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Discover the highlights of Guatemala – from the striking colonial city of Antigua to the archaelogical site of Tikal
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Eight nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with an English speaking guide, transfers as specified and flights Guatemala City/Flores/Guatemala City.
This journey is a fascinating combination of the best that Guatemala has to offer. Discover the highlights of this incredible country; the archaeological site of Tikal and the open-air markets and the 400 year old church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango. Explore the cobble stone streets of the colonial city of Antigua and visit Lake Atitlan, where highland villagers can be seen in traditional clothing.
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Discover the beauty and history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal
The indigenous cultures and colourful markets of Chichicastenango, a magical town of cobble streets.
You have the chance to visit Lake Atitlan and its Mayan villages where you acn see locals in traditional clothing.
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On arrival transfer to your hotel for the night.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Guatemala City where you'll appreciate the main cultural, commercial and financial infrastructure of the city. Discover the most important streets and avenues of the city and its surroundings. Following the city tour you will continue on to the archaeological site of Iximche, a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaeological site in the western highlands of Guatemala. Iximche was the capital of the late post-classic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524. Travel by to road to Chichicastenango, a magical town of cobble stone streets and red tile roofs that make it appear isolated from the rest of the country. (B)
Visit the famous and colourful open-air
Mayan market at Chichicastenango, which has been a trading centre since pre-Hispanic
times. The markets draw not only the K’iche Maya of the surrounding region but vendors
from all over Guatemala, representing many of the country’s indigenous groups. You
will also visit the 400 year old Church of Santo Tomas, a glorious white-wash edifice
which reflects the towns mix of Catholic and indigenous Mayan beliefs. Travel to
Visit the colourful open-air animal market of San Francisco El Alto, the Church of San Andres Xecul and the beautiful valley of Almolonga. Travel to Lake Atitlan, famous for its natural beauty and colourful Mayan villages. (B)
This morning you'll travel by boat for an excursion to the lakeside village of Santiago Atitlan, where the local women wear a distinctive halo headdress made of ribbon. You'll have the opportunity to see the many arts and crafts that are made by the villagers. Transfer to Antigua, Guatemala’s picturesque colonial jewel. Nestled between three volcanoes, the city perfectly captures the country’s Spanish colonial past. (B)
Enjoy a morning tour of Antigua, the old capital and one of the world’s best conserved colonial cities in Guatemala, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the history of the city, which is evident in its colonial buildings, churches, monasteries and museums. You'll also visit workshops where silver and jade are crafted, and hand-woven textiles are made. This afternoon, return Guatemala City for the night. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Flores. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Ceibal to visit the Mayan Archaeological site which is situated in Sayaxche, near the banks of La Pasion River where you can see crocodiles and exotic birds. The Ceibal Stelae is among the finest and best preserved sculptures of the late Classic period. This is often referred to as the "Mayan Art Gallery" as it has withstood centuries of rain, root penetration and falling trees, due to the hardness of the local stone. One of its most important structures is a round stone, which is considered very rare in the Mesoamerican area. At the conclusion of the tour you'll be transferred to your hotel in Tikal. (B)(L)
This morning you'll visit the archaeological site of Yaxha, located on the north-eastern side of Lake Yaxha. Over 1,400 monuments have been mapped and an excavation program has taken place over the last 10 years, exposing some of its magnificent architecture. Visit ball courts, residential and religious areas like the Maler Group, North Acropolis recently restored, and finally Temple 216, over 90 feet high. Continue your visit to Topoxte on the western side of Lake Yaxha. Its buildings are similar to those of Tulum in Yucatan, and it was inhabited during 900 - 1,200 AD. (B)(L)
Go back more than 2000 years in time with a visit to Tikal National Park. You'll visit the "Q" Complex, the Great Plaza, squared-off with the pyramids of the Grand Jaguar and the Masks, the Palace of the Nobles, and Pyramid IV. This is the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from the top of which a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle can be enjoyed. You'll also visit the Lost World Complex, a group of recently discovered structures from the late pre Classic period, more ancient than Tikal itself. After lunch, visit the museum which houses some of the many pre Colombian art treasures found during the excavation of the site. In the afternoon, transfer to Flores for your flight back to Guatemala City. (B)(L)
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