In the Footsteps of the Maya by Private Car

  • Landscape of Xunantunich – Maya site ruins in Belize
  • Santa Catalina Arch tower in Antigua, Guatemala
  • The stone head in the ancient Mayan city of Copan in Honduras
  • Tikal Ruins in Guatemala

Highlights

  • Experience an Indigo Workshop: Maya Natural colorant
  • Visit 4 World Heritage Sites: Joya de Cerén, Copán, Antigua and Tikal
  • Boat tour in Atitlán to Maya towns
  • Tour the tikal (World Heritage Site) and Caracol Archaeological Sites
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches

Itinerary

DAY 1 | USA | EL SALVADOR
Arrival to El Salvador where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in San Salvador. Overnight stay in San Salvador.

DAY 2 | SAN SALVADOR
Visit Suchitoto Town; one of El Salvador’s colonial towns. Walk along the charming cobblestone streets surrounded by lovely old colonial homes. Here, the Indigo trade flourished back in Maya and Colonial Times. Indigo, a natural colorant extracted from the Xiquilite plant, was a very important element for the Mayans, used for magical/religious rituals, as a medicinal plant, and for pottery and art; time to experience an indigo workshop. Travelers will learn the process of indigo as well as art techniques used on clothing. After lunch, continue to Joya de Cerèn, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This typical agricultural community, buried by the ashes of Volcano Caldera back in 600 A.D., has been preserved, allowing us to witness the everyday lives of the Mesoamerican agricultures of the time period. End the day with a visit to San Salvador Volcano; reach the edge of the crater and admire its beauty. Overnight in San Salvador. (B, L)

DAY 3 | SAN SALVADOR | HONDURAS
Depart San Salvador to Copán, Honduras, a small and charming town, gateway to the Mayan Ruins of Copán, a World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, time to discover Copán. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Copán. (B, L)

DAY 4 | COPÁN
In the morning we will visit the Copán Ruins: The Paris of the Mayans and one of the most distinguished cultural monuments in the world. A local guide will travel with you and explain the history behind all of the temples, sculptures, hieroglyphics and tunnels. Arguably, Copán is the most beautiful Mayan City and each stone of Copán reveals the majesty of the rulers and the skills of the craftsmen. Overnight in Copán. (B, L)

DAY 5 | COPÁN | ANTIGUA
Depart from your hotel and transfer to Antigua. Antigua Guatemala was the third capital city established by the Spaniards. It was founded in 1543 and is one of the main attractions of the country of Guatemala due mainly to its colonial architecture where it seems like if time has stopped. After a late lunch in Antigua, you will enjoy an Antigua City tour. Overnight in Antigua. (B, L)

DAY 6 | ANTIGUA
Today, a tour to Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It provides majestic scenery, impressive volcanoes, gorgeous panoramas, and hidden valleys. Besides the amazing beauty, within the shores of the lake lie a dozen indigenous villages of prehistoric origin where life has hardly changed over the centuries. Most of the population of the villages is Maya, who mainly speak Kachiquel and Tz’utujil. Afternoon boat tour visits some of these towns; experience firsthand the Maya culture. Overnight in Antigua. (B, L)

DAY 7 | ANTIGUA | FLORES
Morning at leisure to enjoy the delights of Antigua on your own. After lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight to Flores, gateway to Tikal. Arrive at Flores, and transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B, L)

DAY 8 | FLORES | TIKAL
Full day tour of Tikal, the most well-known and studied Mayan city, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. You’ll explore the main temples and plazas with your knowledgeable guide. After leaving, visitors feel that they have encountered the remains of one of the great civilizations. Overnight in Flores. (B, L)

DAY 9 | FLORES | SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE
Morning transfer to San Ignacio, Belize; upon arrival, time at leisure to explore independently. San Ignacio is located 72 miles west of Belize City and 9 miles east of the Guatemalan border. This town serves as a gateway to the major tourist destinations of Belize such as Caracol (largest Mayan archaeological site in the country), Xunantunich (the most photographed Mayan Site) as well as canoeing, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Overnight in San Ignacio. (B, L)

DAY 10 | SAN IGNACIO | CARACOL
Discover Caracol today. Located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the most important Mayan site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya world. Caracol was a classic period urban center that spread out over 55 miles with an estimated population of 180,000 people. Caracol’s enormous central core area covered 15 square miles and was linked together by more than 20 miles of “sacbeobs” (causeways) that radiated outward from the epicenter. The temple “Caana” rises above plaza level and to this day is the largest man-made structure in Belize. Over 70 formal tombs have been excavated and many hieroglyphic texts have been found. This region is also known as an excellent location for birding. Overnight in San Ignacio. (B, L)

DAY 11 | BELIZE | USA
Transfer to Belize International Airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)

Hotels

Silver

CityNightsHotelRoom
San Salvador2Holiday InnStandard Room
Copán2Marina CopánStandard Room
Antigua, Guatemala2Posada Don RodrigoStandard Room
Flores2Camino RealStandard Room
San Ignacio, Belize2San Ignacio ResortDeluxe Balcony Room

Gold

CityHotelRoom
San Salvador2HiltonHilton Room
Copán2Marina CopánStandard Room
Antigua, Guatemala2Santo DomingoStandard Room
Flores2La LanchaLake View Casita
San Ignacio, Belize2Chaa CreekCottage Collection

Features: All Transfers, Touring and Sightseeing via Private Car with Private Guide.

Land Prices Per Person

 Silver-TwinSilver-SingleGold-TwinGold-Single
Starting From$4,331$5,353$4,930$6,242

*Please call for International Airfares in Economy or Business Class.
Prices are not valid during certain holidays and are based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together.
Private Car and guide throughout, but boat may be shared on Day 6.
Border Crossing Fees and Domestic Flight within Guatemala are not included.

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