Exploring Guatemala in Considerable Comfort & Style

# Tailor-Made Tour

Exploring Guatemala in Considerable Comfort & Style

14 Days from £6543 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Culture and Archaeology
Luxury

This is a classic tour of Guatemala, all the while staying in very comfortable accommodation. The itinerary takes you to three unmissable highlights: Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the Mayan ruins and jungles of El Peten. Marvel at the Spanish colonial splendour of Antigua; traverse the huge volcanic lake of Atitlan, the heart of current Maya culture; explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, Yaxha and Uaxactun; and discover the wildlife of the dense tropical rainforest of El Peten. Throughout you will be taken care of by private guides and reside in top quality boutique hotels and the only true wildlife lodge in the country, all full of charm and character: we even include a helicopter transfer to save you valuable enjoyment time and provide a bird’s eye view of Guatemala’s stunning landscape. If you value comfort combined with character and seek a selection of the best sites, this is the Guatemala itinerary for you.

Itinerary

Price from £6543 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Depart London. Arrive Guatemala City. Met & transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel La Immaculada . Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Antigua

Morning transfer to Antigua, one of Latin America’s best preserved Spanish colonial cities with cobbled streets and a wide variety of churches, shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Arrive at your colonial hotel and check in.

Staying at Posada del Angel . Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Antigua

Morning guided walking tour of Antigua to see the old buildings and monuments. After lunch in town, transfer to nearby San Miguel Escobar. Enjoy a short hike up Agua volcano to see coffee fields then learn about coffee making in the old way, sharing a cup with the farmer and his family.

Staying at Posada del Angel . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 4 - Antigua

After breakfast, transfer to Pacaya volcano, 2,500m above sea level and one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in the region. Hike the trails with far views to three other volcanoes and Lake Atitlan. Afterwards transfer to a nearby eco-lodge for lunch and a wallow in the thermal spring waters, with the option of some spa treatments. Return to Antigua late afternoon.

Staying at Posada del Angel . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - Lake Atitlan

Morning transfer to the heliport for a helicopter ride high over the countryside to Lake Atitlan. On arrival transfer to your charming hotel and settle in.

Staying at Casa Palopo . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6 - Lake Atitlan

Transfer to the dock and take a boat to visit two villages. Each village around Lake Atitlan is named after one of the 12 Apostles: begin with Santiago at the southern end of the lake. There you can visit the church, various shops and the shrine of Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smokes cigars. Continue to San Juan la Laguna, famed for its naïve art galleries, murals and textiles. After lunch at a local restaurant, return by boat and car to the hotel.

Staying at Casa Palopo . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 - Lake Atitlan

Morning transfer to Solola, about 10 minutes from Lake Atitlan, for the second largest Maya market in Guatemala filled with colour and bustle. Every Tuesday and Friday, vendors and buyers congregate at Solola dressed in their distinctive traditional village clothes to deal in fabrics, live animals, herbal medicines and much more. Return to the hotel and relax.

Staying at Casa Palopo . Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - El Peten

After a morning at leisure, transfer to Guatemala City airport and fly to Flores in El Peten. Rainforested El Peten occupies a third of the land mass of Guatemala but has only three percent of its population. On arrival, transfer to your luxury hotel in 300 acres of private grounds and settle in.

Staying at Hotel Las Lagunas . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9 - Mayan Temples - Tikal and Yaxha

Before daybreak, transfer to Tikal National Park and climb Temple No.4 to watch the sun rise over the jungle and other Maya structures. After exploring Tikal, return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon transfer to Yaxha temple site in time to see the sun set over the rainforest from atop a pyramid-shaped temple. Plenty of wildlife can be seen along the roads to Tikal and Yaxha.

Staying at Hotel Las Lagunas . Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - El Peten

Morning transfer to Uaxactun Maya site, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. Uaxactun’s Astronomical Observation Complex is still important for present day Maya ceremonies and rituals, with equinoxes and solstices celebrated each year during the Uaxactun Festival. Lunch at a local village house. After lunch, transfer further north and west and take a boat up a river to a large rainforest reserve and your wildlife lodge.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station . Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - El Peten

Each day there will be morning and afternoon activities, as well as a possible nocturnal nature walk or boat ride. You might walk the trails behind the lodge, take a boat trip along the river, hike to a Maya site, and walk other trails within the reserve.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - El Peten

Morning and afternoon activities, as well as a possible nocturnal nature walk or nocturnal boat ride. Actual activities will be decided at the time with your personal lodge guide.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station . Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Guatemala City

Morning transfer by boat and car to Flores for your flight to Guatemala City. On arrival, met and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Hotel La Immaculada . Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Depart Guatemala

Arrive London

Staying at Flight . Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly BA from London Heathrow to Dallas and connect with American Airlines to Guatemala City.

Best visited:
November to April

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

This itinerary must begin either on a Wednesday or a Saturday to fit in with Solola market days. If Maya markets are your interest, while at Atitlan you could fit in a day trip to the largest one, Chichicastenango, which operates on Thursdays and Sundays.
Guatemala combines perfectly with the reefs and lodges of Belize for a comprehensive Central American holiday. Ask us for details.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Route Map

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Hotel Casa Palopo: 14.716716, -91.130978
Posada del Angel: 14.551429, -90.733305
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel: 16.920510, -89.814348
La Inmaculada Hotel: 14.597307, -90.509229
Las Guacamayas Biological Station: 17.255499, -90.269766