This short trip allows you the chance to experience all of the special bits of Guatemala in only 8 days. Some may call these the highlights, but dig a little deeper with us and you will discover the individual history and stories of Antigua’s museums and churches; learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya people living alongside the stunning Lake Atitlan; and experience the ancient market of Chichicastenango, with its multi-colours and importance to the local indigenous communities. That’s not all though, as you head north to the pristine jungle of the Peten region to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayan world at Tikal, Yaxha and Ixpanpajul, led by our local Mayan guides.
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: After breakfast, it is time for your journey to the ruins and museums of the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala that, combined with the cobbled streets and monasteries, keep the stories and legends of those colonial times alive. In the afternoon, head to La Azotea farm where you can see the famous Guatemalan coffee plants in their different stages of growth. Here you will also find the coffee museum and museum of Mayan music that includes a collection of Mayan musical instruments, artifacts, costumes and naif paintings. (B)
Day 3: The colourful market of Chichicastenango is one of the most important indigenous 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, turning your visit into much more than a simple market. After exploring continue on to the impossibly beautiful 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 that uses hand weaving and natural dying processes, the studios/homes of the celebrated naïf painters and the shrine of the Maya god Maximon, where you will learn about the beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Finish off the day with another boat ride back across the lake and a drive back to Antigua. (B)
Day 5: Today you leave the modern Mayan world behind as you fly north to the land of the Ancient Mayans. First up is the little-visited Yaxha National Park. Here you will walk through ancient causeways (Sacbe, in Maya Language) under a dense rain forest canopy that is home to fantastic flora and fauna including lots of monkeys. The views from atop some of the highest temples looking over the dense forest canopy are nothing short of spectacular. (B)
Day 6: 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 forest surrounding every corner of Tikal and its temples, witnesses to the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations on the planet. (B)
Day 7: Ixpanpajul, located about 15 km. From Flores Island, is a reserve with a splendid protected forest and a natural shelter for flora and fauna. Here you have two options: walk over the spectacular suspension bridges and the twisting paths, full of exuberant vegetation and surrounded by nature. Or you can take on the canopy tour, allowing you to fly through the forest, observing nature just as the birds see it, in a fun and safe way. Nine daring platforms and a crossed cable system, placed in the highest and leafy trees will make this an unforgettable adventure.
After the tour you will leave for the Mundo Maya International Airport, to take your flight to Guatemala City for your last night. (B)
Day 8: 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: £995 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance.
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