Central America Holiday

Guatamala, Honduras

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Central America Holiday

Copan is an archaeological site in Honduras, on the border with Guatemala. Set along the fertile Copán River valley, it is known for distinctive sculptural style of ancient Maya Civilization that dates from 5th to 9th centuries AD. The Copan Valley is also famous for bird watching opportunities, esp for a variety of native macaws, toucans and parrots. 

Aguateca and El Ceibal lie hidden in the jungles of Central Guatemala. Aguateca, near Petexbatún Lagoon has ruins that date back to the 7th century. El Ceibal, incomparison has more than 600 structures, but famous for its magnificent stelae, the finest and best conserved from the late Classic period. 

Tikal National Park, north Guatemala, was an ancient city dating to about 1st century A.D. With over 3,000 buildings, it is the largest and most well-known Mayan archaeologist site in Guatemala and the world. The place has temples, plazas and pyramids that rise to some 50 meters.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY CENTRAL AMERICA HOLIDAY…
And, explore the top Mayan archaeological sites of Copan, Aguateca & Tikal.
 

What We Love
  • Appreciate Copán; one of the greatest treasuries of art and architecture in all the Americas.
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Yaxha for tropical flora and fauna and Mayan archaeology.
  • Discover Tikal, a magnificent archaeological site that dates back to 700 BC
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • 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. 
 
El Petén: The El Petén region, located north of Guatemala City, once held over 3,000 temples dominating the skyline. Today, a large tract of El Petén belongs to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a wildlife haven that stretches from Belize through Guatemala to Mexico. Archaeological sites addition to the Tikal include Yaxhá, Ceibal, Aguateca, and Uaxactún. 
 
At the ancient Maya City of Yaxhá , you can climb to the upper platform of a 30-metre-high pyramidal temple and see above the forest canopy onto the ruined city's nine plazas and the island-spotted lake below. At Ceibal, you can view the carved decorations, considered among the most beautiful in the Maya region. At Aguateca is where the Maya dynasty made its last stand, probably because of its protected site at the top of an escarpment. 
 
Copán: Copán in Honduras 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.
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.
 

 
Central America Holiday Guatamala, Honduras

Central America Holiday

Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Copan, Ceibal, Yaxha, Tikal
(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 – Junior Suite (B)

Day 2 – City Tour & Surrounds
Antigua With your private guide enjoy a half-day walking tour of Antigua. 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 – Culture Tour
Lake Atitlan Take a private transfer to Lake Atitlan and on arrival take a scenic boat ride to the village of Santiago for lunch. After lunch visit the house where the Maya God Maximon and also learn about the textiles, spiritualism & beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)

Day 4 – Chichi Market Tour
Flores 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 Guatemala City for one-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)

Day 5 – Transfer
Copan (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 – Copan 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 – UNESCO Heritage Site
Quirigua 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 plantations. Later, transfer on to Guatemala City.
Overnight Guate City (B, L)

Day 8 – Ceibal Archaeological Site
Petexbatun Lake With your private wildlife guide and driver, transfer to Sayaxche (1.5hr). Board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion River (30min) to the site at Ceibal, once the largest archaeological site in the southwestern Maya Lowlands.

After a pretty steep climb up to the site through a Ceiba tree forest your guide will explain you about the latest findings in the area which contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae. En route enjoy many opportunities to see wildlife before we continue by boat to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun,(1hr)
Overnight Chiminos Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Aguateca Tour
Flores Transfer with your private 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. There are many opportunities to see wildlife today both during the boat ride and whilst walking around the site. Later, transfer to Flores by boat & land.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B, L)

Day 10 – Canopy Adventure
Flores Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Ixpanpajul Nature Park in the rainforest near the town of Flores. At the park choose between a Canopy walk Way trail or an exciting zip line adventure through the canopy. Appreciate the local flora & fauna en route and hopefully you will see a rich variety of tropical wildlife.

Later, 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.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B, L)

Day 11 – Transfer
Guatemala City 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.  

For centuries this city was completely covered under jungle. The most prominent surviving buildings include six very large Mesoamerican step pyramids, labelled Temples I - VI, each of which support a temple structure on their summits. Follow in the footsteps of Maya royalty and commoners to such sites as the majestic Temple of the Jaguar (44mtrs), Temple of the Masks (38mtrs), the Acropolis and much more.

Day 12 – Depart
Guatemala City Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Guatemala City.
Connect with your onward flight or extend your tour to Belize Beach locations.
 

 

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