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Mayan Expedition

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1290 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1650 US Dollar (USD)

The journey begins in Antigua Guatemala, a city inspired by the Italian Renaissance, continuing to the Western Highlands of Guatemala and then visiting the Caribbean Coast and three of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization. You will have the chance to appreciate the differences of architecture, art and majesty of the Mayan constructions and monuments.

In one day you´ll have the opportunity to visit the Santo Tomas Church where the famous Popol Vuh was founded, the first capital of Guatemala, Iximche and the open market of Chichicastenango. This journey has unequal diversity to explore all the beauties of Guatemala, “The land of the eternal spring” named like that because of its perfect climate. Unforgettable Memories: Attend and be part of a real Mayan ceremony directed by a priest called “Xaman” in the last city of the Mayas, Iximché.

Relax and feel the pure air while riding a private boat in the beautiful Lake Atitlan surrounded by three imposing volcanoes. The feeling of standing on the ancient ceremonial centre of Tikal and on the middle of a virgin jungle where about 1500 years ago lived an unprecedented advanced civilization. Learn the secrets and make a unique ritual in Quirigua where the guide and you will clap and the echo effect will make a sound like a Quetzal.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Guatemala City - Antigua Guatemala. Reception at the airport “La Aurora”, upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala for overnight accommodations. Casa Santo Domingo or similar.

Day 2: Antigua Guatemala. Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Antigua’s most beautiful churches, monasteries, convents, and the cultural center. In the afternoon visit to San Antonio Aguascalientes and Ciudad Vieja. Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala. Casa Santo Domingo Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Iximche and Chichicastenango. Visit to the archaeological site of Iximché, the place where the first capital of Guatemala was founded and the last Mayan City. Transfer to Chichicastenango’s Market. In the center of town is the local market where you can buy wood products, ceramics and even gifts that the Mayan priests offer on their pre-Hispanic altars. You can also admire the Church of Santo Tomas which was built by Dominicans and Kichen in the year of 1540 on a Maya altar, which even today is used on the front steps of the church. On the other side is Calvary Church, in the square you can see a high stick where they have done each year the presentation of the Palo Volador. Transfer to Panjachel for overnight accommodations. Atitlan Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival to Panajachel we will take a private boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit the Tzutuhil Village of Santiago de Atitlan. In this village you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat to have lunch and visit the most important places. Vista Real Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Copan. Visit to the Mayan site of Copan or the “Kingdom of the Sun”, dates from the Maya Classic period (300 to 900 AD) where can still be seen several stone sculptures, specially dedicated to the ruler “18 Rabbits”who was beheaded in Quirigua Guatemala. Ceremonial temples can be seen as of the Inscriptions, the Popol Nah or Casa del Pueblo, the ball game and residential areas. Marina Copan Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Quirigua. Visit to the archaeological site of Quiriguá known for the tallest stelae in the Mayan World. The character that stands out is Kak Chan Tiliw Yopa, also known as Heaven Kawak, several of the stelae represent this character is also very important show Stela “C” which talks about the start of the fifth cycle begins Maya some 3,000 years before Christ until 21 December. The end of the Mayan Calendar gives emphasis to the Maya civilization and the world. Transfer to Rio Dulce for overnight accommodations. Banana Palms Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Rio Dulce. Boat trip from Rio Dulce to Livingston. On the way visit to the Isle of Birds, Aj-Tenamit Project, Kekchi origin population, likewise can be a stop for 20 minutes or half an hour in the area of sulphurous or hot waters, near the entrance of the canyon of Rio Dulce. At the end of the journey the river mouth will reach the Caribbean Sea “La Buga” Livingston, a population of African origin that was originally called La Buga which means La Boca. Transfer to Tikal or Flores for overnight accommodations. Camino Real Tikal Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Tikal. Transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, our guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II” Los Mascarones, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World. Transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations. Camino Real Tikal Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 9: Yaxha. Transfer to Yaxha, a former ceremonial center and city of the Pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. The facilities have evidence of Teotihuacan influence in their architecture and stelae. We can find the only twin pyramid complex outside of Tikal, also known as the Stelae Plaza. After lunch boat trip to Topoxte island, located in the Lake of Yaxha. After we finish the tour, transfer to the aiport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Vista Real Hotel or similar.

Day 10: Guatemala City. Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country. Accommodations (Other Options). Antigua Guatemala: El Convento, Posada del Angel, Meson Panza Verde, Porta Hotel Antigua, Posada de Don Rodrigo, Casa Encantada, Cissus, Vista Real Antigua, Filadelfia Resort and Camino Real. Guatemala City: Westin Camino Real, Mercure Casa Veranda, Clarion Suites, Intercontinental, Holiday Inn and Radisson. Lake Atitlan - Panajachel: Posada de Don Rodrigo, Porta Hotel del Lago, Casa Palopo, Laguna Lodge and Villa Santa Catarina. Rio Dulce, Livingston: Mansion del Rio and Villa Caribe (Livingston). Tikal, Flores: La Lancha, Villa Maya, Casona del Lago, Jungle Lodge and Peten Esplendido. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Note: Prices may vary depending on selected hotels.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All ground transportation as specified in itinerary
- Flight from Flores, Petén to Guatemala City via TAG (Saab 340A , Embraer 110)
- Lodging everyday of the trip in hotels specified
- Private Boat Tour in Lake Atitlan and Rio Dulce
- All breakfasts at the hotels
- Specialized guide in your language
- All entrances and taxes
- Lunch in Tikal Park on Day 9 and Dinner on Day 10
- Cooler box with drinks and snacks throughout the tour.

Price Excludes:
- Tickets abroad
- Meals not specified
- Tips and Personal expenses
- Taxes on tickets abroad.

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