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Don Q's Mayan Adventure

Since it is a tailored tour, we offer it in the dry season, could be at any time having a minimum PAX of 8. We will travel by Pullman Bus or minibus depending on number of PAX. We will visit the world famous Archaeological Mayan sites of TIKAL, YAXHA, Petencito Jungle Zoo, Peten Itza Lake with a picture stop at Rio Dulce, Izabal and hospitality in Flores Island in Peten.

DAY 1

Tour departure Guatemala City - Peten

On the way to Peten from Guatemala City, we will stop at Rio Dulce Izabal for a picture taking and short visit to the San Felipe de Lara Castle, build by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century of to protect the area from the pirates that use to attack small towns and villages close to shore. The Rio Dulce is the principal Water way entrance from the Caribbean to the interior of the Izabal township and area. We'll continue our way to the city of Isla de Flores, Peten. Hotel Casona del Lago El río Dulce se encuentra en el departamento de Izabal, Guatemala, entre el lago de Izabal y la bahía de Amatique de alrededor de 43 km de largo. Es, desde 1955, una de las primeras áreas protegidas de Guatemala. Cuenta con 7200 ha, donde se encuentran ecosistemas acuáticos y manglares estuarinos. Es hábitat del manatí, mamífero en peligro de extinción, así como cocodrilos de la especie acutus. El cañón en la desembocadura del río sobre la bahía ofrece una belleza escénica singular por su vegetación y por ser refugio para muchas aves marinas; para recorrer los 16 km que distan entre el golfete y el mar, las aguas del río se introducen por una enorme grieta que separan las montañas donde altas paredes de rocas calizas con exuberante vegetación, de 120 a 150 m de altura ocultan casi por completo la luz del sol, en este lugar el río presenta una profundidad de 30 a 50 m, y un ancho de 200 m. Al biotopo del manatí, únicamente puede accederse por vía acuática, ya sea desde la aldea Río Dulce, municipio de Livingston o desde Puerto Barrios. Read more

Flores Island, Peten hotels
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DAY 2

FIrst Encounter: Mayan civilization

Our second day of the tour, we will visit the Tikal national park. Tikal (/ tikäl /) (Tik'al in modern Mayan orthography) is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in rainforest in Guatemala. Ambrosio Tut, a gum-sapper, reported the ruins to La Gaceta, a Guatemalan newspaper, which named the site Tikal. After the Berlin Academy of Sciences' magazine republished the report in 1853, archeologists and treasure hunters began visiting the forest. Today, tourism to the site may help protect the rainforest. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tikal was the capital of the conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back to the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, c. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the site's abandonment by the end of the 10th century. Tikal is the best understood of any of the large lowland Maya cities, with a long dynastic ruler list, the discovery of the tombs of many of the rulers on this list and the investigation of their monuments, temples and palaces. The city has been completely mapped and covered an area greater than 16 square kilometres (6.2 sq mi) that included about 3,000 structures. The topography of the site consists of a series of parallel limestone ridges rising above swampy lowlands. The major architecture of the site is clustered upon areas of higher ground and linked by raised causeways spanning the swamps. The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres (220 sq mi). After our field day at Tikal, we will return to Flores, Peten. There we'll enjoy of a stroll by the island and enjoy a restful evening, free to roam around. Read more

Flores-Tikal-FLores, Peten
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DAY 3

