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  • Heart of the Mayan World

Perfect for the extended vacation this tour combines the Classic Tour + the Mayan sites of Yaxha and El Ceibal.


Day 1. Guatemala City

Arrival at Aurora International Airport Guatemala City.
Private shuttle to your hotel in the capital city.

Day 2. Guatemala City – Chichicastenango – Quetzaltenango

After breakfast we depart along the Interamerican Highway for the Guatemalan Highlands. The colorful market in Chichicastenango attracts venders and buyers from the entire Highland region. Stroll through hundreds of stands and visit the Santo Thomas church.
After lunch we drive to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city.

Day 3. Quetzaltenango – Zunil – San Andres Xecul – Lake Atitlán

After breakfast, we visit the charming Indian villages of Zunil and San Andres Xecul located in the mountains around Quetzaltenango. From Zunil we take a beautiful scenic route through the mountainous countryside to find the volcanic hot springs of Fuentes Georginas

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 4. 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 where we will visit cooperatives (in coffee or cotton). Afterwards we will visit Santiago Atitlan. Crossing the lake we reach San Antonio Palopo before returning to Panajachel late afternoon.

Day 5. Panajachel – Antigua

Breakfast in our hotel. Afterwards we prepare for the transfer from Panajachel back along the Interamerican highway to the 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 6. 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 7. 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 and have lunch in town.

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.

Day 8. Copán (Honduras) – Quirguá – Rio Dulce

We leave Copán after breakfast and drive back to Guatemala with Rio Dulce as our final destination.

Along the way we visit Quiriguá, a small but very beautiful and interesting Mayan site hidden away in a Chiquita banana plantation.

Afterwards 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 trip through mangroves and canals exploring the marvels of Rio Dulce.

Before noon we arrive in the small Garifuna town of Livingston, the Caribbean getaway of

Guatemala, where we will have lunch.
Return in the afternoon by lancha to our hotel in Rio Dulce.

Day 10. Rio Dulce – Flores – Yaxhá

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 Peten 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.

Day 11. Tikal

Visit of 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 12. Flores – El Ceibal – Cobán

We will start our Mayan exploration tour by visiting the Mayan site of El Ceibal, situated along the banks of the Rio Passion.

Its structures are not as impressive as the ones found in Tikal but the exotic jungle surroundings make El Ceibal a very mystical site. The archeological attractions include plazas, temples and magnificent stelae.

The best and also the most adventurous way to reach El Ceibal is by a one hour boat trip up the Passion River followed by a 30 min walk through the jungle

In the afternoon we return to Sayaxche by motorboat and continue on to Cobán, arrival by early evening.

Day 13. Semuc Champey – Grutas de Lanquin

Today we visit two natural treasures hidden in the vast natural beauty of the Alta Verapaz department. The Lanquin Caves is not only a vast extension of caves but also a sacred site for the Mayas. Semuc Champey, 10 km from Lanquin, is a 300m long limestone bridge. On top of this natural structure is a formation of several natural pools filled with mountain spring water.

Day 14. Cobán – Guatemala City

In the course of the morning we will start the transfer from Cobán to Guatemala City.
Approximate transfer time, around 5 hours.

Day 15. Guatemala City Airport

Transfer from hotel to the International Airport in Guatemala City.


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