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SECRETS OF THE MAYAN WORLD

Day 1
Transfer with Guide

Welcome Cocktail
Exclusive Check-In Hotel Westin Camino Real
Hotel & Room type Hotel Westin Camino Real, 5*
Exclusive Floor
After you have you have passed immigration and picked up you luggage your guide will expect you at the exit of the airport. Within a short bus ride you will reach your hotel.


Day 2
City Tour Antigua

After a one hours drive we arrive at Antigua Guatemala, founded in 1543 and partially destroyed by several earthquakes in 1773. Antigua (a UNESCO World heritage site) is the former colonial capital of Central America. Today the city is considered one of the finest examples of urban planning in Latin America. The streets are lined with workshops of artists and craftsmen. Churches, convents and mansions recapture the glory of a city which was the capital of a Spanish colony for over 200 years. The designs are a reflection of tastes prevalent at the time. Around the Plaza Mayor (the Main Square) the principal church and state was erected: The Cathedral, The Palace of the Captains Generals and the City Hall. On our tour we will also visit the remains of a former convent.

Hotel & Room type Porta Hotel Antigua, 4*, Deluxe Zimmer



Day 3
Boatride Lake Atitlán

In the morning the road leads through the Central Highlands and climbs to an altitude of 2600m. Arriving at Lake Atitlán we enjoy a boat ride over the jade-collared lake to the village of Santiago Atitlán, home of the Tzutujíl Maya. The first impression of souvenir commerce will soon be gone with the explanations of your tour guide on the particular history of this ethnic and the community. Especially in the local church you find a lot of details that point to an spiritually different syncretism, meaning the melting of traditional Maya Cosmo vision and the catholic church.

In the afternoon we arrive back at the northern lake shore at Panajachel. A short drive brings you to Santa Catarina and the Hotel.

Hotel & Room type Casa Palopó, Boutique Hotel


Day 4
Market Chichicastenango


In the morning we drive to the colorful village of Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is one of the most important Maya communities belonging to the Mayan Quiché Ethnic. The open air market takes place twice a week and attracts foreign visitors in search of a nice souvenir as well as the local population. The market is more than just the commerce, it’s the day of socializing, visiting the doctor and other services.

As elsewhere the Spaniards built the catholic church over a Mayan Ritual Place. The stairs outside the house of god still belong to the ancient site and should be treating with a certain respect. Inside the church many locals are holding ceremonies to communicate with their forefathers, it’s a unique atmosphere.

In the afternoon we drive to Guatemala City.
Hotel & Room type Hotel Westin Camino Real, 5*
Exclusive Floor


Day 5
Tour Tikal & Lunch


In the early morning we are leaving the hotel, heading to the Guatemala City airport. From here we take a 45-minutes-flight (approx.) to Flores, which is located in the most northern and jungle rich district of Guatemala, called Petén. After arrival in Flores we continue with our tour by land, heading North towards the famous Mayan site Tikal, which is one of the most impressive Mayan religious centers` excavated! Here towering pyramids poke above the jungle’s green canopy to catch the sun. Howler monkeys swinging noisily through the branches of the ancient trees as brightly colored parrots and toucans dart from perch to perch in a cacophony of squawks. After a guided tour via Complex “Q”, the North and Central Acropolis with its Main Square, as well as Temple IV and Mundo Perdido we enjoy our lunch at the local restaurant. Close by you can also visit the local Museum with an interesting collection of local findings of ceramic and jade. Finally we return to Flores.

Hotel & Room type Hotel Camino Real Tikal, 4* Standard Room


Day 6
Airport Transfer


Your travel team brings you to the airport right in time for your onward trip.


Included Services
• Transfers and transportation in air-conditioned buses. We use the following bus types:
1-6 Pax: Microbus with max 12 seats
7-15 Pax: Buses with 19-22 seats
16-24 Pax: Buses with 24-27 seats
25-40 Pax: Buses with 42 seats
• Accommodation at the hotels mentioned in the program in rooms with private bathroom
• Daily breakfast, Lunch in Tikal
• English speaking Tour guide
• Entrance Fees to mentioned sites
• Airport Security Fee • Voluntary Tips
• Airfare Guatemala – Flores
• Extras in Hotels
• Optional Excursions & Entrance Fees
• Insurance

We reserve the right to change the itinerary in case of any pressing reason

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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