Along with your private guides you will walk the streets of colonial Antigua, explore the villages of Lake Atitlan, visit the markets of Comalapa and Chichicastenango and tour the Mayan ruin sites of Iximche, Yaxha and Tikal. In addition to our recommended Antigua excursions you can tour the Antigua Valley on foot or mountain bike, visit local artisan workshops or climb the Pacaya Volcano. While at Lake Atitlan, in addition to our recommended excursions, you can kayak on the lake, hike Cerro de Oro, visit lakeside villages, take a canopy tour. With extra days you can visit other Mayan sites such as Topoxte and Aguateca.
This trip can be booked with mid-range, superior or luxury properties.
On arrival in Guatemala City you will be met by your local driver and guide and transfer about 45 minutes to Antigua.
Overnight at an Antigua hotel, breakfast included - 2 nights.
Two suggested optional excursions: Fairly Traded Coffee Tour - Half-Day
You will be met at your hotel by your bilingual 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.
Antigua Walking Tour Half Day
You will be met at hotel by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Entrances are included to the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church.
This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide. If you wish to visit other monuments you will need to pay the entrances directly. At the end of the tour your guide can accompany you back to your hotel or take you to a place of your choosing.
Entrances to monuments included.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and depart for the 1-hour transfer to the town of Comalapa. On arrival you will see the famous painted mural that the school children of the town painted depicting mayor events in Guatemala's history up to the signing of the peace accords in 1996. From here you will visit some local painters who continue the tradition of naïve paintings that the town is so famous for. You can then visit the wonderful authentic market of Comalapa where the local people go about their daily life buying produce and goods for the rest of the week still dressed in the traditional textiles of the area. You can also visit the small museum dedicated to the composer who wrote Guatemala's national anthem who came from Comalapa. Guests will enjoy a local lunch before heading off to explore the Mayan ruins of Iximiche. After exploring the site you will continue by car to Lake Atitlan.
Includes private transfer, bilingual driver, entrance fees to Comalapa and Iximiche site, donation to painters, lunch.
Overnight at a Lake Atitlan hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to San Juan La Laguna Village where you will visit a local textile cooperative, see the back strap loom in use and see how natural dyes are used. You may also visit a local medicinal nursery where natural medicines, soaps and shampoos are produced. Following the cooperative visits, you will board the boat to the village of Santiago for lunch. After lunch you will go with your guide to the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed (at additional cost). After visiting Maximon guests can visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art that is famous from this area. Afterward, you will transfer back to your hotel.
Lunch and entrance fees are included.
Chichicastenango Market With Transfer To Guatemala City
This morning you will be pickup up at your hotel by your private driver and guide for the 1.5 hour transfer out to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Along the way you will pass through the central highland region and see the local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives - working in the fields, collecting firewood, traveling between markets, selling their wares.
Upon arrival at Chichicastenango your guide will take you to explore this famous market both the local areas of the fruit & vegetables & everyday items as well as the craft area where you can find endless variety of beautiful textile, wooden & ceramic crafts. Guests can also visit the famous St Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform Maya rituals within the Catholic church - demonstrating the interesting way the two faiths have combined in recent times.
You may also hike up the hill to the Pascaul Abaj ritual site to see if any local shaman are performing rituals and/or to the cemetery on the outskirts of town.
Lunch is included. Afterward, you will transfer to the Guatemala City Airport for your flight to Flores.
Flores Airport reception and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at a Flores or Lake Peten Itza hotel, breakfast included - 2 nights.
Free morning on your own (ask about an optional half-day tour). Yaxha Sunset Tour
This afternoon you will be met at your hotel and transferred with guide and driver to Yaxha, a seldom-visited Mayan city. Yaxha is the third largest Mayan site in Guatemala, and has only just been extensively investigated; though little has yet been restored. The view from the top of Temple 216 over the jungle lagoon is inspiring. Sunset drinks are then enjoyed at the end of the tour on top of the main temple with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby lake Yaxha. You will then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark - perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way - and return to your hotel.
Tikal Day Trip
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
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.
Afterward, you will transfer to the Flores Airport for your flight to Guatemala City.
Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Guatemala City hotel, breakfast included.
Hotel pickup and transfer to the airport for your int'l flight.
|Price from||$2,519.00 per person, based on double occupancy|