Rainforest And Archeology With Copan (11n/12d)

copan

This tour combines the best of Guatemala’s historical and natural centres with a visit to Copan in Honduras

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, Transfer to Lake Atitlan (B,L) (Guide HD)
Guests transfer to Lake Atitlan. (2.5hr) Once at the lake, guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30mins) 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 & beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Transfer to hotel. Lake Atitlan 1N • Upgrade with a Helicopter Transfer

Day 4, 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 on to Guatemala City & to your hotel. (3hr) Guate City 1N. • Upgrade with a Helicopter Transfer • Add a guide accompaniment today

Day 5, 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 6, Copan Site & 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 7, Quirigua (B,L) (Unguided)
Transfer back into Guatemala to visit the UNESCO protected site of Quirigua in the humid Motagua River Valley (2hr).Enjoy the beautifully carved stelea of this small but fascinating site situated amongst banana plantaions. Then transfer on to Guatemala City for overnight. Guate City 1N • Add a guide accompaniment today

Day 8, Ceibal Site & Petexbatun Lake (BLD) (Guide FD)
An early morning flight up to Flores (30min) and then guests transfer to Sayaxche (1.5hr) & then board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion river (30min) to the site at Ceibal. After a pretty steep climb up to the site through a Ceiba tree forest your guide will provide you with the latest findings and conclusions about this site which contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae. When you are ready continue by river to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun,(1hr) Chiminos Lodge 1N.

Day 9, Aguateca, Flores (B) (Guide FD)
After breakfast, transfer with your guide by boat to the lesser visited yet unique site at Aguateca. (30min) This site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in Maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line. Guests can explore the natural fault as well as a small selection of restored monuments and some intricate carvings. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch transfer back to Flores by boat & land. Tikal Area 2N

Day 10, Yaxha Sunset (B) (Guide HD)
Free morning to relax after some strenuous traveling days. After lunch guests 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 have time to relax & refresh and guests will fly back to Guatemala City (30min) and will be transferred 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. • Add a 2D/1N extension to Cancuen & Candelaria Caves

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