(Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Flores)
Wipe the sweat from your brow as you climb to the top of ancient Tikal ruins deep in the steamy Guatemalan jungle and proudly claim your reward of panoramic views over the rainforest canopy.
Here in Flores you’ll encounter this important Mayan settlement that dates back to 700 B.C. and survived as a thriving metropolis for 1,500 years. Now shrouded in deep jungle, howler monkeys climb amongst the vines and their distinctive calls echo around the eerie ancient ruins. Elsewhere in this incredible country, you’ll trek to reflective lakes and slumbering volcanoes in Atitlan; learn about the ancient rituals and mysticism of the local tribes people; and explore the colonial sites of charming Antigua – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
From behind-the-scenes peeks at ruined cathedrals to meeting artisans at vibrant local markets and hiking to secret waterfalls, your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will be at your side to ensure you get the most out of the many experiences this trip has to offer. And you’ll have ample time to rest and recharge at your collection of luxury accommodation that spans Spanish villas, peaceful village hotels and beautiful natural retreats.
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Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Transfer to Antigua by private vehicle and professional English-speaking driver.
Like many of the hotels in Antigua, the Spanish influence is still obvious in the Villa Colonial. An old, quaint ambiance surrounds this 50 room hotel, where traditional decor and modern necessities ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay. Enjoy an array of fresh fruits and juices at breakfast, along with other staples for a satisfying start to the day. Be sure to try the nearby restaurants to have a taste of the region's specialties firsthand. Lounge in the courtyard, mingle with other guests, or simply take in these beautiful surroundings. The center of town is a bit of a walk, and a short taxi ride away, but it is important to discover the history of these old walls and buildings when free time arises.
You will be met at your hotel reception by your private guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua. Your tour will cover the architectural & historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals. Entrances are included to the Iglesia San Francisco (church), the Cathedral, Central Park and La Merced Church.
The Chichicastenango Market tour includes a visit to the famous Maya market. This service will drive you from your hotel to Chichicastenango (2.5hrs) where you will enjoy free time to enjoy the market. The small Mayan town of Chichicastenango lies on the crest of mountain tops two thousand meters high and is home to one of the most colorful native markets in all of the Americas where you can make some great bargain buys including textiles, ceramics, wood items, flowers, and more! You can also visit the famous St Tomas Church where local Maya people come to perform rituals within the Catholic church. You can also hike up the hill to the Pascual Abaj ritual site to see if any local shaman are performing rituals and/or to the cemetary on the outskirts of town. This tour departs on Thursdays and Sundays only. Return to your hotel in Antigua after the end of the tour.
Hotel Atitlan, located in the beautiful Panajachel region, with a wonderful position overlooking the lake and its surrounding villages. The 62 rooms are set amongst gardens of flowers and gorgeous caged birds, providing an exotic setting for guests. The rooms embrace a traditional, native outlook on decor. Dine at the hotel restaurant, over fresh seafood cooked with local ingredients. Meals taken outdoors make for a heavenly experience like no other. Spend time sipping on mojitos and tropical cocktails or visit the nearby marketplaces. Also make use of the wonderful swimming pool and hot tub.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private guide and driver and will be transferred to Reserva Atitlan. Here, you will enjoy a moderate hike in the tropical forest with enchanting waterfalls and bridges. The reserve contains a variety of interesting plants and animals, including monkeys, the raccoon-like coatis and exotic birds, such as Guatemala's national bird, the quetzal. The Nature reserve also has an enclosed butterfly preserve with a breeding laboratory with approximately 200 living specimens of nearly 20 species of native Guatemala butterflies. Later, if you are in for a bit more adventure, end your hike with an exciting canopy tour. During the canopy tour you will have to hike uphill for approximately 30 minuts on a steep trail, however, are rewarded with lovely views of the lake whilst on the canopy ride of which the longest cable is over 200 meters.
Pick up from your hotel in Atitlan and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Antigua with a professional English-speaking driver..
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.
Enjoy a short flight from Guatemala City to Flores.
Pick up from your hotel and transfer with your driver and guide to Yaxha National Park. Enjoy the sites and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this wildlife area. Sunset drinks are then enjoyed at the end of the tour on top of the main temple with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby Lake Yaxha. The site has more than 500 structures, including 40 stelae, 13 Altars, 9 Temple Pyramids, 2 Mesoamerican ballcourts, and a network of sacbeob (causeways) that connect the central, northern (Maler), and eastern 'acropoleis', and the Lake causeway that was the main entrance in the past. The top of Temple 216 (restored) provides a view of the two lakes on one side and the jungle and the stepped-pyramids on the other. Trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark (perhaps spotting nocturnal wildlife along the way). Return to your hotel in the evening.
A haven of wildlife and nature's secrets, the Villa Maya sits on the shores of Petenchel and Monifata about 45 minutes from the Tikal National Park. The huge private reserve plays host to the villa's 56 rooms, which are designed to offer the most modern living conditions while still keeping to the rustic, pleasant side of adventure getaways. This means there are no televisions or phones in the rooms. Friendly service goes hand in hand with tasty local and international dishes utilizing ingredients from the region. This beautiful environment features monkeys, deer, birds and insects of all sorts, for guests are practically left to play in the jungle. Roam the lagoons, swim in the pool, and simply discover Villa Maya.
Pick up from your lodge and begin your privately guided tour of Tikal National Park. Tikal was one of the major cultural and population centers of the Maya civilization. Though monumental architecture at the site dates to the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 AD to 900 AD. Some of these pyramids are over 60 meters high (200 feet). Enjoy some free time at the site and return to your hotel after lunch at a local restaurant.
Take a domestic flight from Flores to Guatemala City. Approximate duration is 30 minutes.
VISA/PASSPORTA valid U.S. passport is required for all U.S. and Canadian citizens, regardless of age, to enter Guatemala and to depart Guatemala. Even if dual nationals are permitted to enter Guatemala on a second nationality passport, U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Guatemala are not allowed to board their flights without a valid U.S. passport. An exit tax must be paid when departing Guatemala by air. The exit tax (currently $30) is generally included in an airline ticket price, but may be charged separately. There is an additional airport security fee (20 Quetzales, approximately $2.50) that all travelers must pay at the airport. Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Guatemala for stays under ninety days. In June 2006, Guatemala entered a “Central America-4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement” with El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Under the terms of the agreement, citizens of the four countries may travel freely across land borders from one of the countries to any of the others without completing entry and exit formalities at immigration checkpoints. U.S. citizens and other eligible foreign nationals, who legally enter any of the four countries, may similarly travel among the four without obtaining additional visas or tourist entry permits for the other three countries. Immigration officials at the first port of entry determine the length of stay, up to a maximum period of 90 days.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Guatemala for the most up to date information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/guatemala.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Guatemala City. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1821. Language: The official language is Spanish. There are also 22 indigenous languages. Religion: About 60% of the population are Catholic. Most of the remaining population are Protestant. Some indigenous communities hold services combining Catholicism with pre-Columbian rites. Time: GMT - 6. Electricity: 115-125 volts AC, 60Hz. There are some regional variations. Plugs are the flat two-pin American type. Telephone: Country code: 502. Most public phone booths accept phone cards. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is increasing. Internet: Internet cafes are available in the main tourist areas.
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