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Guatemala Central American Discovery Trip

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Guatemala is one of the most diverse nations within Central America traveling. It is a nation famous because of its Ancient Temples, Maya People, active volcanoes, delightful lakes, and unique Mayan jungles.Discover Honduras and Belize as well on this adventerous journey. These prime travel destinations, offering a palette of attractive experiences that include live culture, ethnic marke...

Guatemala is one of the most diverse nations within Central America traveling. It is a nation famous because of its Ancient Temples, Maya People, active volcanoes, delightful lakes, and unique Mayan jungles.


Discover Honduras and Belize as well on this adventerous journey. These prime travel destinations, offering a palette of attractive experiences that include live culture, ethnic markets, national parks, private reserves, lakes, rivers, active volcanoes, tropical forest, wildlife, colonial cities, and archaeological sites.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Seaside
    Seaside

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: Arrival Guatemala City

Our representative will meet you at Guatemala City Airport and will take you to your hotel.  


Meals: None. 

Visited:
Guatemala City
Accommodation
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Antigua Guatemala)

Day 2: Antigua guided walking tour

After breakfast it is time for you journey to visit ruins, churches and museums.  In this city the stories and legends of the colonial times are still present along with the old paved streets; you will visit La Merced Church, Convent Las Capuchinas, San Francisco El Grande Church, local craft market and central park.


After the tour your guide will be led you to the hotel for a free afternoon by your own. 


Meals: Breakfast. 

Visited:
Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala
Accommodation
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Antigua Guatemala)

Day 3: Trip towards at the heart of Guatemalan highland

You will be meet at your hotel by your private driver & guide for your transfer out to Lake Atitlan.

Get ready to begin your trip towards the heart of the Guatemalan highland, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes. You will head to Chichicastenango to enjoy the multicolored market, where the scent of incense and the people's mysticism promises a unique atmosphere, bargaining of prices, and a church with mixed Mayan and Catholic traditions.

A unique market where only on Sunday and Thursday shows up to offer all kinds of goods to locals and visitors.

Then you will be transferred to Lake Atitlán. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
Antigua GuatemalaChichicastenangoLake Atitlan
Accommodation
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Day 4: Scenic boat ride across Atitlan Lake

This morning you will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where you can visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and the natural dye process. Visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters, and the then continue to Santiago Village. After lunch you will continue your tour to the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God, therefore, his location change.


After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast. 

Visited:
Lake Atitlan, San Juan La Laguna
Accommodation
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Day 5: Discover the wonders of Iximche

Today you will be meet by your driver for your transfer to Guatemala City.

On route you will visit Iximche, near Tecpan the first capital of Guatemala.

Iximche was the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524, Iximche, derives his name from the so-called tree Ramon (Ixim=Maíz, Che=tree), upgrowing in the region and whose fruit is eatable.

The essential part of Iximche has constructed on the extreme of the promontory above and flanked by deep ravines. The entrance was beside defendant for two doors provided of obsidian and an artificial moat that cuts the promontory from the ravine to ravine.

After the tour you will continue to Guatemala City.  


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
PanajachelIximche, Guatemala City
Accommodation
Radisson (Guatemala)

Day 6: Head to Honduras

After breakfast you will be met by your driver and guide.

You will head to Guatemala City to visit Ixchel Museum of the indigenous costume named in honor to Ixchel, Pre-hispanic Mayan goddess of fertility and weaving; its purpose is to collect, preserve, record, rescue and educate everything about the Guatemalan indigenous textile tradition standing out its cultural, technical and artistic value. Then you will continue visiting Popol Vuh Museum, this offers a unique tour through the Guatemalan history, represented through the best collections of pre-Hispanic and colonial art of the country.

After the visit to the Museums, you will continue towards Copan, in Honduras through the east part of the country, through a changing landscape with the mild weather of Antigua and Guatemala City and arriving at dry and warm Chiquimula. You will then head towards El Florido where you will cross the border to enter Honduras and head to your hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast. 

Visited:
Guatemala City, Copán

Day 7: Copan archeological guided tour half day

After breakfast, you will start your archaeological journey inside The Maya site of Copan, which is probably one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization.

You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will lead you through the ceremonial center, the ball court, the hieroglyphic stairway and the acropolis where you will be astonished by the revelation of one of Copan’s best kept secret: the discovery of the Rosalila Temple which was hidden for centuries.

The place was the political, civil and religious center in the Copan Valley. It was even the political and cultural core of a more significant area that included the south-east part of the Maya region as well its periphery.

The earliest data of human population within the Copan Valley goes back to 1500 B.C. However, the first Maya-Cholan migrants from the Guatemalan Highlands is dated close to 100 A.D.

Free afternoon to walk around by your own. 


Meals: Breakfast. 

Visited:
Copán

Day 8: Continue visit to the archaelogical site of Quirigua

Today you will have an early breakfast, then you will cross the border coming back to Guatemala to visit the Archaeological site of Quirigua.


The Archaeological Ruins of Quirigua are in the Department of Izabal in Guatemala which preserved the ancient architecture and the seventeen monuments (stelae and altars) carved between 426 AD and 810 AD and made up this great city.


