Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City

On arrival into Guatemala's La Aurora International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Guatemala City is home to four million residents and is considered the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Central America. Vibrant and fast paced, Guatemala City (or Guate as the locals called it) is a blend between the old and the new with a charismatic Latin charm. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the hotel amenities and spa (at additional cost). Should you require dinner reservations and transportation we can arrange this in advance.

Westin Camino Real

Overnight at the ‎Westin Camino Real. No meals.

Day 2: Museum Visits - Setting the Stage

This morning your driver will meet you for a tour of Guatemala City's impressive museums - the comprehensive cultural and textile museum, Ixchel, the Maya museum, Popol Vuh, and the National Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum. The Ixchel Museum collection is made up of pieces of utilitarian and ceremonial clothing used by the indigenous since the late 14th century until today. There is also a collection from Guatemalan painter Carmen L. Pettersen who documented in great artistic detail the distinctive costumes of the various indigenous communities. The Popol Vuh Museum is a comprehensive summary of the Mundo Maya (Maya World), complete with artifacts and recreations from Maya sites throughout the region. After lunch in a gourmet restaurant in Guatemala City, continue to the National Ethnology and Archaeology Museum houses the most important collection of Maya archaeological artifacts in the country. It traces indigenous history over the centuries and through the present day, using several hundred Maya artifacts to tell the story. The highlight of the collection is the jade exhibit, with earrings, bracelets, masks, and an impressive scale model of Tikal. After a full day of exploring the museums, your driver will transfer you to Antigua for the late afternoon at leisure. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magical and captivating place with colonial architecture, scenic setting and crumbling ruins. Strolling through town on the cobblestone streets, you will find are art galleries, craft boutiques, coffee shops, gourmet restaurants, quaint bars and more. Dinner is on your own and we can recommend restaurants depending on your taste - we love Los Tres Tiempos for its contemporary Guatemalan cuisine and great atmosphere (advance reservations are recommended in Antigua).

Hotel Mil Flores

Three nights at Hotel Mil Flores. Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 3: Antigua Walking Tour

After breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel for an exploration of Antigua done in the best way possible - on foot! Wear comfortable and stable shoes for walking on the old cobblestone streets. On this privately guided tour, visit the breathtaking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling center of Spanish colonial rule in the region. Discover the secrets of Antigua’s traditional history and art, admiring the colonial architecture of the 16th century churches, buildings, fine arts, terracotta ceramics, wooden sculptures and traditional weavings. Visit the city's historical heritage buildings such as The Cathedral, and San Francisco and La Merced churches. After lunch at one of Antigua's fine restaurants, enjoy a free afternoon to explore town on your own. Dinner is on your own and we can recommend restaurants depending on your taste (advance reservations are recommended in Antigua).

Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 4: Iximche Maya Ruin

After breakfast meet your driver for your day trip to Iximche. This relatively overlooked Pre-Columbian Maya site in the Western Highlands of Guatemala is an easy day trip from Antigua. It is not the major archaeological site, but was founded by the Kaqchikel Maya in 1470 after a prolonged conflict with the Kiche. When learning about Maya in Guatemala, this site is essential to the story. It was also the capital of the Late Pre-classic Kaqchikel kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524 with the Spaniards arrival.

After lunch near the site, return to Antigua for the late afternoon and dinner at leisure.

Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 5: Transfer to Copan

Your driver will meet you at your hotel after breakfast for the full day transfer to Honduras (approx. 7 hours with lunch en route on your own account). The quaint town of Copan Ruinas is complete with cobblestone streets, white adobe buildings and red tile roofs. The village is a relaxed and peaceful place that will charm you - it can be surprising that this small town is home to one of the most significant, and well maintained, Maya sites in Central America. The late afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the historic Hacienda San Lucas.

Hacienda San Lucas

Two nights at Hacienda San Lucas. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Explore Copan

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at Hacienda San Lucas for the tour of Copan Site. A half day tour through the site and museums (entrance to tunnels are not included, please ask your guide if you like to purchase this separately).

Copan is one of the best-restored, interesting and elaborate Mayan cities known. Occupied between 400 and 800 AD, Copan covers over 50 acres of temples, altars, stelae, ball courts, several plazas and the Hieroglyphic Stairway. Located in the beautifully lush valley skirted by mountains, it features some of the Maya’s most impressive accomplishments in architecture, astronomy and art. Among the magnificent finds are the well-preserved Rosalila Temple and the tombs of several of Copan’s rulers. After touring the site enjoy lunch in the village and the afternoon is yours free to explore Copan Ruinas or return to the Hacienda to relax.

Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 7 & 8 - Quirigüa Maya Ruins & Rio Dulce

After breakfast your guide will pick you up at Hacienda San Lucas for your transfer to Quirigüa archaeological site.

Quirigüa is recognized for having the largest and best-preserved stelae of the Maya World, it also shelters a great diversity of species, native to the tropical rainforest north of the Motagua River. Because of its great cultural and natural significance, Quirigüa was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage Site in 1981. Initially, the city shared its power with Copán, but during the Classic period (250 – 900 AD), after defeating and sacrificing the ruler of Copán, '18 Conejo' or 'Uaxac Laun Ubac Cauil,' Quirigüa became one of the most important cities. It was then when the ruler 'Kawak Cielo' or 'K´ak´-Tiliw Chan Yopaat,' started the project of sculpting zoomorphic monoliths and stelae.

On arrival to Rio Dulce enjoy lunch at the hotel and an afternoon at leisure. Tomorrow you will explore the river.

Rio Dulce is a navigable river which starts at Lake Izabal and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. Even though the river is only 26 miles long, its abundant tropical vegetation and rich wildlife make the river a unique destination to visit. Mayans used this as a route of commerce to take merchandise out of the main land to the north east. Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel after breakfast for your boat transfer to Livingstone. As you cruise the waterway, stop at the Lagoon Gardens with beautiful aquatic flowers, the island of the birds, Ak-tenamit Association and Rio Tatin. Enjoy lunch on the river or in Livingstone. After lunch, the boat will transfer you back to your hotel. For dinner on your own and overnight.

NanaJuana Resort

Two nights at NanaJuana Resort. Breakfast, lunch included daily.

Day 9: Yaxha Sunset Tour

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Flores, a small island village in Lago Peten Itza. After lunch (on your own, there are many restaurants to choose from with a water view), you'll be transferred to Yaxha archaeological site for a sunset tour. Yaxhá is one of the largest Maya cities in Petén, and together with the other cities located in this park, played an important role in the social and political organization of the Central Maya Lowlands. This city was inhabited from the Middle Pre-Classic (1000 - 350 BC) to the Post-Classic (900 - 1200 AD) and reached its highest development during the Early Classic, maintaining an important role in the Maya World for over 1,500 years. Much of its political history is known from carved monuments found at the site. Watch sunset from the top of a pyramid overlooking the lagoon. After sunset your guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.

Las Lagunas Lodge

Two nights at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel. Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 10: Ceibal Tour

After breakfast your driver and guide will transfer you to the Maya site of Ceibal. Getting to Ceibal is an adventure in itself - boat down the La Pasión River, peacefully admiring the tranquility and majesty of the Petén rainforest before arriving at the site. Although this majestic city was occupied nearly 700 years earlier, it flourished during the Late Pre-Classic Period (350 BC – 250 AD). It then declined during the Early Classic Period (735 AD), after the imprisonment of one of its rulers by the neighboring city of Dos Pilas, and it wasn’t until almost 65 years later, with the destruction of Dos Pilas that Ceibal recovered. Today, Ceibal is considered an important site in Maya spirituality. Religious ceremonies take place daily in the site’s “Pirámide de las Puertas” (Pyramid of the Doors) and in the ceremonial temple.After a box picnic lunch at the site, return via boat and road to Las Lagunas for the night.

Breakfast, box lunch.

Day 11-12: Tikal National Park & Departure

After breakfast, transfer by road to Tikal National Park. With your guide, explore the massive site and learn about the layout of the temples, architecture, history, and some theories on the demise of the Maya. If you are lucky, you may spot monkeys, small ground mammals, parrots, macaws and toucans. Tikal is the first National Park in Central America. It’s the biggest archeological site in the Americas with 576 km2 of jungle around the ceremonial center. Tikal was an independent city that bloomed during the late Mayan Classic Period being the wealthiest and populated city. Its massive constructions, symbol of political and administrative power, as well as its astronomical complex, makes Tikal a magical place that takes you more than a 1000 years back in history.

After lunch on site, your guide will transfer you to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The following morning you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Westin Camino Real

Overnight at the Westin Camino Real. Breakfast, lunch included.
Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Group of 2 $4,990.00 $1,735.00
Group of 4 $4,390.00 $1,735.00
Group of 6 $3,670.00 $1,735.00

Child rate on request, border fees and international flights not included. Please call for a quote from our air partners!

* This itinerary must start on a Monday or Friday due to Museums visiting schedules.

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