisco El Alto, San Andres Xecul Church and the gorgeous Almolonga Valley, and continuing to Huehuetanango. In Huehuetenango their main activities are elaborated textile, ceramic in glass, fishing tackle and products in metal and wax.
Lodging at the Premier Hotel in Huehuetenango
This morning visit the colorful open-air market in Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, a very traditional and isolated town 45 km away from Huehuetenango. It has a Maya-Mam origin; this village sits on top of the Cuchumatanes range. They have a richly and colorful population customs, as well as a traditional activity that take place during their annual fair, November 1, in honor of the saints and dead ones. In the afternoon continue to Chichicastenango.
Lodging at the Mayan Inn in Chichicastenango
Today you'll have the opportunity to visit the famous and colorful open-air market which sells local food, flowers and handicrafts such as woodcarvings, clothing, and more. You'll also be able to visit Santo Tomas Church, which is over 400 years old church and still used today for local rituals and practices. Santo Tomas Church was built in 1540 over the base of a archaeological pre-Hispanic temple, it is a splendid sample of colonial architecture. In its outsides as well as inside the Mayan and ladino rites are mixed. On its 18-step stairway is of importance for the indigenous ritual practices, by Maya chuchkajau priest, who pray and born corncobs full of copal inside. Inside, entire families are kneel and pray before the altars, full of candles, flower offerings, alcohol and some cases food Then, head back to Guatemala City.
Overnight at Barcelo Hotel
Transfer out to airport.
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