Guatemala Belize Copan

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Guatemala Belize Copan

Copán, Honduras, is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization located near the border with Guatemala. Once an important city of the Mayan world, it wasn’t discovered until the early 10th-century. Copán Ruinas displays their monumental architecture, including temples, stucco façades and Hieroglyphic writing that was being used in the Maya region by the 3rd century BC. Among the monuments is the “Temple of the Hieroglyphic Stairway”, embellished with the longest Maya inscriptions known to exist. 

Begin in Antigua, Guatemala. Take a walking tour of the city or hike to Pacaya volcano. In Lake Atitlan, take a boat or hike to nearby villages. Visit Chichi or Comalapa Market where locals come to sell and buy their produce. After Copan archaeological site, visit Livingston at the mouth of Rio Dulce, in the far east of Guatemala. Next Tikal National Park to view its Mayan temples and to Cayo District in Belize, for a caving adventure.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12 DAY GUATEMALA & BELIZE TOUR…
And, explore its ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal Copan & Quirigua.
 

What We Love
  • Discover the top attractions of three neighboring Central American countries.
  • Cruise on volcanic Lake Atitlan, regarded by many as the most beautiful lake in the world.
  • Explore Tikal, where towering Mayan pyramids loom out of the thick jungle canopy.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and you may be required to explore narrow, dark caves.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Antigua & Atitlan: Antigua is a 16th century town whose colonial monuments, churches, and monasteries were destroyed in the 1773 earthquake. But it still remains to be a pleasant town with cobblestone streets, pastel-hued homes, luxe boutique hotels, and an exceptional selection of smart restaurants. Almost 2 hr by drive in the Guatemalan highlands is lake Atitlan filled with shimmering water. Lakeside villages practice local customs and the region offers great opportunities to kayak, bike, hike and zip-line. The journey to Lake Atitlan allows visit to Chichicastenango (Chichi) market visited by locals from nearby villages. 
 
Copán was once one of the most beautiful and important cities of the Maya Empire. Located in western Honduras, this great city had pyramids, temples, plazas, intricate statues of kings, gods, and animals, all decorated in beautifully coloured stucco.  Today, the ruins of Copán are one of the richest archaeological sites on the American continent and a UNESCO Heritage site.
 
Livingston is a unique town and home to the “Garifuna” people, descendants of the indigenous Caribbean and African cultures. The Garifuna people are known for their rich culture, music and dance. An evening here will be a truly different experience, dining on the best seafood, enjoying the local cocktails and dancing “punta” to the rhythmic percussion.   
 
El Petén is Guatemala's most sparsely populated department. It belongs to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a wildlife haven that stretches from Belize through Guatemala to Mexico. It was once made up of a network of cities, but a millennium ago this fascinating civilization went into a mysterious decline and soon virtually disappeared. The temples that dominated the horizon were swallowed up by the jungles where now parrots and monkeys far outnumber people. Archaeological sites in addition to the Tikal include Yaxhá, Ceibal, Aguateca, and Uaxactún.
Getting There

Most flights to Guatemala from the UK are routed via US hub cities: Atlanta, Houston, New York or Miami. Airfares always depend on the season, with the highest being from Christmas to February, around Easter and in July and August. Other options include flying via Madrid on Iberia, via Amsterdam and Panama with KLM, or via Mexico with a number of airlines and then on to Guatemala with a Mexican airline. Flores airport, near Tikal, has a few flights from Belize City and Cancún.
 

 
Guatemala Belize Copan Belize, Guatamala, Honduras

Guatemala Belize Copan 

Guatemala, Belize, Copan (Honduras)
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Antigua, Guatemala Meet and greet on arrival at Guatemala City airport and private transfer to Antigua.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: El Convento (B)

Day 2 – City Tour & Surrounds
Antigua With your private guide and driver, you will explore Antigua and surrounds. You will have a choice to select one of the two half-day tours; the Fair Trade Coffee tour or Antigua Walking tour.

