10 days / 9 nights. Visit Antigua Guatemala, Chichicastenango, Atitlán, Semuc Champey, Caves of Lanquín, Copán in Honduras, Quiriguá, Río Dulce, Livingston and Petén.
Mayan history dates from 2,000 BC to 1,500AD. A period in which the Mayans produced the richness which makes them famous as a great civilization. Today they constitute over 40% of the population. The diversity of Mayan groups, more than 23 ethnic groups, is part of the vitality, dynamism and richness of the country. Your visit to Guatemala will be enriched step by step by the hospitality of our people, makers of culture and dreams, and will fill your trip with smiles.
Tikal & Copan
Day 1 Friday: Arrival in Guatemala City. Transfer to a hotel in the city for overnight accommodations.
Day 2 Saturday: Depart for Antigua, the former Spanish-colonial capital, for brief sightseeing of this charming town. After lunch continue to Chichicastenango for overnight accommodations.
Day 3 Sunday: Visit the colorful open-air market and Church of Santo Tomas. After lunch return to Guatemala City via Lake Atitlan for a brief stop at the lake side village of Panajachel.
Day 4 Monday: This morning you will drive through the states of El Progreso, Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz to arrive at Semuc Champey for a visit of this natural monument, which consist of a natural 500 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabon River. Atop the bridge are seven stepped turquoise pools. In the afternoon proceed to Coban for overnight accommodations.
Day 5 Tuesday: This morning you will drive to the border with Honduras. After immigration formalities, you will drive to Copan, one of the most fascinating Mayan ruin sites. You will be allowed to explore and marvel at the beautiful stellae and majestic temples, including a complete ball court.
Day 6 Wednesday: After breakfast you will return to Guatemalan territory to visit the archaeological site of Quirigua. In the afternoon proceed to Rio Dulce for overnight accommodations.
Day 7 Thursday: In the morning join the launch excursion to Livingston and the Castillo de San Felipe. After lunch, transfer by land to Flores or Tikal for Overnight accommodations.
Day 8 Friday: Transfer to Ceibal for sightseeing of the archaeological site. After lunch transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.
Day 9 Saturday:Sightseeing archaeological site of Tikal. In the afternoon board your flight back to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.
Day 10 Sunday: Transfer out.
Man & Nature
Welcome to Guatemala where you can discover the ancient magic of the Mayan World. Buried deep in the jungles of Central America lie the cities and the Empire of the Mayan people.
They built and ruled an empire which spread theoughout Guatemala, The Honduras, Belize, Mexico and into the heart of the land..
The Spanish conquest changed the world of the Mayan with the introduction of the church and European culture.
In addition to the Mayan culture and heritage, the Spanish alos spread throughout this region and establish the Catholic Church and colonial Spanish culture.
Slowly covered by the jungle and re-discovered centuries later, the massiv Mayan pyramids loom out of the pre-historic jungle to survey all they tower over.
Excavated and returned to a sembleance of their former glory and functionality, thses Mayan cities give us an idea of day to day life in this impressive civilization.
The stories unfold and are told by the buidings, the sports, the reglion and the oher clues and hints of the life of the Mayans. Throughout the jungle, the Mayans tamed the jungle and cultivated the landscape.
Examine the buildings, the carvings, the archetecture and all of the other stunning aspects of these Mayan metropolises. Learn what might have happened to this once great cvilization.
Accommodations as indicated, including American breakfast, 12% VAT and 10% Tourism (Inguat) Tax.
Sightseeing transportation as specified, including 12% VAT.
Entrance fees to visiting sites.
Tips to porters at hotels.
Meals unless otherwise specified as included in your tour itinerary and inclusions.
Tips to Guide, Driver and Chambermaids.
Personal expenses such as: beverages, phone calls, laundry, etc.
International airport exit tax ($30.00 per person).
Domestic airport tax ($1.00 per person).
Security Tax ($3.00 per person)
Our hotel rates include daily American breakfast and are exclusively valid for only tour programs and not for corporate business, conventions or seminars. Passengers not coming to Guatemala on a tour program, will be charged rack rate directly by hotel, and will lose amount paid to us.
