Guatemala Cultural Tour: Colonial Towns and Colorful Markets | Yampu Tours

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Guatemala Cultural Tour: Colonial Towns and Colorful Markets

PRIVATE TOUR - 7 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$2650+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Discovering the jaw-dropping beauty of Lake Atitlan on foot, observing everyday life in the local villages peppered on the shores of the sapphire lake
  • Meandering through the market in Chichicastenango, a vibrant highland town rich in indigenous cultural heritage
  • Strolling through the cobblestone colonial town of Antigua, with its many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals rubbing shoulders with brightly-colored facades
  • Spying all sorts of fascinating species on a birdwatching tour in the surroundings of Antigua, such as the Rufous-collared Robin and Black-capped Swallow
  • Delighting in the thriving scene at Sololá Market, where locals cover the stalls with beautifully crafted textiles and garments
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Tour Overview

Combine nature, history and culture with this unique tour of Guatemala visiting Antigua and Lake Atitlan. In Antigua enjoy a private bird watching tour searching for local species including the Rofus-collared robin and the black-capped swallow, among others. Visit the famous Maya archeology site of Iximche before traveling to the pristine Lake Atitlan and the nearby Chichicastenango market.

As you travel throughout Guatemala enjoy unique insights into the daily life of the locals as you explore the handicrafts in Chichicastenango and trek around Lake Atitlan spotting the fishermen in their wooden boats.

Inclusions
Pricing includes 6 nights hotel accommodations including all breakfasts; meals where indicated; private transfers; tours with local, professional guides and entrance fees when applicable.

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.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2023 £$2650 £$2805 £$3651
Single £$3662 £$4829 £$5270 £$6833

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.

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

Guatemala City

Day flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to Antigua for an evening at leisure at the selected hotel.

Day flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to Antigua for an evening at leisure at the selected hotel.

Day
2

Walking tour of Antigua

This morning, be met at the hotel for the half day, private walking tour of Antigua. The tour today will cover the architectural & historical highlights of this beautiful, colonial city. The tour includes visits to some of the many old churches, convents, and cathedrals including the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church.
Note: Because this tour is private, there is flexibility available. If one has specific sites that they wish to see, please notify the guide. Visiting other monuments will require an entrance fee paid upon arrival.
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Antigua
Day
3

Textile Tour and Lximche

This morning, learn from a local textile expert about the unique handmade textiles of Guatemala.


This afternoon, transfer one hour outside of Antigua to the famous Maya archaeology site of Iximche, declared a Guatemalan National Monument in the 1960s.


After the tour of the ruins and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Lake Atitlan, about one hour and 30 minutes away. Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure at the hotel in Lake Atitlan.

This morning, learn from a local textile expert about the unique handmade textiles of Guatemala.


This afternoon, transfer one hour outside of Antigua to the famous Maya archaeology site of Iximche, declared a Guatemalan National Monument in the 1960s.


After the tour of the ruins and lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Lake Atitlan, about one hour and 30 minutes away. Tonight enjoy an evening at leisure at the hotel in Lake Atitlan.

Day
4

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 the 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, see local shamans performing rituals for local people. If one wishes, ask the guide to help hire the services of a shaman to have a personal ceremony performed. 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 the area's famous primitive art. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. ...read less

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Day
5

Trekking Lake Atitlan

Enjoy a full day tour hiking along the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. During the trek, walk through local villages passing by people working in the fields, washing clothes and fishing from wooden boats. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the village San Juan or Santiago before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Enjoy a full day tour hiking along the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. During the trek, walk through local villages passing by people working in the fields, washing clothes and fishing from wooden boats. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the village San Juan or Santiago before returning to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day
6

Chichicastenango

This morning, be greeted at the hotel and transferred privately to the highland town of Chichicastenango one hour outside of Lake Atitlan. Once in Chichicastenango one will be guided through the local, famous market that includes produce and an endless variety of handicrafts including textiles and ceramics. After lunch, transfer to Antigua for an evening at leisure.

This morning, be greeted at the hotel and transferred privately to the highland town of Chichicastenango one hour outside of Lake Atitlan. Once in Chichicastenango one will be guided through the local, famous market that includes produce and an endless variety of handicrafts including textiles and ceramics. After lunch, transfer to Antigua for an evening at leisure.

Chichicastenango-Guatemala
Day
7

Flight Home

After breakfast this morning, be transferred privately to the airport in Guatemala City for the international flight home.

After breakfast this morning, be transferred privately to the airport in Guatemala City for the international flight home.

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Solola, 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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    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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    Lake Atitlan

    Surrounded by several volcanoes and with a once volcanic basin, Lake Atitlan is Central America’s largest and deepest lake. The villages around the edges of this gigantic body of water offer many places to enjoy eating as well as activities. From hiking the volcanoes and kayaking along the massive body of water to culture and coffee tours, there are many activities to take in.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Antigua : Posada de Don Rodrigo

Antigua : Hotel Meson de Maria

Antigua : D’Leyenda

Lake Atitlan : La Casa del Mundo (Jaibalito)

Lake Atitlan : Bambu Santiago Atitla

4 Star Properties

Antigua : El Convento Boutique Hotel

Antigua : Casa Encantada

Lake Atitlan : Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Lake Atitlan : Lomas de Tzununa (Santa Cruz La Laguna)

5 Star Properties

Antigua : Camino Real Antigua

Antigua : Meson Panza Verde

Antigua : Palacio de Dona Leonor

Lake Atitlan : Hotel Atitlan (Panajachel)

Luxury Properties

Antigua : Posada del Angel

Lake Atitlan Area : Laguna Lodge

Lake Atitlan : Casa Palopo (Santa Catarina Palopo)

Testimonials

Bryony and Peter C, from Australia

Traveled April, 2013

Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides

Just letting you know that we arrived safely back in Australia today. We would like to thank you for arranging such a great trip through central-america for us. Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides. We were picked up and dropped off at the advised times with the minimum of fuss, tours were excellent, well planned and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and easy to get on with. Our accommodation was very good and all included meals were of top quality and organized for our requests.

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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Frank

Traveled February, 2010

Thank you very much for organizing a most successful overland trip through central-america.

I returned home safe and sound on Sunday. Thank you very much for organizing a most successful overland trip through central-america. I am thinking seriously about a third overland trip through south-america in the next year or so. Thank you again for arranging a very successful and most enjoyable itinerary. I will contact you again in the next couple of months about similar trips through south-america and the Caribbean.

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