Departing from Guatemala City, explore the fascinating city of Antigua and learn about it’s history during colonial times. On this 5-hour tour, our expert guide will share with you the wonders of this city, once considered the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When you arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA), this stress-free shared transfer will take you directly to your hotel in Antigua. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. *Price is per person, based on a minimum of 2 adults per car/vehicle.
The tour will start visiting the Central Market located in the center of Guatemala City where you can find a diversity of handicrafts, textiles, fruits, vegetables and you can also try our typical food. We will continue to one of the most exclusive malls in the city: Oakland Mall. In the afternoon you will be transported to Paseo Cayalá to continue your day of shopping. In whichever direction you start your shopping experience; it’s going to be a great day of shopping in the City!
Irtra Mundo Petapa is a theme park located in Guatemala City. Here you will find something to do for the whole family. The park has a capacity for 12,000 visitors. You can start your exciting day at the theme park, or go for a splash at the olympic swimming pool, you will find options for snacks and lunch. Enjoy the zoo located inside the park, the social areas and also a theater. This is a full day full of fun at Irtra Mundo Petapa, a very good option for all ages and without leaving the city.
Spend a day with animals on this day trip to “La Aurora” Zoo, located near Guatemala City Airport. See animals from all over the world and learn about their habitats and ecosystems. Visit all of the park’s three zones: Africa, Asia and South America – and see native animals from each continent! If you're traveling with kids, this is the perfect introduction to wildlife!
Take a tour of the Antigua Market and learn about the traditional ingredients in Guatemalan cuisine. You will continue your day by taking a cooking class and learn how to prepare some of Guatemala’s favorite dishes. Taste the unique flavors of Guatemalan cuisine as you create your own meal and dessert. After your meal, bring home printed recipes of the food you prepared so you can continue making delicious Guatemalan dishes at home! In the afternoon you will be able to see the chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. Participate in one of the chocolate making workshop and experience the feeling of a chocolate maker.
It is located in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and was declared Natural and Cultural Heritage Historic by UNESCO as one of only three sites of this category in América. Tikal National Park contains one of the most important Mayan cities around the classical period, the city is guarded by a mystical tropical forest that is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The wonder of its buildings is evident to take a walk with a specialized guide to show and explain how and why they used all its tools and how they lived. After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch which includes soup for entrance, a grilled dish and a dessert. Round trip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle and admission included. We guarantee a magical and unforgettable experience.
Ceibal is located in Peten, at north from Guatemala City. It's almost for sure you come from Sayaxche (Peten) or Chisec-Raxruja (Alta Verapaz) when visiting Ceibal. Sayaxche is at north of Chisec and Raxruja. The road that takes you to Ceibal is in between and to be accurate, at just minutes from Sayaxche, the nearest city where you can find restaurants and hotels. Ceibal is still under study and pending for serious research.
Aguateca is a Maya site located in northern Guatemala's Petexbatun Basin, in the department of Petén. The first settlements at Aguateca date to the Late Preclassic period (300 BC - AD 350). Aguateca sits on top of a 90 meters (300 ft) tall limestone bluff, creating a highly defensible position. This steep escarpment overlooks Petexbatun Lagoon in the Southwestern Guatemalan lowlands and is accessible by boat. There is an extensive system of defensive walls that surrounds the city, reaching over 3 miles (4.8 km) in length. Its center consisted on the Palace Group, which was probably a royal residential compound, and the Main Plaza.
Uaxactún is an archaeological site and one of the last traditional Petén communities settled in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve since the early1900´s. The site of Uaxactún with its ancient name of Siaan K’aan or Born in Heaven, is located in the north of Petén, Guatemala. Uaxactún also known as Waxactún, was a major Mayan city situated about twelve miles north of the most important Mayan city, in the classic period, Tikal. The ceramic Acropolis Plaza sequence that came out of early work there provided the basis for the entire Maya lowland chronology. The different groups in Uaxactún are also the gold standard in the archaeology nomenclature used in all the Maya sites. The art work in Uaxactún are also among the finest. The earliest examples of the use of Zero by the Maya Culture, are Uaxactún's Stelas 18 and 19, on 357 AD.
The Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park is located within the nucleus of the Maya Biosphere Reserve area due to the presence of lakes and wetlands the area has been recognized by the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. Maya covers four cities of great importance in the history of this civilization Yaxha, Nakum, Naranjo and Topoxte. Topoxte; the archaeological site is located at the southwest end of Lake Yaxha and access is possible only by boat. The park preserves a lush tropical forest that is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. There are about 300 species of birds, 42 mammals, 22 fish, 42 reptiles and 14 amphibians.
This therapy consists in immersing the body for short periods of time in thermal water pools of different temperatures, going from hot to cold. The cycle starts with one of 41°C, followed by another one of 24°C, then one of 37°C and finally with one of 31°C. The recommended cycle is the following: First round of 1 to 10 minutes maximum in each pool and two direct rounds of 1 to 5 minutes maximum in the 41°C and 24°C pools.
See the sights of Antigua City, coffee farm, shopping, volcanoes and colonial architecture during this 6-hour tour. Your certified guide will pick you up just outside your cruise ship, get you on board your air conditioned transportation and your fun exploration in Guatemala begins. As you head towards Antigua City, your guide will give you interesting information not only about the city but also his native Guatemala, the cultural and history. You will pass the beautiful countryside with views of the famous volcanoes. During this excursion you will have a lot of photo opportunities
Your 11-day journey begins in Guatemala City. Continuing to the Western Highlands of Guatemala you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Santo Tomas Church where the famous Popol Vuh was founded. Visit the first capital of Guatemala, Iximche, the open market of Chichicastenango and one of the most beautiful lakes in the World: Atitlán. We will continue to the Guatemala border to visit two important UNESCO Heritage sites that historically where involved together, Quiriguá and Copán in Honduras. Then visit the Caribbean Coast and two of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization: Tikal and Yaxhá. You´ll have the chance to appreciate the differences of architecture, art and majesty of the Mayan constructions and monuments. This journey has unequal diversity to explore all the beauties of Guatemala, “The land of the eternal spring” named like that because of its perfect climate.
The Giant Kite Festival of Sumpango is performed every year in November 1st, in celebration of the Day of the Dead or All Saints. This tradition of raising to heaven multicolored kites going back to ancient times, then annually, families remember deceased relatives. According to a popular legend of the municipality, each November 1st, evil spirits invade the cemetery to disturb the good cheer in the recited resting. Such discomfort caused to the souls of the dead wander restless through the streets and humble homes of Sumpango. The historical record indicates that as the problem persisted with every coming of the "Day of the Dead", the sumpagueros decided to consult with the elders. The solution recommended by the leaders of the community, was to force the withdrawal of the intruders by inducing shock of pieces of paper in the wind.
Immerse yourself with Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 6-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a city sightseeing tour around Antigua and Guatemala City to see the processions. Also enjoy a boat ride on Lake Atitlán, visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal and mainly be witness of the Holy Week Celebration in Antigua and Guatemala City. Holy Week is perhaps the biggest holiday in the year, with processions, traditions and even specific foods. The Holy Week, or Semana Santa in Spanish, runs from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Holy Saturday (Sabado de Gloria), but the majority of celebrations are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the week. On these days you usually see hundreds of people in the streets, since they don't have to work and there are multiple processions in the larger cities. We invite you to see the traditions and feel the fervor of all people during this special celebration in Guatemala.
Antigua Guatemala, commonly referred to as just Antigua or La Antigua, is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Atitlan is often called as "the most beautiful Lake in the World". Join us and take a tour around the most important towns that surround Lake Atitlan. This is a perfect tour to shop for handicraft articles from the local people, and a good way to learn the history of one the most iconic sites in Guatemala.
Copan is located in the western part of Honduras, about 10 miles from the border with Guatemala. Copan is known as Xukpi to the Maya and it was the dominant Mayan city in the south of their territory. Its rich stone sculptures and intricate hieroglyphs make Copan a feature attraction along “La Ruta Maya”.
Pacaya Volcano is the most active volcano in Guatemala. At 2,500 meters above the sea and its environment is formed by humid forest and rocks. It has impressive views of the lagoon of Calderas and other three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. It's readily accessible, therefore with our tour you don’t need to be in good shape to climb it. This tour is available every day!