Guatemala Magic & Mystery of the Mayas

  • Shore at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
  • View of colonial buildings in Antigua central park
  • Lake around tourism town of Flores Guatemala
  • Ruins of Tikal Guatemala

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Guided Tour of the Colonial city of Antigua
  • Enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Atitlan
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Tikal; largest of Mayan Cities

Itinerary

GUATEMALA CITY | ANTIGUA | LAKE ATITLAN | FLORES | TIKAL

DAY 1 | GUATEMALA CITY | ANTIGUA
Arrive at the airport in Guatemala City; meeting, assistance and transfer to Antigua for overnight.

DAY 2 | ANTIGUA
Morning walking tour with your private guide of Antigua. See the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city including some of the churches, convents and cathedrals. After lunch at a local restaurant; transfer to the village of Jocotenango on the outskirts of Antigua; visit to local workshops of the traditional woodcarvers of the area. See the interesting pink and white façade of the Jocotenango Church before continuing on a tour to the Azotea Coffee Farm and Museum. Learn about the importance of coffee in Guatemala's history and its impact today as well as hearing about the Mayan way of life. Overnight in Antigua. (B, L)

DAY 3 | LAKE ATITLAN
Depart Antigua to the town of Comalapa. Here, see the famous mural that school children painted depicting major events in Guatemala’s history, up to the signing of the peace accords in 1996. Visit some of thelocal painters who continue the tradition of native paintings that are famous in this town. Finally, on to the authentic market of Comalapa to see the local people go about their daily life buying produce and goods, dressed in the traditional textiles of the area. Time to stop at the small museum dedicated to the composer who wrote Guatemala’s national anthem who lived in Comalapa. After lunch, transfer to Lake Atitlan for overnight. (B, L)

DAY 4 | LAKE ATITLAN
Morning visit to the San Juan La Laguna Village; see the local textile cooperative and how they still color with natural dyes. Visit the home and workshop of local artists before boarding the boat to Santiago Village for lunch. After lunch, walk with your guide to find 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 their rituals. Before departing, stop at the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town. Overnight in Lake Atitlan. (B, L)

DAY 5 | LAKE ATITLAN | FLORES | TIKAL
Visit to the bustling market in the highland town of Chichicastenango. Pass through the central highland region and see the local Mayan people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives − working in the fields, collecting firewood, traveling between markets, selling their wares. Upon arrival, explore this famous market with its local fruits, vegetables and superb crafts with endless varieties of beautiful textile, wood and ceramics. Time to visit the famous St. Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform their rituals within the Catholic Church − demonstrating the interesting way the two faiths have combined in recent times. After lunch, drive to the airport in Guatemala City for the evening flight to Flores, gateway to Tikal, transfer to your hotel. (B, L)

DAYS 6 | TIKAL
Travel to Yaxha National Park; the name Yaxhá means “Green Water” in Mayan. The park is located 50 miles from Flores in the jungle beside the island of Topoxté. The waterways near the site are spiritual places for the Maya possibly because they are the color of Jade. See the sights and hear the sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this area abundant with wildlife. After a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Yaxha return to Tikal for overnight. (B, L)

DAY 7 | TIKAL | GUATEMALA CITY
The city of Tikal, once with a population of 100,000, was highly structured and immersed in spiritual practice; many of the massive buildings visible today were constructed during this time. The monuments paid tribute to the rulers of the past and were meant to please the deities. In addition to achievements in construction the Maya also excelled in the arts and astronomy. Drive to Tikal National Park, refuge for most of the animals in Guatemala and a place where they can be easily seen. Here, enjoy a tour of this fabulous site with huge temples rising up through the jungle canopy and a variety of tropical animals and birds. For clients wishing to extend their stay to Copan, overnight in Tikal. After lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Guatemala City. Overnight in Guatemala City. (B, L)

DAY 8 | GUATEMALA CITY | USA
Transfer to the airport for your international flight back to the USA. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

PROGRAMS

SILVER PROGRAM BY PRIVATE CAR
CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Antigua2Meson de MariaDeluxe Room
Lake Atitlan2Posada de Don RodrigoStandard Room
Tikal2Camino RealStandard Room
Guatemala City1Biltmore ExpressStandard Room


GOLD PROGRAM BY PRIVATE CAR
Features:
All Transfers, Touring, and Sightseeing via Private Car and Private Guide. Flights within Guatemala, Airport and Inter-city Transfers have an English speaking Driver.

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Antigua2El ConventoJunior Suite
Lake Atitlan2Casa PalopoDeluxe Room
Tikal2Villa MayaStandard Room
Guatemala City1Camino RealStandard Deluxe Room

Land Package Prices Per Person*

Daily Departures
Valid through August 2017
SILVER PROGRAMTWINSINGLE
Starting From$3,060$3,537
GOLD PROGRAMTWINSINGLE
Starting From$3,768$4,374

*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. International Departure Airport taxes are not included.

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