Upon arrival in Guatemala City, you will be picked up for your private transfer to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala. Sleep in Antigua.
This morning you will explore Antigua, once the colonial Spanish capital of Central America, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city, set between three volcanoes, is rich with history, boasts an abundance of well-preserved colonial buildings, and is alive with craft markets, music, and opportunities to taste coffee from nearby plantations. This morning your private guide will meet you at your hotel at 9 a.m. to begin a half-day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural and historical highlights of the city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of its many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals, including Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park and La Merced Church. At the end of the tour, we will transfer you to your hotel in Lake Atitlán. Sleep in Lake Atitlán.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for a scenic boat ride across the lake, passing by the three impressive volcanoes of Toliman, Atitlán and San Pedro. Upon arrival in Santiago, you will walk with your guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon is said to reside. Each year a different “brotherhood” has the privilege of taking care of their God, so his location changes. Once with Maximon, you may see local shamans performing rituals for local people. Next you will visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town, and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and the area’s famous primitive art. Take a ride in the back of a “flete” (a pickup truck in which people stand in the bed and are taken around town, often at high speeds) to get to Hotel Posada Santiago for lunch. After lunch, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel in Lake Atitlán. Sleep in Lake Atitlán
Today you will have a chance to shop and visit the colorful, outdoor Maya market in Chichicastenango. Once there, you will have time to mingle with people from several ethnic Maya highlands groups who gather to buy, sell and trade goods. In the afternoon, we will take you back to your hotel in Antigua. Sleep in Antigua.
Today you will have the option to relax on your own in Antigua, or to take a hiking tour to Pacaya Volcano. Sleep in Antigua.
Early this morning we will head to Guatemala City airport to take the flight to Flores. Upon arrival, visit the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikál. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which measures up to 70 meters high. From its peak, you can hear the sounds of the rainforest – the voices of more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared a World Heritage Center by UNESCO in 1979. Sleep in Flores.
Today you’ll have a chance to explore Flores at leisure, or take a guided canopy tour to Ixpanpajul natural park and a sunset tour to Yaxha, an archeological site of an important center of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Sleep in Flores.
Today we’ll make our way to Palenque. Depending on the weather, we might go by private bus or choose the more picturesque boat ride to cross the river San Pedro and then transfer to the bus. After checking-in at the hotel, we’ll enjoy local cuisine such as Chiapas-style tamales, indigenous hot-peppers and fresh water fish. Sleep in Palenque.
Today, you’ll enjoy a visit to the archeological site of Palenque. Walk through the same paths as the great Mayan Lords, and feel the charm and mystery of this culture. The Mayan site of Palenque is located northwest of the Maya lowlands in Chiapas, Mexico. Surrounded by the jungle, it is among the most important archeological sites of Mesoamerica, a ceremonial center and home to a number of Mayan Lords. There are religious temples, plazas, open courts and a ball court, but most of the structures are palaces. Artifacts discovered at this site tell us about the Mayan Lords and in particular of Pacal, one of the best-known Lords of the Mayan civilization. Sleep in Palenque.
Today we will get back on the road, winding along mountain lanes to San Cristobal de las Casas. On the way, we will visit the Agua Azul waterfalls. Sleep in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Today you will enjoy a half-day tour of the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Each village has its own distinctive highland dress as well as a weekly market and numerous festivals honoring patron saints and other special religious days. Afterwards walk through the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, a jewel right in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. The indigenous soul of the town coexists harmoniously with its colonial charm, making it an enchanting place to visit. Sleep in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Depart San Cristobal de las Casas toward the Tuxtla Gutierrez airport. On the way, there we will visit the the enormous Sumidero Canyon where we will enjoy a boat ride. Have an unforgettable experience sailing down the Grijalva River, across a geological fault formed millions of years ago, with dramatic cliffs up to one kilometer high and the river’s depth of 100 meters. From here we will fly to Mexico City. You can book your flight to return home from Mexico City today, or choose to extend your stay.
Price per person – $4,200 USD
Single room supplement – $ 750