One of the best history & eco tours in Central or Soth America.
This tour will take you from the c;onial city of Antiqgua and sacred lake of Antilan, to the jungle of Central
Guatemala, and the ancient city of Tikal, the best of Maya world.
Day-1. DEPARTURE CITY - GUATEMALA CITY - ANTIGUA:
Day-2. ANTIGUA CITY: After healthy and big Guatemalan breakfast join your guide for tour of this great city, once the capital of Guatemala and whole Central America. See the Fuego Volcano above the streets, exxplore the massive churches, and colorfull houses once the glory of this great city. Visit the Cathedral and then visit some of local panaderias which produce a tasty local bread
Day-3 COMALAPA MARKET & IXIMCHE: Tour to the countryside. Drive to San Juan de Comalapa. Enjoy the lively market less visited by tourists. Vendors set out their handicrafts, vegetables, and animals to sell. Explore the market and see the local painters who continue creating colorful folk art as they have for generations. See the famous mural painted by school children in 1996 depicting Guatemala's recent civil war events. Then visit the Maya site of Iximché, a pre-columbian archeological site abandoned in 1524. Walk among a number of pyramid temples, palaces, and two ball ball courts and observe the painted murals on the sides of some complexes. Sculptures and ceramics are also displayed in the small on-site museum. End the day al Lake Atitlan, flanked by three majestic volcanoes. Overnight near Panajachel.
Day-4. LAKE ATILAN: Board a ferry and ride across the clear waters of Lake Atitlan to the village of San Juan La Laguna. Here visit the women's textile cooperative to see hand weaving and the natural dye process used to make their famous petates, woven mats made from lake reeds. You may also visit the home studios of the celebrated Naïf painters. In the afternoon, travel to the village of Santiago, where villagers still adhere to the traditional lifestyle of the Tz'utuhil Maya and on your walk see many people cloaked in brightly-coloured, hand-woven clothing. Some free time to visit some of Santiago's main street are art galleries filled with oil paintings depicting busy market scenes and typical life in the highlands. Late afternoon return to Panajachel .
Day-5 CHICHICASTENAGO - FLORES: Visit the famous market of Chichicastenago. This beautiful town, surrounded by valleys and shadowed by mountains, has many shamanistic and ceremonial overtones. Its large market brings villagers from throughout the region, who often arrive the night before and sleep on blankets in the market square. Rising early, they set out their colorful fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts. Early afternoon drive to Guatemala City, and board evening flight to the tropical lowlands of the Peten and the home of the ancient Maya. Overnight near Flores.
Day-6 PETEN JUNGLE: Enjoy the jungle of the Peten region and the gorgeous views of Lake Peten-Itza. Swim in the hotel's pool, take a kayak out on the lake, or wander into town and explore shops in the quaint Colonial-style buildings that comprise the island town of Flores. Ixpanpajul National Park is nearby with a great trail system and zip-line tour as well.
Day-7 TIKAL: A highlight of your visit to Guatemala, exploring the huge area known as Tikal. Visit the towering pyramids rising above the thick jungle canopy, and learn how the city thrived as an important religious, scientific, and political centre for 1500 years. The pristine forest engulfing the ruined city is home to howler and spider monkeys, white lipped peccary, brocket deer, coatimundis, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, ocelots, and the seldom-seen jaguar. After lunch, the day is yours to explore the ruins until mid-afternoon when you return to Flores for an evening flight back to Guatemala City.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
-Tikal Maya City
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-round trip airfare
-airport taxes based on present fees
-Guatemala departure tax
-two doemastic flights
-7 nights in hotels and lodges
-7 open buffet breakfasts
-7 dinners or lunches
-tour of Antigua
-boat ride Atilan
-all tours as per program
-Mariden tour director