Guatemala Highlands and Tikal

 

 

 

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Beautiful Guatemala Highlands + Magnificent Tikal

CHICHICASTENANGO AND SOLOLÁ MARKETS - LAKE ATITLAN - ANTIGUA - TIKAL - YAXHA - TOPOXTE

    

A delightful 8 day / 7 night tour the Guatemalan Highlands and its colorful markets, colonial cities and beautiful landscapes and natural beauty.  And a touch of archaeology with visits to the Tikal and Yaxha archeological sites.

Tours begin every Saturday each month.

Begins and ends in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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DAY 1 SAT.  ARRIVAL TO GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala.   Meet at Guatemala City International Airport and transfer to hotel in Guatemala City’s finest district.  Overnight in Guatemala City. 

 
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DAY 2 SUN. CHICHICASTENANGO, Guatemala.  Depart early to Chichicastenango that is by far the largest and most colorful handicrafts market in The Americas.  Every Thursday and Sunday, Maya people from all over Guatemala meet to sell their products and visit the town’s Catholic Church, Santo Tomas, to pray in their own way becoming the best example of syncretism of the Maya and Catholic traditions.  Transfer to Lake Atitlan for overnight in Panajachel.  (B,L)

   

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DAY 3 MON. LAKE ATITLAN, Guatemala. An interesting geological formation, Atitlan is a lake of volcanic origin, located at 5,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by 3 imposing volcanoes and in the heart of the Living Maya culture.  Boat tour to visit Santiago Atitlan, a town famous for naïf paintings and wood carvings. Boat Tour to visit Santiago Atitlan, a town famous for naif paintings and wood carvings.  Overnight in Panajachel.   (B,L)

Sololá - Parque Central with town hall tower                                   

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DAY 4 TUE. IXIMCHE, Guatemala.  Iximche is not as well-known as the major archaeological sites but remains a popular site to visit because of its easy accessibility and pleasant setting. This was the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya from 1470 to 1524. The Kaqchikel welcomed the Spanish conquerers under Pedro de Alvarado with open arms when they arrived in April of 1524 and allowed them to found their own capital nearby. Antigua for overnight.  (B,L)

                                                                      
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DAY 5 WED. ANTIGUA, Guatemala.  Antigua is an UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the incredibly preserved Spanish Colonial heritage.  Founded in 1542, it was for over 200 years the Capital of Central America.  Morning visit to its most important palaces, plazas, churches and convents.  Free afternoon.  Overnight in Guatemala City.  (B,L)

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DAY 6 THU. YAXHA and TOPOXTE, Guatemala.  Transfer to Guatemala City International Airport for a 45-minutes flight to Flores.  Forty miles from Flores and within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the second largest rainforest reserve in The Americas, only after the Amazon, Yaxha is an impressive site that deserves a visit.  It is located right by a lake and  Topoxte is a smaller site on a island of that lake.  Overnight in Flores.   (B,L)

                                                                         
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DAY 7 FRI. TIKAL, Guatemala.  Transfer to Tikal National Park, 40 miles from Flores to visit the most impressive city built by the Ancient Maya, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979.  Some of its towering pyramids reach over 200 feet sticking above the rainforest canopy.  It is a day that combines archaeology with natural history, since the park is also within the Maya Biosphere Reserve.  Transfer back to Flores to take the 6PM flight back to Guatemala City.  Meet at Guatemala City Airport and transfer to hotel.  Overnight in Guatemala City.   (B,L)

   

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DAY 8 SAT. Departure.  Transfer to Guatemala City International Airport. (B)

 2014 Tour Pricing*

Two to 4 persons, double occupancy - $1,470 per person

Six or more persons, double occupancy - $1,095 per person

Single supplement - $375 per person

* NOT INCLUDED IS THE DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM FLORES TO GUATEMALA - Currently approximately $275 per person

International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED in any of our tour packages.

PLEASE NOTE - The Mayan Traveler tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours.  Our tours (other than Guaranteed Departure tours) are quality, escorted tours designed for a minimum of 2 persons. 

ALSO, the prices presented are generally higher during Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules are dictated higher demand.

Discounted United Airlines airfares are available with group packages!

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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide.  

·        Hotels and lodges, hotel taxes service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

·        Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as detailed in the tour itinerary.

·        Carefully maintained air-conditioned motor coach; maximum 10 tour members per vehicle; experienced driver. 

·        All entrance fees to parks and archaeological sites are included in the program.

·        Complete program of sightseeing and cultural events as described.  

Please Note:  

·        Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.  

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