GUATEMALA

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

No other place in the world is as colorful and as hospitable as Guatemala!. It offers the visitor legacies spanning many thousands of years, from the monumental cities of the ancient Mayans through the heritage of the Spanish, who came ashore in the 15th century. Today's Guatemala is a blend of the past into the present, with an Indian community still as it was with their Mayans ancestors. Their basic food and clothing is still worn as it was in the past. Traditional Guatemala offers the world a background rich in history and folklore. 

  

 

GUATEMALA CITY

3 days / 2 nights 

Day 1: Guatemala City.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2: Guatemala City.

On your city tour today you will see this interesting capital and visit the Cathedral, Parque Central, modern civic centre shopping, residential areas, and stop at Minerva Park to view the giant map of Guatemala made in 1905. 

Day 3: Guatemala City.

Transfer for onward travel. 

 

LAKE ATITLAN

3 days / 2 nights (Tuesdays, Fridays) 

Day 1:

Depart in the afternoon for Lake Atitlan. 

Day 2:

This morning you will board a motor launch and travel to one of the Indian lakeshore villages and return around midday. Afternoon at leisure. 

Day 3:

Morning at leisure prior to your mid afternoon return to Guatemala City. 

 

CHICHICASTENANGO

2 days / 1 night - Departs Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Day 1: Guatemala City - Chichicastenango.

Depart this morning for Antigua, the former Spanish colonial capital of the country, for a brief sightseeing tour of this charming town. After lunch continue along the Panamerican Highway to arrive in the afternoon at Chichicastenango. 

Day 2: Chichicastenango - Guatemala City. 

Market day in Chichicastenango. Witness the interesting religious ceremonies held on the steps of and inside the Church of Santo Tomas. Visit one of the country's largest Indian open air markets, famous for its variety of goods. After lunch return to Guatemala City via Lake Atitlan and Panajachel. 

 

TIKAL

No trip to Guatemala can be complete without at least a brief tour to Tikal, which 2500 years ago was the centre of the storeyed Mayan civilisation in Guatemala. Located 307 kms by air from Guatemala City, Tikal has been restored during the last 20 years and stands today as the site of towering temples, sophisticated stone dwellings, elaborate carvings and evidence of ancient mathematical and astronomical excellence. A full day tour includes return transfers from airport, air flight Guatemala City to Flores, a guided excursion of the ruins, and lunch. 

 

FLORES AND TIKAL

2 days / 1 night 

Day 1: Guatemala City - Flores. 

Early morning departure to the airport for your flight to Flores, where you will be met and taken on a tour of the intriguing site of Tikal, viewing steles, temples and buildings which compose one of the major archaeological finds in the Americas. After lunch you will visit the Tikal Museum and travel along the Jungle Highway to Flores, the island capital of the Department of Peten. 

Day 2: Flores - Guatemala City. 

Early rise to enjoy a brief visit to the shore of Lake Peten Itza, prior to your return flight to Guatemala City. 

 

MAGNIFICENT HIGHLANDS PROGRAM

6 days / 5 nights (Mondays, Thursdays) 

Day 1: Guatemala City. 

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 2: Guatemala City - Lake Atitlan. 

On your city tour today you will see this interesting capital and visit the Cathedral, Parque Central, modern civic centre shopping, residential areas, and stop at Minerva Park to view the giant map of Guatemala made in 1905. This afternoon depart via the Pan American Highway to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful lake set amongst three towering volcanoes. 

Day 3: Lake Atitlan - Chichicastenango. 

This morning you will board a motor launch and travel to one of the Indian lakeshore villages and return around midday. This afternoon continue along the Pan American Highway to arrive at Chichicastenango. 

Day 4: Chichicastenango - Antigua. 

Enjoy Chichicastenango Market, the most colourful in the world. Witness the interesting religious ceremonies held on the steps of, and inside, the Church of Santo Tomas. Later this afternoon travel to Antigua, one of the major coffee growing centres in the world, and the old capital of Guatemala. 

Day 5: Antigua - Guatemala City. 

Morning tour of this colonial masterpiece, including its churches and monasteries, some of which were ruined in the 1976 earthquakes. Walk through the Colonial Museum, Palace of the Captain-Generals and Central Park. Return this afternoon to Guatemala City. 

Day 6: Guatemala City. 

Transfer for onward travel.