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Best of Guatemala

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,506

Experience the highlights of this amazing country. These include Antigua, a charming Colonial style city, Chichicastenango, a small town with a mountain backdrop and a very special atmosphere, Lake Atitlan, a beauty spot and Tikal, one of the most amazing sites of the Mayan civilization.


Guatemala is probably best known for its Mayan archaeological sites as its Mayan heritage can be seen everywhere. Guatemala has a rich and distinctive culture mixing elements from Spain and the native Maya people. Its diverse history and the natural beauty of the land have created a destination rich in interesting and scenic sites.

On arrival at Guatemala City airport, transfer to Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site and a charming colonial style city with a mild climate where time seems to come to a standstill. It is set in gorgeous surroundings nestled between three volcanoes and is known for its well-preserved Spanish baroque influenced architecture. You will spend 2 nights in Antigua.

The next morning, you will have a half day walking tour of Antigua to take in the cultural and historical sites which include churches, convents and cathedrals. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.

The following day, return to Guatemala City and then head to Chichicastenango, a charming town is with a special ambience. It is surrounded by mountains and valleys. Much of its charm emanates from the colourful cobblestone streets and the red tiled roofs of many of the houses. Stay 2 nights here. During your stay, you will be given a briefing on the town after which, you are then free to explore. Chichicastenango is famous for its wonderful markets which sell everything from crafts including ceramics and woodcarvings to food and flowers. Vendors begin setting up portable booths in the main plaza and adjacent streets of "Chichi" the night before. Later, you will meet your guide for a short walking tour of the historic sites.

Once again, return to Guatemala City and continue to Lake Atitlan a beauty spot and a major tourist centre. This very large lake has received many accolades over the years. The scenery surrounding it is breathtakingly beautiful. This includes three towering volcanoes. The lake is ringed by attractive small towns, one of which is Panajachel, probably the most important tourist centre after Antigua. The area around Lake Atitlan offers the opportunity to visit nature reserves or take part in activities such as hiking, biking and bird watching. Stay 2 nights at Panajachel. While here, you will visit the Mayan villages of Santiago and San Antonio. In the afternoon return to Panajachel for a short walking tour.

Once again, it’s back to Guatemala City then heading to Tikal, Guatemala’s jewel in the crown and one of the largest and most important Mayan archaeological sites anywhere. Tikal was at its peak over one thousand years ago with 100,000 inhabitants. There are around 3000 structures including many temples, towering pyramids and other relics plus excavation activities are still discovering many more. You will spend 2 nights in the Tikal region.

The next day brings a full day tour of Tikal National Park with its huge Mayan temples which rise above the jungle Your tour takes you through the heart of the major structures which extend over six square miles and include palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, avenues and steam baths. After your tour, you have time to explore on your own, possibly summit one of the tall temples or simply reflect on what was once the grand Mayan civilization.

Return the following day back to Guatemala City airport.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,506

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Day 1

Guatemala City and Airport to Antigua

Duration45 Minutes

El Meson de Maria

Constructed in harmony with the colonial style and beauty of La Antigua Guatemala, The hotel is located in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco, which is the Main Street, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza. You can enjoy the sound of the water fountain while walking through the beautiful corridors where you can admire the decoration of the rooms. On the third floor there is a roof top terrace with the best view of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango Volcanoes which surround the valley.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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El Meson de Maria

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    El Meson de Maria



    Constructed in harmony with the colonial style and beauty of La Antigua Guatemala, The hotel is located in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco, which is the Main Street, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza. ...

    Constructed in harmony with the colonial style and beauty of La Antigua Guatemala, The hotel is located in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco, which is the Main Street, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza. You can enjoy the sound of the water fountain while walking through the beautiful corridors where you can admire the decoration of the rooms. On the third floor there is a roof top terrace with the best view of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango Volcanoes which surround the valley.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Antigua Walking Tour

You will be met at your hotel reception by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the cultural, historical and social 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 Church San Francisco, the Cathedral 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.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Antigua to Chichicastenango

Duration3 Hours

Santo Tomas Hotel

Santo Tomas Hotel has the best location - just 2 blocks from the central plaza and market - and is easily the top choice in Chichicastenango. The colonial-era mansion has expanded to a sprawling operation, but still maintains its style and ambience. Several large interior courtyards, common verandas, garden fountains, and assorted nooks tie the whole thing together. The rooms are all fairly large and are outfitted with two queen-size beds, wood furnishings, and a fireplace. There's a large terrace with a pool and separate Jacuzzi, and a gym with steam bath and sauna. The restaurant and bar are both stately and popular. There's a fabulous panoramic view of all of Chichi from the hotel's rooftop terrace.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Santo Tomas Hotel

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    Santo Tomas Hotel



    Santo Tomas Hotel has the best location - just 2 blocks from the central plaza and market - and is easily the top choice in Chichicastenango. The colonial-era mansion has expanded to a sprawling operation, but still maintains its style and ambience. Several large interior ...

