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Guatemala | Ultra-Luxe Tour to Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Tikal | Guatemala (7 days)

Blue Parallel

Antigua, Guatemala To Guatemala City, Guatemala

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Aug 2018

Guatemala | Ultra-Luxe Tour to Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Tikal | Guatemala (7 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Antigua, Guatemala
El Convento Boutique Hotel None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Arrival of your international flight to Guatemala City La Aurora Airport. You will be greeted by your personal host, driver, and private vehicle and be taken to the nearby historical town of Antigua. Enjoy your first afternoon in Antigua at leisure.

Day 2
Antigua, Guatemala
El Convento Boutique Hotel Breakfast

Partake on a walking with your personal guide, admiring the beautiful landmarks. Highlights include the Palace, the Cathedral, La Merced Church, the San Francisco Church and the many charming and colorful cobblestone streets characteristic of Antigua.

Day 3
San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala
Casa Palopó Breakfast, Snack

After waking up and having breakfast in Antigua, you will proceed by private vehicle to the mystical city of Lake Atitlán, stopping by traditional markets on the outskirts of Antigua along the way. Peruse by the various stalls showcasing the work of local artisans. Your guide will teach you about the many traditions and customs of the locals.

After exploring the market, continue to Lake Atitlán, passing tradtional Mayan villages along the way. As you pass the many towns, you will notice how much of the way people dress, especially the women, has remained unchanged for many generations, with the Mayan heritage expressed in the weavings and different prints. Your guide will explain to you how each town has its own unique traditions, and how the clothing differs from town to town.

Upon arrival at Casa Palopó, you may relax at the terrace pool which overlooks Lake Atitlán and its surrounding volcanoes. Or, relax on your private terrace as you enjoy the view.

In the early evening, enjoy cocktails with an esteemed scholar who has been living among the Mayan community for many years. You will have an introduction to the local culture from an expert perspective and learn about the Mayan astrology. You can also have your personal Mayan horoscope read.

Day 4
San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala
Casa Palopó Breakfast, Dinner

Your day’s excursion begins by traveling by private motorized boat to explore the traditional villages bordering the lake, stopping along the way to see spiritual sights such as the shrine to the Mayan deity, Maximon. Visit to San Juan La Laguna and meet with Socorro Sicay Perez, who has been awarded for her efforts to recuperate traditional weaving techniques.

You will then return to the hotel where we recommend lunch.

In the afternoon, learn about local cuisine as a private chef performs a private cooking demonstration. Also, explore the lake and its surrounding forests on kayaking and hiking excursions with your local guide.

Day 5
Tikal, Guatemala
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

At Casa Palopó’s helipad, board your private helicopter to fly to the Tikal region via Guatemala City. Along the way, stop in the Mirador archaeological complex, known for its abundance of Mayan pyramids, some of which are the largest in the world. Of its 26 known sites, only 14 have been studied; an estimated 30 more await discovery. Upon arrival, you will embark on an hour and a half long hike to the complex where you will explore its ancient mystery with your personal expert guide. Later, board your private helicopter and head to the Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel.

In the evening, you will meet with a scholar from a local university and learn about the ancient Mayan civilization, with the customs, society, and beliefs of the people's culture. This experience will make your visit to Tikal the following day more meaningful.

Day 6
Tikal, Guatemala
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a private guided tour of the legendary ruins of Tikal. Listen to howler monkeys, spot toucans and explore the jungle as you discover the superb temples, palaces, and public squares of this ceremonial center with your own personal guide. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Tikal is considered one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and contains ancient temples and a wealth of history. Considered the greatest of the surviving classic Mayan cities, Tikal once supported an estimated population of 100,000 people who inhabited it from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. Archaeologists have identified over 3,000 structures and in its heyday, the city probably covered as much as 25 square miles (65 sq. km). Rising out of dense jungle, the pyramids are some of the most perfect examples of ceremonial architecture in the Mayan world.

In the afternoon, you will return to your lodge, where you will have the option to relax, or venture out onto the lagoon and go kayaking with your guide. Las Lagunas is located on a nature reserve and is also worth exploring on foot, as your guide can take you on the trails into the jungle to reach a sanctuary for local wildlife.

Day 7
Guatemala City, Guatemala
None Breakfast

Following check-out, board your private helicopter for your private flight to Guatemala City in time to catch your international departure.

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Guatemala has one of the most unique and pronounced indigenous cultures in the region, and its cultural attractions make it an ideal destination for the discerning traveler. Our journey to this lush and beautiful country is perfect for those interested in learning about ancient Mayan culture and outdoors adventure. The trip begins in Guatemala City, continues to Lake Atitlan, and ends in the UNESCO world heritage site of Tikal. Guatemala is known for its incredible ruins but for its enduring indigenous traditions, the charming colonial city of Antigua, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a diversity of gorgeous landscapes ranging from the picturesque crystal blue Lake Atitlan to the deep jungle

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Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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