Central America Explorer

Comfort, Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala

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The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial city of Antigua, learn the ancient art of chocolate making and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to soaring volcano views, your CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour, Antigua Guatemala G Adventures for Good: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit, Lago de Atitlán Hands-on: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop, Antigua Guatemala
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit a chocolate museum and take a hands-on workshop
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Copán
  • Guided visit of the ruins of Quirigua
  • Scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce to Livingston
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Tikal
  • Boat ride around Lake Atitlán, with visit to San Juan la Laguna community including a local Mayan lunch and a tree-planting ceremony
  • Visit small community co-ops for demonstrations of traditional arts ands crafts
  • Guided cultural walking tour of Antigua
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore ancient mayan ruins and unesco world heritage sites
  • Visit modern day mayan communities and participate in a mayan tree-planting ceremony
  • Visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations
  • Take a chocolate workshop and enjoy the tasty results.

Itinerary

Day 1 Guatemala City/Antigua Guatemala There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy this charming city. Additional Notes: Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer (0.75-1.00 hours, 45km)
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala (1B) Walk through quiet cobblestone streets past restored Spanish colonial stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances. Explore the museums and churches, then have an ice cream and people-watch in the central park. Included Activities: ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/Copán (1B) The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, with an almost-perfect climate. Besides the Mayan ruins this town is famous for, there are many other things to explore. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 280km)
Day 4 Copán (1B) The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, with an almost-perfect climate. Besides the Mayan ruins this town is famous for, there are many other things to explore. Included Activities: Copán Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Copán/Rio Dulce (1B) Cross into Guatemala and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast. There are plenty of opportunities for R & R. Aside from boating on Lake Izabal, you may opt to horseback ride through a rubber plantation, explore San Felipe fort, take the morning monkey kayak tour, relax at the hot waterfall or hike through the jungle trails of the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Mayan Ruins of Quirigua Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 160km)
Day 6 Rio Dulce (1B) Enjoy free time in Rio Dulce with optional activities that include: horseback riding, San Felipe fort, monkey kayak tour, relaxing at the hot waterfall or hiking through the jungle trails of the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area.
Day 7 Rio Dulce/Flores (1B, 1L) In the morning, board a motorboat and journey towards the coast on a beautiful ride past cliffs, hot springs and a few small communities. Enjoy an included lunch in the small town of Livingston before heading off to Flores. Livingston is famous for its seafood soup called Tapado. Make sure to try it for lunch! After, journey overland to Flores in the Petén region of Guatemala. Transport: Boat (4.00-5.00 hours, 55km) Private Vehicle
Day 8 Flores (1B) This charming town, with its pastel-coloured buildings, enjoys a scenic setting on Lake Petén Itzá. There will be time to stroll through the streets, buy local handicrafts or take a swim in the lake. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)
Day 9 Flores/Jaibalito (1B) Head to the small Flores airport early in the morning before boarding a flight to Guatemala City. From there, transfer by private van to the beautiful Lake Atitlán. Your home at the lake will be in the tranquil town of Jaibalito. This tiny village sits on the north shores of breathtaking Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes. There are no paved roads leading into Jaibalito, but the paths weaving across the slopes offer rewarding views of the lake. Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 550km) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 115km) Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Jaibalito (1B, 1L) Test your communication and bargaining skills in the colourful local markets, of which there are many. There are also a number of weaving cooperatives that you may wish to visit. The proceeds from the sales return directly to the community and are a significant contribution to the local economy. Included Activities: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit
Day 11 Jaibalito (1B) Free time for outdoor pursuits such as swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking.
Day 12 Jaibalito/Antigua Guatemala (1B) Antigua offers three specialties that make shopping here very worthwhile. Textiles sold here and in the nearby towns are of the highest quality, beautifully designed and woven on foot looms or the traditional back strap loom. Jade, in carved statues and jewelry, is sold in several factories and shops in town and silver jewelry is also sold in the better shops and a nearby silver factory in San Felipe de Jesus. The city offers good buys in ceramics and antiques as well. Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Antigua Guatemala (1B) Explore Antigua on a guided cultural walking tour with a local expert, including the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Opt to go on a volcano trek, or an excursion to a macadamia nut plantation or coffee farm. Included Activities: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour
Day 14 Antigua Guatemala (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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