GUATEMALA & BELIZE
1st day – Saturday Guatemala City
Arrival at Guatemala City International Airport and transfer to Barcelò Guatemala City hotel or similar accommodation.
2nd day - Sunday Guatemala City / Chichicastenango / Atitlan
Departure to Chichicastenango to visit the Saint Tomás Church and the Indigenous market, which is the country’s most famous and where Mayan and Latin customs join together. Market days are Thursdays and Sundays only; visitors can buy textiles, wood crafts and pottery. The Saint Tomás Church is located in the main square and hosts the brotherhood leaders. The brotherhood is an association dedicated to the worship and care of several saints; the church also hosts Indigenous who bring incense and pray for their Gods. Lunch in restaurant.
The afternoon schedule includes the visit of Atitlán Lake, which is one of the world’s most beautiful lakes; it is surrounded by three volcanoes and different indigenous ethnic groups inhabit its shore. The tour arrives to Panajachel, the main village near the lake shore. Transfer to Porta del Lago Hotel or similar accommodation.
3rd day – Monday Atitlan / Antigua
The morning schedule begins with a boat trip on the lake and a visit of the village of San Antonio Palopó; lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon departure to Antigua. Arrival at Soleil La Antigua Hotel or similar and accommodation.
4th day – Tuesday Antigua / Guatemala City
Visit of Antigua, a “Colonial monument of the Americas” and Guatemala’s main capital until 1773. This incredible town hosts treasures of Spanish architecture, such as the Palacio de los CapitanesGenerales (Palace of Spanish Governors) and the City Hall. The tour includes a visit of the Plaza de lasArmas (Weapon’s Square), the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), and ruins of several convents and churches like La Merced and Capuchinas. Lunch and return to Guatemala City. Arrival and check-in at the Barcelò Guatemala City hotel or similar accommodation.
5th day – Wednesday Guatemala City / Copan
Departure by bus towards Copán, Honduras, to visit the archaeological site that UNESCO classified as World Heritage. Copán is most certainly one of the greatest archaeological sites of the Mayan culture; it is famous for its classic stelas (monoliths) and ceremonial altars with a slight Baroque style. Lunch and accommodation in the Marina Copan hotel or similar.
6th day – Thursday Copan / Livingston
Departure by bus towards Puerto Barrios; the tour includes a visit to the Quirigua archaeological site, where visitors can admire the biggest stone sculpted by Mayan people; the stone weights approximately 65 tonnes. The tour continues with a boat trip towards Livingston. Check-in at the Villa Caribe Hotel or similar accommodation; lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon visitors can go sightseeing around this wonderful town of the Caribbean Guatemala.
7th day – Friday Livingston / Flores
In the morning boat trip through the Rio Dulce, where visitors can admire the abundant tropical vegetation of this part of Guatemala. Lunch in a restaurant; after that departure to Flores and arrival after 3 hours. Check-in at hotel Peten Esplendido or similar accomodation.
8th day – Saturday Flores / Tikal / Belize City
Visit of the Tikal archaeological site, which is considered to be the most beautiful Mayan site; its incredible variety of pyramids and trails shows that Tikal used to be the most important city of the Mayan world in the 8th century. Visitors will discover its mystery within its 576 square kilometers, walking by its constructions, that can reach up to 70 meters, which were built 200 years before Christ. Visitors will be amazed by the view of the Petén jungle from the top of the Temple IV. Lunch at the end of the tour, followed by the transfer to Belize city. Arrival and check-in at the Biltmore Express hotel or similar accommodation.
9th day– Sunday Belize City / Kohunlich
In the morning departure towards Tower Hill, where visitors will board a boat for a 2 hour (approximately) trip to the Lamanai Religious Center; Lamanai means “crocodile underwater”. On that boat ride, visitors can admire rare species of bats, birds and even crocodiles and turtles. The archaeological site is in the heart of a tropical jungle full of exotic fruits and wonderful natural smells; the only noise that disturbs that peaceful environment is the screeching of the monkeys. That archaeological site was built between the years 100 and 900 AD. Picnic lunch during the trip. At the end of the Lamanai trip, visitors will return on a launch boat towards Tower Hill, and then take the tour bus heading to the border of Belize and Mexico. After the customs procedures, visitors will transfer to another vehicle, and they will be taken to the ExploreanKohunlich Hotel, which is located in the middle of the Mayan jungle. The Explorean is the perfect place to live in nature and learn about all of its mysteries. Hotel accommodation and dinner.
10th day- Monday Kohunlich / Riviera Maya-Cancun
Visitors will have a free morning to relax in the natural environment and enjoy the amazing green landscape that surrounds the entire hotel area. In the afternoon departure to the Laguna de Bacalar (Bacalar Lake), which is also known as “Laguna de SieteColores” (Seven Colors Lake) due to its variety of colors, such as turquoise, jade and aquamarine, spread along its 50 kilometers. Lunch break followed by the transfer to the Riviera Maya or Cancún.
Hotels mentioned in the program or similar accommodations. (4* in Guatemala City, Antigua, Atitlan, Livingston, Flores e Belize City - 3* in Copan – 5* in Kohunlich)
American breakfast in every hotel – 9 lunches and 1 dinner.
Restaurant fees and tips.
Transportation in Van (10 seats) or microbus or autobus with sound system (no air conditioning).
Guatemaltecanescort guide from 1° to 7° day and from 7° to 9° day and Mexicanescort guide from 9° to 10° day. English-Italianspeaking guides
Entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the program.
Porter services at airports and hotels.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Nightoverstays in Cancunor Riviera Maya
Dinners or other meals not mentioned in the program.
Bordertaxes at Melchor de Mencos (Guatemala-Belizeborder) and bordertaxes at Belize and Mexicoborder.
Beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants
Tips to drivers and/or tour guides
International and national airport taxes.
Price in USD valid untill December 15th, 2014.
NET and NOT COMMISSIONABLE price.