Maya Magic & Mystery

From Guatemala City
  • Guatemala
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Take part in this 8 day tour to discover some of the stunning sites of Guatemala! The trip begins in colonial Antigua, which can be explored on tours of your choice. Continue to the historical town of Comalapa where you can experience what the daily life of locals looks like, before heading off to discover the Mayan ruins of Iximiche. Visit stunning Lake Atitlán and explore its villages, experience the famous Chichi Market & witness majestic Tikal before heading to Guatemala City where the tour ends. This trip is for anyone interested in Maya culture and must-see highlights of Guatemala.

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Lush forests, volcano-studded horizons and cobblestone streets

The archaeological wonders of Iximiche and Yaxha

Stroll around authentic market of Comalapa

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Antigua

Upon arrival to Guatemala City International Airport you will be met & transferred to Antigua.
Founded in the sixteenth century, Antigua is a cosmopolitan destination with a rich colonial past. Its cobblestone streets are lined with pretty, pastel-hued homes, luxurious boutique hotels, and an exceptional selection of smart restaurants and shops. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the city of 35,000 people sits in a valley between coffee farms, indigenous villages and three imposing volcanoes. At the heart of town is the parque central, a European-style plaza busy with shoe-shiners, ice cream vendors, families and tourists. During its architectural peak, Antigua was home to dozens of colonial monuments, churches and monasteries, but an earthquake in 1773 damaged or reduced most to rubble. In the centuries thereafter, efforts were made to rebuild and restore, and the city today is filled with melancholic, yet gorgeous relics and ruins.

Day 2
Antigua

Today you can choose one of these three tours:
Antigua Streets & Eats Tour - combines the robust flavours of Antigua's street food with this colonial city's colourful traditions and culture. During the guided tour you may sample delicious, authentic Guatemalan cuisine. The guide will describe the cultural background of these everyday delicacies and lead you through Antigua's bustling community market.

DLG fairly traded coffee tour with lunch - takes you to visit some of the families supported by DLG charity organisation where you can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers. After the coffee tour guests have a simple, traditional meal in a local home before transferring back to Antigua, to set off on their half-day walking tour of Antigua.
Pacaya volcano hike with picnic tour - starts with a morning transfer to the foothills of the active Pacaya volcano. On the hike you can enjoy great views of the northern volcanoes, the Pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. You will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch with the impressive volcano in close sight.

Day 3
Antigua Lake Atitlán

You will be met at your hotel & transferred to the town of Comalapa. On arrival to the town you can see the famous painted mural that the school children of the town painted, depicting major events in Guatemala's history up to the signing of the peace accords in 1996. You will visit the wonderful authentic market of Comalapa to see the local people go about their daily life, produce and goods. You will enjoy a local lunch before heading off to explore the Mayan ruins of Iximiche. After exploring the site you will transfer to Lake Atitlán and your hotel.

Day 4
Lake Atitlán

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the San Juan La Laguna village where you'll visit a local textile cooperative. You will visit the home and workshop of local painters before boarding the boat to Santiago village for lunch. After lunch visit other local villages and learn about their history and traditions.

Day 5
Lake Atitlán Flores

You will be met at your hotel by your private driver & guide for transfer to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Upon arrival your guide will take you to explore this famous market. You get to see the local areas of fruit & vegetables as well as the craft area where you can find a variety of beautiful textiles, wooden & ceramic crafts. Lunch is provided. When you are ready you will be driven to Guatemala City, where you will take a domestic flight to Flores.

Day 6
Flores

Today you will have a free morning to explore the small town of San Andres on your own. Later enjoy a half day guided Yaxha sunset tour. Yaxha is the third largest Mesoamerican archaeological site in Guatemala. This guided tour will provide you with insights into the people and customs of this site, which, in its heyday, served as the ceremonial centre of the pre-Colombian Maya era. In addition to archaeological wonders, this site boasts two scenic lakes. At sunset, you'll relax with delicious wine and snacks at the edge of Lake Yaxha and cruise the blue-green lagoon in a small boat before returning to your hotel.

Day 7
Flores Guatemala City

You will be met at your hotel by a private guide for a tour of Tikal National Park, where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. Not only will you be treated to a fascinating tour of this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, but you will also experience the sights and sounds of several tropical birds and other animals, including howler and spider monkeys, that live in the jungle canopy.
In the afternoon you will have a scheduled domestic flight to Guatemala City Airport.

Day 8
Guatemala City Depart

Today you will be picked up & transferred to Guatemala City for lunch before heading to Guatemala City Airport.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 Other meals included
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Tours and activities
  • Included Copy 20 Transport
  • Included Copy 20 Domestic flights
  • Included Copy 20 Local taxes
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$3,395 USD

Per person, twin share

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