Guatemala Roundtrip, 15 Days – 14 Nights code MYZ

Maya Land Adventure Trip

  • Themes: Adventure, Archaeology, Nature and Mayan Culture
  • 15 days - Accommodations: Budget Category
  • Soft hike, swim and adventures
  • 17 meals
  • 5 archeology's sites
  • 2 nights on camp (Budget Package only)
  • 1 night at the coffee Farm
  • 3 Indian markets
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This trip, ¨Adventure in Mayan Land¨, is intended to show the love and comprehension towards the Mayan World. Our job concentrates on the conservation and support of local indigenous cultures. Our travellers are oriented about the culture by a human approach. This tour include some excursions of our sustainable tourism program. Home of the ancient Maya culture, Guatemala has lots to offer: amazing archaeological sites and tropical jungles such as Tikal; the living Maya highlands with the colonial city of Antigua, the Chichicastenango market and Lake Atitlan; the varied geography with rivers, lakes, volcanoes, and spring-like weather year round. We will discover the secrets of the Mayan people by having amazing and once in a life time experiences. You will come in contact with true Mayan people and experience their way of life. Explore wild conservation sanctuaries ridding is small boats trough beautiful rivers full of vegetation that are considered a miracle of nature where you will have the chance to see alligators, wood peckers, wild ducks and pelicans. You will experience the real life of ordinary people and visit a school located in the middle of a small jungle and be a witness of the “out side the box” education. You will also visit Kakchiquel and Quekchi tribes that during the conquest of the Spaniards fourth great wars and left antique buildings behind. Finally, you will also enjoy the Mayan world at its best by visiting the heart of the civilization in Quirigua, Tikal and Yaxhá and the famous site the Copan, Honduras.

Day 1 (Sat.)- Arrival in Guatemala.

Individual Arrival at Guatemala City Airport, our staff wait you for the transfer to hotel in Guatemala City. * No meals included today.

 
Day 2 (Sun.) Guatemala – Antigua -B

7H Breakfast included – Check out – 8H Transfer to Antigua – 9H15 Visit the Spanish Colonial city with style permeates every part of the town: its houses, churches, squares, parks and ruins, also its traditions and folklore as well. Antigua is a city of charm and color where you can see and buy an overwhelming variety of attractive, handmade products that honor the traditions of generations of artisans– 13H Free time for spend for shopping.

 
Day 3 (Mon.) Antigua – Volcano – Patulul -BLD

7h Breakfast included– Check out – 8H Transfer to active volcano Pacaya, elevation: 8,371 feet, highly active Pacaya Volcano is the most frequently climbed volcano in Guatemala. It is relatively easily accessible and commonly puts on a good show for volcano enthusiasts – 10H Climb with a local guide (Soft hike to summit 2.5h, activity safely for all peoples and families) – Box lunch – 16H Transfer to Patulul via the Pacific Coast – Free time to spend at the coffee farm ideal for bird watching - Night and Dinner included at the ranch. (Suggested equipment: water, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, hot sweater, hiking shoes)

Day 4 (Tue.) Patulul – Panajachel -BL

7h Breakfast included (Taste the ranch famous coffee) – Our sustainable tourism program we invite you to discover a jewel of Guatemalan nature. See how coffee is cultivated and processed and where the ornamental plants come from -8h Hike a cross Tropical trees plantation with a local guide, admire a lot of the different ornamental plants - Jungle expedition – 12h Lunch included in the coffee ranch – 13h00 Visit a coffee plantation. Pick a few beans, in season, sample fresh Guatemalan coffee - Visit of a coffee transformation store – 15H Transfer to Panajachel (Suggested equipment: insecticide, water, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes)

 
Day 5 (Wed.) Panajachel -B

8h - Breakfast included - 9h Boat ride - Relaxing morning cruise across the deep, blue water of Lake Atitlán, considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful lake. This 900-foot-deep lake is surrounded by three towering volcanoes. Visit the traditional village of Santiago Atitlán. Visit of the village home of the Mayan Saint: Maximon - Look for fishermen in dug-out canoes and women balancing huge water vessels on their heads. Continuation to the beach of the San Pedro, swim in the lake - After lunch, hike (1hr) around the lake to enjoy the dramatic scenery on the most beautiful lake of the world – 16h Comeback to Panajachel and its colorful marketplace. (Lunch and Dinner not included.)

