Guatemala in Depth

Experience the land of the Maya in Guatemala. See the ruins of Ancient Maya pyramids at Tikal National Park, visit the UNESCO heritage site of Antigua, Guatemala to witness the Spanish-Baroque architecture of the city's early European settlers, and experience the modern-day culture of Guatemala’s capital and largest city in Guatemala City.
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Day 1 Hola Guatemala City
Meet your tour director and travel to Antigua
Day 2 Antigua landmarks
Antigua guided walking sightseeing tour
Le Merced ChurchLas Capuchina ConventCathedral of San JoséParque Central
Details: Antigua guided walking sightseeing tour
Antigua, one of the world’s best conserved colonial cities, is a magical and captivating small town that makes one feel that time might have stopped 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobblestone streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times! A few things you will find are art galleries and exhibits, coffee shops, amazing cuisine, cute little bars and much more. Colonial architecture, fine arts, terracotta, ceramics, wooden sculptures, a great variety of traditional costumes and weavings. Find out the secrets of Antigua on this walking tour. Your guide will explain in detail some of the main heritage buildings around Antigua such as The Cathedral, San Francisco and La Merced.
Day 3 Antigua--Lake Atitlán
Travel to Lake Atitlán
Details: Coffee tour
Antigua is famous for growing one of the best coffees in Central America. Enjoy the scenery and the unique insight to a real coffee hacienda. This tour will get you up close and personal with the whole coffee making process, experiencing the smells, the sights and the flavor of one of the Guatemala’s most famous export. You will learn about the process, from hand picking the grain to have it ready to serve.
Day 4 Lake Atitlán landmarks
Lake Atitlán boat cruise
Santiago Atitlán
Details: Lake Atitlán tour director-led sightseeing
With three stunning volcanoes rising out of its emerald surface, Lake Atitlán is for sure the best way to be introduced to the indigenous culture in the highlands of Guatemala. Atitlan is characterized by its natural beauty and surrounded by gorgeous views. The famous writer Aldous Huxley considered it ¨the most beautiful lake in the world¨.
Details: Lake Atitlán boat cruise
Enjoy a private boat to visit San Juan la Laguna and Santiago Atitlan, two very special and different towns around the Lake. Santiago is home to Maximon, a venerated pagan saint who smokes tobacco and drinks moonshine. He resides in a different house each year. San Juan la Laguna is a bit quieter town, less visited and is home to several textile coops and art galleries.
Day 5 Lake Atitlán--Guatemala City
Travel to Guatemala City
Details: Chichicastenango tour director-led sightseeing
Chichicastenango is home to what is surely the most colorful native market in the Americas. Market days are held every Thursday and Sundays and draw not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala, representing many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others. Each person hawks his or her products in a riotous cacophony of color, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells.
Day 6 Guatemala City--Copán
Travel to Copán, Honduras
Details: Copán tour director-led sightseeing
This little charming town with cobblestone streets, white adobe buildings and red tile roofs is a relaxed and peaceful place that will surprise you. A town which treasures one of the most beautiful and important cities of the Mayan Civilization. Local people are very friendly and willing to help someone from abroad.
Day 7 Copán landmarks
Copán Ruins guided excursion
AcropolisHieroglyphic StairwayAltar QRosalila TempleBall courtGreat Plaza
Details: Copán Ruins guided excursion
Copan is one of the best-restored, interesting and elaborate Mayan cities known. Occupied between 400 and 800 AD, Copan covers over 50 acres of temples, altars, stelea, ball courts, several plazas and the Hieroglyphic Stairway. Located through the beautiful lush and mountainous valley, it features some of the Mayas most impressive accomplishments in architecture, astronomy and art. Among the magnificent finds are the well-preserved Rosalila Temple and the tombs of several of Copan’s rulers.
Day 8 Copán--Río Dulce
Travel to Río Dulce via Quiriguá
Details: Quiriguá archaeological site visit
Quirigüa recognized for having the largest and best-preserved stelae of the Maya World, it also shelters a great diversity of species, native to the tropical rainforest north of the Motagua River. Because of its great cultural and natural significance, Quirigüa was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage Site in 1981. Initially, the city shared its power with Copán, but during the Classic period (250 – 900 AD), after defeating and sacrificing the ruler of Copán, 18 Conejo or Uaxac Laun Ubac Cauil, Quirigüa became one of the most important cities. It was then when the ruler Kawak Cielo or K´ak´-Tiliw Chan Yopaat, started the project of sculpting zoomorphic monoliths and stelae.
Day 9 Río Dulce--Petén
Travel to Petén
Details: Río Dulce boat tour
Rio Dulce is a navigable river which starts at Lake Izabal and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. Even though the river is only 42 km long (26 miles) its abundant tropical vegetation and hundreds of species of fascinating wildlife make the river a unique destination to visit. Mayans used this as a route of commerce to take merchandise out of the main land to the north east.
Day 10 Petén--Guatemala City
Tikal National Park guided excursion
Great PlazaTemple of the MasksTemple of the Grand Jaguar
Fly to Guatemala City
Details: Tikal National Park guided excursion
City and ceremonial center of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal became an important ceremonial center with the construction of major pyramids and temples. Its best years were the Late Classic Period (600-900AD). Tikal National Park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Excavated by Pennsylvania University between 1956 and 1969, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent. It is Guatemala´s most famous cultural and natural preserve. On arrival a representative of Maya Trails will transfer you to Tikal National Park . Your guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history, some theories of why they disappeared and if you are lucky a few monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans will be on site.
Day 11 End tour
Guatemala tour map
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 10 overnight stays in hotels with private bathroom
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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