Mayan Calendar Route
Explore and learn about one of the most representative advances of Mayan Culture, their Calendar, on this fascinating and educational 8-day tour of Guatemala. The Maya were a splendid civilization. Their advanced knowledge in mathematics, astrology and astronomy, among other sciences, is part of the extended legacy that they left to humanity, and some of these contributions are still in use today. The mathematical advances realized by the Maya civilization allowed them to develop the precise observation of the cosmos, allowing them to predict changes in the weather, lunar eclipses, and how best to utilize the seasons for agriculture.
Moreover, the study of astrology allowed the Mayans to establish favorable periods for individual and collective activities. Combining their scientific knowledge, the Mayans created approximately 20 different calendars, each with a specific purpose. Go on a journey with our professional guides to learn about the Mayan Calendar while you explore Mayan ruins.
Mayan ruins of the highlands
Day 1. Arrival.
Antigua Guatemala is considered to be the most beautiful Colonial City of the Americas. Antigua is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to the city.
Antigua Guatemala was declared a National Monument by the Guatemalan government in 1944 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.This day is free to rest and explore this beautiful city.
Day 2. Old City.
The Archeological Site Old Mixco used to be one of the two great Mayan capitals of the area. Nowadays, this is an archaeological site of great interest where visitors get a feeling of peace and spirituality. Of the 120 structures, the two most famous are the Twin Pyramids, and two fields for ball games, also excavations have discovered many objects of everyday use such as pots, jugs, and pitchers, amongst others.
According to Mayan cosmology, Old ‘Mixco’ is a trade center where the prayers of the congregation find their way to reaching divinity.
Day 3. Ruins in the highlands.
The Mayan site of Iximché covers approximately eight square kilometers. Buildings were built with carved stone and stucco covered over with painted walls. Ceremonies for power, justice, stability and harmony would have been carried out here.
You can spend the rest of your day in the town of ‘Tecpán’, which was the cradle of the brave warriors who inhabited the area, and was witness to one of the most powerful and significant political groups.
Day 4. Indigenous Market.
In the Chichicastenango town the most colorful market of Central America takes place every Thursday and Sunday. The handicrafts produced in Guatemala have a great variety of colors and patterns that are representative of the multicultural characteristics of the country.
Here you will have the chance to buy many different designs and souvenirs directly from the producers. In addition to handicrafts, you will also find flowers, textiles, pottery, medicinal plants, candles, tools, pigs and chickens.
Day 5. The Three Majestic Hills.
The archeological site of Gumarcaj is located on the top of three majestic hills. Archeologists believe that the city was constructed here for its strategic advantage over possible enemies. During the height of power of this city, it contained at least 70 structures which functioned as temples, palaces, residential homes and administrative buildings.
Gumarcaj has been granted the category of Symbol City of Guatemala. Nowadays this archaeological site is a sacred place, visited by spiritual leaders to celebrate ceremonies in the underground caves that maintain an impressive mysticism constituting for the Mayan culture an entrance for communication with the underworld. After this tour you will go to Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela.
Day 6. Mayan Culture.
Xela is beautiful city is nestled in a large valley surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. Xela still conserves many of the ancient Mayan traditions, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life. Xela is also known as “The Cradle of Culture”. Home to numerous jazz and blues bands in addition to traditional musicians, there is also a broad arts scene focused on painting, singing and sculpture.
The Thermal sources Fuentes Georginas located in the midst of the mountains of Quetzaltenango are a great place to take a medicinal bath and enjoy the stunning views of the Volcano Santa Maria.
The ride to the hot springs alone makes the trip worth taking, with spectacular views of the volcanoes and mountains lining the route. The water of the hot springs is heated naturally by the volcanic activity of the area, with 3 pools of differing temperatures to suit all tastes.
Day 7. Colonial city.
Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of Central America. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to the city of Antigua. Your guide will show you all the highlights of this city.
Day 8. Departure.
Today marks the end of this cultural holiday. You will be transferred to the international airport. However, if you would like to extend your holiday we offer the option to include a Spanish language package on this trip or you can choose to combine this trip with one of our other trips. Contact us for more information.
8 days & 7 nights
$1,200 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
7 nights hotel accommodation: hoteles selected according to your wishes and priorities
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated.
Eco-sauna excursion in the volcanoes
You will be able to take a Volcanic Sauna, a marvelous experience like no other. Additionally, you will have the option to take an optional massage or a jacuzzi with hot springs from the volcano as well. At the end, travelers will have the opportunity to eat at the restaurant which has a wide variety of Guatemalan traditional dishes. All while having breathtaking views of the amazing surroundings mountains. Duration: half day. Price per guest from: $35
Beach of Monterrico
Monterrico is located on the Pacific coast and is considered to be the most beautiful beach of Guatemala. It is famous for its long, volcanic, black sand beaches and a charming small town. Relax at the beautiful beach and enjoy the tropical flavor. Or, if you like, you can visit the sea turtle project and check out the beaches of Hawaii and Mañanita (just outside of Monterrico) where the baby turtles are released back to the ocean. Duration: 1 day. Price per guest from: $50
Photography in Antigua Guatemala
Together with a photographer guide, find the best charming spots to make delicate photos of the most meaningful markers of Antigua Guatemala during this tour. Your guide will give you tips and procedures to make your photography technique, and lead you to dramatic places that many tourists overlook. Among its architecture and volcanoes, you will be in love with Antigua, a colonial piece of art that emanates passion. From early morning walks over the particular cobblestone streets to afternoons chats in one of the many cozy cafes, this city is the perfect destination for those who love photography. Duration: 3 hours. Price per guest from: $30
Street traditional food tour
Walk around ruins, eat traditional and delicious food all over the captivating Antigua Guatemala. In this imposiving city of large walls and huge doors, enjoy a few of the savory jewels hidden all through this delightful city. It is a small city with approximately 300 food associated businesses, a lot of them small. Enjoy the delicious tastings and learn entertaining, exciting and amusing anecdotes of the cooks who aim to carry quality dishes to both locals and tourists… It is an authentic experience. Duration: 3 hours. Price per guest from: $70
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