After the tour you will continue to Puerto Barrios where you will take a boat to your hotel at Livingston. 


Meals: Breakfast. 

Visited:
Copán, QuiriguaLívingston
Accommodation
Villa Caribe (Lívingston)

Day 9: Exploring the amazing birds Island

After breakfast you will take a tour on this Garifuna village and then you will continue the tour through the Río Dulce River visiting the island of the birds, where you will have the opportunity to take pictures of the birds that live on this island.

After the tour you will go back to Río Dulce village for your transfer to Flores. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation
Night at Isla de Flores (Flores)

Day 10: Tikal guided tour

After breakfast, a representative will be waiting for you at the hotel reception to transfer you to Tikal National Park to start your expedition under a unique tropical forest, through the trails and ancient causeways of Tikal.

You will enjoy a guided tour thorough the paths and main areas of the most important city of the Mayan World. Here you will find that nature and archaeology are wonderfully blended. You will be able to see abundant wildlife, the Mayan forest, millennial temples silent witnesses of the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations in the planet, all this is in our visit to Tikal, The City of the Voices.

After the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Visited:
Tikal
Accommodation
Night at Isla de Flores (Flores)

Day 11: Exuberant tropical forest at Yaxhà

Today, your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the hotel reception for your transfer to Yaxha National Park.  The series Survivor-The Mayan Empire was filmed in this beautiful Maya city.


Yaxhá is in the banks of the Yaxhá Lake; here you will walk through their causeways under an exuberant tropical forest, where howling monkeys flood the atmosphere with their howls to impress the females or to move away an intruding male in their flock. you will climb some temples that are the photographers' accomplices, as they offer wonderful views.


After the tour you will be transferred to Melchor de Mencos (Guate/Belize border) where a representative will be waiting outside Belize border to transfer you to the hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast and lunch. 

Visited:
FloresYaxhaCayo District
Accommodation
Night at Black Rock Lodge (San Ignacio)

Day 12: Horseback Riding and Xunantunich sightseeing

After breakfast a representative will pick you up at the hotel to begin your Horseback riding adventure. Ride through wide open farmlands as well as covered jungle trails, which follow the Mopan River. Along the way you will visit Xunantunich Archaeological Site, which is located across the green crystalline waters of the Mopan River; it’s the largest ceremonial center in the Belize River Valley, located on a natural limestone ridge providing a fantastic panoramic scene of the surrounding of the country from its hilltop location.

You will enjoy your tour through one of the most important sites in Belize, dating with an essentially classic period ceremonial centre with three ceremonial plazas enclosed by house mounds, pyramids, and palaces, the largest decorated castle with stucco friezes and masks of Classic style. After the tour you will return to the hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Visited:
Xunantunich
Accommodation
Night at Black Rock Lodge (San Ignacio)

Day 13: Transfer from San Ignacio to Placencia 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Placencia.

On route you will have time to explore the Blue Hole, a large sinkhole nearly perfectly circular in diameter that is in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park.

After the brief visit and refreshing bath, you will be continuing to Placencia. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
San Ignacio, Placencia

Day 14: Monkey River Tour

After breakfast our representative will pick you up at the hotel and will take you on a boat ride down the southern coast and then inland and up the Monkey River casting your eyes on the beautiful flora and fauna where you might be able to see various birds like, Toucan, Heron, Tanager and more.

Iguanas dive into the water, troop of Howler monkeys race through the trees, crocodile's sun along the bank of the river. You will also stop for a hike through the jungle, where your guide will point out herbal plants which are used for medicine. On your way you will see insects, snakes, monkeys, and if lucky, maybe a tapir or an elusive jaguar.

After the tour you will be taken back to the hotel. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
Monkey River
Accommodation
Night at Singing Sands Inn (Placencia)

Day 15: Free day at Placencia 

Free day to explore by your own.

Optional tour with whale shark snorkel tour on March, April, May, June at Placencia. Tour not included. 


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
Placencia
Accommodation
Night at Singing Sands Inn (Placencia)

Day 16: End of tour

After breakfast you will be transferred to Belize International Airport on time to catch your flight back home.

End of the trip! 


Meals: Breakfast.

Visited:
Placencia

Guatemala City Antigua Guatemala Chichicastenango Lake Atitlan San Juan La Laguna Panajachel Iximche Copán Quirigua Lívingston Rio Dulce Flores Tikal Yaxha Cayo District Xunantunich San Ignacio Placencia Monkey River

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. $3,880 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax
Price per person in double room$3,880

Included in price:

  • Ground transportation during your trip
  • 08 nights of lodging at Guatemala
  • 02 nights of lodging at Copan, Honduras
  • 05 nights of lodging at Belize
  • 15 breakfasts at hotels
  • 03 lunches (Tikal, Yaxha, Xunantunich)
  • Professional English-speaking guide for tours mentioned
  • Entrances fees to mentioned places
  • Hotel taxes

Not included in price:

  • Meals not described
  • Border fees
  • Alcoholic and none alcoholic beverages
  • Phone calls
  • Gratitudes for drivers and guides
  • Services not described
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