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The number of travelers on these tours will never exceed 12 people. Departures are always guaranteed even with 2 travelers. In other words, there is no need to worry about a required minimum of participants.

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Guatemala : 6-day tour
Spanish Colonial Heritage + Western Highlands

Highlights

Antigua: Spanish colonial town – UNESCO World Heritage Monument
Lake Atitlan: private boat tour with visits of Mayan villages
Chichicastengo market
Iximche: post classic Mayan site

Trip Summary

D1. Guatemala City airport to Antigua
D2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel
D3. Lake Atitlan boat tour
D4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua
D5. Antigua
D6. Antigua – Guatemala City airport

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Guatemala City – Antigua

Arrival at La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City.
Private transfer to your hotel in the colonial town of Antigua.

Arriving in Antigua, you will have plenty of time to take in the atmosphere of this beautiful colonial town famous for its cobblestone streets, plazas and churches.

Day 2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel

After breakfast, we leave Antigua and depart along the Interamerican Highway to discover the Western Highlands of Guatemala, still the most traditional part of the country where people follow traditions and a way of life dating back centuries.

We will visit the colorful market in Chichicastenango where venders and buyers meet from the entire Highland region. Stroll through hundreds of stands and visit the Santo Thomas church, the Calvario church, the local cemetery and the Mayan shrine of Pascual Abaj.

After lunch we drive to Panajachel, situated at the edge of Lake Atitlán. During the final descend from Solola to Panajachel, experience amazing views of Lake Atitlán.

Day 3. Lake Atitlán

After breakfast board a private lancha (motorboat) for a day tour of the lake. We visit 3 of the 12 villages surrounding the lake. We start in San Juan La Laguna, the most tranquil and scenic town around the lake. Afterwards we will visit Santiago Atitlan. Crossing the lake, we reach San Antonio Palopo before returning to Panajachel in the afternoon.

Day 4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua

During the course of the morning, we will start our way back to the center of the country.

Along the way, in the town of Tecpan we will visit the Iximche ruins. During the post classic period Iximche was the stronghold of the Kakchiquel Maya who controlled large part of the Guatemalan Highlands. It was also the place where the Spanish conquistadores established their first capital, Santiago de los Caballeros.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue on to the colonial town of Antigua.

Day 5. Antigua

After breakfast we prepare ourselves for a full day discovery of this charming Spanish colonial town. We start in the town center, Plaza Mayor and work our way through the most important monuments and museums during the course of the day.

Day 6. Antigua – Guatemala City

Private transfer from hotel in Antigua to the international airport in Guatemala City.

Guatemala : 7-day tour
Spanish Colonial Heritage + Western Highlands + Tikal (by plane)

Highlights

Antigua : Spanish colonial town – UNESCO World Heritage Monument
Lake Atitlan : private boat tour with visits of Mayan villages
Chichicastengo market
Iximche : post classic Mayan site
Tikal : UNESCO World Heritage Monument

Trip Summary

D1. Guatemala City airport to Antigua
D2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel
D3. Lake Atitlan boat tour
D4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua
D5. Antigua
D6. Antigua – Guatemala City airport – Flores – Tikal
D7. Flores – Guatemala City airport

Day 1. Guatemala City – Antigua

Arrival at La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City.
Private transfer to your hotel in the colonial town of Antigua.

Arriving in Antigua, you will have plenty of time to take in the atmosphere of this beautiful colonial town famous for its cobblestone streets, plazas and churches.

Day 2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel

After breakfast, we leave Antigua and depart along the Interamerican Highway to discover the Western Highlands of Guatemala, still the most traditional part of the country where people follow traditions and a way of life dating back centuries.

We will visit the colorful market in Chichicastenango where venders and buyers meet from the entire Highland region. Stroll through hundreds of stands and visit the Santo Thomas church, the Calvario church, the local cemetery and the Mayan shrine of Pascual Abaj.

