Guatemala Complete - 10 days, 9 nights

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  • Arco de Santa Catalina at Antigua, Guatemala
  • Indigenous women at Chichicastenango, Guatemala
  • San Pedro Volcano at Lake Atitlan
  • Aguateca National Park Plaza
  • Main archaeological site at Tikal, Guatemala
  • Stelas at Quirigua Ruins
  • Palacio Nacional at Guatemala City

ITINERARY

Day 01

Arrive at Guatemala City, our representative will meet you at the airport, we will drive you to Antigua Guatemala, a city founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 meters above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its main monuments and buildings have been preserved as ruins, evening at leisure, overnight at Antigua.

Day 02

In the morning, we will discover the timeless colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time it became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style. While in Antigua you will explore both the restored colonial buildings as well as those left as ruins throughout the city. Among the intricate colonial buildings and interesting museums you will visit on our tour, you will explore the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Chichicastenango for overnight.

Day 03

We will visit the Chichicastenango Indian market, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, which attracts buyers and sellers from near and far every Thursday and Sunday. A great variety of handicraft and souvenirs are for sale here, from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewellery and accessories, in the afternoon you will be transferred to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, evening free, overnight at Panajachel.

Day 04

In the morning, we will have a boat tour on Lake Atitlan and visit the communities along the shore like Santiago de Atitlan, were we will find a Quiche Indian population that descend from the Mayas and walk around this colonial towns, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Guatemala City for overnight.

Day 05

Today we will we will drive to Coban, four hours away from Guatemala City, on our way we will visit Candelaria Caves which side galleries hold evidence of ancient Maya rituals, and the entire system is traversed by the Candelaria River, rest of the day is at leisure, overnight at Coban.

Day 06

Early morning departure to Sayaxche area to explore the Aguateca National Park, navigating through the Petexbatun river to reach this amazing Maya spot which also serves as a wildlife sanctuary perfect for photography, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Flores for overnight.

Day 07

We will start the day with a one-hour drive until you reach the Maya ruins of Tikal. Tikal in its heyday 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala's premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travellers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers. We will tour the main archaeological  site and museum, mid-afternoon we will head back to Flores, evening at leisure, overnight at Flores.

Day 08

Early morning we will start our journey to Rio Dulce, in route we will visit the Quirigua Ruins, a small Mayan site located in the Motagua River that was apparently ruled by an offshoot of Copan's ruling dynasty during most of its history and served to secure Copan's access to the Motagua river and the trade routes to the cities further north. Quirigua features the tallest stela in the entire Mayan world, evening at leisure, overnight at Rio Dulce.

Day 09

Today, we will depart to Guatemala City, arriving around noon, we will enjoy a tour of the city, starting at the Metropolitan Cathedral, the city's main church. It has stood the test of time, having been completed in 1867, and has survived numerous earthquakes, then we will drive to the Guatemala Relief Map, an iconic scale map of the whole country, we will visit the National Palace of Guatemala, the symbol of the city and the President's headquarters. You will also see the Civic Center, the Central Plaza and the Ixchel Museum, evening at leisure, overnight at Guatemala City.

Day 10

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your international departure flight.

SERVICES INCLUDED

Accommodations at selected hotels in double occupancy, breakfast daily, lunch at Tikal & Rio Dulce, private ground transportation with english speaking driver/guide, airport transfers, sightseeing tours listed with admissions, local guides and hotel taxes.

*Departures on Tuesdays and Fridays only.

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