Visiting: Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Pacific Coast, 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 Atitlán - Pacific Coast
- Day 7: Pacific Coast (Free Day)
- Day 8: Pacific Coast - Petén
- Day 9: Petén (Tikal Tour)
- Day 10: Petén (Free Day)
- Day 11: Petén - Río Dulce
- Day 12: Río Dulce (Finca Paraíso)
- Day 13: Río Dulce (Caribbean Tour)
- Day 14: Río Dulce - Guatemala City
- Day 15: 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 Guatemala. Spend an afternoon/evening enjoying this magical colonial town and getting inspired to travel Guatemala, 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.
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: 3 nights – Superior Double Room – Hotel Mesón de María
*Includes American breakfast
Day 2: Antigua City Tour
Be picked up at 9:00 a.m., for a private (~ 3 h) 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 a.m. from your hotel lobby in Antigua, for private City Tour (~ 3 h tour)
*Includes private guide & entrance fees
Day 3: Antigua (Free Day)
Travel Guatemala and take the opportunity of this free day to tour 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 4: Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
Today to travel Guatemala, our private driver will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. 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 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 9:00 a.m. from your hotel and take you by boat to three of the local villages along the shore of the lake. 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 to travel Guatemala and get most opportunities in the region. 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 6: Lake Atitlán - Pacific Coast
Another amazing morning to get inspired to travel Guatemala and to enjoy 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 and something you shouldn’t miss when you travel Guatemala!.
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 7: 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. 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… If you travel Guatemala, 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 8: Pacific Coast - Petén
Be transferred from your hotel in the Pacific Coast (pick up at 11:00 a.m.) to Guatemala City Airport. We will make one stop for lunch (not included) at Sarita Restaurant in Escuintla; after lunch, depart to Guatemala City Airport. You must be there 2 hours prior of your TAG 5:15 p.m. flight to Flores, arriving at
GROUND TRANSPORT: 11:00 a.m. pick up from your hotel for private transfer in deluxe air conditioned minivan or SUV to Guatemala City Airport (~ 3 h 30 min drive) with stop for lunch at Sarita Restaurant
AIR TRANSPORT: 5:15 p.m. departure from Guatemala City on TAG flight with arrival in Flores at 6:15 p.m.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Your private transfer will take you from Flores Airport to your hotel at 6:15 p.m. Please look for driver with “Tropical Discovery” Sign
LODGING: 3 nights – Rainforest Casita – La Lancha Resort
*Includes Continental breakfast
Day 9: Petén (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. 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 10: Petén (Free Day)
Free day to enjoy the many attractions the Petén Region has to offer. To take the most advantage when you travel Guatemala, we recommend a half day tour of the romantic archeological site of Yaxhá/Topoxté or any of the other Mayan ruins in the region based on your own interests or the advice of our local experts. Petén 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 Travel Guide to Tikal – Day Tours tab 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 11: Petén - Río Dulce
Pick up at 10:00 a.m. from hotel and departure in a private air conditioned minivan for breathtaking Rio Dulce on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala (picturesque ~ 3 h drive.) Make a quick stop for lunch or a snack and arrive in Rio Dulce in the early afternoon; be transported directly to your lakeside 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 Travel Guide to Rio Dulce – Day Tours tab.
GROUND TRANSPORT: Pick up from your hotel at 10 a.m.for private transfer in deluxe air conditioned minivan or SUV to Rio Dulce (~3 h drive)
LODGING: 3 nights – Cabin Plus – Hotel Hacienda Tijax
Day 12: Río Dulce (Finca Paraíso)
Pick up at 9:00 a.m. by our “lanchero” (boat driver) who will take you to visit incredible Lake Izabal (the 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 & waterfalls at Finca Paraíso, a Guatemala travel must!. A tractor will take you through a private farm for (~ 15 min), until you arrive at a river crossing. From there you will walk (~ 5 min) through tropical flora until you arrive at a natural volcanic waterfall that falls onto a cool crystalline river causing a steam bath effect. You may also opt for a horseback riding tour of the farm. Let us know to pre arrange it for you.
FINCA PARAÍSO TOUR: 9:00 a.m. pick up from hotel for a one-hour cruise of Lake Izabal to Finca Paraíso (tour time ~ 6 h)
* Includes private boat with driver, entrance fees, fuel and tractor ride
Day 13: Río Dulce (Caribbean Tour)
After a hearty breakfast, our “lanchero” (boat driver) will pick you up at 9:00 a.m. 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 when you travel Guatemala. Later, arrive at the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and its celebrated town of Livingston, a lively Afro-Caribbean town populated by mostly Garífuna people who came from the Bay Islands in Honduras. 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 Tucán Dugú restaurant or any of the many other side walk cafés and restaurants. Return in the late afternoon to enjoy an evening dinner, have some fun and relax under the Caribbean stars.
(Tour time ~ 6 h.)
CARIBBEAN TOUR: Pick up from hotel at 9:00 a.m. for private tour to Rio Dulce canals and lagoons and Livingston.
*Includes private boat with driver and fuel.
Day 14: Río Dulce - Guatemala City
Depart Rio Dulce at 10:00 a.m. for a panoramic (~ 5 h) drive back to Guatemala City, with an optional stop in rout to visit the famous Quiriguá Ruins, where you will see the largest stela in the Mayan World – a true marvel and definitely worth a visit. 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”, where you will meditate on the next time you will travel Guatemala and on all the exciting adventures lived during this trip!. The hotel is also within minutes of the best shopping centers, fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bars and night clubs.
GROUND TRANSPORT: 10:00 a.m. pick up from hotel in Rio Dulce for private transfer in air conditioned minivan or SUV back to Guatemala City (~ 5 h drive.)
LODGING: 1 night – Standard Double Room – Westin Camino Real
Day 15: 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 our tours are private when you travel Guatemala with Tropical Discovery; that means we can customize this itinerary to meet your specific choice of hotels, excursions of interest, number of days, budget, etc…
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