Mexico and Guatemala

14 days

An unparalleled trip that guarantees the visitor an unforgettable experience. During this Mexico and Guatemala holiday, discover some of the most noteworthy places in Mexico City. The Historical Center, the Shrine of Guadalupe, the Cathedral, and its murals. In addition, the beautiful Canals of Xochimilco and the amazing Teotihuacan pyramids.

In Guatemala, visit the representative Mayan city of Tikal, Lake Atitlan, and then finish in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala. Additionally, the unparalleled experience of hiking in the active Volcano Pacaya and taking a natural sauna with amazing views of imposing volcanoes.

Palace of Bellas Artes

Xochimilco

Lake Peten

Volcano Pacaya

Highlights

Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Coyoacan district, Flores Island, Tikal, Lake Atitlan, Volcano Pacaya.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

In the international airport of Mexico City, a driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. After that, rest and get ready for a trip full of adventure. 

Day 2. Teotihuacan

Today, you will experience an unforgettable expedition. You will have a hot air balloon tour to some of the most famous pyramids of Mexico, the 2,000-year-old pyramids of Teotihuacan. It will be a great experience contemplating one of the most representative ancient civilizations from above. There is nothing as extraordinary as flying above magnificent pyramids by hot air balloon. It will be as magical as it sounds. 

The Teotihuacan complex has two gigantic pyramids, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun. This archaeological site dates back to the year 100 BC, being one of the oldest remaining ancient cities on the continent. In its time, the site would have been the sixth-largest city in the whole world. You will also explore the pyramids on foot. Be amazed at the impressive pyramids and climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. Feel the mysticism of one of the most incredible places in the world. 

Afterward, you will visit the Shrine of Guadalupe. It is the largest religious shrine and the most important of the Catholic religion. Therefore, it holds a special place in the religious life of this country. 

Day 3. Mexico City

Together with a guide, you will explore one of the most important cities in Latin America. Hop on this sightseeing guided tour of Mexico City. Delve into the history and art of the sprawling metropolis. Go inside the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest church in all of Latin America. See the National Palace with the best murals of the country. Most importantly, a visit to The must-see National Museum of Anthropology, home to the famous Calendar Stone. Finally, enjoy a Taco tour, a delicious Mexican dish. 

Day 4. Coyoacan

You will discover the vibe and bohemian of the neighborhood of Coyoacan on today’s excursion full of hidden treasures, highlights, and best of all, traditional food. Discover delightful parks, plazas, and present-day artistic hotspots.

All along this excursion, your local guide will take you to discover the hippest streets around Mexico city and authentic places famous only within the locals. Experience the local traditions with the countless treasures of this exploration, from architectural treasures, street artists, historical places, and hangout spots. 

Explore the treasures of the area of Coyoacan. It has become a rich pocket of art and history in the capital of Mexico. Stroll through UNAM, the oldest university in North America, and explore the Coyoacan Market. Additionally, gain insight into the likes of Frida Kahlo, and artwork at her former home museum, the Blue House. Enjoy a picturesque cruise through one of the last traces of the ancient period in a traditional boat. Go through the waterways of ‘Xochimilco’, the calm waters of its canals and floating gardens.

Day 5. Lake Peten

First, enjoy the sights from the sky, as you take an international flight to Guatemala City. Secondly, take a domestic flight to the beautiful island of Flores. Finally, end the day with a pleasant sunset boat ride on a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle and 27 Mayan sites. Be prepared to step into ruins at the lake. In addition, let yourself be amazed at the kaleidoscope of sunset colors over the calm waters of the lake.

Day 6. Tikal

Today, you will visit the classic and world-famous Mayan ruins of Tikal. Located in Peten, the northernmost department of the country. This huge territory is considered one of the breathing lungs of planet earth, due to its dense vegetation and tropical jungle. Tikal is known for the number of massive pyramids, walls, and vaults still standing.

