Visiting: Antigua, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, NR Sipacate Naranjo, Semuc Champey, and Tikal
- Day 1: Airport - Antigua
- Day 2: Antigua (Free Day)
- Day 3: Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
- Day 4: Lake Atitlan (Indigenous Villages Boat Tour)
- Day 5: Lake Atitlan - Pacific Coast
- Day 6: Pacific Coast (Free Day)
- Day 7: Pacific Coast - Cobán
- Day 8: Cobán (Semuc Champey)
- Day 9: Coban - Peten
- Day 10: Peten (Tikal Tour)
- Day 11: Peten (Free Morning) - Guatemala City
- Day 12: Guatemala City (Departure)
Day 1: Guatemala City - Antigua
Arrive into Guatemala City at (Time TBC), where our driver will be there to greet you and transfer you directly to your lovely charm hotel in Antigua. Spend an afternoon/evening enjoying this magical colonial town, considered by some to be the most beautiful in the world. Walk its romantic cobble stone streets and enjoy fine cuisine at one of the many excellent gourmet restaurants in the area. A great way to start your Guatemala tour!
GROUND TRANSPORT: Pick up from Guatemala Intl. Airport at (Time TBC) for private transfer in air conditioned minivan or SUV to Antigua (~ 45 min.) – Please look for driver with “TROPICAL DISCOVERY” sign at airport
LODGING: 2 nights – Superior Double Room – Hotel Mesón de María
*Includes American breakfast
Day 2: Antigua (Free Day)
Free day on your Guatemala tour to enjoy the magical colonial village of La Antigua, visit its monuments, museums, shop at the various local markets & stroll through the cobble stone streets. Or you may opt for one of our special mountain biking, hiking, volcano, fishing, golf, horse back or culture tours.
For our recommended culture and adventure one day tours & activities from Antigua, such as City Tours, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Horse Back Riding, etc…please click here.
Day 3: Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
Today our private driver will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. to continue with your exciting Guatemala tour and take you on a panoramic (~ 2 h) drive to visit the mystical city of Chichicastenango (Thursday & Sunday only, otherwise straight to Lake Atitlán). Located at 2500 meters above sea level, this city is famous for its market on Thursdays & Sundays, where spats of traditionally dressed villagers in a kaleidoscope of colors, come to sell their very colorful textiles, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Also worth a visit is the peaceful yet colorful cemetery. After lunch, depart for magical Lake Atitlán with direct transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon visiting the lake side village of Panajachel, enjoy a breathtaking sunset followed by a romantic dinner, or simply relax in your deluxe lake side hotel.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 8:00 a.m. pick up from hotel in Antigua for private transfer in air conditioned minivan or SUV to Chichicastenango (~ 2 h drive) then to Lake Atitlán (~ 1 h drive)
LODGING: 2 nights – Standard Double Room – Hotel Atitlán
Day 4: Lake Atitlan (Indigenous Villages Boat Tour)
Take a private boat tour to the many lakeside villages around Lake Atitlán. Your “lanchero” (boat driver) will pick you at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel and take you by boat to three of the local villages along the shore of the lake on a cultural Guatemala tour. Your guide will share many insights on local customs and traditions with you. Enjoy the spectacular scenery the lake has to offer and learn more about the villagers, whose traditional costumes still vary from one village to the other, as well as their history. We recommend having lunch in Santiago Atitlán at Posada de Santiago, at Restaurante El Pescador, or at a local restaurant in Panajachel. Please ask your guide for recommendations. For an idea of what this amazing lake has to offer, please click here.
VILLAGES BOAT TOUR: Your “lanchero” (boat driver) will pick you up from your hotel at 9:00 a.m. and take you by boat to three of the local villages along the shore of the lake.
*Includes private boat, private guide, driver and fuel
Day 5: Lake Atitlan - Pacific Coast
Spend a free morning enjoying one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Be picked up at your hotel lobby at
11:00 a.m. for your private transfer to the Pacific Coast and your deluxe Eco Lodge. Make a quick stop for lunch in rout and arrive around 3 p.m. An enchanting boat ride through a breathtaking National Reserve and protected mangrove forest, will take you to the exclusive Pacific Pearls Lodge, Guatemala’s premier Eco Lodge. Built within a private coconut plantation extending over kilometers of desolate beach, and 100% solar powered, Pacific Pearls Lodge is ideal for those truly seeking a private and peaceful beach getaway in the middle of your Guatemala tour.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 11:00 a.m. pick up from hotel for private transfer in deluxe air conditioned minivan or SUV to the Pacific Coast (~ 4 h drive.)
LODGING: 2 nights – Plantation Suite – Pacific Pearls Lodge
Day 6: Pacific Coast (Free Day)
Spend a free day enjoying the tropical weather and the black sand beaches. Whether spiritual or physical, active or relaxing, on land, over or under the water, at Pacific Pearls Lodge a large range of activities are offered to divert & enchant during your Guatemala tour. The Lodge is built on a strip of land with beautiful mangrove filled canals on one side, and miles of pristine black sand beaches on the other. Guatemala’s Pacific coast enjoys warm tropical weather throughout the year, and sunshine a good 300 days a year… This Pacific paradise will never let you down; with world class beach break for surfing and body boarding, and miles of pristine canals to practice your favorite water sports in.
For more on the tours and activities offered at Pacific Pearls Lodge, please click here.
