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This itinerary has it all, culture, adventure, as well as beach: ANTIGUA – COFFEE FARM – COMALAPA - LAKE ATITLAN – SANTIAGO – CHICHI - TIKAL – XUNANTUNICH – CARACOL – CAVE TUBING - SNORKELLING - BEACHES

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Itinerary

ARRIVE: Guatemala City
DEPART: Belize City


SAT Day 1: ARRIVAL –TRANSFER TO ANTIGUA
Upon arrival at Guatemala City airport and transfer to the beautiful city of Antigua. Approx 45mins Transfer.
Posada Don Rodrigo or Similar. (3N).


SUN Day 2: ANTIGUA WALKING TOUR (B)
Antigua is a stunningly beautiful and elegant colonial town with cobblestone streets, tranquil parks, numerous palaces & cathedrals. This morning we will provide guests with a guided tour of Antigua to learn about the main architectural monuments and history. In the afternoon we will leave guests to explore & enjoy Antigua.


MON Day 3: COFFEE FARM & MAYA MUSEUM (B)
Guatemala is famous for its coffee and for its strong hold on its Maya traditions. Guests can enjoy insights into both these on a guided tour of the Azotea working Coffee Farm museum and Maya Traditions museums. Enjoy learning about the history and processes of coffee production as well as the traditional instruments, music, textiles and everyday traditions of the Maya people. Free afternoon in Antigua.

TUE Day 4: COMALAPA MARKET , LAKE ATITLAN (B, L)
Today guests transfer deeper into the highlands, first to visit the bustling, colourful market at Comalapa and then onto the famous Lake Atitlan. In Comalapa guests can enjoy the color and atmosphere of a local market as well as visit some local artists to see the primitive paintings that this town is so famous for. On the way to the lake we will stop to enjoy a traditional lunch. Lake Atitlan has been called by many, “the most beautiful lake in the world”. It is indeed an amazing setting with the crystal blue waters of the lake surrounded by the three lofty peaks of Toliman, San Pedro and Atitlan Volcanoes. Posada Don Rodrigo or Similar. (2N).


WED Day 5: DAY AT THE LAKE – SANTIAGO (B,L)
Today your guests will take a private boat with guide to explore one of the more traditional villages surrounding the lake to experience the local indigenous customs, traditions, dress and crafts. In Santiago, your guide will show guests where the local Mayan community worship an image called Maximon feeding him alcohol and cigarettes in an attempt to make their wishes come true as
well as other “Cofradia” houses where other Maya Gods are revered. Lunch is provided at Posada Santiago. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the markets of Panajachel, relax or our guide can help you arrange kayaking, horse riding, hiking.


THUR Day 6: TRIP TO CHICHICASTENANGO (B,L)
Chichicastenango is famous for its large craft market on Sunday and Thursday when craftsmen and villagers from all over the highlands converge on this small town to sell their wares. Sunday is an interesting day to visit because as well as the hugely colorful market, many village shamans will come from miles around to “Chichi”, as the locals call it, to perform Mayan rituals on behalf of people in their community. After the visit to Chichi we will have lunch in St Tomas hotel and then transfer on to Antigua to have a free
afternoon. Posada Don Rodrigo or Similar. (3N).


FRI Day 7: YAXHA TOUR (B,L)
This morning we will transfer guests to Guatemala City for their internal flight up into the northern rainforest to their hotel on the banks of the Peten Itza Lake. In the northern rainforest area of the Peten there are numerous ancient Mayan temple sites and bountiful tropical wildlife. After lunch and a rest at the hotel we will transfer
guests deep into the rainforest to visit the beautiful and atmospheric site of Yaxha & to watch the sunset from the top of the main temple. Villa Maya (AC)


SAT Day 8: GUIDED TOUR OF TIKAL (B,L)
Any early start today in order to see the best of the tropical wildlife and to have the site all to yourselves! Today we will visit the world famous site of Tikal. In the mid afternoon, guests transfer over the border into Belize. Chaa Creek 4N.


SUN Day 9: Xunantunich, Cahal Pech & San Ignacio (B,L)
Today we take a tour to the famous sites of Xunantunich – situated on the banks of the Mopan River and Cahal Pech located just outside the town of San Ignacio. We enjoy a local lunch and also have time to explore San Ignacio.


MON Day10: Barton Creek Cave Adventure (B)
We transfer up towards the Pine Forest Region of Belize to the entrance of Barton Creek Cave. Here we board canoes which are expertly maneuvered by our guide to take us downriver, into the cave system to explore the beautiful formations and ancient Maya ceremony sites. Free afternoon back at the lodge to take part in the many activities on offer.


TUE Day 11: Caracol and Mountain Pine ridge. (B,L)
After breakfast guests travel on dirt roads through the pine forest region and down into the rainforest to the largest, most impressive Maya Site in Belize. Caracol stands in beautiful rainforest scenery covering some 35sq miles and with 36,000 structures marked so far. On the way back enjoy a swim in the beautiful upper Macal River.


WED Day 12: Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing & Transfer to
Ambergris Caye Island (B,L)

Morning transfer to Belize Airport. On the way you will enjoy a cave tubing tour on Jaguar Paw. From Belize Airport you will fly to Ambergris Caye Island over the blue waters of the Caribbean. Once at the island you are transferred to your beachfront hotel. Your hotel has an onsite dive shop where dive, snorkel & other tours can be booked. It is also centrally located for the shops and nightlife of San Pedro and itself has a great bar & restaurant. Overnight Sunbreeze (4N)


THUR Day 13: Shark Ray Alley & Hol Chan Marine Park (B)
After breakfast you can enjoy the famous Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine park snorkel trip. Then you can have a free afternoon to relax or book another trip – payable locally.


FRI Day 14: Free day (B)
Today you can just relax on the beach, have some Spa Treatments or we can help to arrange another trip, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving etc – all payable locally.


SAT Day 15: Free day (B)
Today you can just relax on the beach, have some Spa Treatments or we can help to arrange another trip, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving etc – all payable locally.


SUN Day 16: Transfer out (B)
After breakfast we will transfer clients to the international airport in time for their international flight out.

 

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