Visit to Yaxha/El Remate

On our 3rd day of the tour, we will stop at the archeological Mayan park of Yaxha. Yaxha (or Yaxhá in Spanish orthography) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site in the northeast of the Petén Basin region, and a former ceremonial centre and city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Yaxha was the third largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period (c. AD 250–600). The city was located on a ridge overlooking Lake Yaxha. The name of the city derives from the Mayan for "blue-green water"; it is a notable survival of a Classic period place-name into the modern day. The Yaxha kingdom is estimated to have covered an area of 237 square kilometres (92 sq mi) and to have had a peak population of 42,000 in the Late Classic period of Mesoamerican chronology.[1] Yaxha had a long history of occupation with the first settlement being founded sometime in the Middle Preclassic period (c. 1000–350 BC). It developed into the largest city in the eastern Petén lakes region during the Late Preclassic (c. 350 BC – AD 250) and expanded into an enormous city during the Early Classic (c. AD 250–600). At this time, in common with other sites in Petén, it shows strong influence from the distant metropolis of Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico. It was eclipsed during the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) by neighboring Naranjo but was never completely dominated. The city survived well into the Terminal Classic (c. 800–900) but was abandoned by the Postclassic period (c. 900–1525). The ruins of the city were first reported by Teoberto Maler who visited them in 1904. The site was mapped in the 1930s and again in the 1970s and stabilization work began in the late 1980s. The ruins include the remains of more than 500 structures with a number of major archaeological groups linked by causeways. Approximately 40 Maya stelae have been discovered at the site, about half of which feature sculpture. After this visit, in the afternoon we will visit the lake's shore beach called El Remate and Reserva Cahuí, for a relaxing afternoon and recover energies. El Remate is a rural village located on the eastern tip of Lake Petén Itzá in Petén, Guatemala, Central America. It has a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants and a tropical savanna climate. El Remate means "the end" in Spanish, and likely refers to the pointed eastern end of the lake, which is 32 km. (20 miles) long and 5 km (3 miles) wide. The village is located on Ruta 3, the sole road from the town of Flores to the major Mayan archaeological site of Tikal and is a popular stop for tourists. A much less visited local Mayan ruin site is Ixlu. Businesses in El Remate include small eco-friendly hotels, small workshops that sell handmade wood carvings, and boat trips on the lake. The Biotopo Protegido Cerro Cahuí is a protected nature preserve that offers birdwatching opportunities, monkey sightings, lookouts over the lake, and nature walks. Two kilometers south of El Remate village is El Cruce, the intersection where the Ruta 3 road meets CA13, the other major road in northern Guatemala. CA13 connects El Remate to Melchor de Mencos on the border of Belize. We will return to the city of Flores to our hotels and enjoy a free evening to walk around town. Read more

Return our hotel
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DAY 4

Petencito Zoo at lake Itza/Rio Dulce

We will go on a boat ride thru the Peten Itza lake, visiting the Petencito zoo, after this short visit we will depart on our trip to Rio Dulce Izabal, for an unforgettable visit. We will have a stop for lunch (not included in this proposal) in Rio Dulce. Following we will then go to our hotel in Rio Dulce town. Afternoon and evening free to rest and enjoy the water walk ways of the hotel and other adventures. There is a large amount of tropical birds and other animals in the evening around the hotel. Hotel Hacienda Tijax is a special place to be in touch with nature. Hotel Hacienda Tijax Jungle Lodge & Marina, offers several options of accommodations for various budgets depending on the comfort level required. Our Hotel's Restaurant serves delicious foods. You can select from a varied menu which includes incredible vegetarian plates, real Italian pastas or gourmet seafood. Our bars, one at the old restaurant and one poolside offer a wide variety of refreshing cocktails in a unique jungle setting. Hotel Hacienda Tijax - Jungle Lodge & Marina is part of the Hacienda Tijax Project, which is a large farm nestled in a magical and natural surrounding at Rio Dulce. We are seriously dedicated to conservation, ecotourism, light adventure tourism and sustainable farming. We have a rubber plantation and a nature reserve with trails ideal for hiking, learning about trees, medicinal plants and bird watching. There are many things to do in and around Hacienda Tijax such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming in our pools and sailing. The river begins at the point where it flows out of Lake Izabal. At the entrance to the river there is a small Spanish colonial fort, the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, built to stop pirates entering the lake from the Caribbean when this part of Central America was an important shipping staging point. Just after the river flows from Lake Izabal it is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge is the town of Fronteras, commonly referred to by the name Río Dulce, the local center of commerce for the area. Fronteras has a local vegetable market, attracting locals from the countryside who arrive in dugout canoes. Most of these boats are powered with Japanese outboard motors but many come to market day paddling these cayucos by hand. On the other side is the town of El Relleno. Nearby is the children's village of Casa Guatemala, an orphanage that houses roughly 250 children and provides them with education and nourishment. From Fronteras the river flows east for a couple of miles. In this stretch there are several marinas and resorts. The river then flows into a long narrow lake called El Golfete. This lake has an island and a large natural anchorage. A few houses and a couple of small businesses line the shore. El Golfete is about 16 kilometres (10 mi) long and a couple of miles wide. Read more

