Guatemala

With the largest population in Central America, Guatemala City (known as Guate) is a bustling capital set in a valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes where the Archaeology and Ethnology Museum, Ixchel Museum and Popol Vuh Museum await you. Hike along the shoreline of picturesque Lake Atitlán, stopping at traditional Mayan villages. Stroll through the colorful market at Chichicastenango and visit Antigua, the best-preserved colonial city in the Americas. Then take a nature walk through a tropical rainforest before exploring the incredible ruins at Tikal.

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Language

Spanish

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT -6

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

70° F

Guatamela Expedition

Land of the Living Maya

Guatemala Pacaya lunch

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

Arrive in Guatemala City

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Westin Camino Real

Day 2 – GUATEMALA CITY / COMALAPA & IXIMXCHÉ / LAKE ATITLÁN

Private transfer to Atitlán. Stops in:

  • San Juan Comalapa – Maya Kaqchiquel artists & Market
  • Iximché – Mayan ruins

Accommodations: Hotel Atitlán
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – ATITLÁN – SAN JUAN & SANTIAGO VILLAGES

Visit local villages:

  • San Juan La Laguna – weavers, painters

Cruise to:

  • Santiago – home of Maximón, Maya folk saint

Accommodations: Hotel Atitlán
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – ATITLÁN / CHICHI MARKET / ANTIGUA

Private transfer to Chichicastenango:

  • Fruit & vegetable market, handmade textiles, carved wood, ceramics, crafts
  • Santo Tomás Church

Continue to La Antigua Guatemala

Accommodations: El Mesón de María
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – ANTIGUA

Coffee Tour. Choose between:

  • De La Gente (DLG) Fairly Traded Coffee – non-profit supporting local farmers OR
  • Azoteca Coffee Farm & Museum of Traditional Mayan Music & Costume

Accommodations: El Mesón de María
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – ANTIGUA – PACAYA VOLCANO

Half-day 4.25-mile hike to 7,510 feet above sea level

Picnic lunch

Accommodations: El Mesón de María
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – ANTIGUA / COPÁN

Private transfer to Copán
Stroll through the local village

Accommodations: Hotel Marina Copán
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – COPÁN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

Private guided tour:

  • Copán Ruinas UNESCO World Heritage site – Mayan ruins
  • Macaw Mountain Bird Park – nine-acre reserve

Accommodations: Hotel Marina Copán
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – COPÁN / QUIRIGUÁ / LIVINGSTON

Private transfer:

  • Quiriguá– carved stelae (single blocks of stone)

Continue to Puerto Barrios or Rio Dulce for boat transfer:

  • Livingston – Caribbean fishing town

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Caribe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – LIVINGSTON / TIKAL

Cruise on Rio Dulce:

  • Ak’ Tenamit  Project – NGO supporting local children
  • Tikal National Park

Accommodations: Jungle Lodge Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – TIKAL NATIONAL PARK

Private guided tour:

  • 3,000 ancient structures – Great Plaza, Temple of the Jaguar, Temple of the Masks, Acropolis
  • Tropical birds & animals

Birdwatching OR Zip-lining

Accommodations: Jungle Lodge Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 – TIKAL / FLORES / GUATEMALA CITY / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to Flores for flight to Guatemala City to connect with flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $4,990 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

This was our sixth time to Costa Rica with NEI and the first trip for our extended family, ages 25-31. Thank you for organizing such a terrific trip. There was not one glitch: everything was perfect, including planning the itinerary. I cannot think of anything which could have improved our experience. It was all perfect.

Mark S.
Hamilton, ON

When to go:

Year-round (dry season is from November to April)

What to eat:

Pepián (chicken, beef or pork stew), Kak’ik (turkey soup), Pupusas (fried, stuffed corn tortillas)

What to pack:

Light-weight clothing; light jacket or sweater; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; waterproof shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; binoculars; universal adapter

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