After lunch we drive to Panajachel, situated at the edge of Lake Atitlán. During the final descend from Solola to Panajachel, experience amazing views of Lake Atitlán.

Day 3. Lake Atitlán

After breakfast board a private lancha (motorboat) for a day tour of the lake. We visit 3 of the 12 villages surrounding the lake. We start in San Juan La Laguna, the most tranquil and scenic town around the lake. Afterwards we will visit Santiago Atitlan. Crossing the lake, we reach San Antonio Palopo before returning to Panajachel in the afternoon.

Day 4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua

During the course of the morning, we will start our way back to the center of the country.

Along the way, in the town of Tecpan we will visit the Iximche ruins. During the post classic period Iximche was the stronghold of the Kakchiquel Maya who controlled large part of the Guatemalan Highlands. It was also the place where the Spanish conquistadores established their first capital, Santiago de los Caballeros.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue on to the colonial town of Antigua.

Day 5. Antigua

After breakfast we prepare ourselves for a full day discovery of this charming Spanish colonial town. We start in the town center, Plaza Mayor and work our way through the most important monuments and museums during the course of the day.

Day 6. Tikal

Early morning transfer to the airport in Guatemala City for the flight to Flores in northern Guatemala.

Visit of Tikal, the most important archeological Mayan site in Guatemala. The Tikal site forms part of the 575 square kilometer National Park Tikal and is enclosed by vast and pristine rainforest. The jungle with a never-ending variety of trees, plants and wildlife is as impressive as the temples and sculptures.

Day 7. Flores – Guatemala City

Morning flight from Flores back to Guatemala City.

Guatemala : 11-day tour
Classic Colors of Guatemala + Copan (Honduras)

Highlights

Antigua : Spanish colonial town – UNESCO World Heritage Monument
Lake Atitlan : private boat tour with visits of Mayan villages
Chichicastengo market
Iximche : post classic Mayan site
Copan (Honduras) : UNESCO World Heritage Monument
Quirigua : UNESCO World Heritage Monument
Rio Dulce : private boat tour to the Caribbean coastal town of Livingston
Yaxha : Mayan site hidden in the jungle
Tikal : UNESCO World Heritage Monument

Trip Summary

D1. Guatemala City airport to Antigua
D2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel
D3. Lake Atitlan boat tour
D4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua
D5. Antigua
D6. Antigua – Copan (Honduras)
D7. Copan (Honduras) – Quirigua – Rio Dulce
D8. Rio Dulce – Livingston – Rio Dulce
D9. Rio Dulce – Flores – Yaxha
D10. Tikal
D11. Flores – Guatemala City

Day 1. Guatemala City – Antigua

Arrival at La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City.
Private transfer to your hotel in the colonial town of Antigua.

Arriving in Antigua, you will have plenty of time to take in the atmosphere of this beautiful colonial town famous for its cobblestone streets, plazas and churches.

Day 2. Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel

After breakfast, we leave Antigua and depart along the Interamerican Highway to discover the Western Highlands of Guatemala, still the most traditional part of the country where people follow traditions and a way of life dating back centuries.

We will visit the colorful market in Chichicastenango where venders and buyers meet from the entire Highland region. Stroll through hundreds of stands and visit the Santo Thomas church, the Calvario church, the local cemetery and the Mayan shrine of Pascual Abaj.

After lunch we drive to Panajachel, situated at the edge of Lake Atitlán. During the final descend from Solola to Panajachel, experience amazing views of Lake Atitlán.

Day 3. Lake Atitlán

After breakfast we board a private lancha (motorboat) for a day tour of the lake. We visit 3 of the 12 villages surrounding the lake. We start in San Juan La Laguna, the most tranquil and scenic town around the lake. Afterwards we will visit Santiago Atitlan. Crossing the lake, we reach San Antonio Palopo before returning to Panajachel in the afternoon.

Day 4. Panajachel – Iximche – Antigua

During the course of the morning, we will start our way back to the center of the country.