This tour starts in Guatemala City, Guatemala with reception services upon your arrival at the airport or the hotel.
10 Days - 9 Nights
Program pricing is based upon hotel occupancy options
Single: $5,269.00 Canadian plus taxes
Double: $4,499.00 Canadian plus taxes
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You will be picked up at your hotel for your tour of Guatemala City. They will visit the National Palace, the Cathedral, La Merced Church, Santo Domingo Church and the Civic Center Complex. They will also visit the residential areas so they have an idea of the fast growth of our country (No shorts, no bathing suits). Continue towards the Popol Vuh Museum. Here you can see a valuable collection of pre-Hispanic art (sculpture in stone, polychrome pottery, censers, burial chambers). In addition, there is a section of colonial art and another one of folklore that mainly exhibits costumes and masks of traditional indigenous dances. Then, they will visit the Ixchel Museum of the Indigenous Costume. Founded in 1973 its name was inspired by the Mayan goddess of fecundity and weaving in the pre-Hispanic era. The museum has an important textile collection made up of pieces that date from the end of the last century to our days, coming from approximately 120 communities, located mostly in the highlands. In the afternoon, return to your hotel. * The museums to visit can be others depending on the day that the tour takes place.
You will be picked up at your hotel to transfer them to the Pacaya Volcano which is located between the departments of Guatemala and Escuintla. It has a height of 2,250 meters, which has varied with the years due to the various eruptions. At the same time, it forms part of a large volcanic caldera that includes Lake Amatitlan and Calderas Lagoon. It has a secondary pipeline called "Mackenney Peak", which is currently in activity. This volcano offers a colorful view, the blue color marks the path of ascent and the green color of descent. From the volcano you can admire Guatemala City, Lake Amatitlán, Agua Volcano and all the natural beauty of our country. In the afternoon, return to your hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel for your transfer to Copán, Honduras. After completing legal requirements at the border, they will continue to the archaeological site of Copán. From the moment you enter the park, you can see elaborate sculptures everywhere. You will have plenty of time to explore and marvel at the magnificent stelae, majestic temples, and a complete field of Ballgame. They will return to Guatemala to embark on their journey back to Guatemala City.
You will be picked up at your hotel to transfer them to the archaeological site of Iximche, which dates back to the 15th century. There was established the first Spanish capital of Guatemala. The architecture of the site includes a number of pyramidal temples, palaces and two Mesoamerican ball fields. During the excavations of the site were discovered the remains of murals painted in some of the buildings and ample evidence of human sacrifices. The ruins of Iximche were declared a National Monument of Guatemala in the 1960s. The site has a small museum with an exhibit of pieces that were found during excavations, including sculptures and ceramics. In the afternoon, return to your hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel for your transfer to the archaeological site of Quiriguá, where you will find extraordinary monuments for its great height, since some measure up to 35 feet, 5 meters wide and weigh up to 65 tons. Because of the hardness of the stone, some stelae were sculpted superficially. Also, you will see that there are zoomorphic sculptures, with mythological animal forms, and several temples that have not yet been fully restored. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Guatemala City.
TRAVEL & HEALTH DOCUMENTS: Passport and visa requirements, as well as vaccination certificates and other health requirements for travel between your home city and your tour destinations, may change from time to time. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to determine if any visas and vaccinations are needed. Passengers who do not have proper documentation may be prevented from boarding a flight and will consequently lose 100% of total package price. Prior to arrival in Guatemala, every client must verify that his documents are in order and that he has obtained a tourist card or visa if required. Visas are available only at Guatemalan Consulates abroad. Tourist cards are available to citizens of some countries at airport ticket counters at point of embarkation to Guatemala.
Single Suppliments and Currency
All prices on this website are per person and based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated. and are quoted in Canadian Dollars. Single rates apply as stipulated. Rates are subject to change without notice. Tour prices are subject to change depending upon currency exchange rates. Final tour payment price may therefore change between th etime a deposit is made and when the final payment is due.
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