 
Day 6 (Thu.) Panajachel - Chichicastenango - Guatemala City -B

7h Breakfast included, check out - 8h Morning drive into the Altiplano (highlands) of Chichicastenango visit the largest indigenous clothing and typical (crafts) market in Central America. This marketplace has operated continuously for over a thousand years. With Aventures Tropicales SA, your visit is on market day, which draws hundreds of vendors from all over Guatemala. Shop for wooden dance masks, hand-woven huipiles and colorful fabrics. Next, visit Santo Tomas Church, built in 1540. Here Indians practice their faith, blending Mayan and Catholic rituals. Indian priests chant prayers in ancient dialects, copal incense fills the air, and rose petals and candles cover the church floor- Hike to Pascual Abaj – – Free time at the market – 13H30 Lunch – 14H30 Transfer to the capital – Night at the hotel (Suggested equipment: Water, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes)

Day 7 (Fri.) Guatemala City - Honduras -B

7H Breakfast included– Check out – 8H Transfer to Honduras- 11h Free time for swimming and lunch at El Atlantico (Rio Hondo)– 14H Continuation, cross into western Honduras. Arrive at Copán City, home to the best preserved ruins of the Mayan world, long protected by the jungle in a remote mountain valley - Night at Copan City.

Day 8 (Sat.) Honduras - Livingston (Guatemala) -B

7H Breakfast included– Check out – 8H Transfer to Copan ruins and visit the famous archaeology of the Mayan world. These magnificent ruins are known for their detailed carvings and well preserved stelae. Visit the Acropolis, Great Plaza, and Ball court. See the Hieroglyphic Stairway where the world’s longest Maya text, with over a thousand glyphs, is carved on 63 stone steps. See Altar Q, a rectangular stone altar with carved portraits of all of Copán’s rulers from the founder, Yax Kuk Mo, to the last ruler, Yax Pac. Next, visit the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, where you will marvel at a full scale replica of the Rosalila Temple, considered the greatest Mayan discovery of the 20th century. Built in 571 A.D., perfectly preserved. Lunch - 11h30 Transfer to the Guatemala border - 13h Lunch - Continuation to Puerto Barrios - Boat transfer to Livingston, which inhabitants are Garifunas, former slaves of African extraction - Night at the eco hotel.

 
Day 9 (Sun.) Livingston - Rio Dulce -B

7H Breakfast included– Check out – 8H30 Boat ride in the Caribbean sea – Sunbathe at the “Playa Blanca” an tropical beach – Visit of the “Rio Cocoli” – 12h Box lunch – 13H Hike to river up to “Siete Altares” and swim at the lagoon (depends on the water level) – 14h Continues to The area called "the Rio Dulce" begins at the mouth of the river on the Bahia de Amatique at the Garifuna town of Livingston. Going up river, one passes through a spectacular steep walled canyon lined with jungle vegetation and wildlife. The river then widens into a small lake, El Golfete, the shores of which are lined with beautiful locations. We continue in our water expedition, we will visit lagoons, a bird island, and a handicraft shop, visit of a jungle school (Aktenamit) among exuberant vegetation - Night at the jungle lodge. (Please bring only necessary items for this day a small backpack)

Day 10 (Mon.) Rio Dulce - Flores -B

7H Breakfast included– 8h Transfer to Laguna el Paraiso where you will enjoy a bath in sulphur waters which are known for their medical properties. The pond is located in the middle of a tropical forest, surrounded by vegetation –12h30 Lunch - Transfer to the Flores Island in the department of Petén. Night to hotel. (Suggested equipment: towel, hat, swimsuit)

