DURATION

10 DAYS

PRICE

$ 7650.00

WHEN

Oct 26, 2024

DESTINATION

Guatemala 

TYPE

SMALL GROUP

Guatemala

Expedition

When visiting Guatemala, ambitious travelers may find their schedules quite busy. Some of the spectacular adventures that await in this fantastic country include breathtaking trekking routes through the rainforest and up volcanoes, world-class water rafting, kayaking with stunning volcano views, and picturesque villages and markets.

There are plenty of Spanish colonial buildings and old Maya archaeological sites for history buffs to explore, including the outstanding Tikal.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Explore the picturesque Antigua and its most important archeological sites.
  • Experience a close encounter with locals in a cooking class.
  • Hike up to the active Palcayo mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Guatemala and enjoy a picnic lunch with a distant view of the crater.
  • Visit and stay on the banks of the beautiful Lake Atitlan, and stop in Iximche, a unique Maya archeological site.
  • Kayak in the Atitlan Lake and enjoy the views of three stunning volcanos: Atitlan, San Pedro, and Tolima.
  • Visit the tiny San Juan village and get in touch with their local artisans.
  • Stop at the Chichicastenango Market, one of the most colorful markets in the Americas.
  • Sail along Rio Dulce and look for fantastic wildlife on its banks.
  • Visit the unique Ak’ Tenamit, a colonial fortress used to expulse pirates out of the Guatemala shores.
  • Experience a unique moment: Tikal at sunrise and at sunset plus farewell dinner, the perfect match to finish this amazing expedition in Guatemala.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 
Arrive in Guatemala & transfer to Antigua

Upon your arrival in Guatemala, an NPE representative will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in beautiful Antigua (1 hr. drive).

Antigua is among the world’s best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a mysterious and alluring tiny village that gives the impression that time may have stood still 300 years ago. The colonial architecture and stunning surroundings will attract you as you meander through the town on the cobblestone streets.

Overnight at El Convento (No meals).

Day 2
Antigua walking tour & community cooking class

Embark on a guided walking tour of Antigua after breakfast, exploring its colonial monuments and rich history. Begin at the central plaza, learning about Guatemala’s colonization and contemporary issues. Visit landmarks like Palacio de Capitanes, City Hall, and the Cathedral Ruins. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to San Miguel Escobar Town. Learn to cook a traditional Guatemalan dish in a local family’s home and savor your creation for dinner, immersing yourself in Guatemalan culture.

Overnight at El Convento (B, L, D)

Day 3
Pacaya Volcano hike

Embark on an adventure to Pacaya volcano after breakfast. Located near Guatemala City, this active volcano offers panoramic views of its smoking cone and ancient lava flows. Hike the well-maintained trail through farmlands and pine forests to reach the desolate moonscape of the lava flows. Enjoy Guatemalan-style s’mores and a picnic lunch with a view of the crater before returning to Antigua for dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at El Convento (B, L, D).

Day 4 
Iximche visit & transfer to Lake Atitlan

Embark on a scenic journey from Antigua to Lake Atitlan, with a visit to the Iximche archaeological site en route. Explore the Post Classic Mayan ruins, established in 1470 by the Kaqchikel Maya. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving at your lakeside hotel. Relax and prepare for dinner, served at the hotel, as you immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Lake Atitlan.

Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D).

Day 5
Birding & San Juan village visit

Embark on a journey to Rey Tepepul Reserve, nestled on the slopes of Atitlán volcano, renowned for its diverse bird species. Your expedition leader and local guide will lead you on trails, ensuring optimal birdwatching opportunities. Following your adventure, enjoy a private boat transfer to the charming San Juan village, known for its art galleries and authentic textiles. Immerse yourself in local culture before returning to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D).

Day 6
Chichicastenango Market & transfer to Guatemala City

Travel to Guatemala City with a stop at Chichicastenango, home to the vibrant native market showcasing Guatemala’s diverse cultures. Explore the bustling market, where vendors from various linguistic groups gather. Upon arrival in Guatemala City, meet your new expedition leader and visit the iconic church, significant in indigenous and Mayan history. Witness special ceremonies and religious practices if fortunate. Conclude the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Hyatt Centric. (B, L, D).

Day 7
Morning flight to Flores & Yaxha tour

Embark on a private transfer to Guatemala City airport and fly to Flores. Upon arrival, journey to the impressive Yaxha archaeological site, a Mayan ceremonial center in Peten. Explore its 500 structures, including pyramids and steles, with your guide. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the site’s beautiful landscapes, combining archaeology and ecological tourism, making Yaxha a must-visit destination in the region.

