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  • Explore ancient mayan ruins and unesco world heritage sites
  • Visit modern day mayan communities and participate in a mayan tree-planting ceremony
  • Visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations
  • Take a chocolate workshop and enjoy the tasty results

The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial city of Antigua, learn the ancient art of chocolate making and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to soaring volcano views, your CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.

Trip Description
Central America Explorer
Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Central America Explorer



You are likely to find yourself among like minded peoples. The safety of having a guide and being with a group takes the worry out of travelling in a new country - especially when you don't speak the language. December 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Totally worth it!

Operator G Adventures



A terrific, well planned tour that showcases September 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A terrific, well planned tour that showcases the highlights of Guatemalan history and culture. Mayan ruins not to be missed. Tour very professionally managed by a highly competent and enthusiastic CEO. Great group dynamic and excellent hotel service.
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Operator G Adventures



Diversity. Experience. Safety. Excellent knowledge. All you really need to do is turn up on time. Takes the stress completely out of planning. June 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was a very positive, uplifting and enriching experience with the help of our CEO and tour guides, without any of the stress of having to plan anything, with a good number of diverse optional excursions should you wish to embark upon. This is the first time we've used an escorted tour holiday and it won't be the last.
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Operator G Adventures



Past experiences on 3 G trips, all excellent. March 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What a great group, tour guide and itinerary. Can't say enough!

Operator G Adventures



we really enjoyed our tours with G adventures. February 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great enjoyable way to learn about the Mayan culture and the history of Guatemla.

Operator G Adventures


Day 1 Guatemala City/Antigua Guatemala

There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy this charming city. Additional Notes: Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Antigua Guatemala (1B)

Walk through quiet cobblestone streets past restored Spanish colonial stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances. Explore the museums and churches, then have an ice cream and people-watch in the central park. Included Activities: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop

Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/Copán (1B)

The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, with an almost-perfect climate. Besides the Mayan ruins this town is famous for, there are many other things to explore. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Copán (1B)

The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, with an almost-perfect climate. Besides the Mayan ruins this town is famous for, there are many other things to explore. Included Activities: Copán Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Copán/Rio Dulce (1B)

Cross into Guatemala and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast. There are plenty of opportunities for R & R. Aside from boating on Lake Izabal, you may opt to horseback ride through a rubber plantation, explore San Felipe fort, take the morning monkey kayak tour, relax at the hot waterfall or hike through the jungle trails of the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Mayan Ruins of Quirigua Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Rio Dulce (1B)

Enjoy free time in Rio Dulce with optional activities that include: horseback riding, San Felipe fort, monkey kayak tour, relaxing at the hot waterfall or hiking through the jungle trails of the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area.

Day 7 Rio Dulce/Flores (1B, 1L)

In the morning, board a motorboat and journey towards the coast on a beautiful ride past cliffs, hot springs and a few small communities. Enjoy an included lunch in the small town of Livingston before heading off to Flores. Livingston is famous for its seafood soup called Tapado. Make sure to try it for lunch! After, journey overland to Flores in the Petén region of Guatemala. Transport: Boat Private Vehicle

Day 8 Flores (1B)

This charming town, with its pastel-coloured buildings, enjoys a scenic setting on Lake Petén Itzá. There will be time to stroll through the streets, buy local handicrafts or take a swim in the lake. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Flores/Jaibalito (1B)

Head to the small Flores airport early in the morning before boarding a flight to Guatemala City. From there, transfer by private van to the beautiful Lake Atitlán. Your home at the lake will be in the tranquil town of Jaibalito. This tiny village sits on the north shores of breathtaking Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes. There are no paved roads leading into Jaibalito, but the paths weaving across the slopes offer rewarding views of the lake. Transport: Plane Private Vehicle Boat

Day 10 Jaibalito (1B, 1L)

Test your communication and bargaining skills in the colourful local markets, of which there are many. There are also a number of weaving cooperatives that you may wish to visit. The proceeds from the sales return directly to the community and are a significant contribution to the local economy. Included Activities: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit

Day 11 Jaibalito (1B)

Free time for outdoor pursuits such as swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking.

Day 12 Jaibalito/Antigua Guatemala (1B)

Antigua offers three specialties that make shopping here very worthwhile. Textiles sold here and in the nearby towns are of the highest quality, beautifully designed and woven on foot looms or the traditional back strap loom. Jade, in carved statues and jewelry, is sold in several factories and shops in town and silver jewelry is also sold in the better shops and a nearby silver factory in San Felipe de Jesus. The city offers good buys in ceramics and antiques as well. Transport: Boat Private Vehicle

Day 13 Antigua Guatemala (1B)

Explore Antigua on a guided cultural walking tour with a local expert, including the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Opt to go on a volcano trek, or an excursion to a macadamia nut plantation or coffee farm. Included Activities: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour

Day 14 Antigua Guatemala (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,199

Price Per Day:

$ 157 per person
Trip Includes
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour
  • Antigua Guatemala G Adventures for Good: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit
  • Lago de Atitlán Hands-On: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit a chocolate museum and take a hands-on workshop
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Copán
  • Guided visit of the ruins of Quirigua
  • Scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce to Livingston
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Tikal
  • Boat ride around Lake Atitlán
  • with visit to San Juan la Laguna community including a local Mayan lunch and a tree-planting ceremony
  • Visit small community co-ops for demonstrations of traditional arts ands crafts
  • Guided cultural walking tour of Antigua
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van, boat, flight, walking.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Please note that there is a 25 pound limit on the Flores to Guatemala City flight. You may be charged by the airline for any weight over this limit.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Comfort hotels (13 nts).
Start City
Guatemala City
End City
Antigua Guatemala
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

AIRPORT Antigua's nearest airport is approx. 1 hr away in Guatemala City.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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