 
Day 11 (Tue.) Flores - Yaxha -B

Check out – 8h Transfer to the archaeological site of Yaxhá, located in the heart of the Mayan biosphere. This region has an amazing value in archaeological treasures, as well as wild life, including birds, Howler Monkey and reptiles. This site is considered by archaeologists as a sacred and religious place. Tikal's noble people used to come very often to celebrate rituals. To get to Topoxté, you need to take a boat across the lake. Archaeologists have found bones of a Mayan princess, accompanied by her royal story. As well, some masks, a turtle and many other interesting objects all made with jade have been found on the site. - 10h Visit by boat the archaeology site of the Topoxté, chance to see the Moreletti Crocodile --13h Lunch - 14h Visit the site Yaxha are archaeological sites from the Classic Period. At her climax, Yaxha was a rest place for Tikal's dignitaries. The Yaxha ruins are located in the heart of the Mundo Maya (Mayan World) and were declared National Cultural and Natural Heritage. More than ruins, Yaxha is a tourist alternative. At the end of the afternoon, we will have the chance to see the sunset from the top of the highest temple 216 of the site. ** Assemble the camp - Sunset on the top of depends on the weather. (Suggested equipment: insecticide, water, hat, sunscreen) ** Night on camp, only for Budget Package, an unforgettable experience!

 
Day 12 (Wed.) Yaxha - Tikal - Poptun -B

5h Unassembled the camp – Transfer to the Tikal National Park -7h– Breakfast included– 8h An unforgettable morning visit to Tikal. Settled in 700 B.C., Tikal became the grandest of all Mayan cities and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. This outer-worldly site also served as the victorious rebel base in the first Star Wars movie. Here, while the sounds of monkeys and tropical birds fill the air, you will see towering pyramids jut out of the rainforest canopy. Visit Tikal’s great plaza. See the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Temple II. Visit the Plaza of the Seven Temples and El Mundo Perdido, the Lost World -Visit of the surrounded of a jungle whose trees can reach 40 meters in height. In addition to the beauty of the temples and pyramids, the majesty of the forest which shelters parrots, monkeys and innumerable birds, offers a splendid framework - 13h30 Lunch –15h Transfer to Poptun at the private finca (Horse Ranch) – Assemble the camp - 19h Dinner not included– (Suggested equipment: insecticide, water, hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes).

Day 13 (Thu.) Poptun - Rio Dulce -B

7H00 Breakfast included at the Finca *horse ranch– Unassembled the camp – Activities available depends on number of people
a) 9H– Hike 4hrs to Cueva del Rio ¨EXTREME SPORT¨(6hrs, be able to swim) - Equipment : head lamp.
b) 9H– Hike 2 hrs. to Cueva de Ixobel (3hrs)¨ SOFT SPORT¨- Equipment: head lamp
c) 8H– Horseback riding (2hrs) ¨ SOFT SPORT¨ - Equipment: pants
d) 9H– Swim to lake or Ping Pong table.....
– 16H Transfer to Rio Dulce.


Day 14 (Fri.) Rio Dulce -Qurigua – Guatemala City -B

7H30 Breakfast included – Check out – 8H15 Transfer to visit the Mayan archaeological site of Quirigua. See zoomorphic figures and the world’s largest stelae. The stelae record Mayan history built with some enormous blocks of stones in a pleasant park in the middle of a banana plantation – 12H30 Enjoy the lunch by swimming at the pool– 13H15 Continue to Guatemala City – Night at the hotel.

Day 15 (Sat.) Guatemala City - Airport -B

Breakfast included – Your tour ends this morning at your hotel. Aventures Tropicales SA provides transfers throughout the day to the Guatemala City airport. Thanks for vacationing with us.

Meal Codes: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

 

Suggested equipment:

insecticide
water bottle
swimsuit
sunscreen
Head Flash light
hiking shoes,
water shoes
hot sweater
small and big backpacks
inflate air bed and Sleeping Bag *Only for ¨Free Lands Package Tour¨
binoculars
plastic bag for luggage *All backpacks will be on the roof
waterproof head lamp
Bug repellent

Price per Person in US Dollars:
Per Person in Double Room
Surcharge for Person in Single Room
Surcharge for Person in High Saison
Surcharge for Person for night to hotel if you not want to camp:

The price of the package included:
• 9 nights in comfortable and proper hotels, multiple occupancy according to the category Budget
• 2 nights in comfortable jungle lodges - 1 night at the coffee farm - 2 nights on camp
• Private boat ride in Atitlan Lake
• Private boat ride on Rio Dulce and Yaxha

• 17 Meals
• 5 Archaeology’s sites: Tikal, Quirigua, Yaxha, Topoxté and Copan Honduras.* Guide included for the visit: Tikal, and Yaxha only.