Fair Trade Coffee Tour: This tour begins with a short transfer to the small town of San Miguel Escobar, just outside of Antigua. With your private guide from As Green as it Gets (AGAIG), a local charity you will visit some of the families supported by this organisation. You can work alongside coffee farmers in their coffee making process. Coffee Season is Nov to Mar. This tour includes a donation to AGAIG which is also supported by our ground operator.

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Antigua Walking Tour: This tour will cover the cultural, historical & social highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – San Juan Culture Tour
Lake Atitlan A full day tour of San Juan & Santiago. Transfer to San Juan La Laguna Village where you visit a local textile cooperative. You can also visit the local naïf painters before boarding the boat onto Santiago Village for lunch. After lunch you will visit the house where the Maya God Maximon. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Chichi Market Tour
Antigua Today you’ll be visiting the famous market at Chichi.  This is the biggest and most colourful market of Mesoamerica with enough time for shopping. You will also have an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church. Transfer to Antigua for one-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – Transfer
Copan Ruins, Honduras Transfer across Guatemala through the central desert region to the Honduran Border and to the pretty town of Copan Ruinas. (5 hrs) Rest of the afternoon free to explore this pretty town.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B)

Day 6 – Archaeological Site
Copan Take a private guide tour of Copan archaeological site, renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum. Later, transfer to the Bird Park that houses number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B, L)

Day 7 – Rio Dulce Wildlife Tour
Livingston Today we take a private transfer (5hrs) to the lush tropical area of Rio Dulce (Sweet River). Travel on this beautiful river through a changing landscape of flat rainforest to sheer canyon cliff walls. Pass old Spanish forts built to keep the marauding pirates at bay, modern marinas, natural hot springs, manatee breeding waters and abundant wildlife until you reach the Caribbean and the coastal town of Livingston.
Overnight in Livingston hotel (B)

Day 8 – Petan Rainforest
El Petan Today enjoy a walking tour of Livingston before transferring back down Rio Dulce by boat and by land on up into the northern rainforest area near Flores and Tikal. The northern rainforest area of the Peten is a huge expanse of rainforest with home to thousands of archaeology sites and a myriad of exotic wildlife.
Overnight in Tikal Area Hotel (B)

Day 9 – The Wild Side!
Tikal Today you will be guided on an extraordinary  tour 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.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Mayan Ruins
Xunantunich This morning cross the Guatemala-Belize border by land and visit the impressive Mayan ruins of Xunantunich (meaning “Stone Woman” in Maya) before transferring to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)

Day 11 – Cave Adventure
Cayo District Today enjoy an adventurous cave / river trip to see ancient Mayan ritual sites where artefacts remain. Choose between Barton Creek where you canoe through the cave or Actun Tunich Maknal for a more strenuous and adventurous jungle/cave trip with a surprise at the end!   
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)

Day 12 – Depart
Belize City Transfer to Belize International Airport in plenty of time for your flight out. (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199
     

When to go Guatemala has a very good weather all year round and for that reason is called "The Land of Eternal Spring". In reality there are only two seasons, the dry season (from November to April) and the wet season (from May to October).

The best time to visit Guatemala is during the dry season; however, being summer holidays, this is also the busiest time. The rainy season isn’t that bad and you may consider planning your trip during this time of the year. Trips during this period are less expensive and there is so much to see on your own.  

November through April (Dry): This is Guatemala’s dry season with dazzling blue skies and warm sunshine to Antigua and Lake Atitlan. The tourist high season runs December through March, when demand for accommodation can be high; hence booking in advance is advised.

May through October (Wet): The rainy season runs roughly from May to October. The busiest times for tourism during this season are July and August. During this time you can often expect sunny mornings and showers falling predominantly in the afternoon, usually lasting no longer than a couple of hours, with the worst of the rain falling in September and October.

Visas British citizens don’t need a visa to visit Guatemala for up to 90 days. If you wish to extend your visa, you must submit an application to the Migration Directorate in Guatemala City.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Guatemala.

For further information contact the Guatemalan Embassy in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk