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Guatemala Highlights tour

Guatemala Highlights

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 2,797 $ 254 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning beauty of this tropical paradise

  • Visit Tikal, the grandest of all Mayan Ruins
  • Visit Yaxha National Park, an interesting site
  • See the paradise for birders, nature lovers and amateur archaeologists

Short Description

From Guatemala City Airport you will transfer to Antigua for three nights.

Tours and excursions from this colonial city include a walking city tour, coffee plantation visits, mountain biking or hiking the many outlying valleys, climbing Pacaya Volcano. Next you will travel to beautiful Lake Atitlan with a stop at the Chichicastenango Market en route

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guatemala
End City Guatemala
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Itinerary

Day 1: Guatemala City- Antigua

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight Antigua hotel

Arrive Guatemala City. After clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by your local driver and guide and drive about 45 minutes to Antigua.

Day 2: Antigua Walking Tour

You will be met at your hotel by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural & historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Entrances are included to the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church.

This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide. If you wish to visit other monuments you will need to pay the entrances directly. At the end of the tour your guide can accompany you back to your hotel or take you to a place of your choosing. Entrances to monuments included.

Day 3: Antigua

Free day on own or on optional guided excursions.

Day 4: Antigua- Chichicastenango- Lake Atitlan

Meals: Lunch

Chichicastenango Market and transfer to Lake Atitlan This morning you will depart with your private driver and guide for the 2.5 hour transfer to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Along the way you will pass through the central highland region and see the local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives- working in the fields, collecting firewood, traveling between markets, selling their wares.

Upon arrival at Chichicastenango your guide will take you to explore this famous market both the local areas of the fruit & vegetables & everyday items as well as the craft area where you can find endless variety of beautiful textile, wooden & ceramic crafts. Guests can also visit the famous St Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform Maya rituals within the Catholic church- demonstrating the interesting way the two faiths have combined in recent times.

You may also hike up the hill to the Pascaul Abaj ritual site to see if any local shaman are performing rituals and/or to the cemetery on the outskirts of town. Afterward, you will transfer to your Lake Atitlan hotel.

Day 5: Lake Atitlan- Full-day Cerro De Oro Hike and Santiago Tour

Meals: Lunch

You will be met at your hotel and set off with your private boat driver and guide, and enjoy a short transfer to the Cerro de Oro area, where you will disembark and start the adventure in the village of Cerro de Oro.

Here start your hike passing through this charming local village. A 1 hour climb brings you to the top and will offer spectacular views over the area. After a short walk down a ride in a local truck brings you back to Santiago, where you will enjoy lunch and a visit of this interesting Maya village. Tour included lunch, trails snacks, water.

Day 6: Lake Atitlan

Free day on own or on optional guided excursions.

Day 7: Lake Atitlan- Guatemala City- Flores

Accommodation: Overnight with Breakfast included.

Transfer Lake Atitlan To Guatemala City

You will be picked up at your hotel by your private driver and set off on a 2-3 hour drive to the Guatemala City Airport for your flight to Flores. Airport reception and transfer to your Flores/Lake Peten Itza/Tikal hotel.

Day 8: Full-day Yaxha and Topoxte

Meals: Lunch

You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to Yaxha National Park where you set off by boat over to the small island site at Topoxte for a tour of this interesting site which it is believed was the last inhabited site of the Maya in what is now Guatemala. The boat then returns to the main site at Yaxha where they can enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited, atmospheric site. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this area which is rich with wildlife.

Day 9: Tikal with Canopy Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Tikal National Park for a privately guided tour.Tikal is the grandest of all Mayan Ruins, and the stunning beauty of this tropical paradise will leave you breathless.

Along with your private guide you will tour the ruins. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.Perhaps the most visually stunning and impressive of all Maya sites, Tikal’s five monolithic temples pierce the jungle canopy (Temple IV reaching a height of almost 230 feet) and ancient plazas, stelae and ball courts tell of a rich and powerful history when Tikal’s population reached almost 100,000.

By the beginning of the Classic Period (AD 250) Tikal was competing for regional domination with Uaxactun and Calakmul, and later Tikal was briefly conquered and subjugated by a powerful alliance of Caracol and Calakmul between AD 562 until AD 682. From AD 682 onwards Tikal flourished again under Lord Ah Cacau and continued to dominate the region into the 9th Century.

Today the site is justifiably recognized as one of the archeological wonders of the Americas. Its unspoiled jungle setting within the Tikal National Park makes it a paradise for birders, nature lovers and amateur archaeologists.

While here, climb to the top of the "Temple of the Jaguar" rising above the jungle to overlook the many temples and main plaza to imagine yourself in the hey-day of this thriving ancient city. Your guide will give you an excellent overview of the discoveries made here, an insight into the Mayan way of life, and the historical significance of the ruin

You will also encounter many species of birds and the rich flora of tropical hardwoods like mahogany and teak, along with countless ornamentals and edibles flourishing here. Entrance to the Tikal Canopy Tour is also included. You will be driven back to your hotel by your driver when ready.

Day 10: Flores- Guatemala City

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the Flores Airport for your flight to Guatemala City. Airport reception and transfer to your Guatemala City hotel.

Day 11: International departure

Hotel pickup and transfer to the airport. International departure.

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Group Size:

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Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Charges for Passports
  • Liquor and Beverages
  • Laundry’s and Personal Expenses
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption
  • Accident and Baggage Insurance or Transportation

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts and 4 Lunches

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