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Authentic and packed with numerous attractions, Guatemala has a lot to offer for such a compact country, from volcano-ringed lakes and colonial towns to impressive ruins. Dip into Honduras to admire some well-preserved hieroglyphic inscriptions and carved monuments!

10 DAYS CLASSIC GUATEMALA

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

GUATEMALA CITY / SAN JUAN COMALAPA / IXIMCHE / LAKE ATITLAN

Explore the artistic town of San Juan Comalapa before heading to the Mayan ruins of Iximche. 

2

DAY

LAKE ATITLAN

Overlooking the majestic Lake Atitlan are fascinating villages, among them are Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna. Meet traditional weavers and naive art painters. After lunch, go in search of the house of Maximon, an indigenous folk saint.

3

DAY

LAKE ATITLAN / ANTIGUA

Drive to the UNESCO site of Antigua, a charming town set against spectacular volcanoes. Go on a walking tour with a behind-the-scenes of the city's cultural, architectural and social history.

Optional: Half-day Walking Street Food Tour

4

DAY

ANTIGUA

Meet a group of small independent coffee producers and try your hand at brewing your own cup of coffee. Visit a school that teaches vocational skills to at-risk children, a carpentry shop, as well as a “chicken bus” workshop.

Optional Extension: Overnight Acatenango Glamping

5

DAY

ANTIGUA / COPAN RUINAS

Drive to Copan Ruinas in Honduras. Meet a renowned archaeologist and learn about the royal tombs of Copan and some lesser-known discoveries.

6

DAY

COPAN RUINAS

Walk in the footsteps of Mayan rulers, passing through the Acropolis and climbing the steep Hieroglyphic Stairway at the UNESCO site of Copan Archaeological Park. Thereafter, head to the Macaw Mountain Bird Park, a reserve that cares for the endangered tropical birds.

7

DAY

COPAN RUINAS / QUIRIGUA / IZABAL

Drive back to Guatemala, to the UNESCO site of Quirigua. Discover a series of intricate stone carvings known as stelae, tallest in the Mayan world.

8

DAY

IZABAL / FLORES

Drive towards Flores, gateway to the Mayan ruins of Tikal.

Optional Activity: Yaxha Sunset Tour

Optional Extension: Overnight Glamping by the Temple Ruins

9

DAY

FLORES / TIKAL / FLORES

A wealthy and flourishing community before its abandonment, explore the impressive monuments of Tikal, rising from the forest floor. 

10

DAY

FLORES / GUATEMALA CITY

Fly to Guatemala City.

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