Guatemala From A to Z
Lake Atitlan – Livingston – Izabal – Caribbean Coast – Quetzaltenango – Flores – Chichicastenango – Panajachel – Antigua – Tikal – Huehuetenango – Copan Honduras
Experience Guatemala and its culture with this 16 days vacation package. This long vacation allows you see all the different areas in Guatemala. From the heat of the North to the chill of the Highlands. You will not only visit the highlights but also off the beaten path locations. Climb an active volcano, walk in a Colonial City, buy souvenirs in one of the biggest and most colorful markets in Central American, sun bath on a withe sand beach and walk through the lush vegetation to discover the ruins of the Mayan cities.
Tour Program (16 Days / 15 Nights)
Valid: All Year
1st Day: Arrival, Antigua
At your arrival in Guatemala city airport our driver will be waiting for you and will transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.
2nd Day: Historical Antigua City Tour
Enjoy breakfast, then your guide will meet you for a city tour of Antigua. Enormous churches monasteries and colonial mansions from the 17/18th century line the city’s cobblestone streets. UNESCO declared Antigua patrimony to mankind. The guided tour also includes a visit to the music museum and the textile village. Lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of Antigua. After lunch rest of the afternoon at your leisure or walk the streets and visit the markets in search of handmade cloths, weavings and crafts. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Antigua.
3rd Day: Pacaya Volcano
A one and half hour hike brings us up to the active cone of Pacaya. There are not many places in the world where you can almost step on floating lava and have a spectacular look into the crater!! Climbing active Pacaya Volcano includes: All land transfers, box lunch, purified water, qualified bilingual guide and entrance fee to Pacaya National Park. Overnight in Antigua.
4th Day: Chichicastenango, Huehuetenango
Morning drive into the Altiplano (highlands) of Chichicastenango, home to one of the most spectacular markets in the Americas. Visit the largest traje (indigenous clothing) and typical (crafts) market in Central America and Santo Tomas Church, built in 1540. Here Indians practice their faith, blending Mayan and Catholic rituals. After lunch you will be transferred to Huehuetenango, located along the ridges of the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain chain of Central America. People are generally farmers, shepherds, or artisans who manufacture textiles, guitars, fireworks, pottery and baskets. Overnight at Hotel Casa Blanca.
5th Day: Todos Santos, Quetzaltenango
Today after breakfast you will be visiting Todos Santos, Maya-Mam in origin, this village sits on the top of the Cuchumatanes range, 50 kilomenters from Huehue. Its inhabitants still use the 260-day Mayan Calendar. After your visit, transfer to Quetzaltenango, best known as Xela.
Xela is currently considered as the second most important city of Guatemala, due to its size, industrial, cultural and commercial activity. It has preserved its colonial architecture. You can see several neo-classical buildings among which are those located around Centroamerica Park, considered the heart of the city. Overnight at Pension Bonifaz Hotel.
6th Day: Almolonga, Cantel, Zunil
Take breakfast, then you will be visiting Almolonga, located 5kms from Xela, it´s a fertile-land valley, known for its vegetables and fruits cultivated on small parcels. The Cantel that has the oldest and one of the largest textile factories in the country. There is also a blown-glass products factory that can be visited. Zunil it lies next to the river banks of the Salama River. Its features include adobe houses, broken-slate-roofs, whose sizes contrasts the surrounding mountains and the Santa Maria Volcano. Then you will return to your hotel.
7th Day: Fuentes Georginas, Atitlan Lake
These baths were guilt during the presidential period of General Ubico, reason for which it received that name on his honor. Its waters flow from the furnaces of the Cerro Quemado Volcano. After your visit here, transfer to Panajachel on Lake Atitlán where you will have the rest of the afternoon and the evening at leisure. Overnight in Panajachel, 5000 feet above sea level!
8th Day: Boat ride Santiago Atitlan, Iximche, Guatemala City
Today you will have an excursion by boat to Santiago, a typical Mayan village. Crossing Lake Atitlán you will see the three volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán that are dominating the landscape. Santiago is known for the quality and beauty of its textile products. After lunch you will continue to Guatemala city, on the way you will visit Iximche, in 1524 it was the setting of important historical events. Iximche is a land with creeks and ravines. Many ancient architectural structures can still be appreciated. Overnight in Guatemala City.
