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ANTIGUA – LAKE ATITLAN – CHICHI –
COFFEE FARM – COMALAPA - SANTIAGO – PETEXBATUN – CEIBAL - AGUATECA -YAXHA - TIKAL
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Maya Culture

Maya Civilization Past & Present  itinerary is for those with keen interest in Maya culture.

It is a comprehensive tour of ANTIGUA – LAKE ATITLAN – CHICHI – COFFEE FARM – COMALAPA - SANTIAGO – PETEXBATUN – CEIBAL - AGUATECA -YAXHA - TIKAL

Option: Copan Extension

 

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival & Transfer to Antigua
On arrival at Guatemala City guests are met by our bi-lingual driver for their transfer to Antigua (1hour) Antigua 3N.

Day 2, Architecture & History Tour (B)
Guests will take a half day tour of Antigua. tour takes in the main square, palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church, Capuchinas Convento, St Clara & San Francsico Church. All entrances are included. Free afternoon.

Day 3, Azotea Coffee Farm, Maya Traditions Museum (B)
Guests visit the local woodcarvers in Jocotenango & then the fabulous Azotea Coffee Farm & Maya Traditions Museums covering traditional music, costume & traditions. Free afternoon.

Day 4, Lake Atitlan via Comalapa Market (B,L)
Guests will be transferred to visit the colorful authentic market at Comalpa and enjoy a tour of the market and famous local primitive painting galleries & town mural. Transfer on to Lake Atitlan. (3hr) rest of the afternoon free. Lake Atitlan 2N

Day 5, Lake Tour & Visit to Santiago (B,L)
This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya.

Day 6, Chichicastenango Market (B)
Today guests transfer approx. 1hr to the famous market at Chichicastenango. Time for shopping and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church.Transfer on to Antigua for a final night in this beautiful City. Antigua 1N.

Day 7, Petexbatun Lake, Ceibal Site (B,L,D)
Take a scheduled flight to Flores in the northern rainforest & transfer to Sayaxche (1.5hr) and then board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion river to the site at Ceibal. After a pretty steep climb up to the site through a Ceiba tree forest your guide will provide you with the latest findings and conclusions about this site which contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae. When you are ready continue by river to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun. Chiminos Island Lodge 1N.

Day 8, Aguateca (B,L)
After breakfast, transfer with your guide by boat to the lesser visited yet unique site at Aguateca. This is site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in Maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line. Guests can explore the natural fault as well as a small selection of restored monuments and some intricate carvings. After lunch guests transfer back to Flores area by boat & land. Tikal Area 2N

Day 9, Yaxha (B,L)
Today guests explore the atmospheric lakeside site of Yaxha with wonderful views over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples.

Day 10, Tikal (B,L)
Today guests explore the amazing Mayan Temple site at Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. After lunch guests will fly back to Guatemala City and transfer to their hotel. Guate City 1N

Day 11, Transfer Out (B)
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport in plenty of time to catch their international flight onwards


Optional Copan Extension: for the Maya Civilization Past and Present itinerary would be as followed:

Day 6: Transfer to Copan. In the afternoon visiting the Bird Park. Having dinner at the house of the famous archaeologist, David Sedat, where he will give a presentation about his work for the University of Pennsylvania Museum at Copan which covers the amazing discoveries of the royal tombs that most visitors of Copan never know about. Overnight Hacienda San Lucas

Day 7: Visit the ruins of Copan & Los Sapos Site. Lunch in Copan Town. Overnight at Hacienda San Lucas

Day 8: Transfer to Rio Dulce via Quirigua. From here the normal itinerary continues

David Sedat has been the Field Director & head archaeologist for the Pennsylvania Museum’s Copan Program for 16 years and before that at Quirigua in Guatemala.

 

DATES

Private Tours

11 days/ 10 nights

Apply all year EXCEPT Easter Week & the Christmas / New Year Period.

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