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses not mentioned
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips to Guides and Drivers
  • Meals not mentioned
  • International flight
  • Tips - Museum entrance

INSURANCE: Local insurances are not high standard, pleas check before departure

This package could be completed with some options:
• Cruise to Belize, on an catamaran boat
• Free time at the Pacific Coast
• Guides for each day
• Hotel for days 11 and 12

Payment: Full payment must be completed until 30 Days prior to Departure.

Cancellation:
In case of cancellation the full amount will be refunded until 30 days prior to departure.
In case of cancellation 50% will be refunded until 30 day prior to departure.
No refund guaranteed after day of departure.

In Guatemala our economic basic tours are the ¨Adventures in Maya Land - Free Lands Package Tour¨ no escorted. Ideal for peoples who want more for their time and money. Singles or couples who are travelling alone safely, students on a tight budget - All language group. The jungle lodges have a Share Bathroom facility. The visits are free lands and not guided. But, the driver will escort you if necessary.

 

For a private and particular tour contact us

PAYMENTS

Payments will be in advance, either by bank transfer to any of our accounts or by check payable to AVENTURES TROPICALES SA . There will be no refund for no show.* Please contact us before the payment, ask for confirmation number and availability.

General Info
Clothing Tips:
This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime traveling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are never required on the Guatemala tour. It is recommended to wear drip-dry clothing (such as that offered by Columbia, Ex: Officio and Travel smith) in the rainforest. Also, pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are very comfortable in the rainforest. According to itinerary, an hot jacket for the trek at the Pacaya volcano. According to itinerary, an sleeping bag for camp.

What is not included in the tour price?
Prices do not include air travel, airport porters, airport exit tax, visas, phone calls, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to Guides, hotel, restaurants, Boat Driver and Bus Driver. *Museum's entrances.

Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?
Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Aventures Tropicales. Most tours will be joined by adults of all ages.

How long will each day be?
Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation and you will arrive at your hotels between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day.

How large will my group be?
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, and motor coaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 6 to 12 passengers and more if is an special group. *Min de 6 passengers for the ¨Free Land Package¨.

Are meals included?
According to Tour Package: Included meals for each tour are listed at the beginning of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Great Value, Book Early
Aventures Tropicales`s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Aventures Tropicales Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Aventures Tropicales delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you.

How satisfied are Aventures Tropicales clients?
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.

What's included in the travel contract

Driver and transfers by private motor coach as according to group size, ferry transportation as indicated by the individual itineraries. Museum's entrances are not included as noted in each itinerary. According to package, the Breakfast is Continental style. Coffee and tea are included for each meal included from Aventures Tropicales. Other meals are as specified in the individual itineraries. Beverages of any kind ( mineral water, tea, coffee, beer, wine, liquor )are not included with lunch and dinner. Baggage handling at airports and hotels is not included in the tour. However, Baggage is at the owner's risk throughout the tour. Check with your insurance agent about baggage insurance. All tips to hotel and restaurant personnel, baggage porters are NOT included in the tour. Be Care: *The Free Land Package Tour, no included the Guides, its a ¨Free Land Tour¨, don't forget. *The driver may you attend for some visits.

Specific Information

Aventures Tropicales reserves the right to alter the itinerary of any tour, as needed, if air schedule, surface transportation changes, hotels, craftsperson's schedule or other events beyond our control make alteration necessary.

Specific Restrictions:
Itinerary, schedule, restaurants and hotels can change. This itinerary include adventure and eco tourism parts. Aventures Tropicales is not responsible for cancelled activities due to weather conditions. Tour operator reserve right to modify schedule or itinerary. Tips are not included. (10%) - The passenger to have a respectability for other clients, staffs, local people or environment. All luggage and lost objects are clients responsibility. Any client found using illegal drugs will immediately be told to leave the tour. All buses are no smoking. Equipment supplied by tour operator is client responsibility. According to option ¨BUDGET PACKAGE TOUR¨, each client must assemble and unassembled his tent.

Departure and Arrival Transfers
Aventures Tropicales includes departure transfers from the ¨La Aurora Airport (GUA)¨ in Guatemala City, to your hotel in Guatemala City or according to package, on the day the tour begriming and ends. Transfers are not provided for later post-tour departures; expect to pay around $35.00 U.S. per person and allow 45 minutes by shuttle.

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