(Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Flores)
This tour walks the footsteps of the Maya from Antigua to Lake Atitlan, to Tikal and arguably the most important of all Mayan sites; Copan. The Mayan culture had respect for all aspects of nature, including the sun and the moon. On this tour you will experience the full moon (dates and weather pending) at one of the more remote and less travelled Mayan Archeological sites; Uaxactun. Here you will spend 1 night camping amongst the ruins of the jungle. Also included are guided visits to Tikal & Copan.
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.
The Hotel Casa Santo Domingo opened its doors in June 1989. It’s located 45 kilometres from the capital city (50 minutes by car) and barely 10 minutes walking distance from the center of La Antigua Guatemala.
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.
Drive to the village of Jocotenango just on the outskirts of Antigua where you can visit the local workshops of the traditional woodcarvers of the area to see them work. Also see the interesting pink & white façade of the Jocotenango Church before arriving to the wonderful Azotea Coffee Farm and the museums. Take a guided tour of the coffee farm and the museums covering Mayan traditional music and costumes. Learn about the importance of coffee in Guatemala's history and its impact today as well as hearing about the Maya way of life. Later return back to the hotel. Tour includes entrance fees.
Transfer 1hr from Antigua to the famous Maya archaeology site of Iximche for a tour of this fascinating site. Explore the Mayan ruins of Iximche, once the Kaqchiquel Maya capital and a Guatemala must-see attraction. Upon entering the ruins, you'll see four ceremonial plazas, which are surrounded by tall temple structures and two ball courts. Tour the site with your knowledgeable guide and discover the ancient history of Guatemala. Continue on to Lake Atitlan. The lake is surrounded by astounding natural beauty, it floats in the sky, a mile above sea level, relying on 3 majestic volcanoes to hold gravity at bay(1.5hr).
Encompassed by mountains and volcanoes, immersed within our 100 acre nature reserve, our luxuriously natural eco-resort is perched on the shores of the beautiful and mystical Lake Atitlan. Entry into this Mayan world begins by boat. Inspired by nature, the lodge is built from volcanic stone, adobe, wood and palm, with indigenous antiques throughout. A lakeside sauna, jacuzzi and sunbathing deck command dramatic views.
You will be picked up from the hotel & transfer to San Juan La Laguna Village where you visit a local textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and to see how they still dye with natural dyes. You will also visit the home and workshop of local naïf painters before boarding the boat onto Santiago Village for lunch. After lunch walk with your guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed. After visiting Maximon guests can visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art that is famous from this area. When guests are ready they will be transferred back to their hotel.
Pick up from your hotel in Lake Atitlan and a private transfer to Guatemala City (2.5 to 3 hours).
Enjoy a short flight from Guatemala City to Flores.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.
Seated on the banks of Lake Peten Itza, the Nitun Private Reserve and Lodge promises a delicious, warm experience in this scenic and calming region of Guatemala. The 4 cabanas provide rooms that have built in the native style, with local materials and foundation that assign a rustic, traditional air to the lodge. Authentic Guatemalan art and specialty pieces add to this effect, while still keeping things comfortable by offering the necessities of home. The friendly staff prepares meals from fresh ingredients that are succulent and full of flavor, with a sincere, home-cooked outcome. Roam around the jungle reserve, take hikes and learn from guides how these animals interact. Otherwise, watch the sun set from the private lake terrace and dock.
Guests are picked up from their hotel and transferred to the Ixpanpajul Nature Park in the rainforest near the town of Flores. (1hr) At the park guests can choose between a Canopy walk Way trail or an exciting zip line adventure through the canopy. On either trip guests will be able to appreciate the local flora & fauna and hopefully see a variety of tropical wildlife. Guests then transfer with their driver and guide to Yaxha National Park (1hr) where they have lunch and enjoy a private guided tour of this lesser visited, atmospheric site. Guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals in this area which is rich with wildlife. 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. Guests then trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark - perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way - and return to their hotel.
You will be met at your hotel in Flores and transferred to the Uaxactun site. We will tour the archaeology site and the community and learn more about the chicle process and the different crafts. The community has also a small interesting archaeology museum which will be visited. At sunset visit the the lookout tower for Sunset Drinks (included). If you are lucky you will be able to see the ruins from Tikal rising above the jungle! After drinks we will head back to the campsite where there will be a simple local candlelight dinner at the camp site. The night will be spent in tents in this impressive site in the middle of the jungle.
Included in this overnight trip: transfers, guide, entrance fees for Uaxactún & Tikal, Uaxactún Camping Tent, Uaxactún Camping Donation, Uaxactún Camping Meal Package and Uaxactún Sunset Drinks.
The site of Uaxactun is famous for the oldest complete Maya astronomical complex found and is one of the longestoccupied Maya sites. It´s also the community where the "Chicleros" (gum collectors) have lived for over 100 years. Many of Uaxactún's residents nowadays make their living from gathering forest products such as chicle (exported to Japan), allspice and xate palm leaves (ornamental plant exported to the US and used for floral arrangements). Camping will be in semi-permanent tents with single beds raised off the ground. There is a toilet/shower block nearby (within short walking distance). Meals will be served at the campsite (outdoors) at a table.
The Full Moon Experience: 03:40AM -06:09AM During this time you will be able to observe the full moon at Uaxactun Archeological Site.
Later in the morning we will have breakfast at the campsite before our transfer to Tikal National Park where we will receive a private guided tour of this fabulous site with huge temples rising up through the jungle canopy and a variety of tropical animals and birds on show. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colourful tropical birds and other mammals. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Flores.
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.
Take a domestic flight from Flores to Guatemala City. Approximate duration is 30 minutes.
Pick up from your hotel in Guatemala City and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Copan, Honduras.
The Hotel Marina Copan is gorgeous and well-maintained, surrounded by quaint homes, and just within walking distance of the central plaza. The 50 rooms are clean and accommodating, with all the basics of home and a welcoming atmosphere. They are exceptionally spacious, featuring balconies overlooking the roofs of the city. Meals may be taken at any of the hotel's 3 restaurants, with remarkable service and mouthwatering cuisine. There are plenty of local restaurants to check out a few steps away, as well. Visit the Copan ruins, world-renowned as a historical marker for the Mayans. Take part in some bird watching, visit the museum, and simply bask in the nature and culture this town has to offer.
You will be picked up from your hotel by your transferred by your private vehicle and driver to the Archaeology site at Copan. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful site which is famous for its intricately carved stelea and amazing hieroglyphic stairway. Tour also includes visit to the famous museum and the tunnels. When ready you will return to the town of Copan unguided to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and before being transfered back to your hotel.
You will be picked up at your hotel buy your personal guide and transfered to the Copan Bird Park just outside of town in your private vehichle and driver. Here you will enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley location of the Copan Bird Park where your private guide will accompany you to learn, see and interact with a number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales all over Honduras. When ready you will be transferred to Copan Village where you will stroll around with your guide & visit the local museum. After the visit of the Village of Copan you will be transferred to Hacienda San Lucas where you will have a wonderful gourmet lunch. After lunch you can relax before visiting the small yet interesting site at Los Sapos - a famous fertility site and hiking in the trails close to the Hacienda. When ready you will be transfered back to your hotel.
Pick up from your hotel in Copan and transfer to San Pedro Sula by private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
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.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Honduras for the most up to date visa information.
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