10 Day Customized Vacation to Guatemala B

Central America > Guatemala

Guatemala is the soul of Central America, realm of Maya kings and seat of colonial power. Forgotten cities rise from lowland jungle, echoing with the calls of howler monkeys and toucans. Highland market towns bustle energetically, as ancient prayers rise in the smoke of copal incense. Guatemala borders the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize. It is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites.

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Day 1: New York, Guatemala City and Antigua

Upon arrival, airport reception outside the luggage claim area. Private transportation
to your in Antigua. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour.
Check in for a three-night stay at El Convento (one double-occupancy Jr. Suite).
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 2: Antigua

After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Antigua. You will visit breath taking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling center of the region for the Spaniards. Lunch included at a local restaurant. After lunch in town, transfer to a nearby Avocado farm. You will learn the history, cultivation and distribution of hass avocado in the farm. Starting with a walk through the nursery avocado plantation, then the tree formation, continuing with the transfer to a larger warehouse. You will also have an avocado tasting and you will able to learn how to prepare Guatemalan style guacamole. The tour ends with 15 minutes for your enjoyment around the garden.
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 3: Antigua

After breakfast, your guide will meet you for your bike adventure. This ride will take you to a community on the flank of Volcan de Agua where local farmers work together as a co-op to grow, pick and process their own coffee for export. De La Gente works with the local farmers’ co-op to help them brand their coffee and reach
markets in North America and Europe. You’ll take a private tour with one of the co-op farmers to their field and then go to their house to see how they toast the coffee on a small batch at a time level. Finally, you’ll have lunch with the family before heading back to Antigua.
Evening at Leisure in Antigua.
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Day 4: Antigua to Lake Atitlan

After breakfast, private transfer to Comalapa. San Juan Camalapa is nestled among pine trees and cornfields just one hour away from Antigua. This market is for those wanting to 'escape the usual' Chichicastenango. The town is famous for its 'naif' style artisans and home to the well-known Andrés Curruchiche who was the first Kaqchikel Maya oil painter. At the entrance of Comalapa you will find a mural depicting the town's history which welcomes visitors. As you walk along you will find a wonderful and authentic market to get an insight into real lives of local highlanders. Market Days are held every Tuesday and Friday. Lunch is included in the package price. After lunch, continue to your hotel in Lake Atitlan.
Check in for a three-night stay at Casa Palopo (one double-occupancy Deluxe Room).
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 5: Lake Atitlan

After breakfast, private boat to San Juan la Laguna. On this tour, you will visit the different cooperatives that form the Rupalaj Association. This circuit reveals the cultural, artisan and artistic traditions for which the T'zutujil culture stands out. The tour ends in a small and rustic honey factory. You will learn about the type of bees they
breed, the diversity of products obtained from them, and the process of making honey. Lunch is in included in the package price.
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 6: Lake Atitlan

After breakfast, take a boat transfer to Santa Cruz for kayak gear pick up. You will paddle for approximate 45 minutes along delightful peninsulas admiring the shore's beautiful gardens. The views are spectacular with three stunning volcanoes, Atitlan, San Pedro, and Toliman. After kayaking you will start the hike to Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kaqchikel Maya for centuries.
Evening at Leisure in Lake Atitlan
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Day 7: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City and Flores

Morning at Leisure in Lake Atitlan.
At noon, private transfer to Guatemala City Airport for local flight to Flores.
Upon arrival, airport reception outside the luggage claim area. Private transportation to your hotel. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour.

Check in for a three-night stay at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways (one double- occupancy Rainforest Jr. suite).
Evening at leisure in Flores

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Day 8: Flores

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
After breakfast, private transfer to Flores airport for helicopter transfer to Mirador archeological site. Explore de Preclassic Mayan City of El Mirador. Its ruins are much more overwhelming that most Mayan sites. The Tiger Pyramid is 18 stories high and it bases covers the area of three football fields. The site El Mirador was discovered in 1930 by a group expedition of the Washington Carniege Institute. Box lunch included in the package price. After the tour, helicopter transfer back to Flores airport. Private transfer to your hotel.
Morning at leisure in Flores
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Day 9: Flores, Antigua and Flores

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Tikal National Park. Your guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history, some theories of why the Mayans disappeared and if you are lucky a few monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans will be on site. After the tour,
enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. ( lunch is included in package price)
Evening at leisure in Flores
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Day 10: Flores, Guatemala City and New York

Breakfast at La Lancha - Coppola Hideaways
After breakfast, private transfer to Flores airport for local flight back to Guatemala City where you will connect with your flight home. This transfer takes approximately 1hour.

Accommodations

EL CONVENTO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

is located in the heart of the historic yet vibrant city of La Antigua, inscribed by Unesco as Cultural World Heritage since 1979. The hotel is a door to a majestic experience, inside and out, with its contemporary colonial architecture and premises and world class services, surrounded by the spectacle of a diverse community that throbs with activity in 300 year old churches, plazas and markets.

LA LANCHA – COPPOLA HIDEAWAYS

is a boutique hotel in Guatemala, tucked into the rainforest high above the shore of Lago Petén Itza in Guatemala’s largest and most northern department, the Petén. The lodge is located an hour away from the Belize border and only a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Maya ruins of Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

CASA PALOPO

is set on a hill overlooking the picturesque Lake Atitlán. This laid-back hotel is 6 km from both Azul Maya Archaeological Museum and from Atitlán Lake Museum. National Road 1 is 7 km away.

Colorful, warmly decorated rooms with exposed wood-beam ceilings offer minifridges and safes, plus terraces or balconies with sitting areas. Some include lake views, 4-poster beds and/or outdoor soaking tubs. A 3-bedroom villa is also available.

There’s a cozy lounge and a restaurant with chandeliers. Other amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, and a terrace with sitting areas and panoramic lake views.

  • Land transportation as mentioned
  • Airport services as mentioned
  • Hotels as mentioned
  • Guided touring as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • 24/7 English-language travel support
  • Travel insurance, which is strongly recommended
  • Optional excursions, tours and activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages unless otherwise noted above
  • Meals not noted in the itinerary, or meals for which only reservations have been made
  • Early check-in, late check-out, and day use charges not noted above
  • Personal expenses, services, or purchases (e.g. laundry, spa services, and telephone calls)
  • Airfare and related taxes and fees

Pricing starts at:

$4,413

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$5,094

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$4,413

per person