Do not let pass this opportunity to see Guatemala in its entire splendor! You’ll see all the main attractions including Antigua, Atitlan Izabal, Tikal and Copan in Honduras. You’ll be amazed by the Mayan legacy, the beauty of the surroundings and the vibrant culture that thrives in Guatemala!
(Seat in basis must start on a Monday) Upon arrival to Guatemala City you'll be transferred to your hotel. Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City or similar.
Today you'll be transferred to Antigua. This lovely 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 main attractions in Antigua: colonial buildings such as churches, convents and monasteries. Lodging at Porta Antigua hotel.
In the morning depart towards Lake Atitlan, making a stop along the way at Iximche Archaeological Site,city of the antique domination of Maya-Kakchiquel, where was founded the first city of the Goathemala Kingdom. Lake Atitlan is 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 Porta Lago 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, due to its size, industrial, cultural and commercial activity. Lodging at the Bonifaz Hotel in Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango is popular for its elaborated textiles, basket work, ceramic, images ork in wood, palm and metal, musical instruments, products in wax, leather, pyrotechnics, as well as jicara and guacawl. Today you'll visit the open-air animal market of San Francisco El Alto, San Andres Xecul Church and the gorgeous Almolonga Valley. 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. 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. Afterwards, head back to Guatemala City. Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City
This morning you will drive through the states of El Progreso, Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz to arrive at the Biotopo del Quetzal, which was created for the protection of the Quetzal, which is our national bird and is in danger of extinction. Given its location and wooded area, the place presents varied fauna and flora in which you can find from hummingbirds to Orioles. Then you will continue to visit Orquigonia it is a private nature reserve where are dedicated to the conservation of orchids. In the afternoon proceed to Coban for overnight accommodations
This morning you will visit Semuc Champey for a visit of this natural monument, which consist of a natural 300m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabon River. Atop the bridge are seven stepped turquoise pools. In the afternoon return to Coban for overnight accommodations.
This morning you will drive to the border with Honduras. After immigration formalities, you will drive to Copan, one of the most fascinating Mayan ruin sites. You will be allowed to explore and marvel at the beautiful stellae and majestic temples, including a complete ball court.
Continue to Copan, Honduras. After completing official immigration formalities, continue to the archaeological site of Copan. As you step inside the park, witness elaborate stone sculptures everywhere. As you walk into the dramatic expanse of the Great Plaza you are witness of the cultural achievements of the ancient Maya. Copan's main plaza contains the greatest collection of Maya sculptures in Central America. Take time to explore and marvel at the beautiful Mayan stellae, majestic temples, and complete ball court. Overnight accommodations at Marina Copan Hotel.
This morning transfer to the Mayan site of Quirigua, where extraordinary monuments include 12 carved stellae, 4 zoomorphs, enormous carved stones of mythological animal forms, and unrestored temples.
In the afternoon you will be transferred by launch to Rio Dulce, undoubtedly one of the country's most unique tourist attractions. The enormous Rio Dulce offers a natural experience; while navigating on its beautiful waters one enjoys the river line forest and listens to the sounds of the howler monkeys. The nice spots on the riverside include natural forests and bathing places in a unique natural environment. Several islands and islets along the river are the nesting grounds for thousands of aquatic bird which offer beautiful displays as they set flight and when they feed in large groups on the river waters. A section of the river is much wider, thus forming a 60 square kilometer water deposit, called El Golfete, which can be considered a river and a lake at the same time. Overnight accommodations at Catamaran Hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Rio Dulce Bridge for transfer to Flores, Peten. Overnight accommodations at Camino Real Tikal Hotel
You will be picked up at your Hotel for transfer 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. Transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations at Camino Real Tikal Hotel.
You will be picked up at your Hotel for transfer to the archaeological site of Yaxha. The city is contemporary to Tikal, and is located on the northeastern side of the Lake Yaxha. Over 1,400 monuments have been mapped and an excavation program has been taken place in the last 10 years, exposing some of its magnificent architecture. Also, visit ball courts, residential and religious areas like the Maler Group, North Acropolis recently restored, and finally Temple 216, over 90 feet high. Continue your visit to Topoxte located in seasonal islands, on the western side of Lake Yaxha. Its buildings are similar to those of Tulum in Yucatan, and it was inhabited during 900 AD to 1,200 AD., known as post classic. Overnight accommodations at Camino Real Tikal Hotel.
After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.
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. In the afternoon transfer to Santa Elena's Airport to board the flight to Guatemala City. (Due to the worldwide increase in the cost of fuel, an additional charge of US$30.00 per person will have to be paid at the airline counter upon check-in and US$3.00 for Local Airport Tax). On arrival, our representative will transfer you to Westin Camino Real Hotel for overnight accommodations
You will be transferred to the airport three hours prior your flight's departure time. You will be charged a US$3.00 airport security tax upon check-in at the airline counter
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