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The Real Guatemala
(9 Days & 8 Nights)

Discover the "Real Guatemala" in this week long program that allows you to enjoy the history of the Mayan and their past in a "not so fast pace". First a focus on the Cuzco area and the archaeological ruins of Sacsayhauman Park then continue to the famous Pisac Market where you can experience the cultural aspect and barter with the local's. Later proceed to the famous Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Inca fought their final battles against the Spanish. Onward to the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu where the guide will explain the history and myths of the site. Of course the night is spent at Machu Picchu, for the spectacular view at sunrise! Spend a leisure day in Cuzco and shop or re-view the areas that interest you most. Complete the program with a Colonial tour of Lima and the choice of any Museum. This Great trip to be combined to other areas of interest.


Day 1 - depart to Guatemala - arrive Guatemala City
Depart from the home city on Continental (*or any choice of carrier ) to Guatemala where you will be met and transferred to the hotel located in Guatemala City. Overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 2 - Guatemala City - Las Verapaces - Candelaria
Breakfast and early morning departure for the land of the Quetzal. The quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala and the namesake of the country’s currency, whose long green plumes were prized by Maya kings and were one of the most pretigious trade items that flowed along the river trade route. With some luck we may have the chance to see these magnificent birds at the Biotopo del Quetzal in the cloud forest of Las Verapaces. Visit the park. Lunch and continue on to the Caves of Candelaria, among the most stunning natural features in the Maya World and sacred to the Maya. Dinner and overnight accommodations at eco-lodge within Candelaria. (CB/L/D)

Day 3 - Ceibal - Punta de Chimino
Breakfast and early morning transfer to the frontier town of Sayaxché where we will take a boat to the archaeological site of Ceibal. Visit the site admidst the surrounding jungle. Box lunch will be provided. Return to boat for continuing on to the archaeological site of Punta de Chimino. Visit the site still under excavation. Dinner and overnight accommodations in the charming eco-lodge set in your own private jungle atmosphere. (CB/L/D)

Day 4 - Lake Petexbatun - Aguateca - Sayaxché - Flores
Breakfast and early morning departure for the archaeological site of Aguateca. Visit this spectacular site which overlooks Lake Petexbatun which made it both a beautiful capital and an impenetrable fortress. Box lunch. Transfer to Sayaxché and continue on to Flores. Free late afternoon to visit the Island of Flores. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (CB/L/D)

Day 5 - Tikal - Flores
Breakfast and early morning departure for the archaeological site of Tikal, the most powerful city of the Classic period. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. In the park you will visit the Plaza of the Great Pyramid of the Lost World, the Plaza of the Seven Temples, Temples I, II, the Twin Pyramid Complex and the Acropolis among others. Lunch within one of the charming restaurants in the park. Transfer to Flores. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (CB/L/D)

Day 6 - Lake Izabel - Livingston
Breakfast and early morning transfer to Rio Dulce. Visit by boat the Rio Dulce and Lake Izabal where beautiful canyons and tropical animals are a part of this scenic view. We will visit the town of Livingston which legend narrates that is built on bottles of rum left by the Carribean pirates of the 1700’s and the Castle of San Felipe which guards the entrance of Lake Izabal. Lunch in Livingston. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (CB/L/D)

Day 7 - Copan, Honduras - Las Sepulturas - Rosalita Pyramid
Breakfast and early morning transfer to Copan, Honduras. On the way visit the archaeological site of Quiriguá where the largest stalae of the Maya world can be found. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. In the park you will visit the Acropolis, the Central Plaza and the Juego de Pelota (soccer field). Quiriguá conquered Copan, Honduras in 730 A.D. Lunch in Copan. After lunch visit the archaeological site of Copan, Honduras. There you will see the Main Acropolis and the Central Plaza which was the regligious and political center of the Copan kingship; Las Sepulturas a residential complex where people of different strata lived. You will see the reconstructions of dwellings where the common peasant lived, as well as the home of a well to do Scribe; finally the Los Sapos area, where Mayan women reputely went to give birth to their offspring. You will also see the only Maya pyramid left intact called Rosalita. Dinner and overnight accommodations in Copan. (CB/L/D)

Day 8 - Copan - Rio Hondo - Guatemala City
Breakfast and early morning transfer to Guatemala City. Lunch in Rio Hondo. Continue on to Guatemala City. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (CB/L/D)

Day 9 - Depart home
Morning transfer to the Guatemala City airport and your flight out. (CB)



Pricing

Class Rating Hotel Single Double Triple
Tourist
$1259 $1009 $939
First $1629 $1159 $1079
First $4099 $2439 N/A
  • NOTE : All hotels include either Continental or Buffet breakfast.
    Local air, meals, departure taxes and additional incidentals are not included.
  • Note room type: BV = Best View; CR = Colonial; DR = Deluxe; JS = Junior Suite.



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