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The best of Guatemala 2023

14 days/13 nights

Guatemala City - Antigua- Pacaya Volcano - Atitlan Lake -Chichicastenango- Biotopo del Quetzal - Lanquin- Semuc Champey

$4,267.50

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In our tour we offer:
Antigua in the wide mountain valley of Panchoy, sandwiched between the cones of the volcanoes of Agua, Acatenango and Fuego,
Lake Atitlán, the pearl among mountains,
Santiago Atitlan, the largest city with a population of 32 thousand people;
Chichicastenango, highland Mayan Market;
Semuc Champey, a series of small, beautiful, natural ponds and pools.

Day 1: Guatemala City / Antigua

Arrival at La Aurora International Airport. You will be met at the airport in order to transfer to Antigua. Overnight at Hotel Villa Colonial.

Day 2: Antigua

Antigua City Tour: Antigua lies in the wide mountain valley of Panchoy, sandwiched between the cones of the volcanoes of Agua, Acatenango and Fuego. The city was founded in 1543 as the third capital of Guatemala, and was called Santiago de Guatemala. And only after the strong earthquake occurred in 1773, the capital had to be moved to a new place in Guatemala City. The city reached its peak by the middle of the 18th century, when an unprecedented construction boom tripled and its population grew to fifty thousand people. By 1773, this city had about 25 churches, 5 women's, 8 men's monasteries and a cathedral built in 1680 and was compared only with the cathedral in Mexico City and Lima, Peru for its beauty and majesty of construction. In 1773 there were 3 very strong earthquakes: the very first that destroyed almost the entire city, all the churches and monasteries happened on July 29, 1773 on St. Martha's Day, so it was called the Santa Marta earthquake. But the most important museum in Antigua is the city itself, its streets, where you can study its history just by walking it. Overnight at Hotel Villa Colonial. (Meals: B)

Day 3: Antigua / Pacaya Volcano / Atitlan Lake

Only 67 km from Antigua Guatemala is the most active and beautiful volcanic complex in Central America, Pacaya Volcano. Its main crater reaches a height of 2,552 meters above sea level. From 1961 to March 2002, a total of 14 major eruptions were recorded, and many others were less intense. In fact, Pacaya volcano is a “volcanic complex”, which, according to Carlos Saper, is “the most interesting volcanic complex in Central America in terms of the number of eruptive cones, craters and changes that can be observed constantly.” According to volcanologists, the crater in the west began to form more than 2,000 years ago, and Cerro Chino on the one hand and Pacaya volcano on the other began to form from its two ends. We will begin our ascent from a height of 1,900 meters above sea level and rise to 2,300 m. After the descent we continue to Lake Atitlán. Overnight at Hotel Villa Santa Catarina. (Meals: B)

Day 4: Atitlán Lake

Today we will see the most interesting cities where Maya Tzutujil still live on Lake Atitlan. And we will start with San Juan. Boat trip to San Juan takes about 30 minutes. San Juan is the cleanest and tidiest town on the lake. There are many art galleries, whose artists paint in the style of Naive or primitivism. After, we will transfer by boat to the other side of the lake in the city of Santiago Atitlan. Santiago Atitlan, founded in 1547 at the foot of the Atitlan volcano, is the largest city with a population of 32 thousand people, 95% of which are Maya Tzutujil. The local population lives of fishing, farming, and making kayukos (local canoes). Artisans specialize in painting, woodwork and weaving. Santiago is the city of worship of Maximon - a pagan deity or god of the Mayan people, who are offering donations in the form of alcohol and cigars. We will also visit the local Catholic church, where two religions merged - Catholicism and Mayan beliefs and take a walk past the local city hall, where the elders of the city are sitting, dressed in white striped shorts and birds embroidered at the bottom. Our final stop, before heading back to Panajachel, will be San Antonio Palopo. Overnight at Hotel Villa Santa Catarina. (Meals: B)

Day 5: Chichicastenango / Guatemala City (Thursday or Sunday)

Today we will go to the largest highland Mayan Market, Chichicastenango (only Thursday or Sunday). Surrounded by valleys and mountains that cover the horizons, Chichicastenango may seem isolated in time and space from the rest of Guatemala. When its narrow, cobbled streets and red tiled roofs are covered with fog, and this happens often, it may seem like you're in some kind of fairy tale. Crowds of sellers and tourist groups flock on Thursday and Sunday to the country's largest alpine market. The Catholic patron of the city is St. Thomas, in his honor the city of Santo Thomas was built in 1540 in the city. When the Catholic missionaries arrived, they destroyed the Mayan temple and built a white church in its place. The only thing left of the temple is 18 steep steps leading to the church by the number of months in the Mayan solar calendar Haab. Therefore, this church is probably the most unique Catholic church in Guatemala due to religious symbiosis within the church. On the steps of the church they sell flowers, candles and fragrances. Like in the front of the pyramids, an altar is installed in front of the stairs - a round flat stone, from which smoke rises from the smoldering pomp in clubs. And what a market without shopping, so bring enough money with you to buy souvenirs. The Chichicastenango market is famous mainly for its textiles and masks. Back to Guatemala City. Overnight at Hotel Barceló Guatemala City. (Meals: B)

