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

Kanba Cave and Semuc Champey Day Tour 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.

$1017.50 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bar Hopping in Antigua Guatemala, From Guatemala City

Let the fun begging joining us on this tour walking through 3 bars of your election from Antigua (Rest Bar- On fire bar- On fire bar). The tour starts at 7:30 pm leaving from Guatemala city and ends at 1:00am at the same place. So if you love to party, then this is your ideal tour! your will enjoy of this nightlife at Antigua Guatemala stile. We go for you to your hotel located in Guatemala City After drive for 1 hour you finaly will arrive to the perpetual roses city Antigua Guatemala, you will have fun of this tour.

$41 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Chicoj Coffee Tour, from Cobán

The Chicoj coffee tour is a half day tour that offers a trek designed to learn about the different phases of the cultivation and coffee milling being in contact with members of the cooperative of small coffee producers that belong to the Maya Q’eqchi. For the adventure lovers we offer to our visitants the Zip line tour, a 750 m circuit through the coffee plantations and the small lagoon. We will depart from Coban to the Chicoj farm, and learn about their history and the coffee production in the Verapaces as well as from the Qéqchi ethnic. The tour has a duration of 5 hours. At the end the community offers to its visitants their handmade handicrafts.

$138.75 Outdoor Activities

orchids tour, from Coban

This wonderful corner of nature where the visitant can see and learn about the orchids, and other plants from the forest. You can appreciate its natural beauty, breath fresh air and calm from the green heart of Guatemala. This is a half day tour specialized in a rock trail inside a cloud forest, very common in Coban, where you can appreciate the orchids in its natural habitat, bromeliads, helicons flowers, birds, butterflies, among others. Admire, observer and learn. Then, we will visit the experimental station of Orchids in Coban. You will see many colors of orchids, La Monja Blanca is the national flower of Guatemala yes is a Orchid, but you will see other kind of Orchids on this tour.

$231.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hunal-Ye From Cobán

It is a private reserve with a lot of history and archeologic importance since it was a site of peregrination for the ancient Mayas. Nowadays, it has a museum where you can appreciate replications of archeological pieces from the place and it has several areas to do activities of ecotourism such as: trail walks, zip line, birdwatching, among others. Surrounded by mountains, Hunal ye is an indescribably paradise, known as the House of the God of the Moon. This paradise has multiple attractions that makes you want to go; Its natural beauty, doing tubing in a natural river, horseback rides, swimming in the natural pools or just rest surrounded by the nature.

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