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Rainforest & Archaeology with Copan (12 days / 11 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Antigua
v/   Lake Atitlan
v/   Chichicastenango
v/   Copan
v/   Ceibal
v/   Aguateca
v/   Yaxha
v/   Tikal
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Take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago, visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism & beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya.
Day 1:Arrival in Antigua
Day 2:Architecture & History Tour
Day 3:Transfer to Lake Atitlan & Santiago Tour
Day 4:Chichi Market 
Day 5:Copan (Honduras)
Day 6:Copan Site & Bird Park
Day 7:Quirigua
Day 8:Ceibal Site & Petexbatun Lake
Day 9:Aguateca - Flores
Day 10:Yaxha Sunset
Day 11:Tikal
Day 12:Fly out from Guatemala 


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
 Casa PalopoEconomic hotelsMid Range HotelsHigh End Hotel
Lake Atitlan
Hotel Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlan
Casa Palopo
7 rooms
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Hotel Posada Lazos Fuertes, Antigua
Posada Lazos Fuertes
15 rooms
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Hotel Meson de Maria, Antigua
Meson de Maria
20 rooms
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Hotel Panza Verde, Antigua
Panza Verde
6 rooms
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Hotel Kakchiquel hotel, Panajachel
Kakchiquel hotel
31 rooms
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Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo, Antigua
Posada de Don Rodrigo
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Hotel Atitlan hotel, Lake Atitlan
Atitlan hotel
66 rooms
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Hotel Peten hotel, Flores
Peten hotel
20 rooms
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Hotel Casona del lago, Tikal
Casona del lago
32 rooms
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Hotel Camino Real Tikal, Tikal
Camino Real Tikal
72 rooms
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Hotel Holiday Inn, Guatemala City
Holiday Inn
204 rooms
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Hotel Holiday Inn, Guatemala City
Holiday Inn
204 rooms
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Hotel Westin Camino Real, Guatemala City
Westin Camino Real
271 rooms
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Hotel Bonifaz, Quetzaltenango
Bonifaz
75 rooms
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Hotel Bonifaz, Quetzaltenango
Bonifaz
75 rooms
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Hotel Bonifaz, Quetzaltenango
Bonifaz
75 rooms
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Hotel Chugila, Chichicastenango
Chugila
26 rooms
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Hotel Santo Tomas, Chichicastenango
Santo Tomas
43 rooms
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Hotel Santo Tomas, Chichicastenango
Santo Tomas
43 rooms
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Hotel Hacienda Tijax, Rio Dulce
Hacienda Tijax
23 rooms
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Hotel Catamaran hotel, Rio Dulce
Catamaran hotel
36 rooms
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Hotel Mayan Inn, Chichicastenango
Mayan Inn
30 rooms
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Hotel Unicornio Azul, Huehuetenango
Unicornio Azul
5 rooms
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Hotel Unicornio Azul, Huehuetenango
Unicornio Azul
5 rooms
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Hotel Villa Caribe, Rio Dulce
Villa Caribe
45 rooms
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Hotel Casa de Cafe, Copan
Casa de Cafe
10 rooms
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Hotel Don Udos, Copan
Don Udos
16 rooms
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Hotel Unicornio Azul, Huehuetenango
Unicornio Azul
5 rooms
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Hotel Hacienda San Lucas, Copan
Hacienda San Lucas
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Day 1:  Arrival in Antigua (Unguided)
Guests are met & transferred to Antigua. (1hr) Overnight in Antigua.

(Included meals : N / A)
Day 2:  Architecture & History Tour(Guide HD)
Guests will take a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francisco Church. All entrances are included. Free Afternoon. Overnight in Antigua. Breakfast/-/-.
Day 3:  Transfer to Lake Atitlan & Santiago Tour (Guide HD)
Guests transfer to Lake Atitlan. (2.5hr) Once at the lake, guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30mins) to the village of Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism & beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Transfer to hotel, and overnight in the Lake Atitlan region.

• Upgrade with a Helicopter Transfer

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4:  Chichi Market (Guide FD)
Today guests transfer approx. 1hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring on to on to Guatemala City & to your hotel. (3hr) Overnight in Guatemala City.

• Upgrade with a Helicopter Transfer

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5:  Copan (Honduras) (Unguided)
Transfer across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Just across the border you are in the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas. (5hrs) Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town. Overnight in Copan.

• Upgrade with a private Charter Flight (40mins)
• Add dinner at home w. Archaeologist David Sedat
• Upgrade with a presentation from David Sedat.

(Included meals : Breakfast)
Day 6:  Copan Site & Bird Park (Guide in each place)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Lunch is in the tropical bird park where guests can also enjoy a visit of this beautiful facility looking after rescued tropical birds & working to educate people about conservation. Overnight in Copan.

• Add Dinner at Hacienda San Lucas

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7:  Quirigua (Unguided)
Transfer back into Guatemala to visit the UNESCO protected site of Quirigua in the humid Motagua River Valley (2hr). Enjoy the beautifully carved stelea of his small but fascinating site situated amongst banana plantations. Then transfer on to Guatemala City for overnight. 

• Add a guide accompaniment today

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8:  Ceibal Site & Petexbatun Lake (Guide FD)
An early morning flight up to Flores (30min) and then guests transfer to Sayaxche (1.5hr) & then board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion river (30min) to the site at Ceibal. After a pretty steep climb up to the site through a Ceiba tree forest your guide will provide you with the latest findings and conclusions about this site which contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae. When you are ready continue by river to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun,(1hr). Overnight at Chiminos Lodge.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9:  Aguateca - Flores (Guide FD)
After breakfast, transfer with your guide by boat to the lesser visited yet unique site at Aguateca (30min). This site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in Maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line. Guests can explore the natural fault as well as a small selection of restored monuments and some intricate carvings. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch transfer back to Flores by boat & land. Overnight in Tikal area.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10:  Yaxha Sunset (B) (Guide HD)
Guests enjoy a free morning to relax. After lunch they transfer to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples. Overnight in Tikal area.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch) 

• Add a Canopy Tour in the morning
• Upgrade with a luxury picnic
Day 11:  Tikal Guide HD)
Today guests transfer to Tikal National park (approx 1hr) to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. After lunch guests have time to relax and refresh and will fly back to Guatemala City (30min) where they will be transferred to their hotel. (Approx 10min) Overnight in Guatemala City. 
 
• Upgrade with a luxury picnic

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 12:  Fly out from Guatemala (Unguided)
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport (approx 10mins) in plenty of time to catch their flight.

• Add a 2D/1N extension to Cancuen & Candelaria Caves

(Included meals : Breakfast)
 

Itinerary:

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Trip type:
  Private service
Departures:
   Mon or Thurs (For Chichi Market Days)