Day 6: Guatemala City / Biotopo del Quetzal / Lanquin

Transfer to the greenest and rainiest department in Guatemala, Alta Verapaz. (distance 120 km; 3 hours on the way) Not far from Coban is the Nature Reserve of Quetzal, which was created to protect the Quetzal bird, that was considered a sacred bird for the Mayan civilization. Quetzal is now one of the national symbols of Guatemala. Quetzal is a symbol of freedom for the Mayan people. We can walk along the trails through the humid cloudy forest and enjoy orchids, ferns and bromeliads, as well as watch owls, hummingbirds and toucans. And if you are very lucky, then you will see a quetzal, which you will never forget in your life. After the hike in the park transfer to Lanquin. (distance 220 km; 4 hours on the way). Today we will have another experience: Glamping, a charming and unusual experience, rest in comfortable equipped tents that will surely exceed your expectations and create unforgettable memories for you. Overnight at La Posada de Coban. (Meals: B)

Day 7: Lanquin / Semuc Champey / Lanquin

Today we will visit one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala, Semuc Champey - a series of small, beautiful, natural ponds and pools. In Mayan Keqchi, Semuc Champey means Sacred Water.The Cajabon River flows at the very beginning of the Semuc Champey and leaves about 400 meters after passing a natural limestone bridge with beautiful, crystal-clear ponds. The water in these natural pools has an emerald green color, and sometimes resembles a dark blue sapphire. Today we will have another experience: Glamping, a charming and unusual experience, rest in comfortable equipped tents that will surely exceed your expectations and create unforgettable memories for you. Overnight at La Posada de Coban. (Meals: B)

Day 8: Lanquin / Candelaria Cave / Flores, Peten

Today we will go to the northernmost department of Guatemala, Peten. (5 hours on the way). On the way we will see a unique cave. Candelaria Cave (30km.) is one of the most important caves in this region. For the ancient Mayans this cave served as an entrance to the underworld of Xibalba. Currently, Mayan rituals are still taking place here. The main gallery is about 22 km. After that transfer to the north of Guatemala. Overnight at Hotel Villa Maya. (Meals: B)

Day 9: Tikal

Tikal is 64 km from Flores, the beautiful capital of Peten, located on an island on Lake Peten Itza. Tikal means “a place where the voices of spirits are heard”, in comparison with other cities of the classical period it seems huge - this is the largest settlement of pre- Columbian America. Scientists came to this conclusion after a series of excavations conducted in the late 50s. It has been inhabited since 700 BC. until 900 AD, only then to be conquered again by the tropical jungle, from the beginning of the eleventh century until the beginning of the twentieth century, when Tikal was discovered and restoration work began. The urban complex of Tikal (not counting the outskirts) occupied an area of about 16 square kilometers. It housed 3 thousand buildings, and the pyramids were distinguished by a specific style, not found anywhere else in Mesoamerica. The six pyramidal temples make a particularly strong impression, which look like real skyscrapers against the background of other structures of this type. No wonder archaeologists called Tikal-New York the Mayan civilization. Today Tikal National Park covers 575 square kilometers and in 1979 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural and natural heritage of mankind. Overnight at Hotel Villa Maya. (Meals: B)

Day 10: Flores / Rio Dulce / Livingston

Transfer to the Izabal department to the most picturesque river of Guatemala – Rio Dulce. In accordance with its peculiar geological history, which began at least 400 million years, Izabal is a complex mixture of karst caves and hills, rivers, lakes, marshes and large plains. You can find Mayan pyramids hidden in the rainforest and with so much vegetation and water, this region of Guatemala is a paradise for lovers of nature and birds. The natural area of Izabal resembles the richness of the Amazon forests. Izabal's rainforest is uniquely impressive. With the highest biological diversity in the country, with an abundance of vegetation on the banks of the rivers, it is rightly called the jade coast. Transfer to a boat and a journey along the Rio Dulce: the sheer walls of the river canyon, thermal springs, the beauty of the tropical jungle will leave unforgettable impressions and of course the city of Livingston, where the Garifuna people live, the descendants of slaves exported from Africa. Excursion to Livingston (it is impossible to get to the city by land, only by water) - a settlement of the Garifuna people with a unique culture that combines African, Caribbean and European elements. Spreading palm trees, reggae music and stunning seafood are the symbols of Livingston, allowing you to experience the true spirit of Jamaica in the center of Guatemala. During our trip you can try a typical Garifuna dish - tapado soup (seafood soup cooked in coconut milk). Overnight at Hotel Villa Caribe. (Meals: B)

Day 11: Playa Blanca

Day of rest at the white sand beach near Livingston. Overnight at Hotel Villa Caribe. (Meals: B)

Day 12: Rio Dulce / Copan, Honduras

Transfer to Honduras. Visit the famous Mayan ruins of Copan. The main value of Copan is the unreal beauty and accuracy of art on stelae. This site of the Mayan civilization was called Athens of Mesoamerica. There you will even find a stelae made in three dimensions. A true work of art is considered to be the Mayan Staircase with hieroglyphs during the classical period. Each of its 63 steps is decorated with complex letters, and balustrades with the image of snakes and birds are erected on the sides. Overnight at Hotel Clarion Copan Ruinas (Meals: B)

