Guatemala & Honduras

Central America

Join this stunning journey through Guatemala and Honduras. The Mayan civilization left a plethora of cultural treasures behind in the mountains and jungles, of which some remain undiscovered. Go on a journey to the most beautiful temples and pyramids and meet the descendants of the once so powerful Mayans of Guatemala and Honduras. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites for humanity.

Lake Atitlan

Copan, The Paris of the Mayans

Finca Paraiso

Tikal, Mayan Treasure

Highlights

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Antigua Guatemala, Copan, Quirigua, and Tikal. Also: Lake Atitlan, Rio Dulce, Finca Paraiso, Mayan ruins of Yaxha, and more.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at the Guatemala international airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lake Atitlan. 

Day 2. Lake Atitlan

Today, you will have a boat expedition to Lake Atitlan, the most beautiful lake in Central America. And according to the writer Aldous Huxley, it is the most beautiful in the world. It is an age-old crater lake formed from a collapsed volcano, leaving a scenic body of water surrounded by sensational volcanoes, rolling mountains, and attractive Mayan towns that deserve to be part of all Central American travel itineraries. The landscape with the delicate lake and incredible volcanoes, living Mayan culture, and captivating villages all make it a very authentic place to explore. It is a must-see when traveling through Guatemala. We will visit two Mayan villages:

Santa Catarina Palopo: this lakeside community is a monumental piece of artwork. An original community project emerged in the last few years: painting geometric figures on houses and buildings throughout the village. It looks absolutely awesome and very colorful. The goal is to conserve their weaving designs, promote sustainable tourism to increase job opportunities, and use art as a way for social renewal.

San Juan la Laguna: in this town you will meet local painters, artists, and weavers. The traditional textiles are made by hand, with natural dyes using both a pedal and belt system of hand weaving. We will visit a women weaving cooperative, and later we’ll have a cup of the best coffee in the world. 

Day 3. Antigua Guatemala

Today we will drive to Antigua Guatemala for an excursion to get intimate with this antique UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque city of Antigua Guatemala has been reported as the best-preserved colonial city in Central America. We will walk to a lookout and look at the centuries-old buildings down. We will discover churches, ruins, art galleries, and outside markets along the cobblestone streets of Antigua Guatemala. 

Later, we will drive to the woods outside of Antigua Guatemala to take a natural sauna. Natural saunas not only purify the body of toxins but also clean the mind. This is the reason why the Mayans recognized it to be essential. Distasteful feelings go away and you are at peace with your inner world. This is what Mayans mean by the care of the soul earned while taking a sauna.

Day 4. Copan, Honduras

Today, we will drive to Copan, Honduras. Upon arrival, we will explore the Macaw Mountain Reserve, an innovative tropical bird reserve in western Honduras that cares for rescued and endangered birds of the American tropics. Listen to a parrot talk while it is sitting on your shoulder. Walk into a large flight aviary and feel the rush of wind on your face as many scarlet macaws take flight. Relax viewing decks while flocks of wild parakeets chatter in nearby trees.

Day 5. Copan, Ruins

Copan is one of the most meaningful cities of the Mayan civilization. The town of Copan has developed lately for its outstanding Maya Ruins. It has been designated as a World Heritage Site for humanity by UNESCO. Copan with its plazas, temples, and terraces, comprises a form of architectural complex among the most characteristic of the Mayan civilization. The archeologists recognize Copan to be the cultural center, the Paris, of the Mayan world. The ruins of Copan give understanding into how this captivating civilization once lived. Its great structures and ably carved stonework are extraordinary reminders of the exceptional and leading Mayan culture. 

Day 6. Farm El Cisne

Today you will have an exclusive opportunity to experience authentic rural Honduras life at this century-old plantation. Set in the wonderful western highlands, this family-owned farm offers an insight into the daily life of a working ranch. Go on a cacao, cardamom, and coffee plantation excursion, learn about cattle ranching, enjoy delicious home-cooked farm meals, and round off your experience with a stop in the natural hot springs.

