Maya Treasures Tour Package
11 Day Guatemala Itinerary
Maya Treasures is the best seller in our vacation packages, a cultural expedition through the best destinations within the highlands of Guatemala, a colorful region including La Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, and the famous Chichicastenango Market.
Here is the place to experience Maya’s live culture, an ensemble of ethnic groups with its customs, festival, and beliefs.
After the highlands experience, you will travel through time and history, a magical archaeological expedition exploring UNESCO World heritage sites such as Copan in Honduras, Quirigua, and Tikal in Guatemala.
These spectacular destinations are surrounded by tropical forests where exotic species of the neotropics live. We can observe unique flora, colorful birds, butterflies, encounters with mammals and reptiles that undoubtedly improve the travel experience.
This adventure is ideal for couples, family Vacations, and group holidays. Also, it is easy to customize by adding or removing destinations and activities to ensure complete satisfaction.
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- Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Chichicastenango – Lake Atitlan – Copan Honduras – Livingstone – Tikal National Park – Yaxha National Park
- Activities: Native markets – Live culture – Culture and History – Archaeology
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Holiday Type: Culture – Archaeology
- You will visit: Guatemala
- Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups
- Comfort level: Standard
- Transportation: Minibus / Boat
- Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights
- Physical demand: The trip may include activities like walks and boat rides
- Day 1: Arrival in Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala
- Day 2: Antigua Guatemala cultural tour
- Day 3: Antigua – Chichicastenango market (Thursday and Sunday) / Lake Atitlan
- Day 4: Lake Atitlan boat tour
- Day 5: Lake Atitlan – Antigua Guatemala
- Day 6: Antigua Guatemala – Copan, Honduras
- Day 7: Quirigua Archaeological Site – Rio Dulce
- Day 8: Livingston – Peten
- Day 9: Tikal National Park
- Day 10: Yaxha National Park – Flight to Guatemala City
- Day 11: Back Home
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Maya Treasures Tour Package: Day by Day Itinerary
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 Guatemala Cultural Walking Tour
Your tour guide will meet you at the arranged time to start an exciting historical, cultural, and culinary walking tour. You are going to 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: Chichicastenango Market (Thursday and Sunday)
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.
Now exposed to tourists, it manifests itself on the list of ideal places to buy souvenirs to bring to your loved ones and support local commerce. Also, visit the Cathedral of Santo Tomás, the main point of this market. You can see how the Catholic faith and Mayan beliefs share 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: Lake Atitlan Experience
Discover one of the most beautiful destinations on the continent; 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: Lake Atitlan – Antigua Guatemala
After breakfast, head to the Mayan site of Iximché; after the visit, you can enjoy a meal in the Tecpan area before continuing to Antigua Guatemala.
Afternoon transfer to Antigua Guatemala, time for one last look at La Antigua Guatemala
Lodging in Antigua Guatemala
Day 6: Antigua – Copan –
7:00 a.m. This is a long day, about 6 hours trip departing for Copan through the east part of the country, through a changing landscape with the mild weather of Antigua and Guatemala City, arriving in dry and warm Chiquimula province.
We will then head towards the Guatemalan border El Florido to enter Honduras and head to our hotel in Copan. After check-in and lunchtime, you will be transported to the archaeological site.
Tour in Copan begins accompanied by our local expert guides who will guide you through the ceremonial center, the ball court, the hieroglyphic stairway, and the Acropolis to learn about the history of this World Heritage Destination.
Lodging in Copan
Day 7: Quirigua Archaeological Site – Livingston
After breakfast, we will head to the Quirigua archaeological site. This site is characterized by its extraordinary sculptures, considered masterpieces of the Maya Culture. Quirigua remains significant because of mainly the wealth of sculpture, such as the tallest stone ancient monuments possibly built in the New World. They consist of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that represent an important reference for the research into Mayan culture.
After our tour to Quirigua, we will continue to Puerto Barrios (2 hrs. Hour approx.) and then a short boat trip to Livingston
Lodging in Livingston
Day 8: Livingstone – Peten
After breakfast, begin a walking tour of the small fishing community of Livingstone, discovering the vibe of this Afro-Caribbean-influenced town. The customs, cuisine, and dances make this destination quite unique; after the Garifuna experience, you will board for a tour of the Río Dulce River.
Boat ride visiting the island of birds, the grand canyon, and the Castle of San Felipe de Lara, a fortress built by the Spanish to protect the merchandise that arrived and left for Spain.
After the tour, you will come to Rio Dulce to board the minivan and head to the Island of Flores. (3.5 hrs. Approx.).
Lodging in Flores Island
Day 9: Tikal National Park
After breakfast, you will be approximately transported to the Tikal National Park for one hour. Upon arrival at the park, our experienced guide will take you through the trails of Tikal, learning about the history and Mayan archeology.
This destination is one of the most beautiful and essential sites in the Mayan world, a unique open laboratory for flora and fauna representative of the neotropics.
The park offers a fantastic photo opportunity also the possibility of close encounters with wildlife
Lodging in Peten
Day 10: Yaxha – 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, we will walk through their causeways, temples, and plazas while learning about Mayan history.
After visiting the park, you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant to taste the cuisine of the Maya lowlands of Guatemala.
In the afternoon, return to the airport to take the return flight to Guatemala City.
Lodging in Guatemala City
Day 11: Back Home
Transportation to the airport. Your adventure in the country of the Eternal Spring finishes.
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