This 11 day itinerary is a salute to all the things that make Guatemala such an exciting country to visit. Ancient and modern culture, colonial architecture, stunning wildlife & scenery, beautiful textiles, bustling markets and wonderfully hospitable people.Whether you are enjoying one of the most well preserved colonial towns in the world in Antigua, taking a boat ride across the impossibly beautiful Lake Atitlan to learn from traditional artisans, discovering the wildlife, nature and waterfalls of Coban and Semuc Champey or exploring the Ancient Mayan Temples at Yaxha and Tikal, there is absolutely no doubt the diversity of Guatemala will blow you away.
Day 1: You will be met on arrival into La Aurora International Airport by your guide who will drive with you to the city of Antigua.
Day 2: On a walking tour of Antigua you will journey through time and history, visiting ruins, churches, markets and museums; This is a city where legends of the colonial times are etched along old paved streets and every church, market and museum have their own stories to tell.(B)
Day 3:After a relaxing morning your guide will drive you through the highlands to the stunning Lake Atitlan.(B)
Day 4:An incredibly scenic boat ride to the village of San Juan La Laguna where you will experience the different ways this community are keeping their traditions alive, including a women’s textile cooperative showing hand weaving and the natural dye process, the studios/homes of the celebrated naïf painters and finally to the shrine of the Maya God Maximon where you will learn about the beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Finishing off the day with a further boat ride back across the lake.(B)
Day 5: The colourful market of Chichicastenango is one of the most important native markets of Latin America, where every Thursday and Sunday the Maya quiche people celebrate the ancient, indigenous commercial process in a mixture of flower scents and incense that turns the event into a magical moment. It is a market full of colour, noise, sounds and smells, a real feast for the senses. (B)
Day 7: Semuc Champey is a stunning destination made from cascade of natural pools surrounded by the rainforest and filled with crystal clear mountain spring water. For the energetic you can hike up through the jungle for some stunning views, or for the more rest full, simply relax immersed in the beautiful clear waters.
After Semuc Champey you will head to the Lanquin caves. For the intrepid a walk into this cave system awaits however you can also simply stay at the entrance waiting for the main event as thousands of bats fly out at dusk. (B)
Day 9: Today is your introduction to the amazing Ancient Mayan sites that cover this northern area. Head off for Yaxha National Park where you will walk through ancient Maya causeways (Sac be, in Maya Language) under a dense rain forest canopy that is home to fantastic flora and fauna including lots of Monkeys. You will b able to climb some temples that offer wonderful views of the surrounding jungle and conclude the day in the highest part of temple 216, the highest structure in the place, where you will enjoy a truly unforgettable sunset. (B)
Day 10: Experience the wonders of Tikal. This is a magical archaeological site located inside the Mayan biosphere, and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Destination in 1979. Here you will find a place where nature and archaeology live side by side. You will see abundant wildlife and the Mayan forest surrounding every corner of Tikal and its temples, silent witnesses of the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations on the planet.
After the tour you will leave for the Mundo Maya International Airport, to take your flight to Guatemala City.
Day 11: It is time to say goodbye to this magical country as you are transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home (B)
Prices from: £1500 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Note: stops can be extended, added or cut - just ask us!
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit: November - April
The Highlands: Nov - Apr sunny and dry with cooler nights. May - Oct can rain but only some showers each day.
The Lowlands: The lowlands around Tikal are usually hot all year round, with humidity increasing from May -Nov