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12 DAYS TREASURES OF GUATEMALA

Antigua Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Coban, Copan (Honduras) & Guatemala City

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1 trip
  • Cross over to the country of Honduras to visit the UNESCO-listed Copan
  • Visit Central America’s deepest lake, Lake Atitlan, a caldera surrounded by 3 volcanoes
  • Visit the remote Eden: Semuc Champey Waterfalls & Caves, sacred to the indigenous
  • Road trip through dramatic volcanoes and remote mountain villages within a section of Pan-American Highway, the world’s longest driveable road

This odyssey traverses a varied terrain through ‘The Land of Eternal Spring’ in search of Mayan ruins, traditions and adventure. Witness the fusion of past and present as you encounter today’s Guatemala rooted in yesterday’s past.

Go back in time at the colonial Antigua, visiting graceful churches and monuments of a bygone era before driving up to Quetzaltenango, visiting bustling markets and meeting friendly locals who have kept their Mayan heritage alive.Upgrade Hotel

Admire the volcanoes-ringed Lake Atitlan with its lovely villages before flying off to the majestic ruins of Tikal. Visit a lesser known Mayan site at the highland town of Coban, a convenient base for the turquoise waters of Semuc Champey. Discover Quiriguá’s Mayan legacy before crossing the border into Honduras to uncover the ruins of Copan, one of MesoAmerica’s most spectacular Mayan sites. Conclude at Guatemala City, the capital for culture, theatre, museums, and art galleries.

From

SGD 9,880 Per Person

12 Days 11 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrive Guatemala - Antigua Guatemala (Average Altitude: 1500m)

Arrive Guatemala - Antigua Guatemala  (Average Altitude: 1500m)
Antigua Guatemala
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Arrive in Guatemala City and transfer 1.5h to the colonial town of Antigua Guatemala (UNESCO) for check in. Shaded by coffee plantations and 3 volcanoes, the former Guatemala capital was founded in 1543.

Day 02 Antigua Guatemala (Average Altitude: 1500m)

Antigua Guatemala  (Average Altitude: 1500m)
Antigua Guatemala
Breakfast, small bites & lunch included

Tour the city’s colonial monuments: Las Capuchinas convent, La Merced church, La Plaza de Armas, Palace of the Royal Council, Captain-General’s Palace and the Cathedral. This afternoon, visit San Antonio Aguas calientes (hot springs).Along the tour, you will visit some comedores (eateries) most loved by locals to sample authentic Guatemalan street food such as chuchitos (Guatemala-style tamales), pupusas (cheese-filled corn tortillas), rellenitos (plantain dough filled with beans and then fried), and if you dare, even pigs’ trotters!

Day 03 Antigua Guatemala / Quetzaltenango (Average Altitude: 2330m)

Antigua Guatemala / Quetzaltenango (Average Altitude: 2330m)
Quetzaltenango
Breakfast & lunch included

Depart early morning 54km/1.5h towards the highland. Visit Iximche Archaeological site (the country’s first capital), Chichicastenango (Thu & Sun only) or Solola market (Tue & Fri only). Spend some time to shop and observe traditionally-dressed Mayans from the highlands before continuing 94km/2h to Quetzaltenago, Guatemala’s 2nd largest city.

Day 04 Quetzaltenango / Lake Atitlan

Quetzaltenango / Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Visit the charming Indian villages of Zunil and canary-yellow San Andrés Xecul church, the country’s most ornate house of worship with over 200 carved figures echoing the designs found in the huipils worn by local women. Continue to Panajachel at the dramatic edge of Lake Atitlán, where you will stay on full board basis.

Day 05 Lake Atitlan (Average Altitude: 1562m)

Lake Atitlan (Average Altitude: 1562m)
Lake Atitlan
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Get acquainted with the colourful textiles, arts and histories of the lake villages. Start at San Juan la Laguna, famed for its bright textiles and exquisite art. Learn their natural dyeing and looming process or you can try hands on! After home-cooked lunch at a local house, head to San Pedro la Laguna’s bustling market, church and taste its freshly harvested coffee. Your tour ends at Santiago Atitlan, Atitlan’s biggest town, to learn about the history of “toyocal” indigenous clothing, visit a historic church, colourful costumes market and Maximón, a symbol of the mixed pagan-Christian religion of the indigenous communities.