The most noteworthy and spectacular attraction is the Great Plaza of the city. It is home to palaces, ceremonial buildings, stone sculptures, carved altars, and the two giant pyramids. The “Temple of the Great Jaguar,” and the “Temple of the masks” are certainly artwork of the Mayan. This personal encounter with the lost Mayan world shall be a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 7. Iximche ruins

In the morning you will take a domestic flight back to Guatemala City. Upon your arrival, a driver will take you to the Mayan site of Iximche. A small Mayan archaeological site in the western highlands of Guatemala. It holds a lot of importance for the history of modern Central America, and especially for Guatemala. After that, you will drive to Lake Atitlan.

Day 8. Lake Atitlan

Today, you will have a boat excursion to Lake Atitlan. Three impressive volcanoes serve as a backdrop to Lake Atitlan. Enjoy this beautiful landscape and indigenous villages with a professional guide. Get to know the customs and culture of some of the picturesque indigenous towns that surround this beautiful lake.

Day 9. Self-discovery

Free day to rest and relax, while you enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Atitlan. Additionally, you will have the varied optional activities Lake Atitlan has to offer. For example, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, yoga, massages, saunas, and more.

Day 10. Antigua Guatemala

Today, you will go to Antigua Guatemala. Once there, we will start with a short ride to one of the oldest and most established coffee estates in Guatemala. Follow the path of the coffee bean from the nursery to your cup. After that, experience an educational tasting. Later, discover the magnificent Antigua Guatemala through all of the most interesting and local spots. A unique city that seems to be frozen in time. This colonial city is famous for its beautiful Spanish colonial-era architecture, cobblestone streets, old churches, and ruins.

Day 11. Colonial towns

You will discover how life is in small towns neighboring Antigua Guatemala on driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Your local guide leads you to various villages including Ciudad Vieja, the first capital of the country, and an indigenous town near the dramatic Volcano of Agua. We will make a stop at a textile local market, take a short walk, rest in a hammock, have scenic views of Antigua Guatemala from a lookout point, and taste some of the best hot chocolate in the world.

Day 12. Volcano Pacaya

Hiking an active volcano, still with lava hot spots, cooled lava chambers and a broken peak from the big eruption of 2010 is a fun and rewarding experience. Volcano Pacaya is less challenging than other hikes. But the views and volcanic landscape make it so worth it. It allows you to see volcano eruptions or running lava, which most tourists do not see. Toast marshmallows on the recently cooled lava. Hike lovers, this is a must-do for you.

Day 13. Natural sauna

Explore an area of Antigua Guatemala that most tourists omit on this half-day sauna excursion. Look for native herbs, go forest bathing, and help to the conservation of the forest, before calming with an optional Swedish massage, sauna, and take a snack with the view of the dramatic volcanoes for an excursion you will find difficult to imitate somewhere else. We contribute to the conservation of the forest by gathering trash during our hike.

Day 14. Return home

This fascinating and fun Mexico Guatemala holiday ends today. However, if you would like to extend or customize your itinerary contact us. Your driver will take you to the international airport of Guatemala City for your departure flight. Do you have any questions? Please, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you. 

map, expenses & price

Mexico and Guatemala

Expenses included:
-Private transportation.
-Thirteen nights of hotel accommodations.
-Domestic flights.
-Professional local guides.
-All park entrance fees.
-Tours and excursions as listed.
-Breakfasts and two traditional lunches.

Per person starting at $2,100

Extensions
Giant Kite Festival

Participate in one of the greatest uncommon cultural experiences of Guatemala. It is an excursion good for all the family, you can see the immense kites, taste regional dishes, listen to folkloric music, and discover the meaning behind this exceptional festivity. Your local guide will teach you about traditional clothing and folklore, and grant you a broad perspective of the festivity of All Saints Day.

The festival takes place in November first and features multicolor, colossal hand-made kites that hover over open fields and local cemeteries in an astonishing blend of pre and post-colonial beliefs. Date: November 1st. Price $80

Trek to El Mirador

Join an unimaginable excursion in search of the biggest and oldest lost city in the Mayan world. To visit El Mirador, you will hike 40 kilometers through good shape trails and in near connection with the jungle canopy, howler monkeys, and many other exotic animals while camping every night. Evenings of past and mystery, singular sunrises with the song of countless types of birds, and good food during the entire trek. The enthusiasm and expertise of our local guides are also important factors of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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