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The Mayan Temples in Central America

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): Guatemala   Belize   Honduras  
Specialty Categories: Motorcycle Tours  
Season: November - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3200 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3200 US Dollar (USD)

This guided tour takes you through history, from the Mayans of Honduras, whose spectacular hieroglyphic stairway leading up a pyramid can be seen at Copan, up to hidden ruins in the jungle of Tikal in Guatemala with howler monkeys swinging high up in the forest canopy.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at San Pedro Sula / airport and transfer to our hotel. Greeting by our tourguide and briefing of the motorcycle tour. Overnight in San Pedro Sula. (B)

Day 2: San Pedro Sula – Copan Ruinas (160 km). After handing over the motorcycles we leave San Pedro Sula and take a scenic ride on a paved road towards Copan Ruinas – the place of the famous Mayan ruins. Overnight in Copan Ruinas, which is a small attractive mountain town with cobblestone streets and red tile roofs. (B)

Day 3: Copan Ruinas - visit of the Mayan Temples. We will tour the ruins in the morning with the ball court, the acropolis and the hieroglyphic stairways. In the afternnon you have the option to visit the museum (entrance fee not included) with the famous rosalila temple or take a short ride on a dirt road into the mountainous region of Copan. Overnight in Copan Ruinas. (B)

Day 4: Copan Ruinas – Antigua (230 km). Early in the morning we head to the Guatemalan border (El Florido) on a windy dirt road. After passing the border we keep staying on a mountainous dirt road passing through many rivers until we reach the highway to the city of Guatemala. For a short time we stay on this famous Pan American Highway before we arrive in Antigua late afternoon. Overnight in Antigua. (B)

Day 5: Antigua – Lago Atitlan (90 km). In the morning we take a stroll through the ancient ruined city of Antigua – the former capital of Guatemala for more than 200 years ago. After lunch we are leaving Antigua and turn off from the main road following a small dirt road towards the Lago Atitlan – one of the most beautiful lakes of the world surrounded by three impressive volcanoes . Here you will enjoy a fantastic view over the mountainous region. Overnight in Panajachel. (B)

Day 6: Panajachel – Tour around the lake. We will visit the market of Panajachel, which is the most popular tourist center around the lake offering souvenirs and handicraft of the native indians. For the more adventurous rider we hit a dirt road around the lake to see some of the colorful indigenous towns. We return in the afternoon. Overnight in Panajachel. (B)

Day 7: Chichicastenango (40 km). After breakfast we ride on a winding paved road over the mountains (2000m high) to Chichicastenango. Here we find the most colorful market of the Mayan indians in the highlands. All afternoon off to visit the market. Overnight in Chichicastenago. (B)

Day 8: Chichi – Coban (165 km). A full day on an exiting dirt road will test the rider’s skill today. We will pass over one of the highest mountains of Guatemala with breathtaking scenarios. Temperature will warm up as we descent into the depths of some canyons with tropical climate. You will be awarded with panoramic views of the Alta Verapaz region. Off road riding skills are recommend for this section. Arrival in Coban just before darkness. Overnight in Santa Cruz de Verapaz. (B)

Day 9: Coban – Sayaxche (205 km). We follow the gravel roads of the Alta Verapaz region down into the remote jungle areas of the Peten with its humid climate. For the most part only a few roads lead into the area and the forest remains mostly unspoiled. The Peten is still the last refuge for exotic birds, boars, jaguars and other endangered animals. We pass some Mayan villages having lunch in a basic "comedor" of the local Indians before we spend the night in Sayaxche. (B)

Day 10: Sayaxche to Tikal. As the Peten has the greatest concentration of Maya ruins found in Guatemala, we take the chance to see the Mayan site in Ceibal, only 12km away from Sayaxche. A muddy dirt road leads to the ruins hidden in the dense jungle. After lunch we cross the river "La Passion" in a ferry boat and head off to the Lago Peten Itza. We tour the lake around the northern side and stop at a lake side hotel for the night. Here you can clear off the dust with a late afternoon swim. Overnight in the Nationalpark of Tikal. (B)

Day 11: Tikal (80 km). Today’s highlight is the visit of the greatest of all Classic Mayan sites located 40km north of the lake. The massive ruins of Tikal are concentrated in the dense rainforest. In the high canopy above howler and spider monkeys swing from giant ceiba and cedar trees. A specialized guide will take us on the trails cut through forest to all the major archeological groups. Return in the afternoon to the Lago Peten Itza where we spend another night. (B)

Day 12: Lago Peten Itza – Rio Dulce (210 km). In the morning you can relax at the hotel or take a swim in the lake. Around lunchtime we continue our tour on a new highway all the way through the jungle towards Poptun. With the smell of asphalt we arrive at the "Rio Dulce" in the afternoon. Overnight at Rio Dulce. (B)

Day 13: Rio Dulce – San Pedro Sula (225 km). Passing through vast banana plantations we cross the border to Honduras and reach the Caribbean beaches of Omoa. After lunch we leave Omoa and ride back to the busy city of San Pedro Sula , where our motorcycle adventure ends. Overnight in San Pedro Sula. (B)

Day 14: Departure or Extension on the Bay Islands. Transfer to the airport and departure of your international flight. (B)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The above price includes motorcycle Yamaha XT 600 with electric starter,gasoline and lubricants, acommodation in double room with private bath, breakfast, border fees, entrance fees, support vehicle, mechanical service, airport transfers, riding tourguide.

Package includes:
- Motorcycle
- gasoline and lubricants
- 12 nights in double room with private bath
- breakfast
- border fees
- entrance fees
- support vehicle
- mechanical service
- airport transfers
- riding tourguide

Supplier Information
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Location: Honduras
Joined InfoHub: Jun 2003
Client Request Served: 39

Maya Moto is a German run company, based in Honduras, offering guided motorcycle tours on dual purpose motorcycles to the Mayan ruins in Honduras and Guatemala since 1994. Take a ride through the exotic countryside of Central America exploring Mayan culture, volcanoes, Caribbean beaches and jungle trails. Since 1994 we...

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