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17 Day Best Of Guatemala

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Hike Steaming volcanoes, explore ancient ruins, visit colorful markets and charming colonial towns. Marvel yourself at the emerald placid waters of Semuc Champey, take a dip in the hot tubs of Fuentes Georginas and Join the Mayan Celebrations for the arrival of the New Era. Witness Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.

Santiaguito Volcano


  1. Highlights
  2. Itinerary
  3. Dates & Prices
  4. View Map
  • 14 nights accommodation (hostels) + 2 nights tented camp:
  • 4 nights accommodation in Antigua .
  • 3 nights accommodation in San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Quetzaltenango.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Semuc Champey.
  • 2 nights in Rio Dulce Izabal.
  • 1 night accommodation in Flores Island.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tikal National Park (tented camp).
  • 4 Meals: 4 breakfasts.
  • Services of English/Spanish/Kaqchikel speaking local guides.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Highlights

  • Pacaya Volcano Tour.
  • Visit to Chichicastenango Mayan Market.
  • San Pedro Volcano Tour.
  • Santa Maria Volcano Tour.
  • Visit to Thermal Pools Fuentes Georginas.
  • Visit to San Francisco El Alto Mayan Market.
  • Semuc Champey Tour.
  • Kayak tour through the Rio Dulce area.
  • Archaeological & Sunrise Tours in TikalNational Park .
  • All entrance fees.
  • All transfers by touristic minivans or similar, van,motor boat.
  • Tour starts in Guatemala City and ends in Flores Island, Peten.

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-

Free day in Antigua.

Overnight: Antigua.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4–    -Chichicastenango/San Pedro La Laguna-

Early departure to the colorful Mayan Market of Chichicastenango. 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.Witness the captivating mayan religious ceremonies that take place right on the steps of Santo Tomas Church. After the visit transfer to the Mayan Tzutujil town of San Pedro La Laguna. San Pedro is a fairly laid back small town located across Lake Atitlán from Panajachel. The major mochilero hub, great food, small and walkable, and safe. Relax the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight: San Pedro.

Day 5–    -San Pedro La Laguna-

Early departure to climb the 3,020-meter high Volcan San Pedro which has a magnificent view of the Lake Atitlan from the top. Climb for 3 to 4 hours from the park entrance to the volcano summit winds through coffee plantations, corn fields and pine forest before becoming steep and very primitive near the summit. There are great views of the lake and many photo opportunities. Relax the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight: San Pedro.

Day 6–    -San Pedro La Laguna-

This is a lazy day for you to relax, explore the surrounding villages or join other optional tours in the area.

Overnight: San Pedro.

Day 7–    -Quetzaltenango (Xela)-

Free morning in San Pedro. In the afternoon transfer to Quetzaltenango, well know as “Xela”. Located high up in the Sierra Madres, at an elevation of 2,200 meters, Quetzaltenango is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, laced with narrow, cobblestone streets built for walking and filled with the colorful signs of Mayan culture.

Overnight: Quetzaltenango.

Day 8–    -Quetzaltenango (Xela)-

Early departure from your hotel to Santa Maria Volcano with an altitude of 3768m above see level at the top and it is definitely one of the most impressive hikes in Central America. It is a great challenging day hike climbing from 2,500meters at the trial head to the peak with spectacular views of 16 volcanoes, the city of Xela, the Pacific coast and a birds eye view of the eruptions of Volcan Santiaguito, which is one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world and erupts approximately once an hour. After descending continue to Fuentes Georginas which are the most famous hotsprings in Guatemala. Nestled in the cloud forest half way up Volcan Zunil, the Fuentes have 3 thermal pools of different temperatures which make for an idyllic place to soak and relax.

Overnight: Quetzaltenango.

Day 9–    -Quetzaltenango (Xela)/Antigua-

At 8 am you will be transfer to San Francisco El Alto. This unique outdoor market is jammed packed every Friday with chickens, pigs, cows, goats, sheep and most other animals that can be traded. You can also find just anything else you might need. The market is a wonderful opportunity to experience Guatemalan daily life and an authentic Mayan market. On the way back to Xela we stop in San Andres Xecul to see their famous yellow church, and colorful shrine to San Simon. Next we travel to Salcaja to visit the oldest church in Central America built in 1524. We also visit a local family who weave traditional “Jaspe” style cloth on treadle looms and make “Caldo de Fruta” a traditional fruit liquor. In the afternoon transfer to Antigua.