    Santo Tomas Hotel has the best location - just 2 blocks from the central plaza and market - and is easily the top choice in Chichicastenango. The colonial-era mansion has expanded to a sprawling operation, but still maintains its style and ambience. Several large interior courtyards, common verandas, garden fountains, and assorted nooks tie the whole thing together. The rooms are all fairly large and are outfitted with two queen-size beds, wood furnishings, and a fireplace. There's a large terrace with a pool and separate Jacuzzi, and a gym with steam bath and sauna. The restaurant and bar are both stately and popular. There's a fabulous panoramic view of all of Chichi from the hotel's rooftop terrace.

    Facilities

    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Chichi Market Day Trip ex. Mayan Inn

After breakfast you will be met by your guide who will give you a brief overview of the history of the market. You are then "let loose" to shop till you drop. An amazing centre of colours, smells and diversity of locals and shoppers, hours can be spent just taking photos. Be sure to visit the fruit and vegetable market and have a coffee from one of the balcony cafes where great view points are on offer for people watching and photography! At a set time, you will meet with your guide for short walking tour of the historic sites of the town.

Vendors begin setting up portable booths in the main plaza and adjacent streets of "Chichi" the night before and set-up continues in the early daylight hours. Outstanding items offered are textiles, particularly the women's blouses. The manufacture of masks, used by dancers in traditional dances has also made this city famous for woodcarving. Much of what is sold is of good quality, but there are also products in Chichi's many factories for the not-so-discerning foreign companies.

Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Chichicastenango to Lake Atitlan and Panajachel Area

Duration1 Hour

Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel is located one hour and forty five minutes from Antigua, Guatemala. With a beautiful lake-front view, a stay here will not be soon forgotten.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

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    Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel



    Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel is located one hour and forty five minutes from Antigua, Guatemala. With a beautiful lake-front view, a stay here will not be soon forgotten.

    Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel is located one hour and forty five minutes from Antigua, Guatemala. With a beautiful lake-front view, a stay here will not be soon forgotten.

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    • Business Centre
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

San Juan and Santiago Full Day Lake Tour

When English novelist Aldous Huxley visited Guatemala, he referred to Lake Atitlan as "the most beautiful lake in the world". The beautiful lake, as it is seen from Panajachel, Santa Catarina and San Antonio Palopo, has three volcanoes (Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro), as its backdrop.

Lake Atitlan is volcanic in origin. Its surface is 1562 meters above sea level, although this figure varies somewhat from year to year as the lake rises and falls. The maximum recorded depth is 324 meters but the lake is probably somewhat deeper in parts. It is 12 miles long and between 4.4 and 7.5 miles wide. The total surface area of the lake is 81.25 square miles.

Visits to the Mayan villages of Santiago and San Antonio. Afternoon return to Panajachel for a short walking tour

Duration8 Hours
Day 7

Panajachel Hotels to Guatemala City and Airport

Duration2 Hours

Guatemala City Airport to Flores Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Flores Airport to Flores Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Villa Maya

This eco-friendly hotel offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. Business amenities include small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a terrace, and multilingual staff.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Villa Maya

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    Villa Maya



    This eco-friendly hotel offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. Business amenities include small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a ...

    This eco-friendly hotel offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. Business amenities include small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a terrace, and multilingual staff.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Full Day Tikal Tour with Lunch

Tikal National park is a UNESCO protected site. Huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. Tikal is among the world's travel wonders, many calling Tikal one of the most spiritually powerful spots on earth. The monumental site with its towering pyramids looms out of the thick jungle canopy like stoic sentinels of ancient mysteries.

Tikal was once a wealthy metropolis of 100, 000 inhabitants and the seat of power for the great Jaguar clan lords. Today, Tikal attracts archaeologists from all around the globe and the wild-life surrounding the ruins makes it a naturalist's dream.

Your tour takes you through the heart of the more than 3, 000 structures extending over six square miles including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, avenues and steam baths.

The Tikal National Park is not only home to an ancient Mayan City. Screeching howler monkeys and squawking parrots provide nature's soundtrack to all visitors in the area. From monkeys to white lipped peccary, brocket deer, coati-mundis, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, ocelots; even the seldom jaguar can occasionally be spotted. Along with many vegetation and spices there is also an abundance of tropical flowers.

After the guided tour you have time to explore on your own, possibly summit one of the tall temples or simply reflect on what was once the grand Mayan civilization.

Duration8 Hours
Day 9

Flores Hotel to Flores Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Flores Airport to Guatemala City Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation in a choice of resorts
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours and indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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