Guatemala: The Natural Choice

# Tailor-Made Tour

Guatemala: The Natural Choice

16 Days from £4555 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Culture and Archaeology

Guatemala has many natural attractions, and this exciting programme includes the most significant ones. Beginning with Antigua, a showpiece Spanish colonial town, you explore a nearby volcano for an inkling of the Earth’s latent thermal power. There follows the picturesque, forest-lined Rio Dulce with its fort, thermal vents and deep gorge, culminating in the colourful Garifuna town of Livingston. Soak up the Caribbean atmosphere and head out to Playa Blanca beach and the Seven Altares rainforest pools. Later on, transfer to the wilds of El Peten where the country’s only true jungle lodge can be found on a loop in a wild river. After a couple of days’ guided nature walks and boat rides, head to Tikal for exploration of that famous Maya site, plus Uaxactun with its ancient observatory, and Yaxha for a dramatic sunset seen from atop a temple. Plenty of birds and other fauna are also in evidence in the thick lowland forests surrounding these iconic Maya sites. At the end of your trip you will have formed a deep understanding of the beauty and wildness of Guatemala.

Itinerary

Price from £4555 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Travel day

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

Staying at Holiday Inn. Includes Breakfast.

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 shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants.

Staying at Meson De Maria. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Antigua

Morning guided walking tour of Antigua to see the old buildings and monuments. Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration of the town, or with your guide.

Staying at Meson De Maria. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Pacaya Volcano

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. After a picnic lunch on the volcano’s slopes, return to Antigua.

Staying at Meson De Maria. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 - Livingston

Morning transfer to Rio Dulce. On arrival, board a boat for a long, scenic ride along the jungle-lined “Sweet River” through an impressive gorge to the town of Livingston, on the Caribbean Sea. Check in to your hotel then wander through the small, colourful town, taking in the relaxed Garifuna ambience.

Staying at Villa Caribe . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6 - Livingston

Take a 25-minute boat ride to Playa Blanca, an unspoilt, white-sand beach accessible only by sea with clear, shallow Caribbean waters. After enjoying a swim, venture into the rainforest for the Siete Altares, seven freshwater jungle pools whose waters flow gently to the sea. After a picnic lunch and maybe another swim in the warm Caribbean waters, take your boat back to Livingston.

Staying at Villa Caribe . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 - El Peten

After breakfast, drive north to El Peten, Guatemala’s largest department yet containing only 3% of its people. Within its primary rainforest lie the ruins of the major Maya site of Tikal, as well as other smaller ancient cities. Arrive in the Tikal area and check in.

Staying at Villa Maya. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Laguna Del Tigre National Park

After a refreshing rest, transfer further northwest to the Laguna Del Tigre National Park. Embark by river boat to Guatemala’s only true rainforest wildlife lodge.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station . Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Laguna Del Tigre National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife activities, and perhaps a night walk on the trail near the lodge to look for owls which roost near the lodge's lookout.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Laguna Del Tigre National Park

A further day of morning, afternoon and possibly night wildlife activities. These may include rainforest walks, hikes and river boat rides.

Staying at Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Tikal area

Last morning excursion to enjoy the wilderness of Las Guacamayas. Transfer by boat and road back to the Tikal area.

Staying at Jungle Lodge . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 12 - Tikal area

Morning transfer to Uaxactun Maya site, surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. Plenty of bird species and some mammals may be seen en route. 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 Maya village house. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel.

Staying at Jungle Lodge . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 13 - Tikal area

After breakfast, walk with your guide to Tikal National Park and learn about the various Maya structures. After exploring Tikal, enjoy lunch at a jungle restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Yaxha temple site for further Maya exploration and to see the sun set over the rainforest from atop a pyramid-shaped temple. Wildlife can be seen along the road between Tikal and Yaxha.

Staying at Jungle Lodge . Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 14 - Flores

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

Staying at Holiday Inn . Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Guatemala City

Transfer to airport. Fly out.

Staying at In Flight . Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 16 - Travel day

Arrive London

Staying at London. 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

When at Jungle Lodge near Tikal, venture out into the forest at sunrise for good chances of seeing many colourful bird species including keel billed toucan and crested guan.
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 Villa Caribe: 15.824961, -88.749370
Meson De Maria: 14.558359, -90.734965
Jungle Lodge: 17.225779, -89.614391
Holiday Inn Guatemala City: 14.598838, -90.515781