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Maya Archaeology and Guatemala Highlands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Guatemala   Honduras  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1300 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)

Tour includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tikal, Copan, Quirigua and Antigua Guatemala.
The Ancient Maya Civilization archaeological sites in 2 countries and the Maya People of today in the Guatemalan Highlands, its colorful markets at Chichicastenango, charming Spanish colonial city at Antigua and breath taking landscapes at Lake Atitlan.

Itinerary:
Day 1: SATURDAY. Arrival to Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Meet at Guatemala City International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Guatemala City finest district. Overnight in Guatemala City.

Day 2: SUNDAY. Copan, Honduras.

Morning transfer to Copan in Honduras. Visit to Copan Archaeological Site. An UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, Copan was the southernmost major center of lowland Maya civilization and is famed for its artistic sculpture. The great Hieroglyphic Stairway was dedicated in 755 and it bears a continuous text of more than 1250 glyph blocks listing dates and names of the city’s Classic Period rulers. Because of its beautiful artwork, unsurpassed in any other Maya city, Copan occupies a special place in the study of the ancient Maya. Visit Copan’s Museum of Maya Sculpture which contains some of the finest examples of Maya sculpture ever found. Dominating the center of the museum is a full-scale brightly coloured replica of the Rosalila Temple which was completed in 571. The ball courts are the playing grounds of an extremely serious sport to the Mayans. These games are believed to have had religious significance: the captain of one team was sacrificed to the gods. Overnight in Copan Town. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3: MONDAY. Quirigua, Guatemala.

Transfer to Guatemala’s Caribbean coastal plains, visiting Quirigua en route. Also an UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site since 1981. This strategically located river city of the Classic Period controlled the important Motagua Valley trade route linking the Caribbean coast with interior settlements. Remarkably preserved portraits and texts on sandstone stele chronicle a ruling dynasty in competition with nearby Copan. In 738 the ruler Kak Tiliw captured and beheaded Copan’s 13th lord, 18 Rabbit. Quirigua is home to the largest stele in the Maya World at 26 feet and 6 inches in height and weighting about 65 tons. Overnight in Flores. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 4: TUESDAY. Tikal, Guatemala.

The third UNESCO’s World Heritage Site of the itinerary and the first one in the Maya World, since 1979. Intensive construction took place at Tikal from the late Pre-classic Period until the waning of Classic Maya civilization around AD 900. At its peak the city covered about 48 square miles and had a population estimated at 55,000. Tikal’s Stelae 29 bears the earliest Long Count date known in the Maya lowlands. In 292 AD Temple IV, one of the many pyramids erected to memorialize the dead rulers of Tikal’s royal dynasty, and one of the tallest of Maya structures at 212 feet, was erected. Overnight Flores. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 5: WEDNESDAY. Yaxha, Guatemala.

Yaxha Archaeological Site, the only Maya Classic Site whose name is the same as its emblem glyph, well known for having large concentration of massive buildings and with defined avenues and causeways. It was always an allied of Tikal. Its location, on the shore of a lake and within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, makes it unique. Afternoon transfer to Flores Airport for flight to Guatemala City. Meet at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Guatemala City. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 6: THURSDAY. Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

Depart early to Chichicastenango that is by far the largest and most colorful handicrafts market in The Americas. Every Thursday and Sunday, Maya people from all over Guatemala, meet to sell their products and visit the town’s Catholic Church, Santo Tomas, to pray in their own way becoming the best example of syncretism of the Maya and Catholic traditions. Overnight in Panajachel Town by Lake Atitlan. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 7: FRIDAY. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

An interesting geological formation, Atitlan is a lake of volcanic origin, located at 5,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by 3 imposing volcanoes and in the heart of the Living Maya culture. Boat tour to visit San Juan La Laguna, a town famous for the colorful weavings, naïf paintings and wood carvings. Afternoon transfer to Antigua for overnight. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 8: SATURDAY. Antigua, Guatemala.

Antigua is an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the incredibly preserved Spanish Colonial heritage. Founded in 1542, it was for over 200 years the Capital of Central America. Morning visit to its most important palaces, plazas, churches and convents. Free afternoon. Overnight in Antigua. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 9: SUNDAY. Departure from Guatemala City, Guatemala. Transfer to Guatemala City International Airport.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Price based on private tour for 2 persons. Request price for a group of 3 or more tour participants. Price includes domestic flight. Prices doesn't include international airfare. Not including: beverages with lunches, border crossing fees, tips.
Payment with credit card pays a 6% fee

Tour Guide Credentials:
Certified guides experts in Maya Ancient Civilization and Living Culture.
Tour operated following the best practices of sustainable tourism.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices per person in double room:
- Group of 2/3 persons USD 1,800
- Group of 4/5 persons USD 1,300
- Single room supplement: USD 375

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jun 1999

M07706 specializes in culture and archaeology tours to the Maya in Mexico and Central America. All our programs feature scheduled first class tours for small groups. Our professional guides have deep knowledge of both the culture and the history of all sites and towns visited. Professional drivers and recent model...

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