Day 06 Lake Atitlan / Guatemala City / Flores / Tikal

Lake Atitlan / Guatemala City / Flores / Tikal
Tikal
Breakfast, light bites, lunch included

This morning, you will drive back 124km/3.5h to Guatemala City. Enjoy a tour through Guatemala City’s historical district, including the Central Park considered as one of Central America’s most beautiful, the National Palace, the Cathedral and the multistoried central market. Along your tour, you will visit some of the comedores (eateries) most loved by locals and will get to sample some delicious, authentic Guatemalan street food.

Fly Guatemala City / Flores AV7978 1801/1909 (1h8m)

Arrive in Tikal and check into your hotel on full-board basis.

Day 07 Tikal

Tikal
Tikal
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

The classical Mayan site of Tikal (UNESCO) is one of the continent’s biggest archaeological sites, with its golden period spanning 400-900AD. Exploring this heritage site is a fun adventure, as you hike through the dense jungle with abundant birds and wildlife with a deluxe picnic lunch.

Day 08 Tikal / Aguateca / Coban (Average Altitude: 1320m)

Tikal / Aguateca / Coban (Average Altitude: 1320m)
Coban
Breakfast, Packed lunch included

A long, exciting day beckons as we continue 121km/2.5h to a less-visited Mayan site from Late Preclassic Period, Aguateca, which though not as immediate as the ones in Tikal is interesting due to its exotic jungle surroundings. Reaching the ruins is part of the adventure! You will boat down the river via Petexbatún Lagoon. Be on the lookout for birds and wildlife! This afternoon, we return to Sayaxche by motorboat and continue 193km/3.5h to Cobán.

Day 09 Coban / Semuc Champey (Average Altitude: 380m)/ Coban (Average Altitude: 1320m)

Coban / Semuc Champey (Average Altitude: 380m)/ Coban (Average Altitude: 1320m)
Coban
Breakfast, Packed lunch included

Drive 73km/2.5h to Semuc Champey, considered Guatemala’s most scenic spot due to its limestone pools and gentle waterfalls amidst a narrow rainforest canyon. Hike 1h to a lookout above Semuc Champey and descend to swim in the clear waters and leisurely hike the area. Later afternoon, you will be transfer back to Coban.

Day 10 Coban / Copan (Honduras)

Coban / Copan (Honduras)
Copan
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Rise early for another long, exciting day. Drive eastwards 250km/4h to Honduras via Quiriguá Acropolis ruins (UNESCO), hidden in a Chiquita banana plantation. Known to be Guatemala’s least-weathered Mayan site, the Classic period Mayan site is famed for its tallest stelae. The Great Plaza contains zoomorphic sculptures, elaborate Two-Legged Sky stone monuments and Stela “C” which predicted the end of Mayan calendar on 21 Dec 2012. Drive 167km/3h and cross the international border to Honduras, where you will check into your Copan Hotel for the night.

Day 11 Copan (Honduras) / Guatemala City (Average Altitude: 1500m)

Copan (Honduras) / Guatemala City (Average Altitude: 1500m)
Guatemala City
Breakfast, lunch included

Copan (UNESCO), dubbed “Paris of the Mayan world”, consists of the ruins and the sepulchers. Enjoy the impressive 63-step stairway with over 2,500 hieroglyphs and masterfully carved Stella. Visit the sculpture museum and 2 ancient tunnels providing insights into Copán’s early stages. After lunch, depart 230km/4h to Guatemala City to rest.

Day 12 Depart Guatemala City (Average Altitude: 1500m)

Depart Guatemala City (Average Altitude: 1500m)
Nil
Breakfast included

You will have the day free at leisure till time for your transfer to the airport for your flight. 

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax SGD 10,980
Minimum 4 Pax SGD 9,880
Single Supplement SGD 1,450

Casa Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala • Pension Bonifaz Quetzaltenango Anzan Lake AtitlanJungle Lodge Tikal • La Posada Coban • Casa Villamil Copan • Hyatt Centric Guatemala City 

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo (Traditional Deluxe)

This museum hotel progressively emerged where each corner pays heritage to a chapter of its history. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms: 130)

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Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango

Pension Bonifaz Hotel (Junior Suite)

An elegant 1935 colonial-styled hotel set at 2 minutes' walk from Parque Centro América, a key commercial and entertainment centre of the city. (Refurbished: 2009; Rooms: 39)

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Anzan Atitlan (Room One)

A boutique contemporary stay on Lake Atitlán’s quiet shores. (Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 5)

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Tikal

Tikal

Jungle Lodge (Premium Room)

Offering a restaurant and outdoor pool, each thatched-roof bungalow in this Tikal lodge features a fan, wardrobe and private bathroom with shower and toilet. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms:50)

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Coban

Coban

La Posada (Double Room)

A colonial-styled property at central Cobán offering a restaurant and a tranquil garden to escape from the city’s bustle. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms:15)

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Copan

Copan

Casa Villamil Hotel (Colonial Deluxe)

A historic 1900s house delicately revamped as a boutique colonial-styled hotel with a modern twist. (Refurbished: 2015; Rooms:7)

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City

Hyatt Centric (King Atrium)

An upscale, modern hotel with Guatemalan-inspired textiles as homage to local culture. (Opened: 2015; Rooms:138

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Category 2

Indicative cost per person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax SGD 12,380
Minimum 4 Pax SGD 11,080
Single Supplement SGD 2180

El Convento Boutique Antigua Guatemala Pension Bonifaz Quetzaltenango • Casa Prana or Casa Palopo Lake Atitlan • Jungle Lodge Tikal • La Posada Coban • Casa Villamil Copan •  Intercontinental Guatemala City 

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

El Convento Boutique Hotel (Standard)

A charming hotel surrounded by a diverse community of centenary churches, plazas and markets. (Refurbished: 2010; Rooms: 26)

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Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango

Pension Bonifaz Hotel (Junior Suite)

An elegant 1935 colonial-styled hotel set at 2 minutes' walk from Parque Centro América, a key commercial and entertainment centre of the city. (Refurbished: 2009; Rooms: 39)

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Casa Prana (Master Suite)

Privately set on a 9-acre gardens in the Mayan Western highlands with panoramic Lake Atitlan and volcanoes views. (Opened: 2010; Rooms:20)

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Casa Palopo (San Rafael Deluxe)

Private colonial-styled boutique hotel with contemporary furnishings, courtesy of elegant Guatemalan designers. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms:15)

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Tikal

Tikal

Jungle Lodge (Jungle Suite)

Offering a restaurant and outdoor pool, each thatched-roof bungalow in this Tikal lodge features a fan, wardrobe and private bathroom with shower and toilet. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms:50)

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Coban

Coban

La Posada (Double Room)

A colonial-styled property at central Cobán offering a restaurant and a tranquil garden to escape from the city’s bustle. (Refurbished: 2017; Rooms:15)

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Copan

Copan

Casa Villamil Hotel (Colonial Deluxe)

A historic 1900s house delicately revamped as a boutique colonial-styled hotel with a modern twist. (Refurbished: 2015; Rooms:7)

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Guatemala City

Guatemala City

Intercontinental (Deluxe)

Set at the dynamic Zona Viva entertainment hub with four unique concept restaurants, a vibrant bar, fitness centre and spa. (Refurbished: 2015; Rooms:239)

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Las Laguna Peten (Waterfront Suite) located 1 hour from Tikal

Located at the Heart of the Mayan world, experience the richness of the jungle at this private reserve, a native wildlife breeding facility offering eco-adventure and trekking activities. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms:19)

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Twin share Add SGD 420
Single share Add SGD 920
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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis in Antigua Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Coban, Copan, Guatemala City
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed, dinner & breakfast basis in Lake Atitlan & Tikal (3 course menu with 1 beverage)
  • All transportation & transfer on private basis in air-conditioned vehicle (sedan for 2 guests and minivan for 4 guests)
  • Local cities’/stationed English-speaking drivers and tour guides
  • Domestic airfare (Guatemala City/Flores) on economy class with 20Kg checked baggage allowance.
  • All entrance fees on tour program as stated
  • Set menu lunches as stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners not included in itinerary 
  • Gratuities
  • Porteage
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Yellow fever vaccination (Mandatory on paper)

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