Departure Tuesdays and Fridays
Day 1 - Guatemala City – Antigua
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the selected hotel in Antigua.
Day 2 - Antigua
Walking tour of the charming colonial city of Antigua, which was the capital of the vice kingdom of Guatemala from 1543 to 1773. Antigua was declared UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity in 1979.
The tour begins in the Plaza Central with the Generals Palace, the Municipality, the Cathedral church, and the Merced church. After visit of the Jade museum and factory as an introduction into the classical Maya culture. Finish the tour with a visit of the local handicraft market.
Day 3 - Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
Journey into the highlands of Guatemala where you will come in contact with the living Maya culture.
Visit of Chichicastenango, where you will visit the biggest and most colorful market in Guatemala. In this town the sacred Maya Tzolk'in Calendar is still observed and at the Santo Thomas Church you can see a fascinating blend of Catholic and traditional Mayan rites. In the afternoon transfer to Panajachel to spend the night.
Day 4 - Lake Atitlan
In the morning boat tour of the lake to visit two Tz'utujil indigenous villages: First San Juan la Laguna where you will have a cultural tour to learn about the process of dyeing with natural colors, weaving, and preparing the warp.
Then visit Santiago Atitlan, which is the biggest village on the lakeshore of the beautiful Atitlan Lake. The artisans there specialize in tempera paintings, woodwork and weavings. In the afternoon return to your hotel.
Day 5 - Lake Atitlan - Quetzaltenango
Transfer to Quetzaltenango and visit San Andres Xecul with its multicolored church, Totonicapan on its market day where you will enjoy a truly authentic Maya highland market away from the usual tourism path.
In the afternoon relax in the refreshing hot sulphuric springs of Fuentes Georginas, set in a lush semi-tropical setting. Night in Quetzaltenango.
Day 6 - Quetzaltenango - Guatemala City
After breakfast visit of the Almolonga valley and its market. Almolonga means 'the place where the water gushes forth' and is known as the breadbasket of Guatemala. Here huge amounts of vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, beet, onions etc. are produced and sold to local markets all around Guatemala. After visit of the small town Zunil, where you can visit the house of Maximón, a local Maya effigy where local Maya gather each day to conduct pre-Columbian rituals and ceremonies. Transfer to Guatemala City. On the way visit the archaeological site of Iximche, which was the capital of the late post-classic Kaqchiquel Maya kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524.
Day 7 - Guatemala City - Flores - Yaxha
Flight from Guatemala City to Flores. Transfer to Yaxha and visit the sites of Yaxha and Topoxte. Yaxha consists of more than 500 structures, including 40 stele, 13 altars, 9 temple pyramids, and 2 ball courts. The top of Temple 216 provides a fantastic view of the two lakes and the surrounding jungle canopy. Night in an Eco-lodge in the middle of the jungle.
Day 8 - Yaxha - Tikal - Flores - Guatemala City OR Extension to Belize
Transfer to Tikal for a visit of one of the archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. Discovery of the famous Great Plaza with the Temples I and II, the Temple IV, which is the highest known temple in the Maya world, Temples III and V, the North and Central Acropolis, as well as the Lost World astrological observation center. In the afternoon transfer to Flores to board the flight to Guatemala City. Night
Day 9 - Guatemala City – Airport
Transfer hotel - airport to take your international flight.