Unforgettable Cultural Trip to Guatemala | Yampu Tours

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Unforgettable Cultural Trip to Guatemala

PRIVATE TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$3329+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Visiting a Copavic glass cooperative where expert artisans demonstrate ancient glassblowing techniques
  • Soaking in the hot springs of Fuentes Georginas, famed for their medicinal properties
  • 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
  • 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 market scenes in Sololá and Chichicastenango, where locals cover the stalls with beautifully crafted textiles and garments
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Tour Overview

Let Yampu guide you on an unforgettable cultural trip to Guatemala. On this unique and diverse tour visit the popular local markets of Solola and Chichicastenango, the Maya archeology site of Iximche and enjoy time bird watching in Antigua. This tour also includes time in Lake Atitlan and an extension to Quetzaltenango (Xela).

Quetzaltenango (Xela) is known by the locals as “The City that is the Soul of Culture.” Here, the second largest city in Guatemala, there is a vibrant music scene that includes numerous local jazz and blues bands as well as musicians playing in the native style. This cultural epicenter also boasts a large art scene including artists focused on painting and sculpture.

Inclusions
Pricing includes 8 nights hotel accommodations including all breakfasts; meals where indicated; private transfers; tours with local, professional guides and entrance fees when applicable.
Exclusions

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
  3-Star 4-Star 5-Star Luxury
Double £$2727 £$3329 £$3509 £$4355
Single £$5005 £$6172 £$6613 £$8176

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 a 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 there are specific sites that one wishes 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 – Ruins of Iximche

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, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on 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, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on 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

This morning, enjoy a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30 minutes) to the village of San Juan la Laguna where you will visit the women’s textile cooperative to see the weaving and natural dye process. While in the village, take the opportunity to visit the studios/homes of the local and celebrated painters.
Leaving the village, travel to Santiago for lunch and a tour of the village including the Maya God Maximon, a textile demonstration and a discussion about the spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. This evening, return to the hotel in Lake Atitlan. ...read less

Guatemala-Tuxtiles
Day
5

Hike the shores of 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 Market

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, be guided through the local, famous market that includes produce and an endless variety of handicrafts including textiles and ceramics. After lunch, transfer to Xela (Quetzaltenango). Upon arrival, enjoy the evening at the selected hotel in Xela.

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, be guided through the local, famous market that includes produce and an endless variety of handicrafts including textiles and ceramics. After lunch, transfer to Xela (Quetzaltenango). Upon arrival, enjoy the evening at the selected hotel in Xela.

Chichicastenango-Guatemala
Day
7

San Francisco El Alto Copavic and Fuentes Georginas

This morning, transfer to the highlands of Guatemala and the small town San Francisco El Alto, approximately 30 minutes outside Quetzaltenango. On Fridays, this small town hosts the largest, most authentic market in Guatemala with separate sections for animals, textiles, produce and other articles. The animal market here is particularly well known as it fills up an entire plaza with pigs, chickens, sheep, cows and mules, among other animals.

After the visit to the market, head back to Quetzaltenango, stopping first at the Copavic glass cooperative. Here, enjoy a guided tour watching the ancient artisan process of glass blowing including stages of melting recycled glass, working it from a liquid stage and finally the glass blowing that will create uniquely beautiful glass pieces.


After time for lunch, continue the transfer passing through small villages and farmlands reaching the Fuentes Georginas (Hot Springs). Take some time to explore the hot springs, long believed to have medicinal values. After visiting the Hot Springs, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

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Fuentes-Georginas-Guatemala
Day
8

Leisure in Xela

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Xela. This afternoon, transfer to Antigua for an evening at leisure at the selected hotel.

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Xela. This afternoon, transfer to Antigua for an evening at leisure at the selected hotel.

antigua-guatemela-church
Day
9

Flight Home

Today, transfer to the airport in Guatemala City for the international flight home.

Today, transfer to the airport in Guatemala City for the international flight home.

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Solola, Guatemala

Xela, Quetzaltenango, 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 : Lomas de Tzununa (Santa Cruz La Laguna)

Lake Atitlan : Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Xela (Quetzaltenango) : Hotel Modelo

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

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.

Sonali

Traveled January, 2014

We had a wonderful time!

We had a wonderful time! The trip was organized very well and we experienced a little bit of everything the country had to offer. The guides were knowledgeable and took good care of us. Many thanks for everything and I look forward to working with you again!

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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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