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This classic, cultural tour will visit the ruins and museums of Antigua Guatemala; Lake Atitlan to learn about the textiles, spiritualism and the traditions of the T’zutujil Maya people; the vibrant ethnic market of Chichicastenango and the magic that surrounds the ancient, indigenous activity of mixing flower scents and incense. Discover the temples and mysterious green jungle world of Tikal National Park, Yaxha and Ixpanpajul nature reserve. This tour offers a different perspective on the awesome Mayan civilization and its surrounding natural wonders.
Special features of our 8 day Guatemala Maya Route Tour:
Type of Tourism: Nature, Culture, Geography, Classic, History, trekking.
Places to Visit: Guatemala City, Antigua, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Yaxha, Tikal, Ixpanpajul
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 4 star hotels and lodges at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today is arrival day to Guatemala City. Your guide will be waiting at the airport to take you to the hotel for the evening in the colonial town of Antigua.
Today we can enjoy a morning walking tour of Antigua. We will visit ruins, churches and museums of the city, where myths and legends of colonial times are still part of everyday culture. After lunch, we will visit La Azotea Farm for a coffee tour to see coffee plants in their different phases of development. There is a fabulous coffee museum and museum of Mayan music that includes a collection of Mayan Musical instruments, relics, costumes and naif paintings on exhibition....
Bright and early, we will head off to the colourful and vibrant market of Chichicastenango, where the traditions of the Quiche civilisation comes alive. The everyday life of these people is demonstrated in this ancestral market every Thursday and Sunday, providing a unique insight into the indigenous commerce of the village. In the afternoon, we will then travel to the famous and spectacular Lake Atitlan, where we will spend the evening.
After breakfast, we will visit San Juan La Laguna where we can see the women’s textile cooperative for hand weaving and natural dye processing of the textiles to learn more about these ancient weavings, spiritualism, and the belief system of the T’zutujil Maya people.
We will then head back to Panajachel where you will have a free afternoon to explore this stunning area.
Today we will wake at dawn to head to the Antigua airport for a connecting flight to Flores on the Caribbean coast. At the airport, our car will be waiting to take us to the impressive archaeological site of Yaxha. We will walk along the causeways beneath a lush tropical forest, where howler monkeys fill the air with their calls, hoping to impress a female or to defend their territory. We can climb Mayan temples that offer spectacular views over the rainforest. We will finish our tour...
Today we will wake up early once more to appreciate the spectacular Tikal in all its glory. We can see the incredible flora and fauna in the jungle, with an array of Mayan temples offering the most spectacular setting for an archaeological site. The national Park is the perfect opportunity to discover the birds that are endemic to Tikal, as well as Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, butterflies, and spectacular insects. We will head back to Flores after this spectacular archaeological site.
Ixpanpajul Park is located about 15 km from Flores Island. You will have two optional activities to choose from, either the Sky Walk, walking across amazing suspension bridges and the twisting paths full of lush green jungle vegetation. We will have direct contact with nature. OR you can fly through the rainforest tree canopies like Tarzan, on a zipline adventure for a totally different perspective of the jungle. We will head back to the airport for the afternoon flight to Guatemala City for our tour's final evening.
Today is our final day in Guatemala. Our driver will take you to the international airport in time for your flight back home or onto your next exciting destination!