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Essential Honduras and Guatemala Discovery

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4178

Private Tour Highlights

  • Stop by Copan, the site of a major Maya kingdom of the Classic era
  • Admire the Acropolis, Ball Court, Hieroglyphic Stairway and the Great Plaza of the Stelas
  • Enjoy some shopping and strolling around Copan
  • Visit the Hacienda San Lucas, with a magnificent view of the valley
  • Indulge in the included delightful and unique dinner with typical Copan flavor
  • Cover the architectural and historical highlights of the colonial city of Antigua
  • Scenic boat lake crossing ride, passing by the three impressive volcanoes of Toliman
  • Find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living
  • See local a shaman performing rituals for local people and possibly a personal ceremony
  • See local markets and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art
  • Take a ride in a local “flete”, a pickup truck in which passengers stand in the bed to get to lunch
  • Full day visit to the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal
  • Listen to the sounds of 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, and jaguars
  • And so much more!
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Tour Overview

The Essential Honduras and Guatemala Discovery tour includes a visit to Copán, the site of some very impressive Maya ruins, where we will spend 2 nights exploring. We will then cross to Guatemala by car, visiting Antigua Guatemala (“Old Guatemala”). From here, we will explore Lake Atitlán and the Maya towns that surround the beautiful lake. Finally, we will fly to Flores to visit the mystical Maya city of Tikal, staying a night in Flores (located on an island in Lake Peten Itza), near the Maya ruins.

Inclusions
Prices includes airfare from Guatemala to Flores return, hotel accommodation with daily continental breakfast, guided tours in English, meals where specified, entrance fees, transportation between hotels, transfers between airport and hotel, naturalist guides and taxes. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote).
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Double £$3800 £$4178 £$4539 £$4781
Single £$6490 £$7211 £$8000 £$8483

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Honduras

Upon arrival in San Pedro Sula, transfer to the hotel.

Upon arrival in San Pedro Sula, transfer to the hotel.

Day
2

Copan Ruins

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Transfer to Copan, the site of a major Maya kingdom of the Classic era. Upon arrival to the Ruins, enjoy a bilingual guided tour of the Main Archaeological Site. The tour includes the Acropolis, the Ball Court, the Hieroglyphic Stairway and the Great Plaza of the Stelas; as well as the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, acclaimed by experts as unique in the Mayan World. A masterpiece within the museum is the exact size replica of the famed Rosalila Temple, discovered in 1989. Lunch will be provided in the quaint colonial town of Copan Ruinas. There will be time for shopping and strolling around town before the departure in the late afternoon towards Tablones or the hotel in Copan ...read less

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Day
3

Copan Museum

In the morning, visit the Copán Museum in town. In the afternoon, we will visit the Hacienda San Lucas, with a magnificent view of the valley. We will then enjoy a delightful and unique dinner with typical Copán flavor (included). Overnight in Copán.

In the morning, visit the Copán Museum in town. In the afternoon, we will visit the Hacienda San Lucas, with a magnificent view of the valley. We will then enjoy a delightful and unique dinner with typical Copán flavor (included). Overnight in Copán.

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4

Antigua, Guatemala

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Transfer to Antigua Guatemala. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon private tour of Antigua, the Spaniards’ military capital of Central America for two centuries. Be met at the hotel by a private guide to begin a half-day walking tour of Antigua. It will cover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals. Entrance fees are included to the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church. This tour is flexible, and if there are any specific sites that one wishes to see, please let a Yampu Travel Consultant know. ...read less

Antigua
Day
5

Half-day tour to Santiago Atitlan

Be picked up from the hotel for a scenic boat ride across the lake, passing by the three impressive volcanoes of Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro. Upon arrival in Santiago, walk with a local guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different “brotherhood” has the privilege of taking care of their God, so his location changes. Once with Maximon travelers may see local a shaman performing rituals for local people; if one so wishes, ask a Yampu guide to help hire the services of a shaman to perform a personal ceremony. After visiting Maximon, visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town, and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art for which the area is famous. Take a ride in a local “flete” (a pickup truck in which passengers stand in the bed) to get to Hotel Posada Santiago for lunch. After lunch, private transfer to Antigua for overnight. ...read less

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Day
6

Guatemala City- Flores- Tikal

Transfer to Guatemala City airport to take the flight to Flores. Full day visit to the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which measures up to 70 meters high. From its highest point, one can perceive the sounds of the rain forest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Peten.

Transfer to Guatemala City airport to take the flight to Flores. Full day visit to the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which measures up to 70 meters high. From its highest point, one can perceive the sounds of the rain forest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Peten.

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Day
7

Guatemala City

Morning of leisure. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Morning of leisure. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Day
8

Flight Home

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or choose from optional extension to Guatemala or other Central American countries.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or choose from optional extension to Guatemala or other Central American countries.

Copán Ruins, Copan, Honduras

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlán, Solola, Guatemala

Tikal National Park, Tikal, Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Places You'll See

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    Guatemala City

    Visit the capital and the largest city of its country with the same name, Guatemala. Take in the local life and explore the surrounding area learning about the city’s history and its culture through the many museums and markets. One stop that can be made is at the giant relief map of the city that must be viewed from a tower because of its massive size, all onstructed before aerial photography!