Rio Dulce Town/Rancho Tijax
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DAY 5

Cañon del Rio Dulce Journey

Day 5 will be a beautiful boat ride of 3 hours that will take us from the town of Rio Dulce to the city of Livingston, Izabal, thru the Rio Dulce River canyon and on to Livingston bay. We will have a couple of stops at the floating gardens store, hot water springs and on to Livingston. There we will register at our hotels in downtown Livingston and enjoy the rest of the day roaming thru town, with the friendly Garífunas (Local inhabitants) and enjoy caribe food (not included in the proposal). There is a small market and plenty souvenirs. Free evening to rest and enjoy. Livingston (en honor a Edward Livingston, autor del código civil de Louisiana implementado por los liberales guatemaltecos en 1825) es un municipio guatemalteco del departamento de Izabal, situado a 65 kilómetros por vía terrestre y aproximadamente 15 kilómetros por vía acuática de la cabecera departamental Puerto Barrios. Livingston está poblado principalmente por habitantes de la etnia garífuna, que se situaron a mediados del siglo xviii, y es uno de principales atractivos turísticos del país; posee una gastronomía única de la región, sus principales platillos son el "Rice and beans" (arroz con frijoles que incluye coco), el tapado y el famoso pan de coco. Tras la Independencia de Centroamérica en 1821, por lo inhóspito y retirado de la región, todo Izabal fue designado como un distrito dependiente del departamento de Verapaz, y como parte del circuito de Zacapa que pertenecía al Distrito N.° 4 (Chiquimula) para la impartición de justicia por medio de juicios de jurados. En esa época casas comerciales inglesas se establecieron en Belice e iniciaron unas prósperas rutas comerciales con los puertos caribeños de Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua.​ Luego de la expulsión de los miembros del partido conservador de Guatemala en 1829 por las fuerzas invasoras del general liberal Francisco Morazán la situación en Guatemala fue de constantes guerras e invasiones, lo que llevaron a que Soconusco se separara del país y que el Estado de Los Altos lo intentara. La figura del general Rafael Carrera emergió y logró pacificar al país en 1851; por ese tiempo, retornaron los jesuitas a Guatemala y se establecieron inicialmente en Livingston y también se inició la Guerra de Castas en Yucatán, un alzamiento indígena que dejó miles de colonos europeos asesinados, y los representantes beliceños y peteneros se pusieron en alerta no solamente porque los refugiados yucatecos llegaban huyendo a Petén y a Belice sino que se temía que Carrera, dado su fuerte alianza con los indígenas guatemaltecos, fuera a propiciar las revoluciones indígenas en Centroamérica.​ Sin embargo, el asunto no pasó a más, y Guatemala entró en una fase de paz y prosperidad a partir de 1851. Read more

Livingston Hotels 2 nights
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DAY 6

Quehueche Beach at hotel

On day 6th, we will take a short boat ride (15 minutes) to Quehueche beach to enjoy a day at the beach at hotel Salvador Gaviota(ecological) in front of the Caribbean ocean. You can enjoy the day and taste their delicious sea food platters and drinks (Not included in this proposal) spend a great day in their very calmed waters and extended beach. With in a Short walk you can visit the water falls Siete Altares, very attractive paradise. In the afternoon we will return to our hotels in Livingston and enjoy the rest of the day. Read more

