9 Days Unparalleled Guatemala – Luxury Travel
This program has been expertly designed for travelers who are looking for the best of the best in each destination. This tour not only includes the premium destinations in Guatemala but also includes the best hotels. Whether you are looking to get some rest and pleasure, you will also learn about Guatemala’s culture and archeology, considered one of the richest of the world. While taking this trip, you’ll receive a first class service to enjoy your experiences to the most in Guatemala.
Day 1: Arrival to Guatemala City / Antigua Guatemala
Reception at the airport “La Aurora”, upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala for overnight accommodations.
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. This city is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities, it is a magical and captivating small city 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.
For lunch we have prepared a really nice lunch in one of the best restaurants of the country. In the afternoon visit San Antonio Aguascalientes where you will be able to experience the exceptional weavings and fabric your own souvenir. A local will teach you their ancient techniques. 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. In the afternoon, we will take you to your Spa session , where you can enjoy of a relaxing experience. When finished transfer back to your hotel in Antigua for overnight accommodations.
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% Quiche 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 Panjachel for overnight accommodations.
Day 5: Lake Atitlán – San Juan La Laguna
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 a Tzutuhil Village. This place is known for being one of the most authentic and best kept secrets in Guatemala.
The visit will begin with a Cultural tour visiting the different workshops where you discover how a women’s weaving cooperative continues the traditional methods of dying thread with native plants. Observe the process of extracting natural dyes used to create extraordinary textile products. The experience will continue with an explanation of the murals, visit to the church and local houses. Time to have lunch in one of the most exquisite restaurants with a magnificent view. Transfer back to Panajachel by boat to have lunch and visit the most important places.
Day 6: Lake Atitlán – Antigua Guatemala
Free day to enjoy a spa in the hotel facilities. Transfer to Guatemala City.
Day 7: 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, our 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 8: Yaxhá & Topoxté
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 lunch boat trip to Topoxté Island, located in the Lake of Yaxhá. During this visit you will enjoy the wildlife, jungle and mystic surroundings of this unique area. After we finish the tour, transfer to the airport to take flight back to Guatemala City.
Day 9: Guatemala City
Transfer to the airport to take flight back to your country.