8 Days Best of Guatemala Tour
In this program you will visit the premium destinations of Guatemala in one week, including the Western Highlands, Tikal and Antigua Guatemala. It is specially designed for all ages where you will enjoy different types of activities like exploring the Mayan pyramids in the middle of a virgin jungle or having a cup of one of the best coffees in the world surrounded by a unique landscape of three majestic volcanoes and baroque style constructions.
Day 1: Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala:
Reception at the airport “La Aurora”. Then transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala.
Day 2: Antigua Guatemala:
Visit to the most important and significant attractions of the city including Antigua’s most beautiful churches, monasteries, convents, and the cultural center. Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities. It is a magical and captivating small town that will make you feel time stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobbled streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times. In the afternoon visit San Antonio Aguascalientes, where you will get to visit a great diversity of handicrafts.
Overnight accommodations in Antigua Guatemala.
Day 3 Coffee Plantation – Antigua Guatemala
Visit to one of the oldest coffee plantations in Guatemala. During this tour you will have the opportunity to discover how coffee is made. Our guide will show the whole process since the beans are picked up in the plantation until it is served as one of the best coffees in the world. This will be a very interesting experience that will teach you all the hard work that takes to make a cup of coffee and the people who are involved.
When finished transfer back to your hotel in Antigua.
Day 4: Chichicastenango and Iximché
Visit to the archaeological site of Iximché, also known as “The Land of Corn”. This city was the first capital of Guatemala and the last Mayan City. Experience for yourself a place fulfilled with mysticism, being the city that witnessed the Conquer of the Spanish and a place for Mayan rituals. After the visit you’ll be transferred to Chichicastenango’s market, the most colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in Guatemala of 100% Quiché population. Admire the historical and mystic Church of Santo Tomás, where the Mayan bible was discovered. Be the witness of Mayan ceremonies inside the church, where you can presence their gifts to the Mayan God’s.
Transfer to Panajachel for overnight accommodations.
Day 5: San Juan La Laguna & Santiago de Atitlán
Visit to Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place where the rainbow gets its colors”. Panajachel is an 800 year old town of about 14000 people, mostly Kaqchikel Mayas and some foreigners from every corner of the globe, living inside that rainbow. Upon arrival discover the magic that surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit two different Tzutuhil Villages. Visit a small town around the lake, where you’ll be able experience the Mayan culture to the purest.
Then transfer to Santiago where you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or Ri Laj Mam, visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this magical experience. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat to have lunch.
Transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.
Day 6: Tikal
Early in the morning we take a flight to Flores, Petén. Upon arrival transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is impossible to capture them in words or photographs.
Tikal is such a place and is considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Tikal has the distinction of being the first site in Guatemala declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at Tikal archaeological site, the guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis, Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II” Los Mascarones “, regarded as the first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost World.
Transfer back to Flores or Tikal for overnight accommodations.
Day 7: Yaxhá
Transfer to Yaxhá, a former ceremonial center and city of the Pre-Columbian Maya Civilization. The facilities have evidence of Teotihuacan influence in their architecture and stelae. We can find the only twin pyramid complex outside of Tikal, also known as the Stelae Plaza. After we finish the tour, transfer to the airport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.
Day 8: Guatemala City - home
Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country.