Wonders of Guatemala
Travel itinerary in Guatemala in 8 days.
Discover the wonders of Guatemala and meet its people through a concentrate of colours and nature. This 8-day tour is based around 3 stages. Antigua, the pretty colonial city with cobblestone streets and flowered patios. Lake Atitlan surrounded by sumptuous volcanoes and lined with small Mayan villages preserving strong traditions. The Petén region covered with jungle and dotted with mysterious archeological sites such as the famous city of Tikal .
Length of stay: 8 days
Kind: Our must-see tours in Guatemala
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Guatemala
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Day 1 : Guatemala City
Bienvenidos a Guatemala!
Arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, meet your driver and transfer to Antigua. Overnight stay at the hotel Meson María.
Day 2 : Antigua
Surrounded by 3 majestic volcanoes, the ancient capital of Central America has suffered throughout its history many natural hazards: earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions… But Antigua is now one of the most beautiful cities in Guatemala.
We invite you to discover the city which is host to more than thirty monasteries and convents and a grand cathedral in the central square. The cobblestone streets adjoin the colorful patios of the colonial houses. Stroll along the arcades of Parque Central, admiring in the distance the volcanoes Fuego, Agua and Acatenango.
NB : walking visit of the city (no vehicle). Overnight stay at the hotel Meson María.
Day 3 : Antigua
Market day in Chichicastenango:
Today, travel to Chichicastenango to explore its famous market (Thursday and Sunday). The Kaqchikel Indians descend from surrounding villages twice a week to sell their wares here. The city is transformed into a real kaleidoscope of colors and smells. The women wear the traditional huipil representing the seasons of the Mayan calendar and in the center of the village, shamans purify the stairs of the church with incense and indulge in Mayan rituals.
Emblematic Lake Atitlan:
We continue for Lake Atitlan, a true symbol of Guatemala. This beautiful lake is nestled between 3 volcanoes at 1600 meters above sea level – the panoramas are magnificent. There are many small villages that sit on shores of the lake, often only accessible by boat. Here they celebrate local festivals and host markets rooted in tradition.
Arrive in Panajachel at the end of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.
Day 4 : Panajachel
Boat Trip to Mayan Villages on Lake Atitlan
This morning, hop on a boat and discover the Tzutuhil villages of Lake Atitlan. The Tzutuhil natives are one of the 21 Mayan peoples of Guatemala. They are present in only a handful of villages located southwest of Lake Atitlan. Visit Santiago Atitlan and discover a curious syncretic cult. Somewhere between good and bad, Maximón , the smoking God of Guatemala is feared as much as he is idolized. The villagers offer him gifts in the form of cigarettes, alcohol or money.
After, discover the small Mayan village of San Juan La Laguna . Here the weavers’ cooperative will open its doors to teach you about the techniques of natural coloring and traditional weaving. Appreciate the naive paintings that represent scenes of daily life in the region.
Return to Panajachel and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure in the small town. Option included : english speaking local guide for the day. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.
Day 5 : Panajachel
Discover Atitlan Nature Reserve
The Atitlan Nature Reserve is both a must for visitors of Lake Atitlan and a force in the environmental cause: Atitlán Azul. It is an extraordinary gate to the magnificent Lake Atitlán and its spectacular volcanoes.
At the Butterfly Geodome you enjoy the colors and forms of hundreds of butterflies surrounded by flowers and the sounds of water. Humming birds, spider monkeys and the murmur of the river accompany you while you walk on the reserve trails.
Transfer to Guatemala City airport. Option included : Entrance fees to Atitlan Reserve. National flight Guatemala – Flores (included). Arrive in Flores airport and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.
Day 6 : Flores
Tikal: Jewel of the Mayan World
Today is dedicated to the exploration of the impressive city of Tikal, built in the 4th century BC. The city reached its peak between the 3rd and 9th century AD.
Some 3,000 structures emerge from the rainforest in a mystical atmosphere. The Temple of the Great Jaguar faces that of the masks on the main square, in the center of the city. At a height of 65 meters, the Serpent Temple was the tallest building in the New World until the 19th century.
Nature very much still present at Tikal, engulfing every traveler who enters the reserve. Spider monkeys, pheasants, coatis, toucans and other multicolored parrots are on display. The screams of the howler monkeys can be heard for miles around. Odors of lianas and roots surprise you as you explore the site.
In 2017, new research techniques have uncovered temples still buried in the jungle. Tikal has not finished revealing all its mysteries…
Transfer to Flores on a peninsula of Lake Peten Itza. Option included : english speaking local guide in Tikal. Option included : Entrance fees to Tikal. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.
Day 7 : Flores
Jungle Immersion at Ixpapajul Eco-Park
A few miles from Flores, Ixpanpajul offers a beautiful immersion in the jungle . Walk for 2 hours along rope bridges to observe the local flora and fauna. Some rope bridges measure more than 100 meters and offer breathtaking views of the rainforest!
Departure for Yaxha, that means green water in Mayan language. The site is located on the shores of Lake Yaxha which was used to supply the Maya population with fresh water. We walk on the trails of this large and uncrowded site. Don’t miss the sunset view from from the Temple of las Manos Rojas ! Option included : Entrance fees to Yaxha. Option included : Entrance fees to Ixpanpajul, rope bridges activity. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.
Day 8 : Flores
Depart from your hotel for the airport in Flores in private transportation. National flight Flores – Guatemala (flight time to be confirmed). Transit at the international airport La Aurora . International flight.