Return to Livinston hotels
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DAY 7

Quirigua stelae park/Antigua

Early morning we will depart Livingston, Izabal, taking a boat ride to Puerto Barrios, Izabal. There we will board our bus to travel to another Mayan marvel, the National Quirigua Maya Stelae Park. Quiriguá is an archaeological site belonging to the ancient Mayan civilization, located in the department of Izabal in the north-east of Guatemala. Quirigua was at the confluence of several important trade routes. A set of hieroglyphic texts from Tikal, Copán, and Quirigua, together with the architectural styles and chemical evidence of the founder's remains of the Copán dynasty, suggest that Quirigua and Copán were founded by colonists from the elite of the great city of Tikal, as part of its expansion in the southeastern border area of the Mayan region. There is evidence that Quirigua was attacked by unknown enemies in this period, as evidenced by the apparently deliberate deformation of Stela U and Monument 26, characteristic of the damage caused by invading warriors. We will continue our journey to Antigua Guatemala City where we will arrive late afternoon. Free evening to rest and enjoy. We will stay 2 nights in Antigua. Read more

Colonial Antigua Guatemala
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DAY 8

Antigua Guatemala City All day

This will be a very special day. We will be visiting the main attractions in the city of Antigua Guatemala all day with our expert guide thru monuments, churches, parks and museums. The city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, whose official and historical name is Very Noble and Very Loyal City of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala and popularly named today as Antigua Guatemala, is the head of the homonymous municipality and the department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala; Is located approximately 45 kilometers to the west of the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, and to an altitude of 1470 msnm. During the time of the colony it was known as "Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala", and was the capital of the Captaincy General of Guatemala between 1541 and 1776, the year in which the capital was transferred to the city of Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción After the earthquakes of Santa Marta ruined the city for the third time in the same century and civil authorities used that as an excuse to weaken the ecclesiastical authorities - following the recommendations of the Bourbon reforms undertaken by the Spanish crown in the second half of Eighteenth century, forcing the regular orders to move from their majestic convents to fragile temporary structures in the new city. From the transfer the city was renamed "ruined Guatemala", "Santiago de Guatemala antigua" and "old city". It was abandoned by all the royal and municipal authorities, and in 1784 by the two last parishes: "Candelaria" and "Our Lady of the Remedies", also remaining without ecclesiastical authorities. A few years later, Archbishop Cayetano Francos and Monroy authorized the operation Of three interim parishes that took the name of their predecessors: "San Sebastián", "Candelaria" and "Los Remedios", where they kept the greatest amount of religious art works that remained in ancient Guatemala. After the Independence of Central America in 1821 recovered the category of city and was named like head of the department of Sacatepéquez; In addition, the State of Guatemala established circuits and districts for the adjudication of justice through juries in 1825 and Antigua Guatemala was assigned as the venue for the circuit of the same name in District No. 8 (Sacatepéquez). The city was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. In the twenty-first century it is a major Guatemalan tourist destination for its well-preserved Spanish baroque architecture with Baroque façades of the New World, as well as a large number of ruins of Catholic churches, even after their structures were severely damaged by the abandonment in which Were between 1776 and 19403 12 and the earthquakes of 1874, 1917 and 1976. It is also recognized by the solemn processions of Holy Week that have been held annually since before the transfer of the capital to New Guatemala According to the official census of 2003, it has a population of 44,097 inhabitants. The first historical documents in which the name of Guatemala is written are the letters of relationship that Pedro de Alvarado sent to Hernán Cortés in 1524. In the letters cited, the name of Guatemala is written in the same way as it is now and Which is surely the Castilianization of the word Quauhtemalan ("place of many trees") of Nahuatl origin, that was the name with which the city and nation cakchiquel knew the Mexican auxiliaries that accompanied Alvarado and Cortes. Read more

Antigua City and hotels
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DAY 9