9th Day: Copan
Morning departure for a scenic drive to Copan in Honduras. Copan is home to the best-preserved ruins of the Mayan world, long protected by the jungle in a remote mountain valley. It boasts some of the finest sculptures and the longest Mayan text ever discovered and was declared patrimony to mankind by UNESCO. Archeologists continue to make amazing discoveries in Copan. Overnight in Copan. Marina Copan.
10th Day: Rio Dulce, Livingston
After breakfast departure to one of the most beautiful regions in Guatemala: the Rio Dulce. Af your arrival , you will take a boat to the picturesque Garifuna town of Livingstone on the Caribbean Coast. Overnight at the Villa Caribe in Livingstone.
11th Day: Playa Blanca
Today you will have an excursion by boat to the private beach of Playa Blanca passing along the waterfall of the 7 altars. Relax and enjoy the white sand beach bordered by palm trees and the warm water of the Caribbean Sea! A box lunch on the beach is included. In the afternoon you return to the hotel in Livingstone. Villa Caribe.
12th Day: Rio Dulce, Flores
Depart Livingston to Rio Dulce by boat, you will have a guided tour in the Natural Reserve of Rio Dulce which is said to be one of richest areas of flora and fauna in Central America, you will be around several hundreds species of animals and vegetation combined, so prepare for an unforgettable morning! Upon arrival to Rio Dulce town you will be transferred to Flores. Overnight in Flores area.
13th Day: Yaxha
After breakfast meet your guide, he will take you To Yaxha, that was the third largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period (c. AD 250–600). The city was located on a ridge overlooking Lake Yaxha. The nameof the city derives from the Mayan for “blue-green water”; it is anotable survival of a Classic period place-name into the modern day.After lunch you will return to your hotel.
14th Day: Free day
Today you will have a free day to relax at your hotel.
15th Day: Tikal
In this remote area, one of the greatest civilizations of its time built a city that lasted for centuries. The site of Tikal is in a national park where the native flora and fauna still flourish relatively undisturbed. Hundreds of species of birds, including toucans and macaws, can easily be seen, as can spider and howler monkeys as they glide through the dense vegetation. Then you will take lunch inside the park, and after lunch transfer to Flores airport to take a short flight back to Guatemala city, At your arrival, transfer to your hotel in the city.
16th Day: Departure
Today we will transfer you to international airport to take your flight back home.
Prices per Person in US$
Our Price Includes
- 15 hotel nights.
- Transfers between airports, hotels, and all destinations.
- Air ticket – Guatemala to Flores round trip.
- Entrance fees for Fuentes Georginas, Ixmiche, Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Copan, Yaxha, and Tikal.
- Breakfast at the hotels.
- Boat in Lake Atitlan.
- Guided services.
- Boat in Rio Dulce.
- Lunch during the tours of Antigua, Yaxha, and Tikal.
- Box lunch during the beach day in Playa Blanca.
- Hotel taxes.
- Deluxe lodging in Casa Santo Domingo, Hotel Ruinas Resort, Pension Bonifaz, Hotel Atitlan, Viva Clarion Suites, Marina Copan, Villa Caribe, Camino Real Tikal.
- Standard lodging in Las Farolas, Hotel Ruinas Resort, Pension Bonifaz, Posada Don Rodrigo Panajachel, Marina Copan, Villa Caribe, Isla Flores, Biltimore Express.
- Budget lodging in Hotel La Posadita, Hotel Ruinas Resort, Pension Bonifaz, Hotel Regis, Stofella, Marina Copan, Villa Caribe, Del Patio.
- Hotels subject to availability. If not available we use similar hotels.
Recommended To Bring
- Small backpack with a second set of close.
- Small towel.
- Soap and items for personal hygiene.
- Long light pants.
- Long sleeve shirt.
- Rain coat.
- Bug repellent.
- Good shoes.
- Pocket knife.
- Personal articles and medicines where needed.
This Package Does Not Include
- Drinks and meals where not indicated.
- Personal expenses.
- Airport departure taxes.
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