• 8 Days from
    $2535 p/p in USD
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Destinations

Destinations

Guatemala,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This fantastic adventure packs a punch visiting an active volcano, kayaking on a beautiful lake, hiking along ancient paths, seeing a Tikal archaeological site, wandering around a colourful market and exploring the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Cultural Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Kayak Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Lake Atitlan National Park, Pacaya Volcano
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari, Kayak
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle, Bus
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Start/end in Guatemala City

Overview

  • Day 1 – Welcome to Guatemala & Transfer to Antigua
  • Day 2 – Pacaya Volcano Trek
  • Day 3 – Antigua Half Day Walking Tour & Zip Lining
  • Day 4 – Chichicastenango Market & Transfer to Lake Atitlan
  • Day 5 – Kayak and Tzununa Trek
  • Day 6 – Iximche Archeological Site & Flight to Peten
  • Day 7 – Tikal Tour & Flight to Guatemala City
  • Day 8 – Departure Day

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 2,535 per person, minimum 2 pax sharing a room

What's Included

  • Accommodation at hotel
  • Meals as described – 8 breakfasts, 4 Lunches
  • Hotel, food & beverage taxes
  • Private boat in Lake Atitlan
  • Entrance fee to: Pacaya volcano, Iximche Archeological site, Tikal National Park
  • Antigua walking tour: The Cathedral, San Francisco & La Merced
  • Zip lining in Antigua
  • Kayaking activity
  • Internal flight GUA-FRS-GUA
  • Land transfers on private basis

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Gratuities for porters and housekeeping at hotels
  • Mini bar and laundry services at hotels
  • Activities not described in itinerary
  • Meals not described in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • International airport tax
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Maya Trails
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Maya Trails‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

A Maya Trails representative will meet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Antigua is one of the world’s best conserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magic and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobblestone streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times. A few things you can find in Antigua are art galleries and exhibitions, films, coffee shops, amazing cuisine, cute little bars and much more.

In brief

  • Transfer Airport- Antigua
  • Overnight at hotel in Antigua

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to Pacaya Volcano. Pacaya is the most visited volcano in the country as well as one of the most active and youngest volcanoes in the region. With its easy access from the city or Antigua this volcano is a must when visiting Guatemala. Active since 1965 with a height of 2,500m above sea level, the walk takes around 2.5 hrs from the base along trails of humid forest with stunning views. Don’t forget to wear appropriate hiking shoes, sweater or jacket and be in good physical condition for moderate activity. After a 2.5 hour hike to reach the top, enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch surrounded by magnificent views towards valleys and three other volcanoes (Agua, Acatenango and Fuego). After the picnic, you will start hiking back to the vehicle for your transfer to Antigua. (B,L)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pacaya Volcano
  • Pacaya Tour
  • Lunch (picnic style)
  • Transfer to Antigua
  • Overnight at hotel in Antigua

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to start your walking tour around Antigua. You will visit the Central Plaza, where you can find the main buildings (El Portal, Palacio de Capitanes, City Hall & The Cathedral), San Francisco and the beautiful facade of La Merced. Lunch is held in a local venue. Colonial architecture, fine arts, terracotta, ceramics, wooden sculptures, a great variety of art galleries, shops and restaurants, discover the secrets of Antigua on this walking tour (don’t forget to wear comfy shoes!)

Afterwards, you will experience zip lining on a wonderful farm which has several walking trails through different kinds of forest, pine-oak and the highest – tropical cloud forest. With over 170 bird species, you may see hummingbirds, warblers, trongons, sparrows, red-tailed hawk, motmot Ggrjizul, doves and woodpeckers. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Walking Tour
  • Lunch (included)
  • Zip Lining Tour
  • Overnight at hotel in Antigua

After breakfast you will be transfer to Chichicastenango, one of the most colorful markets in Latin America. People from all around meet every Thursday and Sunday to sell and buy their goods. You can find everything from vegetables, fruits, masks, colorful textiles and handbags to mystic Mayan ceremonies. Walk around the market and visit Santo Tomas church. In this 400 year old church, you will witness syncretism, a term which means a mix of two religions. After the tour, you will do a moderate hike to Pascual Abaj, a Mayan Shrine dedicated to the God Huyup Tak´ah. Around the pre-Columbian idol you will see candles, flowers and sacrificial offerings. Worshipers gathered regularly to perform ceremonies and you may witness one. Lunch is on your own. Transfer to Lake Atitlan for hotel accommodations. (B)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Chichicastenango
  • Chichicastenango Market Tour
  • Hike Pascual Abaj
  • Transfer to Lake Atitlan
  • Overnight at hotel in Lake Atitlan

After breakfast your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for your boat transfer to the kayak starting point. Paddle for approximate 45 minutes along delightful peninsulas admiring the shore’s beautiful gardens and spectacular views of the stunning Atitlan, San Pedro, and Toliman volcanoes. After kayaking you will start the hike to Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Kaqchikel Maya for centuries. You will view villagers going about their daily life and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.

There are few lakes such as Lake Atitlan, its unique characteristics make it a fantastic place to appreciate sunsets, culture and amazing views. Famous writer Aldous Huxley called Lake Atitlan “the most beautiful lake in the world” but “with additional embellishments” compared to Lake Como. After a steep walk down, you will be transfer to a local restaurant. After lunch, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel. (B)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Boat transfer
  • Kayak and hike Tzununa Hill
  • Lunch (included)
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Lake Atitlan

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Iximche archaeological site for a brief tour of this pre Columbian Mayan site in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Founded by the Kaqchikel Maya in 1470 after a prolonged conflict with the Quiche, it was the capital of the late pre-classic Kaqchikel Kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524 with the arrival of the Spanish. After the tour transfer to Guatemala City airport for your flight to Peten where on arrival a representative will transfer you to your hotel. (B)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Iximche
  • Iximche Tour
  • Transfer to Guatemala City Airport
  • Flight GUA-FRS
  • Transfer airport-hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Peten

After breakfast you will be transfer to Tikal archeological site. City of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal became an important ceremonial centre with the construction of major pyramids and temples. Its best years were the Late Classic Period (600-900AD). Tikal National Park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Excavated by Pennsylvania University between 1956 and 1969, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent and is Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve.

Your guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history and give you some theories of why the Mayans disappeared. If you are lucky a few monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans will be on site. The tour covers the most important temples such as Complex Q, Temple IV, Lost World, Central Plaza, surrounded temples (I and II) as well as North and South Acropolis. Lunch is held in a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your local flight. A Maya Trails representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Guatemala City. (B,L)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Tikal National Park
  • Tikal Tour
  • Lunch (included)
  • Transfer to airport
  • Flight FRS-GUA
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Guatemala City

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. When you are ready your driver will transfer you to Guatemala City airport for your international departure flight. (B)

In brief

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer hotel – airport
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