Overnight: Antigua.

Day 10–    -Semuc Champey-

After breakfast transfer to Semuc Champey which is supposed to be one of the prettiest natural wonderlands in the world. On this day you will head from Antigua to Coban and continue to Lanquin from where you will be transfer to Semuc and you will be stuffed in the back of a pickup truck with other fellow travelers on one of the bumpiest unpaved rock and dirt roads you will ever been on. The hostel, a rustic eco-lodge provides only 4 hours of electricity in common areas during dinnertime but it is beautifully located in the middle of a mountainous jungle and it is at the entrance to Semuc. The best of the location is the clear view of a starry night after blackout. Arrival in Semuc about 5 pm, relax the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight: Semuc Champey.

Day 11–    -Semuc Champey-

We walk for about 10 minutes from the hostel to Semuc Champey. This site is a natural wonder 11km south of the Q’eqchi’ Maya town of Lanquín. Semuc Champey, which means, “where the river hides under the earth” in Q’eqchi’, it is a natural limestone bridge about 300 meters wide under which passes the Cahabòn River. Atop the bridge is a series of stepped natural infinity pools filled with turquoise water where locals and visitors can dip in for a relaxed swim after your hike to El Mirador. Though it is a tough and sweaty climb, it is completely worth it. In addition, while hiking through these paths we might be able to see and hear howling monkeys, spider monkeys, and other wild animals. The view of the six turquoise pools is breathtaking and amazingly our next stop will be to go swim in them!. Once down at the pools, it is all about relaxing and having fun. After spending the morning in the pools, you can spend the early afternoon river tubing.The tubing goes for about one kilometer down the smooth river waters. It is a passive and chilling experience, especially if you are doing it with new travel friends. You can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in Semuc or continue with our optional Adventurous Tour of Kamba Caves.

Overnight: Semuc Champey.

Day 12–    -Rio Dulce-

Early transfer from Semuc to Rio Dulce area. Check in to the Hacienda, which is a private natural reserve. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the river or join other optional activities in the area.

Overnight: Rio Dulce.

Day 13–    -Rio Dulce-

Free day for relax, explore the natural reserves in the area, go to Finca Paraiso Thermal Waterfall, visit Livingston or do the Rio Dulce Tour.

Overnight: Rio Dulce.

Day 14–    -Flores Island-

This day you wake up with the river! A mysterious and dark trip through the river, kayaking towards the mangroves and then…wait in silence…hear the intense growl of the howler monkeys and the singing sunrise birds while you get drenched in the morning colors of the jungle! In the afternoon transfer to 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.

Overnight: Flores Island.

Day 15–    -Tikal National Park-

Relax morning in Flores and in the afternoon transfer to Tikal National Park. After getting familiar with your camping facilities you will start the Sunset Tour: a profound experience. This walking tour takes you on a trip through the Central Plaza, the Northern Acropolis, the Southern Acropolis, Temple 3, Temple 1, Temple 2, Complex Q, Complex R, Complex O, and finally to Temple 4 for the Sunset. Amaze yourself by the magical landscape of ancient Tikal surounding you, the other pyramids and temples protruding through the canopy of the forest and on top of the world with endless views in all directions. Just sit back and try to take it all in.

Overnight: Tikal National Park.

Day 16–    -Tikal National Park-

After a great night sleep its time for the Tikal Sunrise Tour: the awakening of the jungle. Before sunrise we follow our guide through in the silence of the jungle. It ends up being a 45 min trek through the rain forrest ot get to Temple IV. At the top, you can see the whole Tikal area, the rain forest canopy, and a few of the other pyramids, all slightly shrouded in mist. As the sun begins to rise, birds began to call from all directions, followed by howler monkeys waking up. As the sun makes its slow climb on its patch to its zenith, the fog begins to burn away, the canopy is glowing, alive with life, the other temples glimmering in the early morning sun. Return to hotel for new trails for breakfast. rest of the day off where you can take to make your personal visit, take pictures or just relax at the beginning of the new era. After you can visit Sylvanus G Morley and Litic Museums by yourself (Entrance are not included, US 2 per person for both museums)

Overnight: Tikal National Park.

Day 17–    -Flores Island/Bye Bye-

Early transfer to Flores Island.

End of our tour.

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