Guatemala Highlights in a Week
Lake Atitlan – Chichicastenango – Antigua – Tikal
With this 7 days Guatemala Highlights itinerary you will visit and experience the main attractions of Guatemala. The package includes the Colonial City of Antigua, Lake Atitlan with the scenic highlands and the the Mayan ruins at Tikal. The best places to visit in this beautiful country!
Tour Program (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Valid: All Year
1st Day: Arrival
After your arrival in Guatemala City, you will transfer to Antigua and check-in to your hotel. You will have the evening at leisure to explore this charming city. Established by Spanish Conquistadors in 1524, Antigua was Guatemala’s capital for over two centuries. Antigua enchants visitors with its narrow cobblestone streets, tree-shaded parks, and old colonial architecture. Overnight in Antigua and prepare to see all the best places to visit on your amazing Guatemala itinerary over the next 7 days.
2nd Day: Antigua / Chichicastenango
Morning drive into the Altiplano (highlands) of Guatemala. Chichicastenango is home to one of the most spectacular and traditional markets in the Americas. The market is operational on Thursdays and Sundays starting at 8:00 am. There you will see and have a chance to buy impressive handicraft souvenirs. Visit the 400 year old Santo Tomas Church, where Catholic and pagan rites take place side by side in a truly mystic atmosphere. On the steps, people praying burn copal incense. Once inside the church, they offer candles and flowers to the souls of the departed, while they call on the saints and the lords of all the natural forces. After lunch you will be transferred to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan where you will have the rest of the afternoon and the evening at leisure. Overnight in Panajachel, 5000 feet above sea level!
3rd Day: Atitlan / Antigua
Today you will have an excursion by boat to Santiago, a typical Mayan village and one of Guatemala’s best places to visit. Crossing Lake Atitlan you will see the three volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan that are dominating the landscape. Santiago is known for the quality and beauty of its textile products. In the afternoon, you will return to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua Guatemala to rest for second half of your Guatemala itinerary covering 7 days.
4th Day: Antigua
Today we will enjoy a tour of Antigua. For many years, the Colonial City of Antigua was regarded as one of the major centers of Spanish power in the Americas along with Lima and Mexico City. 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 visits to The Merced Church, Central Plaza, Casa Kojom (coffee and Music Museum), Ciudad Vieja and Aguas calientes. Lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of Antigua. Late afternoon at your leisure or walk the streets and visit the markets in search of handmade cloths, weavings and crafts. Overnight in Antigua.
5th Day: Tikal Excursion
Fly into the heart of the Guatemalan jungle to the Maya monuments and pyramids of 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 making this one of the best places to visit in Guatemala. 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. After lunch at the ruins you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Peten.
6th Day: Peten Free Day / Guatemala City
After your breakfast you can explore the Mayan Ruins on your own If you are staying at Jungle Lodge or Tikal Inn (both are inside of the National Park of Tikal), or just relax and enjoy of the wonderful environment and the greats views of the Lake Peten Itza if you are staying at Camino Real Tikal (located at the Natural Reserve of Cerro Cahui). In the afternoon you will be transferred to Flores Airport to take your flight back to Guatemala City. Overnight in Guatemala City.
7th Day: Departure
After your breakfast you will be transferred to Guatemala City Airport for your flight home. End of our services and your 7 day Guatemala itinerary.
Prices per Person in US$
Our Price Includes
- Full breakfast second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seveth day.
- Lunch for fourth and fifth day.
- Local airfare Guatemala City – Tikal and/or Copan.
- Guided services throughout.
- Meals and activities as indicated on itinerary.
- Deluxe lodging in Casa Santo Domingo, Hotel Atitlan, Camino Real and Viva Clarion Suites.
- Standard lodging in Las Farolas, Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajchel, Isla Flores and Stofella.
- Budget lodging in Hotel La Posadita, Hotel Regis, Del Patio and Biltimore Express.
- Hotels subject to availability. If not available we use similar hotels.
This Package Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Personal expenses.
- Airport departure taxes.
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