Guatemala Land of the Mayas
13 Days / 12 Nights
$1655P/P Double Occupancy
In this trip youíll learn about the fascinating Maya culture, represented by the ruins in Ceibal, Yaxha, Tikal and Copan in Honduras, and the cultural highlands of Chichicatengango, Atitlan and Antigua. Youíll get to see Guatemala from north to south, from east to west: all the best highlights in one trip!
Day 01 Arrival in Guatemala ()
Upon arrival to the Guatemala airport, you‚Äôll be transferred to your hotel. Lodging at the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City Seat in basis tour must start on a Saturday!
Day 02 Guatemala / Flores (B)
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Flores (flight included). Upon arrival to Flores, you'll be transferred to a hotel Tikal. Hotel Camino Real Tikal.
Day 03 Ceibal (B, L)
Today, you'll take a sightseeing tour to Ceibal. Ceibal, is 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¬Ě. 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.
Day 04 Yaxha (B, L)
At 08:30 a.m. 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 - 1,200 AD., known as post classic. Overnight accommodations at Camino Real Tikal Hotel
Day 05 Tikal (B, L)
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. Overnight at Camino Real TIkal
Day 06 Rio Dulce / Livingston / Puerto Barrios (B)
Today, you'll be transferred to Rio Dulce, from where you'll join an excursion to San Felipe Castle. Then, continue to Livingston, once Guatemala's main Caribbean port, its known for its diverse culture, gorgeous tropical climate, and incredible seafood. Afterwards, continue to Puerto Barrios. Lodging at Amatique Bay hotel
Day 07 Quirigua / Copan, Honduras (B)
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. Dates recorded are at exact intervals of 800 days. In the afternoon continue to Copan in Honduras, located close to the Guatemalan border. Lodging at Marina Copan hotel.
Day 08 Copan / Guatemala City (B)
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'ss 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. Continue to Guatemala city. Overnight in Barcelo hotel
Day 09 Chichicastenango (B)
Today, youíll depart towards Chichicastenango. Upon arrival, youíll 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. Youíll also be able to visit Santo Tomas Church, which is over 400 years old church and still used today for local rituals and practices. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Lodging at the Mayan Inn in Chichicastenango
Day 10 Lake Atitlan (B)
In the morning, transfer to Lake Atitlan, located in the Guatemalan highlands. This immense and beautiful lake is said to be the deepest in Central America, and it's 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. Upon arrival, join an excursion to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Lodging at Porta del Lago hotel
Day 11 Solola / Antigua (B)
Today, depart towards Antigua. Along the way you'll visit Solola Indian market. Antigua 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, Antigua offers a wide range of activities such as sightseeing around town and near the neighboring volcanoes. Lodging at Porta Antigua hotel
Day 12 Antigua (B)
In the morning, visit the best spots in Antigua: colonial buildings such as churches, convents and monasteries. After lunch, youíll be transferred to Guatemala City. Lodging at the Barcelo in Guatemala City
Day 13 Departure (B)
Youíll be transferred to the airport.