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10 Day a Mayan Adventure

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Listen to the howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal, Celebrate the arrival of the New Mayan Era at Uaxactun Observatory, Swim in Semuc Champey's emerald crystal-clear pools, Wander the charming streets of Antigua & Visit picturesque Mayan villages for insight into Guatemala's vibrant culture. A budget tour that offers it all!


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Details

  1. Highlights
  2. Itinerary
  3. Dates & Prices
  4. View Map
  • 8 nights accommodation in hostels + 1 night tented camp:
  • 3 nights in Antigua
  • 1 night in Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
  • 2 nights in Semuc Champey
  • 2 nights in Flores Island
  • 1 night in Uaxactun National Park (tented camp)
  • 11 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 box lunch, 2 lunchs.
  • Services of English/Spanish/Kaqchikel speaking local guides.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Highlights

  • Pacaya Volcano Tour.
  • Cultural Boat Tour in Atitlan Lake to 3 Mayan Villages.
  • Visit to Chichicastenango Mayan Market.
  • Visit of Lanquin Caves.
  • Tour of Semuc Champey Pools
  • Archaeological Tour of Tikal Site.
  • Sunset & Sunrise Tours of Uaxactun Site.
  • All entrance fees.
  • All transfers by touristic minivans or similar,van, motor boat.
  • Tour starts in Guatemala City and ends in Flores Island, Peten.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 –    -Guatemala City/Antigua-

Arrive at anytime shuttle from International Airport in Guatemala City to Antigua.

Overnight: Antigua.

Day 2 –    -Antigua-

Free morning. In the afternoon we will hike one of the most actives volcanoes in Guatemala, Pacaya.With a height of only 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level, it is relatively easy to climb and affords a truly spectacular view from the top. If weather permitting, you'll admire a spectacular sunset and other surrounding volcanoes.

Overnight: Antigua.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 –    -Antigua/Lake Atitlan-

Free morning. At 2:30 pm transfer to Lake Atitlan one of “the most beautiful lake in the world” said by Alexander von Humboldt. The blue-crystaline lake is surrounded by 12 Mayan villages where you will see how the descedents of the Mayans still have a traditional culture that’s very much alive to today.

Overnight: Panajachel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4 –    -Lake Atitlan-

8:30 am Cultural Boat/Walking tour to the Lake. This morning we will take the motor launch to the Mayan villages of San Marcos, San Juan and Santiago, learning about the culture, traditions and folklore. Explore each town, get in touch with locals, see a first hand demostration and discover how a womens weaving cooperative continues the traditional methods of dying thread with native plants. Continue to Santiago, the major town in the lake, the most famous Mayan Tzutujil village, where you can meet naif painters, learn about their “cofradias and Maximon”.

3 pm back in Panajachel.Free afternoon.

Overnight: Panajachel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5 –    -Chichicastenango Market/Antigua-

8 am Today depart to Chichicastenango, a traditional Mayan Market. A broad selection of Guatemalan handicrafts is available, including carved-wood masks and religious figures, ceramic wares, and an immense selection of the country's amazing native textiles. You can also visit the two catholic churches and the museum where a Popol Vuh (Mayan Bible was found) and Pascual Abaj stone idol will give you an idea of Mayan ceremonies that are being held by “chamans” and locals.

2 pm shuttle from Chichi to Antigua.

Overnight: Antigua.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6 –    -Antigua/Lanquin/Semuc Champey-

8 am shuttle from Guatemala City to Lanquin, the gateway to some of Guatemalas best kept secrets. Short visit to Lanquin National Park a majestic complex of very beautiful caves and spectacular rock formations where you can see thousands of bats flying out from the cavern at dusk. The Maya believe that caves are a gateway to the underworld where gods live. Continue to Semuc Champey.

Overnight: Semuc Champey.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7 –    -Semuc Champey Tour-

The tour starts with a visit to Semuc Champey, a wonderful natural marvel of turquoise infinity pools over the Cahabón River. Imagine two masive mountains that have a river in between, this river has formed a limestone bridge where on top you get amazing turquoise ponds ranging from turquoise to emerald-green. Most of the pools are not deep and you can just walk into them, choose a spot, sit down, and just let the cool water flow past you. So relaxing! The water is so clear and you can see little fishes surrounding you while you enjoy your box lunch. Savvy travelers wouldn't dream of missing this full-on adventure of spelunking, climbing the mirador, and viewing one of the world's magical places. Free afternoon where you can take the opportunity to do Kamba Caves tour(optional).

Overnight: Semuc Champey.

Meals: Box lunch.

Day 8 –    -Semuc Champey/Flores-

7 am shuttle from Semuc Champey to Flores.

4:00 pm arrival in Flores Island. The little town rests on the island that was the location of the last independent Mayan City State of Tayasal. The kingdom of Tayasal held out until 1697, when the Spanish conquered the island by using boats. The modern city of Flores was built on top of these ruins.The city itself is a nice colonial place to visit on your way to Tikal. Free afternoon.

Overnight: Flores Island.

Day 9 –    -Tikal & Uaxactun National Parks-

This morning you will travel to the magnificent Mayan city of Tikal, considered once the most powerful kingdom of the Mayan Civilization. Tikal is located at the center of the 222-square-mile park. Marvel at the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, visiting sites such as the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks, and the Palace of the Nobles. Have the opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from where you will have a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. After the tour, enjoy lunch. Continue to Uaxactun Mayan Site (pronounced Wah-shack-ton). Uaxactun will be doing it big in 2012 with even more elaborate Solstice and Equinox ceremonies enabling Mayan-minded visitors to immerse in the culture. This afternoon we will visit the site watch the sunset over the jungle. Back to your tent, enjoy a peacefull night.

Overnight: Uaxactun National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 10 –    -Uaxactun/Flores - Winter Solstice Celebrations-

4:00 am Before sunrise we follow our guide through in the silence of the jungle. One of the most interesting aspects of Uaxactun is its observatory–believed to be one of the first astrological structures in the Mundo Maya. Three short temples line one side of an area that’s now called Group E. during the Winter Solstice the sun rises directly over the structure of Temple III. Various special activities and visit to the community. Leisure time. Return to Flores Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Prices per Person: (USD $)


Basis
2 Persons
4 Persons

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Confirmed Departures


Starts in Guatemala City
Ends in Flores Island
upon request
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10 Day a Mayan Adventure


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