Along the way, in the town of Tecpan we will visit the Iximche ruins. During the post classic period Iximche was the stronghold of the Kakchiquel Maya who controlled large part of the Guatemalan Highlands. It was also in this site where the Spanish conquistadores established their first capital, Santiago de los Caballeros.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue to the colonial town of Antigua.

Day 5. Antigua

After breakfast we prepare ourselves for a full day discovery of this charming Spanish colonial town. We start in the town center, Plaza Mayor and work our way through the most important monuments and museums during the day.

Day 6. Antigua – Copán (Honduras)

We leave the colonial town of Antigua and drive along the Atlantic Highway to the town of Copán Ruinas, just across the border in Honduras. After the brief border formalities, we check into our hotel.

Afternoon visit of Copán, a very well-maintained Mayan site with several plazas, religious temples, a beautiful restored ball court and the impressive Hieroglyphic Stairway. Copan is considered the Paris of the Mayan world while Tikal is compared to New York for its massive architectural monuments. The details of the carving on the monuments are extremely refined and unique to Copan.

Day 8. Copán – Quiriguá – Rio Dulce

In the morning we have time to explore the quaint little town, its cobblestone streets, and the laid-back way of living. Have a local coffee overlooking the plaza central and observe daily life passing by. Afterwards we leave Copán and drive back to Guatemala with Rio Dulce as our final destination.

Along the way we visit Quiriguá (UNESCO World Heritage monument), a small but very beautiful and interesting Mayan site hidden away in a Chiquita banana plantation.

We continue our overland transfer (around 1.5 hours) and check-in at our hotel along the river Rio Dulce.

Day 9. Rio Dulce – Livingston – Rio Dulce

After breakfast, our boatman will take us on an amazing journey through mangroves and canals to explore the wonders of the Rio Dulce. This river connects Lake Izabal with the Caribbean Sea.

We will pass by the Castle of San Felipe, a fort built in Spanish from the 17th century to protect Spanish interests around the lake from British and French pirates.

Before noon, we arrive at the small Garifuna town of Livingston, the Caribbean getaway of Guatemala, where we will have lunch and try some local fish dishes.

Return in the afternoon by boat to Rio Dulce.

Day 9. Rio Dulce – Yaxha – Flores

Overland transfer from Rio Dulce to Flores, duration of transfer under 3 hours.
Time for lunch in El Remate, located at the edge of lake Petén Itza.

Afterwards we visit Yaxhá, a post-classic site which flourished long after the abandonment of all other classic era sites. This spectacular site is hidden away in the jungle on the shores of Lake Yaxhá, towards the border with Belize.

Overnight in Flores, overlooking lake Petén Itza.

Day 10. Tikal

Visit of Tikal, the most important archeological Mayan site in Guatemala. The Tikal site forms part of the 575 square kilometer National Park Tikal and is enclosed by vast and pristine rainforest. The jungle with a never-ending variety of trees, plants and wildlife is as impressive as the temples and sculptures.

Day 11. Flores – Guatemala City

Morning flight from Flores back to Guatemala City.

Included:

Hotel accommodation

Standard Level  –  Tourist Class
Clean and safe hotels
Comfortable rooms with private bathroom (hot water)
Wi-Fi

All excursions in private services with entrance fees

Late model tourism bus with A/C

Guide throughout entire tour

Bottled water on bus

Domestic flight Guatemala City – Flores – Guatemala City
Included in the 7-day program

Domestic flight Flores – Guatemala City
Included in the 11-day program

All taxes included (12% VAT and 10% tourism tax)

Not included :

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Personal expenses
  • International airfare to and from Guatemala

Departure Dates 2020 – 2021

07 November
21 November
05 December
19 December

Price per person :

06 day program : US$ Single supplement :
07 day program : US$ Single supplement :
11 day program : US$ Single supplement :

If you travel solo and you want to share a room with another solo traveler to avoid the single room surcharge, please let us know.
Keep in mind we cannot guarantee that we will be able to match you with another solo traveler.

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