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GuatemalaThe Mayan Nature Tour

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This is the perfect tour for nature lovers and active families – nature trails, swimming pools, waterfalls and beaches. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Antigua, climb the active volcano of Pacaya, and enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Lake Atitlan. Discover Chichicastenango Market, swim in the turquoise waters of Semuc Champey, and explore Old Mayan Cities. You’ll ...

This is the perfect tour for nature lovers and active families – nature trails, swimming pools, waterfalls and beaches. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Antigua, climb the active volcano of Pacaya, and enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Lake Atitlan. Discover Chichicastenango Market, swim in the turquoise waters of Semuc Champey, and explore Old Mayan Cities. You’ll love Guatemala!

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport

Your holiday begins...
• Our driver will welcome you at the airport
   and drive you to the colonial town of Antigua
• Explore at your own pace and shop for souvenirs
   and local crafts
• Spend the night in your lovely hotel, and dine in
   fine restaurants at the hotel, or close by

Day 2: The Famous Town of Antigua

A day of exploration...
• After breakfast, meet your guide and discover one
   of the world’s best conserved colonial cities  
• Visit the churches and key buildings which date
   back to colonial times
• Go to the market in a Tuc-Tuc to see the
   local life and produce

Day 3: Exciting Hike up the Pacaya Volcano

Recently erupting volcano...
• After breakfast, be ready to hike-up the active
   volcano of Pacaya
• Pacaya reaches a height 8373 feet and is active
• Recent eruptions were in 2006 - and one which
   covered the capital city in ashes in 2010

Day 4: All Natural Wonders of Guatemala

Maya Holy Book - Popol Vuh...
• Today you'll be at Chichicastenango entrance gate
   to visit the Maya Quiche Region
• Discover the most famous market in Guatemala
   and visit Santo Tomas church
• Hike up from a traditional mask factory to the
   Pascual Abaj ceremonial centre

Antigua GuatemalaChichicastenangoLake Atitlan

Day 5: Boat Ride on Atitlan Lake

A day of diversity...
• Today your guide will take you by boat to the
   Southern side of Lake Atitlan
• After kayaking, hike up “the elephant-shaped
   mountain of the Cerro de Oro  
• Meet a local deity Maximon, a syncretism of
   Mayan and Christian beliefs

Lake Atitlan

Day 6: Iximche: A Must-See in Guatemala

Tiny site, great significance...
• Discover Iximche, a tiny Mayan Site that is hugely
   significant to Central America 
• Iximche was declared a national monument, and
   offers real Mayan ceremonies 
• Transfer to a very green area called Verapaces: a
   delight for the adventurers and nature lovers  

IximchéRam Tzul

Day 7: The Ram Tzul Reserve

Choose between two activities...
• A two-hour hike to a lovely waterfall inside the
   Ram Tzul Park, or... 
• Observe the Quetzal - a shy trogon bird and
   the national bird of Guatemala
• Transfer to Lanquin for a pickup to your rustic
   eco-lodge right next to Semuc Champey  

Ram Tzul, LanquínSemuc Champey

Day 8: Hike to the Colourful River

Cliffs, limestone, and stunning views...
• Enjoy Semuc Champey with a hike up the cliffs to
   look at the beautiful limestone far below
• Walk along the river and observe the water as it
   rushes to the cliff floor
• Admire the incredible turquoise standing out
   from the surrounding green jungle

Semuc ChampeyLanquínCandelarias

Day 9: The Candelarias Caves 

An interconnection of caves...
• Explore the fantastic limestone caves of
   Candelarias, seven separate caves interconnected
• Sacred for the Q’eqchi Mayans, the caves were the
   gates to the underworld  
• Discover Flores Island before heading to El
   Remate on the Northern side of Lake Peten Itza  

Candelarias, FloresEl Remate

Day 10: In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle!

Off the beaten track...
• Head to the heart of the Jungle in the Mayan City
   of Yaxha 
• Discover a magnificent Mayan site amidst
   the sound of howler and spider monkeys 
• Observe an unforgettable sunset from the
   summit of the Red Hands Temple

Day 11: Tikal at Sunrise

A highlight of your trip...
• Head to Tikal, the most impressive old city of the
   Mayan world
• Your guide will take you right through the jungle
   to the Temple IV, the highest of Tikal
• Private transfer in the early afternoon to the Rio
   Dulce Region for the night

TikalRio Dulce

Day 12: The River of Rio Dulce

A highlight of your trip...
• Cruise on the Rio Dulce River and witness flocks of
   cormorants, white herons and other bird species  • Have your camera and binoculars ready to spot   
   them nesting along the canyon walls
• Continue over the Lago de Izabal to the
   400-year-old Fort Castillo San Felipe

Day 13: Chilling Out by the Seven Altares

Ocean and palm trees...
• After breakfast, depart by boat to 7 Altares, a fresh
   water paradise in the heart of the tropical forest
• Enjoy Playa Blanca, a stretch of white-sand beach
  rimmed with palm trees along the Caribbean Sea  
• Optional tours: Punta Manabique Boat Tour; or
   Cayos Sapodillas, the ideal spot for snorkelling  


Day 14: Highest Stelae of the Mayan Civilization

Ancient history lesson...
• A private boat transfer to Puerto Barrios will
   connect you to a ride to Quirigua 
• Quirigua is the highest stelae of the Mayan
   civilization (35 feet) 
• Next, continue to Antigua for your last night in

Day 15: Home Sweet Home

Farewell friends...
• Private transfer to Guatemala City International
   Airport for your flight back home 
• Be sure to stop for souvenirs and last minute
• Thank you for visiting Guatemala - hasta luego

Antigua GuatemalaGuatemala City

Antigua Guatemala Payaca Chichicastenango Lake Atitlan Iximché Ram Tzul Lanquín Semuc Champey Candelarias Flores El Remate Yaxha Tikal Rio Dulce Lívingston Puerto Barrios Quirigua Guatemala City

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,400 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • Air-conditioned private minivan with a friendly English speaking driver
  • Flights from Guatemala City to Flores and from San Pedro to Belize City
  • Private boat on Lake Atitlan
  • Lodging in Comfort three-star hotels carefully selected by our team
  • Breakfasts
  • Tours as stated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Two bottles of water per day in the bus
  • A full detailed road book

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
Book your flights to Guatemala
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
Check out the many benefits:
  • Competitive rates
  • All-inclusive prices with no hidden fees
  • Lorena, in Guatemala will inform you of any changes to your flights
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