8 days to discover the Guatemala highlights
|Day 1: Arrival – Antigua
Our team will greet you at La Aurora International Airport and will transfer you to the City of Antigua Guatemala, (1 hour)
2 nights of Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.
|Day 2: Cultural walking tour in Antigua
After breakfast it is time for our journey to the ruins and museums that combined with the old cobbled streets keep the stories and legends of those colonial times.
|Day 3: Chichicastenanago / Lake Atitlan (Thursday and Sunday)
After breakfast, around 8:00 a.m. we will head to Chichicastenango (2.5 hour) 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. This is a market that every Thursday and Sunday appears and disappears as one of the ancient commercial traditions of the Guatemalan highlands and that now delights the visitors.
In the afternoon transfer to Lake Atitlan. (1 hour)
2 nights of lodging in Lake Atitlan
|Day 4: 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 then continue to the village of Santiago Atitlán. After lunch (not included) you will continue your tour through the village visiting the Maya God Maximon, learning about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya.
|Day 5: Flight to Flores
Free morning to relax at Lake Atitlan.
Midday transfer to the airport in time to catch your local flight to Flores.
2 nights of lodging in Flores area.
|Day 6: Yaxha National Park
Our team will greet you at your hotel and will take you abourd our bus towards Yaxhá National Park. Yaxhá is located at the banks of Yaxhá Lake; here we will walk through its 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. We will climb some temples that are the photographers’ accomplices, as they offer wonderful views.
We will conclude the tour in the high part of the temple 216, the highest structure in the place.
|Day 7: Tikal National Park
After breakfast, we depart for Tikal National Park, where we will be guided along the paths of the most important city in the Mayan world. Abundant wildlife, the Mayan forest, and millennial temples were silent witnesses of the birth and splendor, as well as of the collapse, of one of the most important civilizations on the planet, all of this is in our visit to Tikal, the City of the Voices.
In the afternoon return to the airport to take the return flight to Guatemala City.
1 night of lodging in Guatemala City.
|Day 8: Back Home
Breakfast and Transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home.
End of your adventure in the country of the Eternal Spring.
|Highlights||Antigua Guatemala, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Yaxha National Park, Tikal National Park|