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Guatemala Highland & Mayan Ruins of Copan

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Ana Urrutia

Mesoamerica Travel

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Guatemala Highland & Mayan Ruins of Copan

We start in Guatemala City, then we visit Chichicastenango, a colourful Mayan market which is famous beyond the boundries. Afterwards we stay in Lake Atitlan, flanked by three volcanoes that create a breathtaking panorama. Leaving the Lake Atitlan we enjoy a stunning panoramic view with volcano peaks reaching up to 3,500 m. Afterwards we tour the Pacific lowlands, famous for its vegetables and flowers.

DAY 1

Guatemala

In the morning your guide awaits you at the hotel reception to drive with you to the western highlands of Guatemala. In Chichicastenango we visit a colourful Mayan market which is famous beyond the boundries (takes place on Thursdays and Sundays). Since pre-Hispanic times Chichicastenango has been one of the largest trading centres in the Maya area and so it attracts vendors from all over Guatemala. They represent many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others, each hawking his or her products in a riotous cacophony of colors, dialects and costumes, flavours, and smells. After a tour through the open-air market, we visit the 400-year-old church of Santo Tomás, where catholic and pagan rites take place in a mystical atmosphere. Afterwards we continue to Lake Atitlan. 2 overnights in Panajachel at the lake. Read more

Overnight in Panajachel Lake
DAY 2

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan - the world's most beautiful lake according to the German natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt - is volcanic in origin. It fills an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. On its southern shore it is flanked by three volcanoes that create a breathtaking panorama. Early in the morning we start a boat ride to the Tzutuhil town of Santiago Atitlan, located between the volcanoes. This small town still keeps the Mayan traditions and culture. We visit the local market and the town's church. In the afternoon we return by boat to Panajachel, where you can relax in the hotel garden or at the pool. Read more

Overnight in Panajachel
DAY 3

Lake Atitlan - Antigua

Leaving the Lake Atitlan we enjoy a stunning panoramic view with volcano peaks reaching up to 3,500 m. Afterwards we tour the Pacific lowlands, famous for its vegetables and flowers. We continue passing through big coffee and sugar cane plantations to the colonial gem of Antigua. Founded in the 16th century as Santiago de Guatemala, Antigua was the seat of the Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala, which included Chiapas (southern Mexico), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. After a severe earthquake in 1773, which damaged great parts of the town, the capital was moved to Guatemala City. 2 overnights in Antigua. Read more

Overnight in Antigua
DAY 4

Antigua

In 1979 Antigua has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list as an outstanding example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. Until today the principal monuments built before the earthquake are preserved as ruins. Much of the architecture today dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. During our tour we visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Capuchinas Convent, the churches San Francisco and La Merced as well as other buildings and colonial spots. Read more

Overnight in Antigua
DAY 5

Antigua - Copan Ruinas

Early in the morning we set out for Honduras. After a scenic drive through the Motagua valley, we arrive at the Honduran border in the afternoon. Having dealt with the customs formalities we transfer to Copan Ruinas where we check in our hotel, located in the centre of the village. The rest of the afternoon is left free to enjoy and explore the picturesque village. The various small shops and stalls offer all kinds of handcrafts as well as excellent coffee, which is produced in this area. 2 overnights in Copan Ruinas. Read more

Overnight in Copan
DAY 6

Copan Ruinas

After breakfast we leave the village to explore the nearby archaeological Park of Copan. At its height (from 200 to 900 A.D.) Copan had about 24,000 inhabitants. It wasn't one of the largest Mayan cities. However, it was the principal cultural centre of the Maya region due to its advanced development of sculpture, astronomy, and hieroglyphic writing. The sculptures and stelaes are among the most artistic of all Mayan sites. The main site is famous for the Hieroglyphic Stairway, which is 30 m long and 10 m high. The lengthy inscription on the Hieroglyphic Stairway is of considerable historical significance. Later we visit the sepulchers, a residential and burial site of the Mayan nobles located at about 2 km from the main group. Read more

Overnight in Copan Ruinas
DAY 7

Copan Ruinas-San Pedro Sula

Transfer to San Pedro Sula in time for your international departure flight.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Panajachel, Guatemala
Hotel Cacique Inn
Day 3
Location Antigua, Guatemala
Hotel Camino Real Antigua
Day 5
Location Copan, Honduras
Hotel Camino Maya

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

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

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Ligia Kendall, United States

Wonderful people who were very helpful and attentive to our needs! Our honeymoon was just that much more special because of our terrific tour guide Jose! My family is from Guatemala and it was great to be able to share my beloved Guate with my husband and to have someone knowledgeable tell us all about it! So thankful! Read more

Berta Garcia, Guatemala

Buenísimo!!! Los mejores guías de Guatemala los mejores lugares y los mejores precios la pasamos súper con toda la familia

Deiby Estrada Lone, Guatemala

Muy agradecida con la empresa Mesoamerica, dirigida por sus gerentes Celeste Garcia y Jose Mazariegos, por el tours brindado a mi familia, viaje a Salama, Monterrico y la semana pasada un viaje turístico por 4 días en Antigua, Panajachel, Chichicastenango y Xela, como excelentes guías de turismo, anfitriones, fue un servicio recibido de calidad y muy profesional, que será la Empresa Mesoamerica Travel, la que recomiendo y seguiré usando sus servicios de calidad. Mi familia q reside en América regresan encantados de nuestra bella Guatemala, gracias a Celeste y José, por enseñarnos nuestra linda Guatemala. Read more

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