Highlights of Guatemala

Enjoy the best of Guatemala – charming Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, serene Lake Atitlán, the bustling and colourful markets at Chichicastenango or Sololá, stunning volcanic vistas supporting rich vegetation, abundant and colourful wildlife, ‘soft adventures’ such as zip-lining, rafting or horse-riding, along with the opportunity to see some of the most impressive examples of the ancient Maya’s civilisation at Tikal, Yaxha, Copan, Iximché or Quirigua.

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Guatemala Highlights - a sample itinerary

Day 1

Antigua

Fly to Guatemala City and transfer to the former colonial capital city of Antigua.

Day 2

Antigua

Enjoy a walking tour of the town to orientate yourself whilst visiting some of the sites remaining from Spanish Colonial times.

Day 3

Antigua

Day at leisure. Options to visit a coffee or a macadamia plantation, visit a local weaving co-operative, climb Pacaya Volcano and peer into its depths, wander the local market, try out some white-water rafting or zip-lining, visit the Jade Museum, or simply sip a coffee in the Plaza des Armas whilst watching the world go by.

Day 4

Lake Atitlán

Travel over to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlán. En route visit the bustling local market at Chichicastenango or Sololá.

Day 5

Lake Atitlán

Enjoy a boat trip out over the lake to visit one of the local communities that live around the Lake. Learn about their customs and traditions in this beautiful part of the world.

Day 6

Day at leisure.

Options to go hiking in the local area or up one of the volcanoes, do some zip-lining, go fishing, do some horse-back riding, or wander the small town of Panajachel looking for souvenirs.

Day 7

Guatemala City

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to Guatemala City, visiting the Maya ruins at Iximché en route.

Day 8

Copán, Honduras

Drive to the border with Honduras and on to the small town of Copán Ruinas.

Day 9

Copán, Honduras

Enjoy a guided tour around the Maya ruins of Copán, a sister city to Tikal and famous for its hieroglyphic staircase.

Day 10

Livingston

Travel back into Guatemala and turn west towards the Caribbean coast. Visit the Quirigua Maya ruins en route - renown for its stelae - and on to Livingston, only accessible by boat.

Day 11

Livingston

Day at leisure in Livingston - time to get under the skin of this Garifuna town.

Day 12

Livingston

Travel by boat down the scenic Rio Dulce, visiting a community project and the San Felipe Spanish fort standing guard against English pirates. Back on dry land travel up to the Tikal National Park, site of the largest set of Maya ruins yet discovered.

Day 13

Tikal National Park

Enjoy a guided tour of these amazing Maya ruins. It's possible to climb some of the pyramids to spy, high above the tree canopy, the tops of other temples and pyramids poking out from the tree-tops.

Option this evening for a Sunset Tour of the ruins at Yaxha.

Day 14

Tikal National Park

Option for a Sunrise Tour of Tikal, then transfer to the nearby airport at Flores for a quick one-hour flight back to Guatemala City.

Day 15

Guatemala City

Transfer to Guatemala City airport for your flight home.

The above sample Guatemala holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Guatemala has a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Guatemala Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Guatemala holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for your Guatemala holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.

Duration of your Guatemala Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Guatemala holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Guatemala holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.