Journey to Chichicastenango Mayan Market

From Antigua, we will continue our tour to the famous Mayan market place of Santo Tomás Chichicastenango ("Santo Tomas": in honor to its patron saint Tomas Apóstol; "Chichistenango": of the Nahuatl, means "wall of nettles") is a municipality Of the department of Quiché (Guatemala). It is located south of this department and is a recognized tourist center for its local market. It is located 18 km from the departmental head and 145 km from Guatemala City. The majority of the population is indigenous to the Quiché ethnic group. During colonial times it was a doctrine of the Dominican friars and after Independence of Central America was part of the department of Sololá.2 In 1838 it became part of the ephemeral state of Los Altos until it was reincorporated into the State of Guatemala by the General conservative Rafael Carrera in 1840.3 After the Liberal Reform of 1871, the 12 of August of 1872 the de facto government of the provisional president Miguel García Granados created the department of Quiché, to which Chichicastenango has belonged since. In 1935, during the government of General Jorge Ubico, scenes were filmed in Chichicastenango from the Hollywood film production Las Nuevas Aventuras de Tarzán, which was also filmed in Livingston, Petenera Jungle, Rio Dulce, Puerto Barrios, and Antigua Guatemala. It is considered by some as the most important municipality of the department due to being a place of cultural, historical and tourist relevance, since it was in this place where the Popol vuh, a Mayan Quiche religious book that narrates the origin of the humanity according To those cultures and that which was translated from Quiché into Castilian by Friar Francisco Ximénez, OP When Chichistatenango was a doctrine of the Dominicans. In the afternoon we will continue our travel to Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, passing thru Sololá, the capital of that region. In Atitlan City we will spend the night. Read more

Atitlan lake, Solola
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DAY 10

Visit Lake Atitlan surrounding Vllages

For this 10th day of touring, we will visit by boat around the lake, where there are several towns called each one by the name of the 12th Apostles that followed Jesus in his journeys. The most important hydrographic accident in the department of Sololá in Guatemala is Lake Atitlán, which is one of the main economic sources of the department, as well as being a very attractive tourist center, it serves as much commercial support. In the margins of the lake the volcanoes of Atitlán (3537 msnm1), Tolimán (3158 msnm) and volcano San Pedro (3020 msnm) rise. The lake is located at 1560 meters above sea level and is 18 km long. Its depth, which varies in many points, is unknown, however have been probed more than 350 meters deep. Regarding the origin of Lake Atitlán, there are two currents of opinion. One of them thinks that the lake is an old dead crater and the other that the emergence of the volcanoes interrupted the course of the three rivers that come from the north, which, when gathering their waters in the place, gave origin to the lake. The lake has no visible drainage. In addition, it is said that where the lake was, it was an island that was the epicenter of Mayan activity in the Pre-Classic period (600 BC - 250 AD), in a settlement called Samabaj, since in that Mayan times were grouped into regions. Several towns that surround the lake have names of saints: Santa Catarina Palopó, San Antonio Palopó, San Lucas Tolimán, Santiago Atitlán, San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan La Laguna, San Pablo La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna , San Francisco Panajachel or Panajachel, Santa Clara La Laguna and others. To these towns you can travel from boats that are to the shore of the lake. One of the characteristics of Lago de Atitlán, is a strong wind known as Xocomil, The etymology of Xocomil, comes from the Cakchiqueles voices Xocom, from jocom = collect; Il = sins, that is, the wind that collects the sins of the inhabitants of the towns situated on the lake. Generally occurs at midday, when warm winds from the south collide with the colder air masses that come from the plateau, forming eddies that stir the waters of the lake making them very strong waves that can cause the boats to capsize. We will return to Atitlan City where we will spend the night, feel free to walk around. Read more

Atitlan, Santiago, San Pedro
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DAY 11