Overnight at Las Lagunas Luxury Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 8
Uaxactun full-day tour

Embark on a journey to the unique Uaxactun archaeological site, where an expert guide, Francisco, will lead your group. Learn about the community’s history and daily life, sustained by the forest for over a century. Explore the Astronomical Observation Complex, integral to Maya ceremonies. Enjoy lunch at a local cook’s house, featuring stories and a small archaeological museum. Return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest after an immersive cultural experience.

Overnight at Las Lagunas Luxury Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 9
Full Exploration of Tikal

Embark on a guided tour of Tikal National Park after breakfast, exploring ancient Mayan temples and learning about their history and disappearance. Encounter wildlife like monkeys and parrots along the way. Enjoy lunch amidst the jungle before returning to Flores for a self-guided visit. Conclude the day with dinner at the hotel accompanied by a folkloric music group, immersing yourself in the cultural richness of Guatemala.

Overnight at Las Lagunas Luxury Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 10
Flight to Guatemala City & departure
Today, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly back to the U.S. or continue to the Belice Extension

Belice Extension

Day 11

Transfer to Belice

Transfer to the Belize Border. At the border, you will cross on your own, and a different vehicle will meet you on the Belizean side.

After crossing the border, you will be met by your driver for transfer to your hotel (approx 2hrs).

Please note that an NPE Senior Local Guide will escort the extension.

Overnight at Cassia Hell Resort Belize. (B)

Day 12

Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

Explore ancient wonders with a guided tour of Xunantunich Archeological Site, boasting the towering Castillo and breathtaking views of the Mopan River valley. Then, delve into Cahal Pech, once the regal abode of Mayan rulers, featuring temples, residential structures, and a royal burial chamber with treasures like jade masks. Immerse yourself in Belize’s rich history across these sites, each offering unique insights into ancient civilizations.

Overnight at Cassia Hill Resort Belize. (B, L).

Day 13

Transfers to Belize City & flight to San Pedro

Explore ancient wonders with a guided tour of Xunantunich Archeological Site, boasting the towering Castillo and breathtaking views of the Mopan River valley. Then, delve into Cahal Pech, once the regal abode of Mayan rulers, featuring temples, residential structures, and a royal burial chamber with treasures like jade masks. Immerse yourself in Belize’s rich history across these sites, each offering unique insights into ancient civilizations.

Overnight at Sunbreeze (B).

Day 14

San Pedro
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore on your own or sign up for the activities in the hotel surroundings.
Overnight at Sunbreeze (B).

Day 15

Fly Back Home
After breakfast, an NPE representative will transfer you to the airstrip to catch your flight back home.

Lodgings

El Convento

Located in the heart of the historic yet vibrant city of La Antigua, inscribed by Unesco as Cultural World Heritage since 1979, El Convento Boutique Hotel is a door to a majestic experience, inside and out, with its contemporary colonial architecture and premises and world-class services, surrounded by the spectacle of a diverse community that throbs with activity in 300-year-old churches, plazas, and markets.

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlán has the best views of the lake. A property with fantastic gardens, birds, and a great place to stay when visiting the lake. Each room has a unique personality that is reflected in the decor of hand-woven fabrics, hand-crafted furniture, paintings, and other decorations from the many indigenous villages in the region. The floors are made of traditional tile and covered by hand-made area rugs.

Hyatt Centric

Located just minutes away from the airport, this modern hotel offers 138 rooms and suites, each complete with floor-to-ceiling views of Guatemala City or our atrium. The hotel is decorated with Guatemalan pieces and textiles in a chic style. Hyatt also has a pool, rooftop bar, restaurant, meeting spaces, and more.

Las Lagunas Luxury Lodge

Las Lagunas Luxury Boutique Lodge is a beautiful property that combines over 300 acres of land with the comfort of luxury. This hotel has 20 charming suites perfectly equipped (all with private balcony and jacuzzi) and surrounded by a magnificent view of the Quexil Lagoon that will make an unforgettable stay. 

Cassia Hill Resort Belize

Cassia Hill is a full-service Belize Resort conveniently located just minutes out of San Ignacio Town, yet far enough to still enjoy a true jungle experience. Its proximity to most tourist attractions makes Cassia Hill Resort the perfect base to experience all the adventures this area offers.

Sunbreeze

SunBreeze Hotel is located in the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. This beautiful hotel has a U-shaped Spanish design with Caribbean elements. It’s surrounded by tropical gardens, and an incredible beach just steps away from your room. SunBreeze hotel offers 43 spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, an onsite restaurant, a pool, and complimentary morning coffee.

 

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

26 Oct, 2024

PRICE
$7650.00
Single Supplement
$1586.00
STATUS
OPEN
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