Explore 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites. Immerse into the indigenous market of Chichicastenango. Adventure into our “different Caribbean” and learn about the Garifuna culture in Livingston. Take a boat trip on Lake Atitlan, surrounded by 3 volcanoes.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
- Explore four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Colonial Antigua; the most important city of the Maya World of Tikal; the site of Quiriguá with the tallest carved stelae and Copan with its rich background
- Immerse into the indigenous market of Chichicastenango
- Adventure into the country´s “different Caribbean” and learn about the Garifuna culture in Livingston
- Take a boat trip on Lake Atitlan, surrounded by 3 volcanoes
go to “itinerary” above for the day by day description.
Welcome to Guatemala
On arrival to Guatemala City you will be met by our staff for the transfer to Antigua. (x 2 nights)
Antigua Guatemala + Coffee Farm
Visit Antigua Guatemala, a colonial city declared by UNESCO “Cultural Heritage of Humankind”. We begin in Antigua’s Historic Centre, starting from the Main Plaza and visiting the main monuments of the city. Afterwards visit a Coffee Farm to learn about the history of coffee in the country and its production.
Antigua AM at leisure/Lake Atitlán
Transfer to Lake Atitlán. In Panajachel, enjoy leisure time to relax by the lake’s shores and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the volcanoes, or to explore the main street crowded with colorful handicrafts. (x 2 nights)
Today you will visit Santiago Atitlán, one of the twelve villages that surround the lake. Departure in the morning by boat to the Maya-Tzutuhil village of Santiago Atitlán, famous for Maximón, a character that is widely worshiped by the inhabitants of Santiago.
Chichicastenango Indigenous Market
Departure to Chichicastenango, where you will see the most colorful and picturesque outdoor market in Guatemala. In the afternoon continue to Guatemala City.
Departure to Honduras (5hrs). After short border formalities, you will arrive to one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Maya World: Copán, declared by UNESCO a “World Heritage Site”. Site visit.
Return to Guatemala. On the way to Puerto Barrios we will visit Quiriguá, a unique archaeological site surrounded by the largest banana plantation in Central America. Declared by UNESCO “Cultural Heritage of Humankind”, Quiriguá is famous for having the tallest stone-carved stelae in the Maya World. After the visit, continue to Puerto Barrios, where you will take a boat ride to the Garífuna town of Livingston, located where Río Dulce meets the Caribbean Sea. Livingston is the only town in Guatemala with afro-caribbean background. (x 2 nights)
Playa Blanca, a white sand beach, accessible only by a 30-minute boat ride from Livingston, to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Afternoon at leisure.
Río Dulce (Ak Tenamit Cooperative- Panoramic view of San Felipe Fortress)
Boat ride through Río Dulce. Admire the lush tropical forest, hundreds of birds and the impressive Río Dulce Canyon. Panoramic view from the river of Castillo de San Felipe. In the early XVI century, the commercial activity between Guatemala and Spain flourished throughout the former Golfo Dulce. This fortress was built to protect the merchandise from the pirates of the Gulf of Mexico. Continue to Flores. (x 3 nights)
Yaxhá Archaeological Site
The Northern part of Guatemala was the birthplace of the great Mayan Civilization. In the morning transfer to the archaeological site of Yaxhá (“Turquoise Water”), considered an important civic and ceremonial site during the Mayan Classic Period. It is settled on a hill overlooking the beautiful Laguna de Yaxhá and Laguna Sacnab. Epigraphic evidence assures that it had important relationship with Tikal, as a “satellite” of Tikal during the Classic Period (300- 950 A.D.). Yaxhá is the only site in Petén, besides Tikal, that has a “Twin Pyramid Complex”.
Tikal National Park
Visit to Tikal National Park. Declared “Cultural Heritage of Humankind” by UNESCO. This majestic Mayan city is considered the largest and most monumental of all of the sites discovered in the Mayan World. Guided walking visit to the most important plazas, complexes and temples, enjoying as well the tropical forest, nesting place of hundreds of exotic birds and the habitat of a wide variety of wildlife.
AM at leisure/PM flight FRS/GUA
AM at leisure to enjoy the different activities offered by the Hotel chosen; relax at the pool; bike ride; hiking; etc. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to board a plane to Guatemala. (x 2 nights)
Guatemala City Tour
Guatemala City tour featuring visits to the National Palace of Culture (former “National Palace”, government offices), Cathedral, Main Square, Civic Center, Residencial Zones, Relief Map, etc.
See you soon
At the specified time, transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home.