Start in the colonial town of Antigua. A suggested Fair Trade Coffee tour will introduce you the small independent coffee growers and the local families who own and operate them. Along with a local guide you will learn all about the complete process. Other optional tours from Antigua include a private walking tour of the city, hiking or mountain biking through the Antigua Valley, visits to the workshops of local artisans. Next you will fly to Flores, the gateway city to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Explore the ruins of the ancient city on a private full-day tour with lunch. With extra days you can visit other sites such as Yaxha, Topoxte and Aguateca.
Upon arrival in Guatemala City you will be met by your local driver and guide and transferred about 45 minutes to Antigua.
Overnight at the Meson De Maria (or similar), breakfast included.
The Hotel Meson de María is located in a restored mansion in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco (main street) and just 150 meters from the Main Plaza. The roof-top terrace offers the best views of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes which surround the valley. Hotel facilities and services include two restaurants, room service, solarium, business center with wireless Internet access, laundry service.
You will be met at your hotel by your bilingual host driver for a short transfer to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside of Antigua. You will be met in town by a local guide from 'As Green as it Gets' (AGAIG), a charity working to support small independent coffee producers and promoting environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala. This tour takes you to visit some of the families supported by this organisation where you can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing: picking, pulping, fermenting, washing, drying, trilla, sorting, grading the coffee (depending on the season), roasting coffee over an open fire and grinding by hand on a grindstone before sampling their handiwork. Coffee season is November to March. This tour includes a donation to AGAIG which the Viaventure Foundation also supports on an annual basis. Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Includes private transfers.
You will be met at your Antigua hotel and transferred to the Guatemala Airport for your flight to Flores.
Airport reception and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Villa Maya, breakfast included. Located about 15 minutes from Flores, the hotel Villa Maya is a quiet hotel that offers guests basic comforts and a base to explore Tikal and other regional attractions. Rooms have small deck with views of the lake and surrounding jungle, where wildlife, including lively macaws, is frequently observed.
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.
You will be driven back to your hotel by your driver when ready.
Transfer to the Flores Airport for your flight to Guatemala City. Connect with your int'l flight.
|Price from||$1,559.00 per person, based on double occupancy|