Monterrico, Sta. Rosa, Pacific Coast

From Atitlan, Sololá, we will travel thru the coast highway towards the Pacific coast of Guatemala, to the small village of Monterrico, where we will stay for the night, enjoying the beautiful and warm weather of the Pacific ocean. The town of Monterrico is situated on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in the departament of Santa Rosa. Known for its volcanic black sand beaches and annual influx of sea turtles, the town also serves as a major weekend beach resort for citizens of Guatemala City. The town is growing more popular with foreign tourists largely because of the local sea turtle conservation efforts as well as the laid-back atmosphere of the area. A few turtle conservation organizations operate in the Monterrico area because the long stretch of beach serves as a breeding ground for four species of sea turtles. Although some locals who hunt for sea turtle eggs during the August–November season do donate a percentage of their catch to the "tortugarios" (sea turtle hatcheries), the majority of eggs laid on the beach are harvested and eaten. You will enjoy the warm waters of the Guatemalan Pacific Coast. Read more

Monterric, Sta. Rosa 2 night
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DAY 12

Monterrico beach and optional visits

We will spend the day relaxing from the trip, visiting fauna sanctuaries, liberate sea turtles, visit the mangroves by boat, view beautiful birds and enjoy the beach or visit Monterrico City.

Monterrico Hotels
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DAY 13

We will travel to Guatemala City

We will travel from Monterrico to Guatemala City. We will drive to each hotel of our guestsy. The city of Guatemala, whose official name is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, is the capital and seat of the government of the Republic of Guatemala, as well as the seat of the Central American Parliament. The city is in the south-central area of the country and has a large amount of green areas. According to the latest census in the city, 2,149,107 people live there, but considering its metropolitan area according to the National Institute of Statistics, it reaches an estimated 4,703,865 inhabitants for 2015, Which makes it the most populous and extensive urban agglomeration in Central America. The New Guatemala of the Assumption is the fourth settlement of the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. The reason for its transfer to the Valley of the Ermita were the earthquakes of Santa Marta, that destroyed to a large extent the city of Santiago de Guatemala, the old capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. The transfer order was given on December 1, 1775 and on January 2 of the following year there was a meeting for the first time in the city council of the new city. A plaque, which stands in front of the Santa Cruz Parish, just at the beginning of the Milla and Vidaurre road named after the writer and diplomat José Milla y Vidaurre, commemorates this fact. The name of the new city was decreed by the King of Spain on January 23, 1776. Its development has been affected in numerous occasions by natural disasters, earthquakes in their majority, that have devastated the city and its surroundings receding in her years of development. The last one that affected it was the earthquake of 1976 that seriously damaged the modern structure built and the one that was under construction, as well as historical relics like the churches of Our Lady of the Favor, The Collection, Our Lady of the Cerrito of the Carmen - First church built in the valley around 1620-, and the Central Market building. Bohemian historic downtown tour. From 7pm to 12 midnight, visiting some colonial bars and restaurants. Read more

Guatemala City Hotels 1 nigh
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DAY 14

