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Majestic Guatemala

Majestic Guatemala

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 10 people
Destination(s): Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2215 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2215 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: In Guatemala

- Arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City
- Meet by our friendly staff and transfer to your hotel.
- Accommodations in 4 star hotels.

Day 2: Guatemala/Antigua

- American Breakfast
- Transfer to Antigua for a walking visit of the enchanting colonial city. Built by the Spanish conquistadors, and former capital city of the country; Antigua was declared world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. We will visit the Central Plaza, The Cathedral, La Merced Church, and Capuchinas church. You will walk through it’s cobblestone streets filled with charming Spanish colonial houses and restored monuments that will take you hundreds of years back in time. We will also visit a coffee plantation, and the Jade Factory.
- Lunch.
- Check in at the hotel and rest of the day free to visit this enchanting City on your own. You will be delighted with the popular coffee bars, Restaurants, the handy craft stores, and it’s many museums. Almost every building or house has a story to tell in Antigua. Your guide will be available, in case you need any assistance.
- Accommodations.
- Lodging.

Day 3 : Antigua/Chichicastenango/Atitlan

- American Breakfast.
- Departure to the village of Chichicastenango, we will visit the most incredible indigenous market where thousands of people wearing colorful dresses and costumes gather to barter, buy and sell their goods from the nearby local indigenous communities. We will also visit the church of Santo Tomás, a place where religious tradition mix with ancient native rites and indigenous mysticism.
- Lunch.
- Transfer to Panajachel in Lake Atitlan and rest of the day free, to wander through the handicraft stores, just enjoy the amenities of your hotel and/or take pictures and wonder at the majesty of this lake, regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
- Lodging.

Day 4: Atitlan/Quetzaltenango

- American Breakfast.
- Departure in a boat ride to the village of Santiago Atitlan , a small village of the Tzutujil Maya, noted for its paintings, sculpture and embroidery. Stop at the local church where the saints are dressed in colorful fabric by Tzutujil women, and visit the home of Maximon, an unusual deity worshiped by the living Maya.
- Return to Panajachel for lunch.
- Continuation by bus to Santa Catarina Palopó and San Antonio Palopó two small towns located on the shores of the lake, where we will see the colorful dresses of the inhabitants of this villages and have a taste of their daily life. The road to these two towns has one of the best views of the lake.
- Transfer to Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala.
- Accommodations, Dinner and Lodging.

Day 5: Quetzaltenango/Zunil/San Frncisco el Alto/Guatemala

- American Breakfast
- Departure to Zunil, an indigenous village famous for its "Fuentes Georginas" hot sulfur springs that locals say have healing powers. Continuation to San Francisco El Alto, the most picturesque town in the region. The Market day on Fridays is one of the most spectacular in the country.
- Lunch.
- Transfer to Guatemala City.
- Accommodations, Dinner and Lodging.

Day 6: Guatemala/Copan

- American Breakfast.
- Departure to the Honduras border and arrival to the charming town of Copán Ruinas.
- Arrival and lunch.
- Visit of the archaeological site. Renowned for its sculptures and hieroglyphs, the ancient Maya city of Copan was a principal cultural center, advanced in its development of sculpture, astronomy and hieroglyphic writing. Explore the Copan ruins with an expert guide walking among temples, open plazas, a well-preserved ball court, and a stunning hieroglyphic stairway featuring the longest text discovered in the Maya world.
- Accommodations.
- Dinner at the hotel and Lodging

Day 7: Copan/Quirigua/Rio Dulce

- American Breakfast.
- Departure toward the Guatemala Border, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Quiriguá. Located in the Izabal Banana Plantation, it reached its peak between 550 and 850 A.D. The ceremonial plaza has a giant stone, carved in 771 A.D. from sandstone, measuring 35 feet long by 5 feet wide and is the largest block of stone ever quarried by the ancient Mayas. .
- Lunch in Río Dulce.
- Arrival to the hotel. Accommodations.
- Dinner and Lodging.

Day 8: Rio Dulce/Livingston/Rio Dulce/Flores

- American Breakfast.
- Departure by boat for a tour of the Río Dulce River. Visiting the Castillo de San Felipe: an old Spanish fortress built in the 16th century by the Spanish armada, to defend the merchant ships from the pirates of the Caribbean, the birds’ island is a small bird sanctuary in the river very spectacular, the Golfete, and the town of Livingston: a Garifuna village founded by descendants of Black African slaves brought to the Caribbean shores by the English and French settlers.
- Lunch.
- After returning to Río Dulce, we’ll take our bus and head to Flores, Petén, in the heart of the Mayan world.
- Accommodations.
- Dinner and Lodging.

Day 9: Flores/Tikal/Flores

- American Breakfast.
- Transfer to Tikal National Park. Located in the middle of one of the thickest jungles in Central America, Tikal is famous for it’s colossal sky-reaching Mayan pyramids. This site, also declared world heritage patrimony by UNESCO, boast more than 300 separate constructions: temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, residences, ball-courts, terraces, causeway and plazas. See the Great Plaza, the Temple of the Great Jaguar, the Temple of the Mask, and many, many more.
- Camping Lunch at the site.
- Transfer back to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
- Lodging.

Day 10: Flores/Ceibal/Coban

-American Breakfast
- We will take the road to Sayaxche, and continue to Ceibal Archaeological Site. Ceibal is famous for its well preserved sculptures of the late Classic Maya era.
- Camping lunch at the site.
- Arrival to Cobán. This town is located in the heart of Guatemala’s Tropical rain forest: Alta Verapaz. The favorite place of bird-watch specialists, and botanist, it has all the necessary ingredients for a first class ecological adventure.
- Dinner at the hotel and lodging.

Day 11: Coban/Lanquin/Semuc Champey/Coban

- American Breakfast.
- Departure to a day of ecological exploration, starting at Lankin Cave. Located in a spectacular setting, complete with the rushing Cahabón river underneath, this breath taking cave is a must see for every tourist: huge chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites can be walked with the help of a local expert guide. Lankin cave was used by the ancient Mayas as a sacred place, it has a sacrificial altar 500 meters into the cave. Very close to Lankin we find Semuc Champey one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala, its name means "Waters hidden in the depths of the stones". Semuc consist of a series of Turquoise pools carved into the rocks naturally by the strength of the Cahabón River’s current.
- Camping lunch at the site.
- Return to the hotel. Lodging

Day 12: Coban/Guatemala City

- American Breakfast.
- Early departure to the Mario Dary preserve, also known as "El Quetzal" Biotope. It was created to protect the resplendent quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird. There we will find trails and nature paths through an exquisite cloud forest environment. The exuberant flora of the cloud forest ecosystem is as awesome as it is lush.
- Continuation to Guatemala City.
- Lunch.
- Check in at your hotel.
- Rest of the day free.
- Lodging.

Day 13: Guatemala/Out

- American Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport to take your flight.
- End of our services

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transfers Airport / Hotel / Airport
- Lodging in 4 star category hotels
- Entrance fees to all sites according to the program
- Meals according to the program
- American Breakfast every day
- A professional driver/guide in your language (Spanish, English, French, Italian)
- Transportation in comfortable tourist buses with A/C
- Boat transfers in Lake Atitlan and Río Dulce
- Bell boys tips at hotels.

Price Excludes:
- Flight tickets from/to your country
- Airport Taxes
- Tips of Guides and/or drivers
- Beverages
- Insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry service, etc.)
- Other services not specified in the program.

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