8 day Guatemala - Maya, Magic & Mystery
8 day Guatemala - Maya, Magic & Mystery
A magical journey through Guatemala exploring mysterious Mayan ruins, extraordinary landscapes and stunning colonial towns, and meeting the friendliest people you will ever encounter.
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â\u0080¢ Spend two nights in gorgeous, colonial Antigua â\u0080¢ Visit the traditional Indigenous market at Chichicastenango â\u0080¢ Take a boat ride on the placid Lake Atitlan â\u0080¢ Enjoy a Sunset Tour to the amazing Yaxha ruins â\u0080¢ Tour the jungle-shrouded Mayan ruins at Tikal to the sounds of howler monkeys and colourful tropical birds
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Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City - Antigua
Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua. Founded in 1543, the country's cultural capital is crammed full of colonial buildings. Its pretty cobbled streets are lined with colourful houses, and the town is overlooked by three dramatic volcanoes.
Day 2: Antigua Sightseeing
Enjoy a private tour of Antigua and discover some of its 47 churches and monasteries, including San Francisco Church, La Merced Church and the Cathedral. During your afternoon at leisure explore the shops selling artworks, restaurants and trendy bars.
Day 3: Antigua - Lake Atitlan
Meet your guide this morning for a private transfer to beautiful Lake Atitlan. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax in the surroundings of this magical lake.
Day 4: Lake Atitlan & Santiago Village
Take a private boat tour across Lake Atitlan to the town of Santiago, enjoying spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes. Santiago is an interesting town where the local Mayan community still follow their traditional religion and produce beautiful woven goods. Enjoy lunch in the town before returning by boat to your hotel.
Day 5: Lake Atitlan - Chichicastenango - Flores
Transfer to the fabulous Chichicastenango Mayan market, famous for its range of handicrafts and explore the stalls at leisure (unguided). You may also visit the main square to see Mayan rituals being performed in the Catholic cathedral. This afternoon transfer to Guatemala City Airport for your short domestic flight to the picturesque town of Flores. (Days 3 & 5 may be switched, depending on market days)
Day 6: Yaxha Mayan Ruins Sunset Tour
In the afternoon, transfer to Yaxha National Park for a guided tour of this lesser visited, yet atmospheric Mayan site. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as the many tropical birds. Sunset drinks are then served on top of the main temple with amazing views over the rainforest and nearby Lake Yaxha. Walk back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark, perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way.
Day 7: Tikal National Park - Guatemala City
This morning visit the largest excavated site in the Americas, Tikal. Enjoy a tour of this magical Mayan temple complex, where steep-sided pyramids poke out through the jungle canopy. Climb some of the huge pyramids, visit the royal palace and the Plaza of the Lost World. After lunch return to Flores for your flight and overnight in Guatemala City (or overnight in Flores, then fly to Belize).
Day 8: Depart Guatemala City
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
• Accommodation as shown in itinerary
• Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
• Most transfers and touring on private basis

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