Central America Explorer

14 days,Antigua to Antigua

Explore ancient Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch

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The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial city of Antigua, and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to soaring volcano views, your CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Guatemalan cooking class with lunch. Guided tour of the ruins of Copán. Guided visit of the ruins of Quirigua. Scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce to Livingston. Guided tour of the ruins of Tikal. Boat ride around Lake Atitlán, with visit to San Juan la Laguna community including a local Mayan lunch and a tree-planting ceremony. Visit small community co-ops for demonstrations of traditional arts ands crafts. Guided cultural walking tour of Antigua. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches. (Allow USD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (13 nts).
  • Private van, boat, flight, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10.
Day 1 Antigua

Arrive at the Guatemala City airport. Arrival transfer to hotel in Antigua included.

Day 2 Antigua (1B)

Visit a chocolate museum and take a hands-on workshop learning about the ancient Mayan process from bean to bar with tastings. Free time to take salsa dancing lessons and explore this quaint city.

Day 3-4 Copán, Honduras (2B)

Set off on a full day of travel to Honduras. On Day 5, take a guided tour of the Copán ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Option to explore the town or go horseback riding.

Day 5-6 Rio Dulce, Guatemala (2B)

Travel back to Guatemala with a visit to the Mayan ruins of Quirigua en route. Enjoy free time in Rio Dulce with optionals including: horseback riding, visit San Felipe fort, monkey kayak tour, relax at the hot waterfall or hike through the jungle-strewn trails in the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area.

Day 7-8 Flores/Tikal (2B,1L)

Morning scenic boat ride to coastal Livingston and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before afternoon transfer to Flores. On Day 8, take a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal.

Day 9-11 Jaibalito/Lake Atitlán (3B,1L)

Travel today by flight, van and boat to the village of Jaibalito on Lake Atitlán. On Day 10, visit the communities on the lake by boat, including San Juan la Laguna, a Planeterra-supported village. Take an orientation walk, visit various co-ops, enjoy a local Mayan lunch and a Mayan tree-planting ceremony. Free time on Day 11 with options to fish, wind surf, hike, kayak, or go horseback riding.

Day 12-13 Antigua (2B,1L)

Return to Antigua and go on a guided cultural walking tour with a local expert, including the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Options to go on a volcano trek, scour the cobblestone streets for handicrafts or relax with a massage.

Day 14 Antigua (1B)

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