Day 13: Copan / Guatemala City

Transfer to Guatemala City. Overnight at Hotel Barceló Guatemala City. (Meals: B)

Day 14: Guatemala City

Transfer to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. (Meals: B)
Стоимость

$4,267.50
Price

$4,267.50
Included

Включено:
- Transportation
- Entrance fees
- Guided Tours as per the itinerary (English Speaking Guide)
- Lodging and local taxes
- Meals accord to itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
Не включено:
- Optional Activities.
- Arrival and Departure Taxes
- Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
*The host has the right to change the hotels indicated in the program to other hotels of the same category.

*The host party reserves the right to change the order of excursions, subject to the tour program.

*The host is not responsible for missed breakfasts in hotels when checking out early in the morning in case of an early flight or excursion
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REVIEWS

REVIEW №1- Stacey
Pantanal and Bonito were fantastic. We loved all the tours and our driver was wonderful.
Thanks for a great trip!
REVIEW №2- Sandra Fahed Eliane
Hello ANNA!
I didn’t have the chance to thank you yet, for all your efforts, I had received very good reviews about all the package from my clients and they were satisfied thanks again for everything,

Kisses and hugs from Beirut ????
REVIEW №3- Shamali De Vaz

Dear Anna, Alexandra, Iona and the rest of the team at Ada Tours
Feed-back from a happy, satisfied customer!
A very big thank you for your very efficient services, Hospitality and most importantly your patience throughout the tour of my client. Dr. Chrysantha Mendis is very happy with the entire Tour. You did a fantastic job by organizing a detailed tour package covering 7 countries, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. Dr. Mendis has enjoyed all the countries though he could not do a few tours in Peru which is understandable due to political unrest. We will recommend Ada Tours to all our clients in Sri Lanka and will start promoting your tours in our website.
Best wishes and kind regards,
Shamali
REVIEW №4- Carol
Hi Anna, thank you for the update on the glasses. I’ll wait and see what happens! Alan and I are now back in the UK. We loved our trip to the Pantanal and Bonito. Our guide, Alessandra was brilliant with lots of knowledge and very considerate and helpful. The only hitch we had was on our flight back to Rio because the second leg of the trip was cancelled and we were rescheduled to a later plane and our luggage was mislaid. Fortunately it arrived in Rio a day later, before we flew home. Thank you for arranging the trip.
Best wishes Carol
REVIEW №5- Stacey Robertson
Hello Anna and Natalia,
Thank you for all your help with our trip! I know our group was difficult, and I appreciate your patience with us. We loved the tours, the horseback ride, and the absolutely beautiful lunch at the vineyard. Our guides and drivers were fantastic, especially Luis. And the hotels were perfectly located. It was such a convenience to be centrally located in both Lisbon and Madeira.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday and I look forward to working with you in the new year!
REVIEW №6- Maria Paz R. Alberto
Dear Anna
Greetings from Ark.
Allow me to thank you for the fun trip we had, it was very memorable. Your guide , Francisco and driver Ernesto
are very good, kind and knowledgeable.

Maria Paz R. Alberto
President Philippine IATA Travel Agents Associatio
REVIEW №7- Farzana
Dear Team,
Gaur x 5 are back home safely and they enjoyed the trip immensely. I would like to thank each of you for all your efforts and hard work.
Please to help me promote more can you send me a list of countries we can work on together so that I am aware for which all places I can come to you for help and planning ?
Regards
Farzana
REVIEW №8- Stacey
Anna, I had a wonderful time. The guide, Aldinei, was incredible!
My husband and I would love your help planning future trips to Buenos Aires, Peru and the Azores in Portugal.
REVIEW №9- Matt, Adventurebug Worldwide Ltd.
Everything went really well. As always we had to make some adjustments and the local guide and team on the ground were very responsive and took action professionally. I have no complaints about this :)
The clients were very pleased with the tour and all arrangements.
Changing the few meals at the end on Isabela was not an issue and the local team did a good job organizing this for me.

Many thanks again Ana!

Matt

Adventurebug Worldwide Ltd.
REVIEW №10- Zhanna Zaitseva
Dear Juliana!

Dear Bianca!

Дорогая Анна!





Our 6 men-tourists have come today from your tour : Iguassu + Amazonia + Rio & Carnaval.

They are glad very much

Thank you for the tour!

Best regards,

Zhanna Zaitseva


"Indian Holiday"
REVIEW №11- Anna Zboranska
The brilliant excursions!
Dear Richele!

I am writing you with gratitude for organizing the brilliant excursions for our group of 16 people!

They came back from Brazil very happy and really satisfied!
So, many-many thanks to you and your wonderful team!
Looking forward to our next cooperation)

Kind Regards,

Anna Zboranska
Exotic Department

TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL GROUP
REVIEW №12- Evyn
Great tour!
This tour is amazing and shows you a lot of sights in Rio de Janeiro.
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