Visiting: Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal and Rio Dulce
- Day 1: Airport - Antigua
- Day 2: Antigua City Tour
- Day 3: Antigua (Free Day)
- Day 4: Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
- Day 5: Lake Atitlan (Indigenous Villages Boat Tour)
- Day 6: Lake Atitlan - Peten
- Day 7: Peten (Tikal Tour)
- Day 8: Peten (Free Day)
- Day 9: Peten - Rio Dulce
- Day 10: Rio Dulce (Finca Paraiso)
- Day 11: Rio Dulce (Caribbean Tour)
- Day 12: Rio Dulce - Guatemala City
- Day 13: Guatemala City (Departure)
Day 1: Guatemala City - Antigua
Ready to embark in one of the best Guatemala tours?
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 and a must in all Guatemala tours. Walk its romantic cobble stone streets and enjoy fine cuisine at one of the many excellent gourmet restaurants in the area, to kick off on of your best Guatemala tours ever!.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Pick up from Guatemala Int. Airport at (Time TBC) for private transfer in air conditioned mini van or SUV to Antigua (~ 45 min. drive) – Please look for driver with “TROPICAL DISCOVERY” sign at airport
LODGING: 3 nights – Superior Double Room Hotel Meson de Maria
*Includes American breakfast
Day 2: Antigua City Tour
Be picked up at 9:00 am, for a private 3-hour guided walking tour of La Antigua, with an expert guide who will share with you the many wonders of this city, once the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas. La Antigua was home to more than 30 monastic orders, stunning monasteries, convents and cathedrals from the Spanish colonial days. The tour consists of an informative walk behind the walls of this colonial capital, focusing on cultural trends, city history, restoration efforts and the city today.
ANTIGUA TOUR: Your private guide will pick you up at 9:00 am from your hotel lobby in Antigua, for private City Tour (~ 3 hour tour)
*Includes private guide and entrance fees.
Day 3: Antigua (Free Day)
Another free day to enjoy your Antigua Guatemala tours and make the most of the magical colonial village of La Antigua, visit its monuments, museums, shop at the various Indian 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 and activities from Antigua, such as City Tours, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Horse Back Riding and more information about our Guatemala tours, please click here.
Day 4: Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
Today our private driver will pick you up at 8:00 am and take you on a panoramic (~ 2 hour) drive to visit the mystical city of Chichicastenango (Thursday & Sunday only, otherwise straight to Lake Atitlan). 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 during our Guatemala tours is the peaceful yet colorful cemetery. After lunch, depart for magical Lake Atitlan 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 am pick up from hotel in Antigua for private transfer in air conditioned mini van or SUV to Chichicastenango (~ 2h drive) then to Lake Atitlan (~ 1h drive)
LODGING: 2 nights – Standard Double Room – Hotel Atitlan
Day 5: 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 a.m. from your hotel and take you by boat to three of the local villages along the shore of the lake in one of the precious cultural Guatemala tours. 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 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 6: Lake Atitlan - Peten
Spend a free morning enjoying one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Be picked up at 11:30 am at the hotel for you private transfer to Guatemala City Airport. A quick stop for lunch or coffee at the lovely café Katuk is always a lovely option during our Guatemala tours and we are sure you will enjoy. Arrive at Guatemala City airport around 3:30 pm for your 5:15 pm TAG flight to Flores. You will arrive in Flores at 6:15 pm where the hotel transporters will be there to meet you and take you to your deluxe eco lodge nestled deep in the Peten jungle.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 11:30 am pick up from hotel for private transfer in deluxe air conditioned mini van or SUV to Guatemala City Airport (~ 3.5 hour drive)
AIR TRANSPORT: 5:15 pm departure from Guatemala City on TAG flight 7978 with arrival in Flores at 6:15 pm
GROUND TRANSPORT: Transfer from Flores Airport at 6:15 pm to hotel by private transporters – Please look for driver with “Tropical Discovery” sign
LODGING: 3 nights – Rainforest Casita – La Lancha Resort
*Includes continental breakfast
Day 7: Peten (Tikal Tour)
Today you get ready to enjoy the intriguing historic information that we like sharing in our Guatemala tours. At 9:00 am, 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. 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 Peten region.
TIKAL TOUR: 9:00 am departure from hotel in Peten for Tikal ruins.
*Includes guide, lunch (without beverages), entrance fees and transportation.
Day 8: Peten (Free Day)
Free day to enjoy the many attractions the Peten Region has to offer. We recommend a half day tour of the romantic archeological site of Yaxha/Topoxte or any of the other Mayan ruins in the region based on your own interests or the advice of our local experts. 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. Please visit our Recommended Tours Page for more details. Or you may simply choose to relax lakeside enjoying the natural sounds of the rainforest…. Enjoy a lovely dinner at the lodge, or perhaps a visit of the charming village of Flores for dinner is a better option.
