Day 1: On arrival at Santa Elena’s Airport, in Flores Peten, our representative will transfer you to Hotel for overnight accommodations.
Day 2: At 8:00 am, you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to Ceibal, the Mayan Archaeological site situated in Sayaxché, near the banks of La Pasión River where you can see crocodiles and exotic birds. The Ceibal Stelae is among the finest and best preserved sculptures of the late Classic Period. Because of the hardness of the local stone, which has withstood centuries of rain, root penetration, and falling trees, it is often called the "Maya Art Gallery". One of its most important structures is a round stone, which is considered very rare in the Mesoamerican area.
Day 3: At 8:00 am, you will be picked up at your hotel and visit the archaeological site of Yaxhá. The city is contemporary to Tikal, and is located on the northeastern side of the Lake Yaxhá. Over 1,400 monuments have been mapped and an excavation program has been taken place in the last 10 years, exposing some of its magnificent architecture. Also, visit ball courts, residential and religious areas like the Maler Group, North Acropolis recently restored, and finally Temple 216, over 90 feet high. Continue your visit to Topoxté located in seasonal islands, on the western side of Lake Yaxhá. Its buildings are similar to those of Tulúm in Yucatan, and it was inhabited during 900 – 1,200 AD., known as post classic.
Day 4: At 9:00 am, you will board the motor launch to cross Lake Atitlán to the picturesque Indian village of Santiago Atitlán, one of the twelve lake-shore villages surrounding the Lake. Enjoy this bustling Indian community, where weavers work the colorful textiles. In the afternoon, transfer to Quetzaltenango.
Day 5: Today you will go back more than 2,000 years in time when you visit the Tikal National Park. At 8:00 am, you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to the Mayan City which is located in the center of the National Park that bears its name, and has an extension of 222 square miles. Tikal was inhabited from 600 BC, till 869 AD. Its highlight was between 690 till 850 AD, a time period known by archaeologists as the Late Classic. Visit the Twin-Pyramid Complexes "Q" and "R", Lost World Complex where the Great Pyramid and Temple 5C-49 are the most important. Also, visit Temple III and the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, squared off with the pyramids of the Grand Jaguar and the Masks, the Palace of the Nobles, and Pyramid IV. This one is the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from its top a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle can be enjoyed. After lunch, visit the museum, which houses some of the many Pre-Columbian art treasures found during the excavations of the site.
Day 6: At 06:00 am you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to Río Dulce bridge, where you will be transferred by launch to Río Dulce, undoubtedly one of the country’s most unique tourist attractions. The enormous Río Dulce offers a natural experience; while navigating on its beautiful waters one enjoys the riverine forest and listens to the sounds of the howler monkeys. The nice spots on the riverside include natural forests and bathing places in a unique natural environment. Several islands and islets along the river are the nesting grounds for thousands of aquatic bird which offer beautiful displays as they set flight and when they feed in large groups on the river waters. A section of the river is much wider, thus forming a 60 square kilometer water deposit, called El Golfete, which can be considered a river and a lake at the same time.
Day 7: This morning, transfer to the Mayan site of Quiriguá, where extraordinary monuments include 12 carved stellae, 4 zoomorphs, enormous carved stones of mythological animal forms, and not restored temples. Dates recorded are at exact intervals of 800 days. In the afternoon, transfer to Copán, Honduras. After completing official immigration formalities, continue to Hotel for overnight accommodations.
Day 8: In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Copán. As you step inside the park, witness elaborate stone sculptures everywhere. As you walk into the dramatic expanse of the Great Plaza you are witness of the cultural achievements of the ancient Maya. Copán’s main plaza contains the greatest collection of Maya sculptures in Central America. Take time to explore and marvel at the beautiful Mayan stellae, majestic temples, and complete ball court.
Day 9: You will be transferred to the airport three hours prior your flight’s departure time. You will be charged for airport security tax upon check-in at the airline counter.
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