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Activities
  • 11 days adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 10 nights hotel
Meals
  • 3 Lunches
  • 10 Breakfasts

11 Days$2060USD

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Remote adventures
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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: GED

Trip highlights


  • Explore the dramatic ruins of Tikal
  • Journey by boat on the picturesque crater lake of Lake Atitlan
  • Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed UNESCO city of Antigua
  • Bargain for treasures at the colourful Indian markets of Chichicastenango
  • Appreciate the culture and natural attractions of Guatemala

This memorable journey encompasses the best of Guatemala's spectacular highlights. Discover the rich and colourful Indian market of Chichicastenango where a riotous cacophony of colour, dialects and costumes abound and you will have an opportunity to test your haggling skills. Visit Lake Atitlan - one of the world’s most beautiful lakes with three stunning volcanoes rising out of its emerald surface. Explore the spectacular World Heritage listed UNESCO city of Antigua with its Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque architecture. Travel on to Flores and to the ruins at Tikal where forest trails lead to a plethora of stone ruins that rise above the thick jungle canopy. Experience a fascinating insight into the main archaeological, cultural and natural attractions of Guatemala.


Arrival in Guatemala City. You will be picked-up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city for overnight accommodations. Please look out for our representative holding up a sign with your name on it. Overnight: Barcelo Hotel or similar.

Meals:  Nil

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Guatemala City where the principal sites you will visit include the National Palace, Cathedral, and Civic Center Complex. You will also visit residential areas, for an overall view of our rapidly growing metropolis (No shorts or bathing suits permitted). Then you will visit Iximché archaeological site, once the capital of the Cackchiqueles dating back to the 15th Century. After your visit, transfer to Chichicastenango. Overnight: Mayan Inn or similar.

Meals:  B

Today we visit the superb market at Chichicastenango. Livestock, handicrafts, fruit and embroidery all give way in this bustling market to the focal point – the church, strewn with flowers and filled with genuflecting Indians whose elaborate rituals see them crawling to the altar, while ‘Cofradias’, or members of the traditional brotherhood, swing incense above their heads. In the afternoon, transfer for Quetzaltenango. Overnight: Pension Bonifaz Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

Visit the colorful open-air animal market of San Francisco El Alto, the Church of San Andres Xecul and beautiful Valley of Almolonga. In the afternoon, transfer to Panajachel (Lake Atitlan). Lake Atitlan is surrounded by volcanoes and its shores are dotted with Indian villages, all of which have retained their distinctive cultures – the local dress and colours varies from village to village, and market stalls line the narrow streets. Overnight: Porta Hotel del Lago or similar.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, join the launch excursion to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan, where we can learn more about the local people, their famous weavings and their typical clothes. After lunch, transfer to Antigua. Overnight: Porta Hotel Antigua or similar.

Meals:  B

During the morning, you will have a sightseeing of this old colonial capital and its surroundings. Discover the churches, squares, markets and stunning colonial houses of this fabulous city. Surrounding the city are the huge volcanoes that make this part of the world so dramatic. Antigua satisfies everyone’s desire to see a perfect colonial city. The remainder of the day is free to explore. Overnight: Porta Hotel Antigua or similar.

Meals:  B

After lunch return to Guatemala City. Overnight: Barcelo Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

Early in the morning board your flight to Flores, upon arrival you will be transferred to the archaeological site of Ceibal for sightseeing of the site. After lunch transfer back to Tikal for overnight accommodations. Overnight: Camino Real Tikal Hotel or similar. The maximum check-in luggage weight for the domestic flights is 20 pounds (approx 9kg) and 10 pounds (approx 4.5kg) for hand luggage.

Meals:  B,L

Transfer to Yaxha & Topoxte for sightseeing of the archaeological sites. After lunch transfer back to Tikal. Overnight: Camino Real Tikal Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B,L

Sightseeing of Tikal. The majesty of the Mayan ruins at Tikal is striking. The winding, mossy jungle paths open up to a surreal world of pyramids and temples, where howler monkeys, frogs and birds like toucans create a cacophonous crescendo. Tikal has a number of step pyramids whose forty-four or so metres you can climb to gain a view across the jungle canopy. From the maze of courtyards of the Great Plaza, temples spread out into the jungle, including the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, and the North Acropolis of King Moon Double Comb. The Mayans settled in Tikal around 700 BC and had started to build the grand North Acropolis by 200 BC. By the time of Christ, the Grand Plaza was being built from stone, but it wasn’t until AD 250 that Tikal became a religious and cultural centre. It reached its glory under King Great Jaguar Paw in AD 300 and underwent a renaissance around AD 700 under King Moon Double Comb, before falling into a mysterious decline, like other Mayan centres, around AD 900. In the afternoon board your flight back to Guatemala City. Overnight: Barcelo Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B,L

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Comfortable well located accommodation on a twin-share basis in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Internal Flights Guatemala City / Flores / Guatemala City
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure (transfers are also included if you book additional nights pre and post tour with us)
  • Transportation on a seat-in-vehicle basis
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
  • Expert bilingual guides (tour will be conducted in English and Spanish)

  • Items of a personal nature ie laundry, phone calls
  • Drinks of any kind (e.g. bottled water, soft drinks, beers etc)
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Medical treatment

About Your Leader

Our guides are bilingual and many of our departures are conducted in English as well as Spanish.


Departure dates

Departs weekly on a Tuesday

Notes

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Easter, Christmas & New Year Surcharges apply and can only be provided upon request. Please ask us for details.

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Total Priceper person from

$2060USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Internal flight valued at USD$280
Options & Supplements*
    *Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Guatemala Encompassed trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

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