Mayan Archeological Highlights And Copan (11n/12d)

Lake Atitlan is one of the worlds most renowned lakes

Lake Atitlan is one of the worlds most renowned lakes

Day 1, Arrival – Antigua (Unguided)
Guests are met & transfer to Antigua. (1hr) Antigua 2N

Day 2, Architecture & History Tour (B) (Guide HD)
Guests will take a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francsico Church. All entrances are included. Free Afternoon.

Day 3 Azotea Coffee Farm, Maya Museum (B) (Guide HD)
Guests visit the local woodcarvers in the village of Jocotenango & then the fabulous Azotea Coffee Farm & Maya Traditions Museums covering traditional music, costume & traditions. In the afternoon guests transfer to Lake Atitlan (3hrs). Atitlan 2N

Day 4, Visit San Juan & Santiago (B,L) (Guide FD)
This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where they can visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and natural dye process. Also here visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters. From here guests continue to the village of Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Return to hotel via St Catarina Village.

Day 5, Chichi Market (B,L) (Unguided)
Today guests transfer approx. 1hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring on to Antigua (3hr). Antigua 1N • Add Guide Accompaniment • Upgrade with a Helicopter Transfer

Day 6, Copan (Honduras) (B) (Unguided)
Transfer across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Just across the border you are in the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas. (5hrs) Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town. Copan 2N. • Upgrade with a private Charter Flight (40mins) • Add dinner at home w. Archaeologist David Sedat • Upgrade with a presentation from David Sedat.

Day 7, Copan & Bird Park (B,L) (Guide in each place)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Lunch is in the tropical bird park where guests can also enjoy a visit of this beautiful facility looking after rescued tropical birds & working to educate people about conservation. • Add Dinner at Hacienda San Lucas

Day 8, Transfer to Rio Dulce (B) (Unguided)
Transfer across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical area at Rio Dulce. (5 hrs) Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce you will board a boat for a scenic trip along Rio Dulce (Trf time depends on hotel) to your riverside hotel. Rio Dulce/Livingston 1N

Day 9, Rio Dulce (B) (Guide HD)
Cruise the Rio Dulce River through the central canyon and down to the Garifuna town of Livingston on the Coast. Explore Livingston on a guided walking tour then journey back downriver to Rio Dulce and per chance see the elusive Manatee. Once back at Rio Dulce board your transfer to the Tikal area. (3-4hrs) Tikal 2N.

Day 10, Yaxha Sunset (B) (Guide HD)
Guests enjoy a free morning to relax. After lunch they transfer to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest  canopy from atop the main temples. • Add a Canopy Tour in the morning • Upgrade with a luxury picnic

Day 11, Tikal (B,L) (Guide HD)
Today guests transfer to Tikal National park (approx 1hr) to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. After lunch guests & time to relax and refresh guests will fly back to Guatemala City (30min) and transfer to their hotel. (Approx 10min) Guate City 1N • Upgrade with a luxury picnic

Day 12, Transfer Out (B) (Unguided)
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport (approx 10mins) in plenty of time to catch their flight.

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