Guatemala Highlights Tour
8 Day Guatemala Itinerary
Experience Guatemala’s top destinations in a creative 8 days vacation package
Discover the best of highlands and lowlands, combining culture, nature, and adventure.
This 8 days tour offers the best of Guatemala, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes: visiting Mayan sites, colonial cities, and natural treasures, meeting indigenous people, enjoy the multicolored market and Maya traditions.
- Highlights: Chichicastenango Market – Lake Atitlan – Tikal National Park
- Activities: Native markets – Live culture – Sustainable Cultural Tour – Culture and History – Archaeology
- Holiday Type: Cultural – Archaeology – Nature – Adventure
- You will visit: Guatemala
- Trip Style: Independent traveler & Groups
- Comfort level: Standard to luxury
- Transportation: Minibus / Boat
- Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Physical demand: The trip may include activities like walks and boat rides
- Trip may include activities like walks and boat rides
Day 1: Arrival in Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala
Day 2: Cultural walking tour in Antigua
Day 3: Chichicastenango Market (Thursday and Sunday) / Lake Atitlan
Day 4: Lake Atitlan boat tour
Day 5: Guatemala Airport – Flight to Flores
Day 6: Tikal National Park
Day 7: Yaxha National Park – Flight to Guatemala City
Day 8: Back home
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Day 1: Arrival in Guatemala City
Depending on your arrival time, you have the opportunity to discover the wonder of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Destination through a short walk.
Day 2: Antigua Historical Trip
Your tour guide will meet you to start an exciting historical and cultural walking tour at the arranged time. You will visit old buildings, some in ruins, another now serving the purpose they had been made.
Also, you can taste any local food and discover the technique of preparing the chocolate. Throughout the walk, you’ve got the chance to purchase many diverse artisans in small markets and galleries.
Day 3: Immersion within the Chichicastenango Market
Experience the mysticism of the ancestral process, the Mayan market, and the people of different villages gather to trade and purchase. The market now exposed to tourists manifests itself on the list of ideal places to buy souvenirs to bring to your loved ones and support local commerce.
Also, you will visit the cathedral of Santo Tomas, the main point of this market, where you could observe how the catholic faith and Mayan beliefs share in religious syncretism. As in past times, there are rituals by way of thanking and enquiring of gods for living and dead; these ceremonies may be witnessed with respect. After this experience, we will begin to visit a local family to enjoy a meal before our trip going to Lake Atitlan
Day 4: Experience Lake Atitlan
Discover one of the most beautiful destinations in the country; the journey of Lake Atitlán starts with a breathtaking boat ride on the lake toward San Juan La Laguna. Then, learn about the ancient process of the creation of textiles, visit a coffee plantation, and have lunch at the Casa Maya project.
Following lunch, you will travel toward Santiago Atitlan to explore the village and the religious syncretism, a mixture of the catholic faith and Mayan beliefs.
Then you will go back to your hotel.
Day 5: Guatemala City to Tikal
After breakfast, head to the Mayan site of Iximché; after the visit, you can enjoy a meal in the Tecpan area before continuing to the Guatemala City airport for a short flight to Mundo Maya airport.
After the approximately 45-minute flight, you will arrive in the province of Peten; our team will be waiting for you to provide a transfer to your hotel. (ask the Travel advisor about the possibility of going directly to Tikal and having the opportunity to enjoy a Sunrise tour).
Lodging in Flores Area
Day 6: Tikal Guided Tour
After breakfast, you will leave for the Tikal National Park. Here you will be guided through the trails of Tikal, one of the most beautiful Mayan sites and a unique open laboratory of flora and fauna representative of the tropical zone.
Lodging in Flores Area
Day 7: Yaxha Nature & Archaeological Tour – Guatemala City
Today you will board our bus and head toward Yaxha National Park.
Yaxha is located on the banks of the Yaxha Lake; here, you will walk through their causeways, temples, and plazas while learning about the fascinating Maya history. In the afternoon, return to the airport to take the return flight to Guatemala City.
Lodging in Guatemala City
Day 8: Back Home
Breakfast and transfer to the airport on time to catch the international flight.
End of your adventure in the country of the Eternal Spring.
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