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Cultural Exploration in Guatemala

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2410 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2410 US Dollar (USD)

On this 8 day tour to Guatemala discover the birthplace of ancient Mayan civilization, one of the most fascinating and influential cultures in our world’s history. Visit ancient Mayan citadel Tikal National Park and explore the stunning natural splendour Lake Atitlan by boat. Our adventure continues to Chichicastenango market, considered to be the most famous in Central America visited by locals and tourists, and explore Antigua, a charming colonial city with historical cobblestone streets and baroque-style monumental buildings.

Itinerary:
Day 1-2: This morning you will arrive in beautiful town of Flores in Guatemala. Here, parrots and monkeys far outnumber people, and the crumbling ruins of the ancient Mayas stand in for modern cities. We visit Tikal National Park, where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. Not only you will enjoy a fascinating tour of this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, but you will also experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys, that live in the jungle canopy.

Day 3-4: On our way to Lake Atitlan we visit the wonderful authentic market of Comalapa to see the local people go about their daily life buying produce and goods for the rest of the week still dressed in the traditional textiles of the area. Lake Atitlan is surrounded by rugged hills, a trio of towering volcanoes, and a handful of small villages. Tz'utujil and Kaqchiquel Mayas have plied its shores for centuries and continue to do so today, wearing vibrant traditional clothing and practicing age-old Maya customs.

We take a trip onto the lake to visit a local textile cooperative to see the back-strap loom in use and to see how they still dye with natural dyes. You will also visit the home and workshop of local naïf painters before boarding the boat onto Santiago Village for lunch. After lunch you will walk with your guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximón is living. Each year a different ''brotherhood'' has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximón you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people.

Day 5-7: Chichicastenango is a famous market for both locals and tourists alike. Here people trade fruit, vegetables and everyday items as well as an endless variety of beautiful textile, wooden and ceramic crafts. After some time at the market we continue to Antigua. Founded in the sixteenth century, Antigua is a cosmopolitan destination with a rich colonial past. Its cobblestone streets are lined with pretty, pastel-hued homes and the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city of 35,000 people sits in valley between coffee farms, indigenous villages, and three imposing volcanoes We will explore this colonial city's cultural, architectural, and social history with a behind-the-scenes look at some of Antigua's ornately decorated churches, Spanish colonial-era ruins, and the tomb of the first Guatemalan saint. You will also have a day at leisure here where are range of excursions are available such as Volcano hikes, Coffee plantation tours and a school visit.

Day 8: At the conclusion of your trip you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Some other meals included
- Internal flights
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing
- Fully escorted in Central America
- Expert local guides throughout

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2010

We offer small group overland trips is custom built, deluxe expeditions vehicles throughout South America including the more off-the-beaten-track areas, ranging from 12 to 26 days. Also, custom designed tours for individuals or small groups which we can tailor to your exact needs. With over 14 years experience running...

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