Who would believe that such great natural and cultural contrast could be contained in such a small country? Guatemala, with perhaps the most friendly people in Latin America, is the perfect place to visit if you want to escape crowds of tourists – on the international circuit, almost an undiscovered paradise! Mayan ruins hidden deep in the jungle, beautiful colonial cities like magical Antigua, Chichicastenango market with its unique handicrafts, small villages little touched by time, hotels that were once old monasteries, lakes, mountains, volcanoes – and just so much more…

DURATION: 9 Days / 8 Nights
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STARTING: Antigua, Guatemala
FINISHING: Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Days 1-2: Antigua

Arrive Guatemala City and met by your local guide. Drive to Antigua, a city of colonial relics, pastel facades full of history and vibrant culture. Overnight at you hotel in Antigua.

Met at your hotel this morning for a tour of Antigua – visit the old convents, churches, the museums, main plaza and the Palace of the Captains General.

 

Days 3-4: Panajachel (located on Lake Atitlan)

Drive through the Guatemalan highlands to Panajachel located on Lake Atitlan, a collapsed volcanic cone.  This area is home to three volcanoes rising from the southern shores, the lively town has many small hotels, shops and restaurants and displays the most beautiful weavings in Guatemala produced by the local women.

Enjoy a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Atitlán.  Stop and visit a small traditional village and learn more about the local Indian culture. A fascinating sight to see local people dressed in their distinctive traditional clothes. Return to your hotel after the tour.

 

Days 5-6: Chichicastenango and Guatemala City

Enjoy a scenic drive to Chichicastenango a small village in the highlands famous for its colourful market held every Thursday and Sunday.

Morning visit to the “Chichi” market.  Whilst there are many handicrafts for the tourist to buy, the market still reflects the customs of the ancient Maya who dedicated themselves to trade.  Indians from all around the region stream into town to sell, buy, to socialise and worship. Buyers and sellers bargain for produce, flowers, handicrafts, textiles, ceramics, traditional wooden chests and traditional masks. Transfer to Guatemala City and overnight.

 

Days 7-8: Flores

Today transfer to Guatemala City airport for the flight to Flores. Met on arrival for transfer to your hotel in the jungle, on the shores of Lake Peten Itza.

Tikal ruins tour – Transfer to Tikal National Park for a guided tour of the magnificent archaeological site of Tikal, dated 700 A.D.  The ruins are located in a national park that covers 550sq kms, monkeys, toucans and many other tropical birds and animals inhabit the park.  Tikal has revealed more than 3,000 pre-Hispanic constructions of temples, plazas, sanctuaries, ceremonial platforms, along with sculptures, altars and steles.  Temple IV, the tallest structure in the Maya world, towers 65m above the plaza of Tikal and can be seen above the forest canopy.  Explore the tombs, temples and walk through the heart of the jungle.  This afternoon return to your hotel.

 

DAY 9: Guatemala City

Depart Flores and fly to Guatemala City.

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