Day 7: Pacific Coast - Cobán
Today our private driver will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. and take you (~ 9 h drive) to your hotel in Cobán. We will make one stop for lunch in rout (not included) and arrive around 5:00 pm. Cobán has a huge wildlife that lives particularly in the mountains and inside the vast cave system of the area, which makes it an interesting visit to explorers in every Guatemala tour. One of the most interesting specimens of the plants that grow in the region is the Monja Blanca, the national flower. Additionally, its forests serve as a natural habitat for the Quetzal bird.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 8:00 a.m. pick up from your hotel for private transfer in deluxe air conditioned mini van or SUV to Coban (~ 9 h drive with stop for lunch)
LODGING: 2 nights – Double Room Casa Duranta
Day 8: Cobán (Semuc Champey)
Today, your driver will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. for your private drive (~ 3 h) to visit the majestic Semuc Champey, a beautiful series of small ponds and pools on a natural land bridge that crosses the Cahabón River. In the Maya Kechi language, Semuc Champey means “Agua Sagrada” (Sacred Water). The Cahabón River submerges itself at the entrance of Semuc Champey and resurfaces about 400 meters later after it passes this natural limestone bridge suspended with beautiful crystal clear ponds. In this unique natural formation you have water with shades of light green emerald to dark blue sapphire. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
SEMUC CHAMPEY TOUR: Pick up by your private driver at 8:00 a.m. from your hotel to Semuc Champey.
*This Guatemala tour includes ground transfer, entrance fee, lunch and beverages.
Day 9: Coban - Peten
Be picked up at 8:00 a.m. from your hotel in Coban and depart in a private air conditioned vehicle to the mystical region of Peten jungle (~5 hr drive). Be transported directly to your lake side deluxe eco lodge for relaxing afternoon lake side, swimming, sun bathing, kayaking, etc. Please visit our Travel Guide to Tikal and Peten Region for more details. Spend the evening relaxing to the sounds of the teeming Peten Jungle and Lake Peten Itza. Rest up and get ready for an awe inspiring day of archeology.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 8:00 a.m. pick up from hotel for private ground transfer to Flores in Lake Peten Itza (~5 hr drive).
LODGING: 2 nights – Rainforest Casita – La Lancha Resort
*Includes continental breakfast
Day 10: Peten (Tikal Tour)
At 9:00 a.m., after breakfast, your private guide and transport will pick you up at your hotel and take you to explore Tikal, one of the largest and most magnificent Mayan archeological cities in existence, which in its heyday (c. 700 AD,) was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. During this Guatemala tour your expert guide will share many insights on this Mayan city and provide a feel for the mysteries of this ancient culture. Have lunch in the midst of Mayan ruins and breathtaking flora and fauna; return in the late afternoon and spend the evening relaxing lake side, or opt for a visit & possibly dinner in the lovely town of Flores, the capital of the Petén region.
TIKAL TOUR: Your private guide and driver will pick you up at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel lobby in Petén, for private Tikal Tour
*Includes guide, lunch (without beverages), entrance fees and transportation
Day 11: Peten (Free Morning) - Guatemala City
Free morning to enjoy the many attractions the Peten Region has to offer. You could opt for a morning tour of the romantic archeological site of Yaxha/Topoxte (highly recommended), or any of the other sites and attractions of the region based on your specific interest. Peten also boasts the largest protected tropical forest area in Central America, whose areas amazing fauna and flora, lakes, rivers, lagoons, caves, etc.. make it a perfect place to engage in all sorts of adventurous activities. Or of course, simply relax lakeside, soaking up the sun and enjoying the natural sounds of the rainforest…. Be transferred to the airport in Flores at 4:30 p.m. for your 6:30 p.m. flight back to Guatemala City with immediate transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Your private transport will take you to Flores airport.
AIR TRANSPORT: 6:30 p.m. departure from Flores on TAG flight with arrival in Guatemala City at 7:30 p.m.
GROUND TRANSPORT: At 7:30 your private transfer will pick you up from Guatemala Int. Airport to hotel – Please look for driver with “Tropical Discovery” sign
LODGING: 1 night – Standard Double Room – Westin Camino Real Guatemala City
Day 12: Guatemala City (Departure)
Be picked up from your hotel at (Time TBC) by your private driver, for your transfer to Guatemala International Airport for departure flight home. Remember to be there minimum 2 hours prior to departure of your international flight.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Pick up from Hotel at (Time TBC) , for private transfer in deluxe air-conditioned vehicle to International Airport (~ 20 min. drive.)
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*Please note this Guatemala tour is private; that means we can customize it to meet your specific choice of hotels, tours of interest, number of days, budget, etc…
TERMS (please read):
- • All Taxes
- • Ground transfers in air-conditioned vehicle,
- • Domestic flights,
- • Accommodation,
- • Tours and meals as per itinerary
- • International flights,
- • Passport and visa fees,
- • All items not specifically shown as included in package
- • Travel & cancellation insurance (highly recommended, please click here for more info.
- • Gratuities (recommended 10% for transporters)
- • Wire Transfer,
- • Check or
- • Credit Card
- • Prices nor availability or rooms or booking are guaranteed until payment is received.
- • A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to arrival date (60 days for Christmas/New Year and Easter reservations).
- • Cancellations must be made in writing 45 days prior to arrival date (60 days for Christmas/New Year and Easter reservations) for full refund, subject to any cancellation fees that may be charged by the hotel and the administrative fee identified herein below.
- • If cancellations are not made in writing within 45 days (60 days for Christmas/New Year and Easter reservations), penalties may be equal to the total invoiced amount (hotel terms will apply).
- • All cancellations received at any time will be charged a minimum US$100 administrative fee .
- • Airline tickets are non-refundable once deposit is received (airline terms apply).
- • Prices based on low season and high season rates. For tours during holiday season rates please inquire for details.
- • Final pricing details provided upon booking
- • Please note all our tours are private; we can customize this tour to meet your specific choice of hotels, tours of interest, number of days, budget, etc.
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