Guatemala City Day tour, historic places

We will take you thru the principals touristic destinations of the city such as Civic Center, Downtown, National Palace, Cathedral, museums, Cayala Area and included in the tour a free lunch on a very famous typical Guatemalan food restaurant. We will pay your lunch. In the afternoon we will take everyone to the assigned hotels. The city of Guatemala, whose official name is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, is the capital and seat of the government of the Republic of Guatemala, as well as the seat of the Central American Parliament. The city is located in the south-central area of the country and has a large amount of green areas. According to the latest census in the city, 2,149,107 people live there, but considering its metropolitan area according to the National Institute of Statistics, it reaches an estimated 4,703,865 inhabitants for 2015, Which makes it the most populous and extensive urban agglomeration in Central America. The New Guatemala of the Assumption is the fourth settlement of the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. The reason for its transfer to the Valley of the Ermita were the earthquakes of Santa Marta, that destroyed to a large extent the city of Santiago de Guatemala, the old capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. The transfer order was given on December 1, 1775 and on January 2 of the following year there was a meeting for the first time in the city council of the new city. A plaque, which stands in front of the Santa Cruz Parish, just at the beginning of the Milla and Vidaurre road named after the writer and diplomat José Milla y Vidaurre, commemorates this fact. The name of the new city was decreed by the King of Spain on January 23, 1776. Its development has been affected in numerous occasions by natural disasters, earthquakes in their majority, that have devastated the city and its surroundings receding in her years of development. The last one that affected it was the earthquake of 1976 that seriously damaged the modern structure built and the one that was under construction, as well as historical relics like the churches of Our Lady of the Favor, The Collection, Our Lady of the Cerrito of the Carmen - First church built in the valley around 1620-, and the Central Market building. Luego de los terremotos de «Santa Marta» en 1773, las autoridades españolas decidieron que la ciudad de Guatemala tenía que cambiar de lugar para evitar un otro evento de la misma magnitud, pues consideraron que los movimientos telúricos eran causados por los volcanes vecinos a la ciudad; era necesario comenzar un peregrinaje en busca de un nuevo sitio que ofreciera a los habitantes seguridad y provecho. Después de largas discusiones, los que apoyaban el traslado de la ciudad impusieron su opinión y partieron rumbo al «Valle de la Ermita», mientras que la oposición se quedó en la Santiago de los Caballeros a reconstruir la ciudad. Habiendo hecho estudios sobre los lugares más apropiados para asentar la nueva ciudad se aludía necesariamente a las facilidades para proveer de agua a la nueva capital, mencionándose que en el río de Pinula, en el llano de «la Culebra», había ya una toma que facilitaba el agua a los pocos vecinos del valle y se acompañaba un plano hecho por el arquitecto mayor Bernardo Ramírez, maestro mayor de obras y fontanero de la «Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción». Así pues, el proyecto del acueducto en la Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción empezó con la propuesta al analizar el traslado de la capital luego del terremoto de 1773. Read more

Guatemala City 1 night
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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Santa Elena, Peten
Day 4
Location Rio Dulce, Izabal
Hotel Rancho Tijax
Day 5
Location Livingstone, Izabal
Day 7
Location Antigua Guatemala City
Day 9
Location Atitlan Lake
Hotel Hotel Dos Mundos
Day 11
Location Monterrico, Escuintla
Hotel Hotel Playa Plana
Day 12
Location Guatemala City
Hotel Camino Real Hotel
Day 13
Location Guatemala City at Night
Hotel Camino Real Hotel
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Isla de Flores, Peten, Guatemala
Day 1
Location Rio Dulce, Izabal, Guatemala
Day 1
Location Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala
Hotel Gil Resort
Day 1
Location Guatemala City
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Isla de Flores Peten
Day 1
Location Rio Dulce Izabal, Guatemala
Day 1
Location Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala
Day 1
Location Guatemala City, Guatemala

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance to parks fees

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • We cover Accidental insurance for all the PAX. Other insurance such as medical or personal should be contracted by the person interested. We can provide such option.

REVIEWS

2 Reviews

Dora Clemencia Lira Trujillo , Honduras

Todo estuvo acorde a lo pactado con anterioridad, ya que el hotel fue de nuestro total agrado, así como los distintos transportes que seleccionaron para nuestro servicio, la atención recibida por su personal fue muy completa y servicial en todo el recorrido!

Rose A. Molina , Guatemala

Por este medio les hago llegar mi agradecimiento por todo su apoyo, todo estuvo perfecto desde la organización hasta el momento de llevarlo a cabo, los lugares que asignaron para que yo pudiera visitar eran muy bonitos, quede impresionada con los paisajes en el tren, los hoteles en los que me hospede todos de muy buena calidad, cómodos y con muy buen servicio, el transporte muy seguro y puntual, quede con ganas de regresar, más porque no me fue posible visitar Machu Picchu por manifestaciones en el lugar, pero todo fue de la mejor manera, esperando poder viajar nuevamente con ustedes. Read more

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