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Guatemala Mayan Classic and Beach Escape

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Discover the Mayan Culture in Guatemala and Honduras! Stroll the cobblestone streets of Antigua; climb up the active volcano Pacaya; enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Atitlan Lake surrounded by three volcanoes and Mayan villages. Explore the Chichicastenango Market, the old Mayan cities of Copan, Quirigua, Yaxha and Tikal before ending on...

Discover the Mayan Culture in Guatemala and Honduras! Stroll the cobblestone streets of Antigua; climb up the active volcano Pacaya; enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Atitlan Lake surrounded by three volcanoes and Mayan villages. Explore the Chichicastenango Market, the old Mayan cities of Copan, Quirigua, Yaxha and Tikal before ending on the coast being pampered in a secluded beach lodge.

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Guatemala!

Your holiday begins...
• Our driver will welcome you at the airport
   and drive you to the colonial town of Antigua
• Explore at your own pace and shop for souvenirs
   and local crafts
• You will receive a welcome kit including a road
   map, additional information, and a local phone 

Day 2: The Town of Antigua

A day of exploration...
• After breakfast, meet your guide and discover one
   of the world’s best conserved colonial cities  
• Visit the churches and key buildings which date
   back to colonial times
• Go to the market in a Tuc-Tuc to see the
   local life and produce

Day 3: Ascend the Pacaya Volcano

Recently erupting volcano...
• After breakfast, be ready to hike-up the active
   volcano of Pacaya
• Pacaya reaches a height 8373 feet and is active
• Recent eruptions were in 2006 - and one which
   covered the capital city in ashes in 2010

Antigua GuatemalaPayacaLake Atitlan

Day 4: Boat Excursion to the Mayan Villages

Sleeping on the shores of Lake Atitlan...
• After breakfast, enjoy a scenic private boat tour
   accompanied by your guide
• Visit three Mayan villages: San Juan la Laguna, San
   Pedro la Laguna and Santiago Atitlan  
• Meet Maximon -  a syncretism of Mayan and
  Christian beliefs

San Juan La LagunaSan Pedro La LagunaSantiago AtitlánLake Atitlan

Day 5: Explore the Maya Quiche Region

Maya Holy Book - Popol Vuh...
• Today you'll be at Chichicastenango entrance gate
   to visit the Maya Quiche Region
• Discover the most famous market in Guatemala
   and visit Santo Tomas church
• Hike up from a traditional mask factory to the
   Pascual Abaj ceremonial centre

Lake AtitlanChichicastenangoAntigua Guatemala

Day 6: The Macaw Mountain Bird Park

Endangered birds rescue centre...
• Head to the small town of Copan in Honduras, a
   beautiful place paved with cobblestones 
• Head to the vibrant Macaw Mountain Bird Park
   and Natural Reserve in Western Honduras  
• This centre cares for rescued and endangered
   birds of the American tropics  

Antigua GuatemalaCopán

Day 7: The Old Mayan City of Copan

A day of choices...
• Venture to one of the fascinating old cities of the
   Mayan world and a Unesco heritage site 
• Discover amazing hieroglyphic stairs carved with
   glyphs, graphic symbols of the Mayan alphabet  
• Optional: Hot spring Luna Jaguar, Horseriding
   or Las Sepulturas and El Rastrojon Coffee Tour


Day 8: Boat Ride to Livingston

Meet some local people...
• Discover the highest stelae (35 feet) of the Mayan
   civilization, dating from 771 A.D. in Quirigua  
• Continue to Puerto Barrios for a boat ride to
• Livingston is an African-Caribbean town of  
   Garifuna people, descendants of African slaves  

Day 9: In the Heart of 7 Altares

Ocean and palm trees...
• After breakfast, depart by boat to 7 Altares, a fresh
   water paradise in the heart of the tropical forest
• Enjoy Playa Blanca, a stretch of white-sand beach
  rimmed with palm trees along the Caribbean Sea  
• Optional tours: Punta Manabique Boat Tour; or
   Cayos Sapodillas, the ideal spot for snorkelling 


Day 10: Cruise on Rio Dulce

A highlight of your trip...
• Cruise on the Rio Dulce River and witness flocks of cormorants, white herons and other bird species 
• Continue over the Lago de Izabal to the 400-year-old Fort Castillo San Felipe
• Private transfer to the Petén Region, home to the most fascinating old Mayan cities

Day 11: Yaxha: A Magnificent Mayan Site

Off the beaten track...
• Head to the heart of the Jungle in the Mayan City
   of Yaxha 
• Discover a magnificent Mayan site amidst
   the sounds of howler and spider monkeys 
• Observe an unforgettable sunset from the
   summit of the Red Hands Temple

Day 12: Unique Sunrise Over Tikal

Beautiful sunrises and sunsets...
• Head to Tikal, the most impressive old city of the
   Mayan world
• Your guide will take you right through the jungle
   to the Temple IV, the highest of Tikal
• Witness the wild experience of the sudden burst
   of noise from animals, after the silence of sunrise

TikalSan Ignacio

Day 13: Boat Ride to the National Reserve

A full day of travel...
• Fly to Guatemala City where our driver will take
   you towards the village of Sipacate 
• A boat ride will take you through the breathtaking    National Reserve   
• View the protected mangrove forest as you cruise    to one of the most charming eco-lodges

FloresGuatemala CityPacific Coast
Night at Pacific Pearls Lodge (Pacific Coast)

Day 14: Relaxing Day of Leisure

Time to indulge...
• Kayak and paddle board across miles of beautiful mangrove filled canals and estuaries, or...
• Surf and boogie board, with lessons offered to
   beginners, or...  
• Surf-fishing, deep-sea fishing (luxury yacht upon
   request) and canal fishing all available

Pacific Coast
Night at Pacific Pearls Lodge (Pacific Coast)

Day 15: Hasta Luego

Farewell friends...
• Private transfer to Guatemala City International
   Airport for your flight back home 
• Be sure to stop for souvenirs and last minute
• Thank you for visiting Guatemala - hasta luego

Pacific coastGuatemala City

Antigua Guatemala Payaca Lake Atitlan San Juan La Laguna San Pedro La Laguna Santiago Atitlán Chichicastenango Copán Quirigua Puerto Barrios Lívingston Rio Dulce Flores El Remate Yaxha Tikal San Ignacio Guatemala City Pacific Coast Pacific coast

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $3,550 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • Air-conditioned private minivan with a friendly English speaking driver
  • Flights from Guatemala City to Flores and from San Pedro to Belize City
  • Private boat on Lake Atitlan
  • Collective Water Taxi from Belize City to Ambergris Island
  • Lodging in Comfort three-star hotels carefully selected by our team
  • Breakfasts
  • Tours as stated in the itinerary with a local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Two bottles of water per day in the bus
  • A full detailed road book

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Belize Airport Exit Fee (39.25 USD per person)

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