Day 1: Guatemala - Antigua. Airport pickup, and transfer to Antigua Guatemala, town known for its beauty and tranquility, declared in 1979 as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 2: Antigua. After a nice breakfast at your hotel, we invite you to enjoy a walking tour around Antigua. This Spanish style town is famous for the unique architecture that was inherited from the colonial years. Government buildings, churches, convents and houses had stood the test of time, and give us their history narrated by one of our local guides. For over 232 years this town was the center of the Americas, having the first university founded on this side of the world. Leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 3: Antigua – Chichicastenango – Panajachel (Lake Atitlan). Guatemala is so diversified that in 2 hours away from Antigua we reach Chichicastenango home of the largest outdoor market in the Americas. This day you will experience a market day that hasn´t changed through the years. The market is held only on Thursdays and Sundays, and people from the surrounding towns gather on the central plaza of Chichicastenango, in between two main churches. This plaza is full o color, flowers, handicrafts, wood work, textiles, and souvenirs unique in their design, but you also find people praying to their ancestors doing rituals inside the church, with their ceremonial suits. Chichicastenango is also famous because it is the place where the Popol Vuh, the Mayan religious book that recounts the origin of mankind, was found. Later in the afternoon we head out towards Lake Atitlan. Overnight in Panajachel.
Day 4: Lake Atitlan – Guatemala. This lake is often called “The most wonderful lake in the world”; The origins of this lake were caused by a massive explosion on the crater of an old volcano, and with time three volcanoes grew around the lake, Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro, creating this magnificent view. The tour will be provided on boat, and you will visit 3 main towns: San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, which is the largest, famous for the paintings from local people and the controversial wooden god “Maximon”. On our way back to Panajachel we will visit San Antonio Palopo. Later in the afternoon we drive back to Guatemala City, making a brief stop at Antigua Guatemala. Overnight in Guatemala City.
Day 5: Guatemala - Flores - Tikal. The flight to Flores departs early in the morning, upon arrival you will be transferred to Tikal National Park. Tikal is also referred as the New York of the Mayan Civilization, it´s the largest and most important city of the Mayan Civilization. This protected area features such attractions as the Great Plaza, anchored by the Temple of the Jaguar and the Temple of the Masks, and Temple IV, Tikal's tallest temple. In 1979 UNESCO declared Tikal as Heritage of Humanity, by its unique value to gather itself, extraordinary and abundant natural and cultural assets. Leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight in Tikal.
Day 6: Tikal - Flores. Enjoy this day to relax, visit the museums, explore the jungle, you can also visit Tikal on your own or choose from one of the optional tours that are listed below. Later in the afternoon our minivan will drive you back to Flores. Overnight in Flores.
Day 7: Flores - Guatemala. After an early flight back to Guatemala City, a van and a guide waits for you to take a city tour. Our city was built in the late eighteenth century and still retains the urban-architectural features of the Spanish cities. However, it also has contemporary architecture reflected on its hotels, office buildings and shopping complexes, clustered in different areas. At the end of the tour, our driver will take you back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free. Overnight in Guatemala City.
Day 8: Departure Guatemala. According to your flight schedule, our minivan will take you to the airport.
- Highlights: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel (Lake Atitlan), Tikal, Guatemala City
- Day to start this tour: Tuesday or Friday.
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