ESSENTIAL GUATEMALA

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DurationDestinationDeparture
8 days and 7 nights
Guatemala (Antigua Guatemala, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Flores/Peten)
Guatemala (Guatemala City)

Description

Visiting for the first time the magical Guatemala

Category

 
Hotel Category: Turistic (Scheduled Tour)
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Hotel Category: Superior (Scheduled Tour)
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Program

Day 01: Guatemala City Airport - La Antigua
Arrival at the Guatemala City Airport and transfer to the hotel at Antigua city. Overnight.

Day 02: Antigua
Day to visit this colonial and magical city. Walking in Antigua is like going back in time... stone streets, the bougainvillea falling from ruined walls, colorful walls with characteristic balconies, brick roofs, parks with fountains and a spectacular landscape at the foot of the three volcanoes: Water, Fire and Acatenango. These are some of the reasons that make Antigua one of the most beautiful colonial towns in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a guide we will admire the Cathedral, the Twon Hall, the Santo Domingo Museum, the churches of La Merced and San Francisco, and other buildings. Overnight.

Day 03: Antigua - Chichicastenango
Departure towards the highlands in ground transportation with a panoramic view of Antigua and continuation to Chichicastenango. Overnight.

Day 04: Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlàn
In the morning visit at the indigenous market of Chichicastenango, where every Thursday and Sunday the inhabitants of the region gather to buy and sell fruit, vegetables, flowers, seeds, fabrics and handicrafts, making it the most colorful and picturesque market in Guatemala. We will also visit the local church of Santo Tomás, a place where the Mayan-Quiché indigenous people celebrate their traditional rites. After the market we will leave Chichicastenango toward Lake Atitlàn. Overnight.

Day 05: Lake Atitlàn - Santiago - Guatemala
In the morning departure by boat to the village of Santiago Atitlán while admiring the three volcanoes that surround one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world. In Santiago we will visit the place of veneration of Santo Maximón, a clear example of the mixture of pagan rites with the Catholic religion.. In the afternoon continuation to Guatemala City and overnight.

Day 06: Guatemala - Tikal - Peten Area
Early morning transfer to Guatemala City airport to take the connecting flight to Flores. Arrival and transfer to the Tikal National Park whose name means "Place of Voices", declared a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. The majestic Mayan city is considered one of the largest and most monumental of all the sites discovered in the Mayan world. Guided tour of the most important squares, monuments and temples, also admiring the tropical forest, habitat of hundreds of exotic birds and a wide variety of wild animals.

Day 07: Peten Area - Guatemala
Morning free to enjoy the many wonders of Peten then transfer to the airport and flight back to Guatemala. Overnight.

Day 08: Guatemala - Airport
Transfer to the airport and departure.

IMPORTANT: this tour operates daily, but the itinerary vary according to the day of departure (all visits remain the same).

The tour starts every day, but the itinerary varies according to the departure day (the areas visited are still the same).
Below is the itinerary by day of departure:

Departures on Monday and Thursday
1) Airport-Antigua
2) Antigua (free day)
3) Antigua-Chichicastenango
4) Chichicastenango-Atitlàn
5) Atitlàn-Santiago-Guatemala
6) Guatemala-Tikal-Peten
7) Peten-Guatemala
8) Guatemala-Airport

Departures on Tuesday and Friday
1) Guatemala Airport
2) Guatemala-Chichicastenango
3) Chichicastenango-Atitlàn
4) Atitlàn-Santiago-Antigua
5) Antigua (free day)
6) Antigua-Tikal-Peten
7) Peten-Guatemala
8) Guatemala-Airport

Departures on Wednesday and Sunday
1) Guatemala Airport
2) Guatemala-Tikal-Peten
3) Peten-Guatemala
4) Guatemala-Chichicaste.
5) Chichicastenango-Atitlàn
6) Atitàn-Santiago-Antigua
7) Antigua (free day)
8) Antigua-Airport

Saturday departures
1) Airport-Antigua
2) Antigua (free day)
3) Antigua-Tikal-Peten
4) Peten-Guatemala
4) Peten-Guatemala
5) Guatemala-Chichicastenango
6) Chichicastenango-Atitlàn
7) Atitlàn-Santiago-Guatemala
8) Guatemala-Airport

Price includes

- Accommodation in the mentioned hotels or similar (4 stars)
- American breakfast daily
- Transportation in airconditioned van/bus with english speaking guide
- Entrances to the archeological sites and museums mentioned in the program
- Roundtrip flight Guatemala-Flores-Guatemala
- Lunch in Tikal
- Public boat for the ride on the Atitlan Lake
- Porterage at the airport & hotels

Price does not include

- All meals (lunch & dinner)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips for driver and guide