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Guatemala Highlights with Copan (12 days / 11 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Antigua
v/   Chichicastenango
v/   Solola Market
v/   Iximche
v/   Copan
v/   Rio Dulce
v/   Yaxha
v/   Tikal
v/   Extension to Ambergris Caye
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Overnight in the oldest, and once Capital city for Central America. Experience the famous market at Chichicastenango to negociate with the local vendors. Visit the small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way to Rio Dulce for a scenic ride on its waters.
Day 1:Arrival in Antigua (Sat)
Day 2:Chichi Market (Sun)
Day 3:Lake Tour & Visit to Villages (Mon)
Day 4:Solola Market & Iximche (Tues) 
Day 5:Architecture & History Tour (Wed)
Day 6:Copan, Honduras (Thur)
Day 7:Copan & Bird Park (Fri)
Day 8:Transfer to Rio Dulce (Sat)
Day 9:Rio Dulce (Sun)
Day 10:Yaxha Tour (Mon)
Day 11:Tikal - Guatemala (Tues)
Day 12:Fly out from Guatemala (Wed)


Day 1:  Arrival in Antigua (Sat) (Guided Transfer)
Today you will be met and transfered to Antigua,located about 1hr away, overnight in Antigua.
Day 2:  Chichi Market (Sun) (Guided Full Day)
Today guests transfer approx. 2hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring on to Lake Atitlan. Overnight at Lake Atitlan region.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 3:  Lake Tour & Visit to Villages (Mon) (Guided Full Day)
This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna to visit a textile cooperative, medicinal plant center and local naif painter workshops. Then we go on to Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Return to your hotel in the Atitkan region for overnight.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 4:  Solola Market & Iximche (Tues) (Guided Full Day)
Guests will be transferred to visit the colorful authentic market at Solola and enjoy a tour of the market. Lunch will be in a traditional restaurant on route back to Antigua There will also be a short tour of the small Maya Archaeology site at Iximche. Retrun to Antigua for overnight.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 5:  Architecture & History Tour (Wed) (B) (Guided Half Day)
Guests will take a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church & San Francisco Church. All entrances are included. Free Afternoon. Overnight in Antigua.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Day 6:  Copan, Honduras (Thur) (Guided Full Day)
Transfer across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Just across the border you are in the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas located 5hrs away. Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town. Dinner included at the wonderful Hacienda San Lucas Copan. Overnight in the Copan region.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Dinner).
Day 7:  Copan & Bird Park (Fri) (Guided Full Day)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Lunch is in the tropical bird park where guests can also enjoy a visit of this beautiful facility looking after rescued tropical birds & working to educate people about conservation. Overnight in Copan region. 

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 8:  Transfer to Rio Dulce (Sat) (Guided Full Day)
Transfer across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical area at Rio Dulce. (5 hrs) Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce you will board a boat for a scenic trip along Rio Dulce (Transfer time depends on hotel) to your riverside hotel. Overnight in Rio Dulce/Livingston.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Day 9:  Rio Dulce (Sun) (Guided Full Day)
Cruise the Rio Dulce River through the central canyon and down to the Garifuna town of Livingston on the Coast. Explore Livingston on a guided walking tour then journey back downriver to Rio Dulce and per chance see the elusive Manatee. Once back at Rio Dulce board your transfer to the Tikal area located between 3-4hrs away. Overnight in Tikal Area.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Day 10:  Yaxha Tour (Mon) (Guided Full Day)
After breakfast guests will transfer to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site. Guests will have lunch at El Sombrero. Climb on the main temples and enjoy the view over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples. Overnight in Tikal area.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 11:  Tikal - Guatemala (Tues) (Guided Full Day)
Today guests transfer to Tikal National park (approx 1hr) to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. Afternoon flight to Guatemala City. Overnight in Guatemala City.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch ).
Day 12:  Fly out from Guatemala (Wed) (B) 
Today guests are met at their hotel by their driver for an unguided transfer to the airport in time for their international flight out.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
 

Itinerary:

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Trip type:
  Private service
Departures:
   Any Saturday of the year in order to fit with the Chichicastenango & Solola market days. 
Departure Dates 2011
Jan: 1, 8,15, 22, 29
Feb: 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar: 5, 12, 19, 26
Apr: 9, 16, 23, 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 4, 11, 18, 25
July: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Aug: 6, 13, 20, 27
Sept: 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov: 5, 12, 19, 26
Dec: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31