Day 7. Quirigua

Today, we will go back to Guatemala to visit the Mayan ruins of Quirigua. This fascinating Mayan site is situated on the shores of the longest river of Guatemala, it bloomed due to its key location in the route that connects the Atlantic Sea with the Mayan lowlands. The central plaza in Quirigua has one of the biggest lengths in the whole lowlands. This site is famous for the sculpture that we find there. There are 8 towering stelae, which were built to celebrate the end of an era and to register other crucial events. 

Later, you will go to Rio Dulce where you will visit the Castle of San Felipe before you go to your hotel to rest and relax. The Castle of San Felipe is a Spanish fort located on a peninsula between Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce.

Day 8. Rio Dulce

Today you will take a fascinating boat tour from Rio Dulce to Livingston, where you will visit the Finca Paraiso, and El Boqueron Canyon. Rio Dulce is found next to the biggest Lake in the country, Lake Izabal. Paradise Farm is a large farm located in Lake Izabal. Here you will find a river and a huge waterfall of hot springs. The mix of cold and warm water and tropical forest make it a magical place off-the-beaten-track. 

El Boqueron is a dramatic limestone canyon. While exploring this canyon, you will appreciate views of its huge, 820 feet (250 meters) rock faces. You will go over the river Sauce’ in a small canoe and get a good look at this fabulous canyon. This exquisite, lushly vegetated canyon abutting the tiny Maya village of the same name is worth seeing. Rio Dulce emerges into the Caribbean Sea, where we will find the only Caribbean town of Guatemala, where you will have free time to rest and relax. 

Day 9. Siete Altares & beach

You will visit by boat the Siete Altares, a natural park where there are many waterfalls staggered throughout the rainforest. The whole site is set among abundant rainforests, and while it is a beautiful spot year-round, it is best to visit during the wet season, when the creek and waterfalls are running at their heaviest. Next, you will enjoy one of the best beaches of the entire country, with a relaxing afternoon at the ocean on the white sands of white beach.

Day 10. Sunset in Tikal

Today we will enjoy the boat back to Rio Dulce, and from there we will drive to the Mayan City of Tikal. Later, you will walk with your guide to one of the most important temples in the colossal compound, for an unimaginable scene in the background. As you see the sundown and the sky switch colors, your local guide will tell you narratives from the fascinating Mayans.

Day 11. Sunrise in Tikal

It will be marvelous to be over the jungle seeing this event. You will not take for granted again the wonder that the daylight brings every single day. Travelers cannot just duplicate this experience and we highly suggest you take this excursion. After that, you will spend more time in Tikal with our guide learning about this fascinating civilization and this ancient architecture. Climb some of the temples and discover the flora and fauna. Later, take a nice break, have lunch, watch spider monkeys gaming in the trees, or swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Peten. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Flores Island. 

Day 12. Yaxha ruins

Today, we will go to Yaxha, the third-largest Mayan city in Guatemala. Located to the north of the lagoon by the same name, it contains more than 500 structures at its center, including 40 steles, 13 altars, 9 temples, and 2 Mesoamerican ball courts. Very few travelers visit this amazing Mayan City, this makes it excellent for visitors who want the freedom to explore the site without other travelers around. Climb to the summit of temple 216 and get fascinating views of the lagoons, ruins, and jungle.

Day 13. Free day

Today, you will have a free day to enjoy Flores Island and Lake Peten. If you would like to explore more about the Mayan world, you can take the optional helicopter tour to the great Mayan city of El Mirador. 

This remote Mayan city deep in the jungle canopy has the largest pyramid in the entire Mayan world “La Danta”. It measures approximately 70 meters (230feet) tall from the forest floor and, considering its total volume of 2,800,000 cubic meters, it is the largest pyramid in the entire world in terms of volume. Read more information here

Day 14. Return home

Unfortunately, this fascinating journey ends today. A driver will take you to the international airport of Mundo Maya of Flores Island for your flight back home. 

Expenses included

14 days & 13 nights

$1,850 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

13 nights accommodation: small boutique hotels and jungle lodges

Local certified onsite guides

All park entrance fees

Boat transfers

Daily breakfast

Taxes

Price varies by group size

Not included: international flights, travel insurance and other expenses than indicated

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