Guatemala & Honduras Tour

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Guatemala & Honduras Tour

Birdwatching in Honduras, is over varied habitats with as many as 270 bird species in Copán region alone. Birdwatching areas near Copan include El Malcote, surrounded by tropical rainforest. San Francisco Road towards La Laguna, provides a mix of habitats to watch beautiful birds all over the road. La Pintada, a small ancient Mayan village, boasts a huge number of birds all over the Copan Valley and the river makes of this tour, something pretty.

This tour includes Guatemala & Capon (Honduras) with a birdwatching tour. Beginning in Antigua, Guatemala, travel in the Guatemalan highlands to Lake Atitlan, a caldera filled with shimmering water. The area offers opportunities to kayak, bike, hike and zip-line. Transfer to Copán ruins, one of the most important Mayan sites in western Honduras, also famous for bird watching opportunities. Continue to Tikal National Park, Guatemala, where the ruins dates back to 800 BC to 900 AD.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY GUATEMALA & HONDURAS TOUR…
And, experience soaring pyramids, volcano flanked lakes and sacred temple ruins.
 

What We Love
  • Explore Baroque architecture of Antigua, one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas.
  • Discover Lake Atitlan, surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages.
  • Marvel at the towering Mayan pyramids in Tikal and feel the spiritual power of this ancient site.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • 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

Travel to Antigua in Guatemala, a 16th century town that sits between three imposing volcanoes. During its peak, Antigua was home to dozens of colonial monuments, churches, and monasteries, but an earthquake in 1773 reduced most of it to rubble. Continue to the Guatemalan highlands and take a boat on the lake Atitlan, a caldera (collapsed volcano cone) filled with shimmering water. The area also offers great opportunities to kayak, bike, hike and zip-line.
 
Transfer to Copán ruins, one of the most important archaeological site of the Maya civilization located in western Honduras, close to Guatemala. It offers the most elaborate high relief sculptures in the Mayan World, with two world class archaeological museums. The Copan Valley is famous for bird watching opportunities, and boasts the most complete aviary varieties of native macaws, toucans and parrots within Honduras and Central America. The Copan Archaeological site is the most studied Mayan archaeological site in the world, and offers a complete picture of how the Mayans lived.
 
Continue to Tikal National Park where some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. This impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once home to an estimated at 50,000 residents, who flourished from 800 BC to 900 AD. 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.
Getting There

There are three main carriers to Honduras; each fly via Europe or the US: American Airlines fly daily via New York and Miami to Tegucigalpa. Continental Airlines operate daily flights from major UK airports through either Houston and Cleveland and on to Honduras. Iberia currently operates flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays via Madrid and Costa Rica. Taca operate flights onward to Honduras.
 

 
Guatemala & Honduras Tour Guatamala, Honduras

Guatemala & Honduras Tour

Antigua, Copan (Honduras), Yaxha, Tikal
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Antigua Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Antigua
Overnight in Antigua hotel.

Day 2 – Architecture & History Tour
Antigua Take a half day walking tour of Antigua. The city is located in the central highlands of Guatemala and is known for its well-preserved Spanish – Mudéjar influenced Baroque architecture as well as a number of interesting ruins of colonial churches.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)

Day 3 – Azotea Coffee Farm, Maya Museum
Lake Atitlan Today we’ll visit the local woodcarvers in the village of Jocotenango & then the fabulous Azotea Coffee farm & Maya traditions museums covering traditional music, costume & traditions. Afternoon transfer to Lake Atitlan (2.5hrs).
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B)

Day 4 – Lake Tour (San Juan, Santiago)
Lake Atitlan Travel through the highlands to the scenic Lake Atitlan where you’ll board a boat to ride across to the village of San Juan La Laguna. Atitlan is recognized as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is flanked by no less than three volcanoes and characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. In San Juan La Laguna, you will visit a textile cooperative, medicinal plant centre and local naïf painter workshops.

After lunch at a local hotel in Santiago, you’ll see the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B, L)

Day 5 – Chichi Market Tour
Copan Take a private guided tour to the famous market at Chichi. This is the biggest and most colourful market of Mesoamerica. You will have enough time for shopping and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring onto Antigua.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)

Day 6 – Transfer
Copan (Honduras) Today we’ll head across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Arrive at the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas (5hrs). Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B)

Day 7 – Archaeology Tour
Copan This morning we will take you to the world famous archaeology site at Copan. Here you can indulge in a private guided tour of this beautiful site which is renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum.

After lunch at the Bird Park, enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley with your guide who will apprise you about the beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales in Honduras. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B, L)

Day 8 – Mayan Temple Site
Rio Dulce Travel across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical area at Rio Dulce (5 hrs). Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce you will board a boat for a scenic trip along Rio Dulce to your riverside hotel.
Overnight in Rio Dulce/Livingston hotel (B)

Day 9 – Transfer
Tikal Join your guide for a cruise along the Rio Dulce River through the central canyon and down to the Garifuna town of Livingston on the coast. Explore Livingston and then journey back downriver to Rio Dulce and look out for the elusive Manatee. Once in Rio Dulce we’ll take you out to the Tikal area (3-4hrs).
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B)

Day 10 – Yaxha National Park
Tikal The morning is yours to relax. After lunch we’ll head 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 in Tikal hotel (B)

Day 11 – Mayan Ruins
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.  Visitors will regularly see agouti, coatis, grey foxes, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, harpy eagles, falcons, ocellated turkeys, guans, toucans, green parrots and leaf-cutting ants. Jaguars, jaguarondis and cougars are also said to roam in the park. 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.

Return to your hotel. After lunch you’ll have time to relax and refresh before flying back to Guatemala City (30min) where we will arrange transport to your hotel.
Overnight in Guate City hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Depart
Guatemala City Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (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 Honduras has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and rain throughout the year. On the Caribbean coast, the driest period is from February to June.

The rainy season starts in May through mid-November. In much of the country it rains for only a few hours in the afternoon, though along the northern coast and in Mosquitia rain is possible year-round. The best time to go to Honduras is May through June when there are several town fairs and celebrations, including a weeklong carnival held in La Ceiba.

It is best to avoid October and November which is in the middle of the hurricane season (which begins in August), and when you’re most likely to be affected by storms. The dry season runs from mid-November to April when temperatures average 73° F in the west and 86° F in the south.

Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Honduras. You can get a 30 day visit (tourist) visa on arrival. If you wish to extend your visa you can do so up to a maximum of 90 days by applying at an Immigration Office.