Day 9: Peten - Rio Dulce
Pick up at 10:00 am from hotel and departure in a private air conditioned mini bus for breathtaking Rio Dulce on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala (picturesque ~ 3 hr drive.) Make a quick stop for lunch or a snack and arrive in Rio Dulce in the early afternoon. Be transported directly to your lake side hotel. Spend the late afternoon relaxing, sun bathing, kayaking, swimming, and much more… For more on what to do in the breathtaking Caribbean coast of Rio Dulce, please click here and visit our Recommended Tours Page.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Pick up from your hotel at 10:00 amfor private transfer in deluxe air conditioned mini van or SUV to Rio Dulce (~3 hour drive)
LODGING: 3 nights – Cabin Plus – Hotel Hacienda Tijax
Day 10: Rio Dulce (Finca Paraiso)
Pick up at 9:00 am by our “lanchero” (boat driver) who will take you to visit incredible Lake Izabal (largest lake in Guatemala), the famous Castillo de San Felipe, which was built by the Spanish in 1652 to ward off the mainly British pirates, and the magical volcanic hot springs, caves & waterfall at Finca Paraiso. A tractor will take you through a private farm for (~ 15 minutes), until you arrive at a river crossing. From there you will walk (~ 5 minutes) through tropical flora until you arrive at a natural volcanic waterfall that falls onto a cool crystalline river causing a steam bath effect, always amazing in every one of our Guatemala tours. You may also opt for a horse back riding tour of the farm. Let us know to pre arrange it for you.
PARAISO TOUR: 9:00 am pick up from hotel for one hour cruise of Lake Izabal to Finca Paraiso (Tour Time ~ 6 hours.)
* Includes private boat with driver, entrance fees, fuel and tractor ride in all Guatemala tours.
Day 11: Rio Dulce (Caribbean Tour)
After a hearty breakfast, our “lanchero” (boat driver) will pick you up at 9:00 am to take you on a cruise through the Rio Dulce canals and lagoons for a closer view or this region’s impressive water flora and fauna. Closer to the Caribbean coast, you will go through the amazing Rio Dulce canyon, a truly awe inspiring experience. Later arrive at the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and its celebrated town of Livingston, a lively Afro-Caribbean town populated by mostly Garifuna people whose origin and culture stems from escaped West African slaves. This town feels more like Jamaica than any town in Guatemala, where brightly colored houses are common and reggae melodies mixed with Latin sounds are heard throughout. Tour this charming town, have lunch at the Tucan Dugu restaurant or any of the many other side walk cafes & restaurants. Return in the late afternoon to enjoy an evening dinner, have some fun and relax under the Caribbean stars. (Tour Time ~ 6 hours.)
CARIBBEAN TOUR: Rio Dulce Canyons, Canals and Livingston – Pick up from hotel at 9:00 am
*Includes private boat with driver and fuel.
Day 12: Rio Dulce - Guatemala City
Depart Rio Dulce at 10:00 am for a panoramic drive back to Guatemala City, with an optional stop in rout to visit the famous Quirigua Ruins, where you will see the largest stela in the Mayan World – a true marvel and definitely worth a visit in all our Guatemala tours. Arrive into Guatemala City late afternoon and be transferred directly to your deluxe hotel in Guatemala City, located in the center of “La Zona Viva”. The hotel is within minutes of the best shopping centers, fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bars and night clubs.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 10:00 am pick up from hotel in Rio Dulce for private transfer in air conditioned mini van or SUV back to Guatemala City (~ 5 hour drive)
LODGING: 1 night – Standard Double Room – Westin Camino Real
Day 13: 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 air-conditioned vehicle to International Airport (~20 min. drive.)
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*Please note all of our Guatemala tours are private; we can customize this itinerary to meet your specific choice of hotels, tours of interest, number of days, budget, etc…
Cerro de la Cruz Antigua Guatemala
One of the main streets of this colonial city, "Calle del Arco", (Arch Street).
Located in the main square of Antigua's old town. Corner perspective with dual vanishing points. Baroque colonial architecture style. Today houses the tourist office, police and Governor of the Township.
Main door of Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Viewpoint at lake Atitlan with the three volcanos San Pedro, Atitlan and Toliman - you can see the small villages San Pedro and San Juan at the lake in the highlands of Guatemala - Travel destination to Maya country in Central America
The coast of Lake Atitlan. The Volcanos, Toliman and San Pedro in the back at the Town of Panajachel in Guatemala in Central America.
Temple of the Jaguar Priest (Temple III) Tikal, Guatemala
Island at the jungle in a cloudy day. It is placed at the zoo of Petencito, next to Tikal and the island of Flores, Santa Elena, Petén, Guatemala
When George Lucas saw the Mayan temples of Tikal in Guatemala on a travel poster in England, he knew he wanted to use the location for one the Star Wars movies.
Boats in late afternoon light on Rio Dulce, Livingston, Guatemala
Rio Dulce, Guatemala - Wooden houses on stilts with palm leaf roofs on riverbank of the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, Central America
Spanish colonial fort, the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara on Rio Dulce in Guatemalan city Livingstone
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