Welcome to Central & Eastern Guatemala

The Carretera al Atlántico (Hwy 9) shoots eastward to the sea from Guatemala City, passing the turnoffs for the wonderfully preserved ruins of Copán (Honduras), Quiriguá with its impressive stelae, and Río Dulce, a favored resting spot for Caribbean sailors and gateway to the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bocas del Polochic (Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Reserve). While you're here, don't miss the gorgeous boat ride down the Río Dulce to Lívingston, the enclave of the Garifuna people.

The north of the region is lush and mountainous coffee-growing country. The limestone crags around Cobán attract cavers the world over, and the beautiful pools and cascades of Semuc Champey rate high on Guatemala’s list of natural wonders.

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Central & Eastern Guatemala activities

$99 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion: Rio Dulce and Hot Springs Tour with Visit to the Children's School

You will depart from the cruise terminal by boat, cruising along the shores to the village of Livingston, where you will stop to use the restrooms and pick-up bottled water. Then you will visit Rio Dulce Canyon with its 300 feet walls full of vegetation, the fresh water springs, the Cow’s cave, and the Pioneer’s Wall where the pirates wrote their names.  On the way to the Children’s School, you will see how the native catch the famous “Silver fish” Catch of the Day. Swim in the fresh waters of Tatín Creek if you wish. At the school, the children will sing folkloric songs and interact with you, from there you will visit the hot water springs and go inside the cave where Juan Tatín, the pirate used to hide (optional), you will also see the lake of Lilies and the Birds Island, followed by lunch at Posada El Delfín.Then you will have a short city walking tour, there you will be able to buy souvenirs and other things, then back at the terminal 1.5 hours before departure.

$20 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip: Kanba Cave and Semuc Champey Natural Pools from San Agustín Lanquín

At 9am your local partner will meet you in hotel or hostel in Lanquin villages to transfer you by local safety truck in Kanba Caves. You'll begin your experience in the Kanba Caves where you'll be able to go in about 1000 meters. After that you will have a tubing experience in the Kahabon river for half hour and later walk up in Mirador of Semuc Champey. At the end you'll have free time to relax and enjoy a swim in the crystal natural pools of Semuc Champey.You will return back to Lanquin village around 4pm.

$75 Outdoor Activities

Hike to Tolimán Volcano

The twin volcano of Atitlán has two peaks, the north and south peaks. The south peak is the higher part of the volcano, and it has a spectacular view of 360 degrees, while the north peak holds the volcano's crater which has a diameter of 200 meters.  On the base of the volcano you will fine beautiful vegetation.  The ascent is possible in a day, departing early in the morning and coming back in the afternoon without any kind of vehicle. The hike starts at an altitude of 1590 meters above sea level and end at f 3237 meters above sea level. The tour guide goes to pick you up at the public dock of Santiago. If are you staying in San Pedro, the boat leaves at 6:00 AM to Santiago. From Panajachel the boat leaves at 6:30 AM to Santiago.

$125 Outdoor Activities

The best Way to do Rafting on Rio Cahabón - Semuc Champey Area

Rafting on Río Cahabón - Semuc ChampeyWe have daily departures from Lanquin close of Semuc Champey area. The adventure begins from the Lanquin village most known like Semu Champey area in the Cobán region, head of the department of Alta Verapaz. You must go to the municipality of Lanquín on a tour where you will enjoy the beautiful and green landscapes of Verapaz.When you and your guide arrive to the Saquijá community the local people will be waiting for you, come with your friends and enjoy this unforgettable adventure. Put on your suit, take your oar, dress your helmet and get on the raft ... the following hours will be pure adrenaline and contemplation of nature, teamwork and coexistence with the Queqchi people.This is the great River to practice rafting  of Guatemala Difficulty: Class III-IVDistance: 19 kms/11 milesApproximate river time: 4 hoursMinimum age: 12 years

$940 Outdoor Activities

Sport Fishing in the Guatamalan Pacific Ocean

Guatemala is known in the world as being the hottest spot on the planet for raising sailfish, with unequaled numbers anywhere else in the world. Tour includes transportation from Guatemala City. You'll be picked up at your hotel and driven to Marina Pez Vela where you'll board a Bertram 31 fly-bridge and start your day.This tour includes meals, beverages and snacks on board as well as all of the equipment needed to go fishing. You just need to show up with comfortable clothing and sunblock and everything else will be taken care of!

$125 Theme Parks

Zacapa Valle Dorado Resort and Water Park Weekend Getaway

You can choose your departure time from Antigua, Rio Dulce or Puerto Barrios. You will start your trip from the bus station of Litegua and drive for few hours to the wonderful water park of Valle Dorado Resort.This is a great tour including 2 nights with breakfast. The park is located in the middle of the dry forest of Zacapa. You will have fun and enjoy your weekend. For the most adventurous people, you can take one of the exciting tours like kayaks, horseback riding or canopy (Zip line). Enjoy the largest water slides and the refreshing swimming pool. Your tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.

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