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ANTIGUA – LAKE ATITLAN – CHICHI – COPAN - RIO DULCE - YAXHA - TIKAL
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Guatemala Highlights

This journey allows for a fine sample of Guatemala, including all of Guatemala Highlights - ANTIGUA – LAKE ATITLAN – CHICHI – COPAN - RIO DULCE - YAXHA - TIKAL. .

Itinerary
 

Day 1, Arrival – Antigua
Guests are met & transfer to Antigua. (1hr) Antigua 2N

Day 2, Chichi Market (B,L)
Today guests transfer approx. 2hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring on to Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan 2N


Day 3, Lake Tour & Visit to Villages (B,L)

This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna to visit a textile cooperative, medicinal plant center and local naif painter workshops. Then we go on to Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Return to hotel.


Day 4, Solola Market & Iximche (B,L)

Guests will be transferred to visit the colorful authentic market at Solola and enjoy a tour of the market. Lunch will be in a traditional restaurant on route back to Antigua There will also be a short tour of the small Maya Archaeology site at Iximche. Antigua 1N

 

Day 5, Architecture & History Tour (B)
Guests will take a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francsico Church. All entrances are included. Free Afternoon.


Day 6, Copan (Honduras) (B,D)
Transfer across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Just across the border you are in the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas. (5hrs) Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town. Dinner included at the wonderful Hacienda San Lucas Copan 2N.


Day 7, Copan & Bird Park (B,L)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Lunch is in the tropical bird park where guests can also enjoy a visit of this beautiful facility looking after rescued tropical birds & working to educate people about conservation.


Day 8, Transfer to Rio Dulce (B)
Transfer across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical area at Rio Dulce. (5 hrs) Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce you will board a boat for a scenic trip along Rio Dulce (Trf time depends on hotel) to your riverside hotel. Rio Dulce/Livingston 1N


Day 9, Rio Dulce (B)
Cruise the Rio Dulce River through the central canyon and down to the Garifuna town of Livingston on the Coast. Explore Livingston on a guided walking tour then journey back downriver to Rio Dulce and per chance see the elusive Manatee. Once back at Rio Dulce board your transfer to the Tikal area. (3-4hrs) Tikal 2N.


Day 10, Yaxha Sunset (B)
Guests enjoy a free morning to relax. After lunch they transfer to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples.


Day 11, Tikal (B,L)
Today guests transfer to Tikal National park (approx 1hr) to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. Afternoon flight to Guatemala City. Guatemala City 1N


Day 12, Transfer Out (B)
Today guests are met at their hotel by their driver for an unguided transfer to the airport in time for their international flight out.

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