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    Peten

    Dotted with many Mayan Archaeological sites the area of Peten, once the hub of Mayan civilization, is full of history and ancient mysteries. Deep in the rainforests of Peten is the ancient city of Tikal, among other lost Mayan cities that have begun restoration.

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    Antigua

    Founded by the Spanish in the 17th century, Antigua city follows traditional layout and Spanish Baroque Style architecture. Enjoy chocolate making classes as you learn about the culture of the area or, For the more adventurous, there is the option to hike up several active volcanos in the region. With a walking coffee tour, one can learn about the process of picking and roasting one’s own coffee.

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    Copan Ruinas

    Over one thousand years ago, Copan Ruinas was once the center of Mayan civilization. Here, one can witness some of the greatest Pre-Colombian artwork that is offered including ancient hieroglyphics. Nearby are many options for wildlife lovers including a bird sanctuary, butterfly house, as well as horseback riding and zip lining.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Casa del Arbol Galerias

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Gran Hotel Sula

Copan Ruinas : La Casa Rosada

Copan Ruinas : Plaza Copan

Antigua : Hotel Meson de Maria

Antigua : D’Leyenda

Antigua : Posada de Don Rodrigo

Peten : Hotel Peten

Guatemala City : Vista Real (Master Suite)

Guatemala City : Westin Camino Real (Std deluxe Room)

: Crowne Plaza Guatemala

4 Star Properties

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula hotel: Hilton Princess

Copan Ruinas : Marina Copan (standard)

Antigua : El Convento Boutique Hotel

Antigua : Casa Encantada

Peten : Villa Maya

Peten : Camino Real Tikal

Guatemala City : Vista Real (Master Suite Business Class Floor)

Guatemala City : Real Intercontinental Guatemala (deluxe Room)

5 Star Properties

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Real Intercontinental

Copan Ruinas : Hacienda San Lucas

Antigua : Camino Real Antigua

Antigua : Meson Panza Verde

Antigua : Palacio de Dona Leonor

Peten : Camino Real Tikal (Club Room)

Peten : La Lancha (Rainforest Casita)

Guatemala City : Vista Real (Suite Gran Clase Business Class Floor)

Guatemala City : Westin Camino Real (Executive Premier)

Luxury Properties

Antigua : Posada del Angel

Peten : La Lancha (Lakeview Casitas)

Guatemala City : Real Intercontinental Guatemala (Executive Floor Room)

Testimonials

Liz K

Traveled February, 2012

Thank you again for everything

The trip went off without a hitch due to your excellent planning, awesome tour guides and drivers and wonderful accommodations. I had an incredible time, the Mayan sites were indeed magic and the scenery in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize is something not to be missed. I wanted to mention my driver, Gustavo Morales, who drove me from the Lake Atitlan hotel to the Guatemala Airport (for my flight to Flores). Gustavo should as far as I am concerned be nominated for the Tourist Driver of the Year Award. If such an award doesn’t exist, one should be created for him. On the day he was to drive me to the airport, there was a massive two-large truck collision in the middle of the main highway to the Airport. In addition, the teachers had gone on strike and were blocking the roads. Gustavo thought that we would not make it to the airport in time, but said he would try his best. He backtracked almost as far as Antigua and took all the back roads through Guatemala City to circle the city and come back to the airport from the other direction. Not only did he give me the Drive of a Lifetime, but he did get me to the airport in plenty of time for the flight. It was nothing short of a miracle and I would like to pass along my thanks and also, my admiration for his driving skills. He is a wonderful guy and I wish him all the best of luck for the future. Thank you again for everything I will definitely recommend Yampu to anyone who wishes a fantastic, personally tailored vacation.

Julie and Don

Traveled May, 2009

We found Guatemala to be a wonderful place to visit

Thank-you again for your wonderful help with planning our personalized tour of Guatemala! Everything went as planned, and we were able to meet-up with my sister, and even got to attend two of her quartet concerts! It was a very enjoyable and memorable experience! We would like to express our appreciation for all of the hard work that you and your staff performed on our behalf. We found Guatemala to be a wonderful place to visit inasmuch as we were able to see such beautiful scenery and nature juxtaposed against the terrible current and after effects on a society that has endured such tragedies as civil wars, foreign incursions (from America, etc.) and yet, despite it all, we experienced nothing but graciousness and warmth from the Guatemalan people we met. The services of the drivers and guides were exceptionally good and the accommodations were all wonderfully memorable. Yes, you may use our e-mail comments on your website for other clients to read. Thank you for being in the business of making such a trip possible. Thanks again to You and all at Yampu!

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Greg B., United Kingdom

Traveled February, 2013

When a problem was encountered, Yampu worked with local tour operators to sort out the issue very quickly

After working with Yampu to provide me with my second holiday to the America’s, I am delighted to say it has been another success. We have now travelled to Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras with routes dictated by my needs to see sites that may not be on other people standard routes. Yampu have twice worked with local providers to make my unique routes possible. When a problem was encountered, Yampu worked with local tour operators to sort out the issue very quickly. I am already thinking ahead to my next trip with Yampu.

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