Day 1: Guatemala City
Departure Flight. Arrive Guatemala City and transfer to your hotel to relax and unpack. Dinner and overnight in Guatemala City.
Day 2: Chichicastenango
Board your coach and head southwards to visit the archaeological sites of El Baul and La Democracia where remains of the Olmek culture can be found. Continue through the country's highlands to the town of Chichicastenango. Dinner and overnight in Chichicastenango.
Day 3: Quetzaltenango
Visit the colorful market of Chichicastenango where natives gather to barter their handicrafts, and the church of Santo Tomas, built on the remains of a Mayan Temple. Proceed to the cobble-stoned streets and neo-classical architecture of the ancient Mayan City of Quetzaltenango for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Lake Atitlan
Time to visit the market of Almolonga and the church of San Andres Xecul before proceeding to lovely Lake Atilan, an area of 90 square miles surrounded by three volcanoes and twelve Indian towns. Dinner and overnight in Lake Atitlan.
Day 5: Antigua
Cross Lake Atitlan by boat and journey to the picturesque lake-side village of Santiago Atitlan. Continue to Antigua, a quiet little city nestled in the foothills of the majestic Agua Volcano. Once capital of the colonial Spanish Empire in Central America, Antigua offers a fascinating collection of museums, churches, and colonial buildings. Dinner and overnight in Antigua.
Day 6: Antigua
Full day tour of Antigua, containing some of the region's finest examples of 16th, 17th and 18th century Spanish Colonial architecture, permeating every part of the town: its houses, churches, squares, parks and ruins. Antigua is a city of charm and color where you can see and buy an overwhelming variety of attractive, handmade products that honor the traditions of generations of artisans. Visit the central plaza, the Cathedral, Ciudad Vieja and Aguas Calientes.
Day 7: Antigua - Tikal - Guatemala City
Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Flores in the El Peten region. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour to Tikal, the great Mayan city discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, and containing over 3,000 structures originating between 200 BC and 900 AD. Visit the main plaza surrounded by the famous Grand Jaguar Temple, the Temple of the Masks, the Museum, and more. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Guatemala City.
Day 8: Copan - Honduras
Drive east, crossing the desert area of the country to the Honduran border to visit one of the largest and most impressive Mayan ruins, Copan. A Mayan capital from the 5th to the 9th centuries AD, Copan is considered a cosmic observation center. Also see the Altars, the stelae, the hierolglyphic stairs, and more. Dinner and overnight in Copan.
Day 9: Quirigua - Guatemala City
Cross the border into Guatemala and continue to Quirigua, in the region of Izabal, a famous Mayan observation point. Admire the stelae surrounding the small plaza and the temples immersed in a tropical forest. Proceed to Guatemala City for dinner and your final overnight.
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