8 Days/7 Nights, from $2150 per person
Highlights: Antigua, Coffee tour, Iglesia San Francisco, Lake Atitlan, San Juan La Laguna, kayaking, zip-lining, Chichicastenango Market, Maya God “Maximon”, Sunset In Yaxha, TikalContact Us to Plan Your Escape
Upon your arrival in Antigua, you will be greeting by your guide who will take you to your hotel and assist with your check in. The rest of the day is yours to explore or relax at your hotel and enjoy the amenities.
Welcome to Antigua! Founded in the sixteenth century, Antigua is a cosmopolitan destination with a rich colonial past. Situated in the valley between coffee farms, indigenous villages and three imposing volcanoes, the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. After breakfast, you will have two choices: Your guide will take you to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, where you will be greeted by a local guide from De La Gente (DLG). DLG is a charity working to support small independent coffee producers. The tour will take you to visit some of the families supported by the organization where you will work side by side with the coffee farmers on their daily coffee making process. If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, you can also opt for a walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the cultural, historical and social highlights of the colonial city with a behind the scenes look at some of the many churches, convents and cathedrals. After either choice, your driver will either take you back to the hotel or to any other place of your choosing. (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to the town of Comalapa. Upon arrival, you will see the famous painted mural that the town’s school children painted depicting major events in Guatemala’s history. From here you will meet local painters before visiting the authentic market of Comalapa. After enjoying a local lunch, you will head off to explore the Mayan ruins of Iximiche. After the ruins, you will be transferred to Lake Atitlan and your hotel. (B, L)
Surrounded by rugged hills, a trio of towering volcanoes and a handful of quant villages, it is rather easy to wax poetic about Lake Atitlan. Today you will be whisked away to San Juan La Laguna Village, where you will visit a local textile cooperative to see the entire operation, including how they still use natural dyes. After lunch, you will walk with your guide and find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different “brotherhood” has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximon, you may see local shaman performing rituals for the locals, and you can even have a personal ceremony performed. (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Along the way you will pass through the central highland region and see local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives. Upon arrival, you will explore the famous market and also visit the famous St Tomas Church where locals come to perform Maya rituals within the Catholic Church. You may also want to take a hike up the hill to the Pascual Abaj ritual site where you may witness local shaman performing rituals. After lunch, you will be driven to Guatemala City and to the airport for your flight to Flores the gateway to Tikal. Meeting upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (B, L)
Flores is the capital of El Peten, which is the largest department in Guatemala, and also its most sparsely populated. Here, parrots and monkeys far outnumber people! After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Yaxha National Park, where you will enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited Mayan ceremonial site. Temple 216 in the East Acropolis towers above the site and provides magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Before dark, you can climb to the top of the temple where you will enjoy drinks and a snack while watching the sunset over the surrounding rainforest. You will then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark, enjoying the nocturnal wildlife along the way. (B)
You are in for a real treat today, as you are whisked away for a private guided tour of Tikal National Park, where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. If the ruins alone don’t amaze you, you will be surely blown away by the sights and sounds of the tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys, that live in the jungle canopy. Once home to 50k or more residents, Tikal flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD. You will explore the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Janguar (144 ft tall), Temple of the Masks (125 ft), the Acropolis and much more. After lunch, you can further explore the museum and visitor center before returning to your hotel. After gathering your belongings, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to Guatemala City. Transfer to hotel. (B,L)
At the appropriate time you will be transfer to the airport. (B)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner
Price from $2150.00 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room
This itinerary must start on Wednesday or Sunday in order to match market days in Comalapa and Chichicastenango.