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Maya Tour In 4 Countries

10 Days/ 9 Nights

Package Overview

Visiting 4 Countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, and the Maya Classic most important archaeological sites, including: Copan, Quirigua, Tikal, Yaxha, Xunantunich, Caracol, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan.

SCHEDULE: Tour begins on the first and third Saturdays of each month all year around. Arrive to Guatemala City, Guatemala. Depart from Guatemala City, Guatemala 8 days later on Saturday.

Agent Commission Starting At: $212.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2129.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Guatemala City International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Guatemala City's finest district. Overnight in Guatemala City.

Included Meals: none

Day 2

Morning transfer to Copan, Honduras. Visit to Copan Archaeological Site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, Copan was the southernmost major center of lowland Maya civilization and is famed for its artistic sculpture. The great Hieroglyphic Stairway was dedicated in 755 and it bears a continuous text of more than 1250 glyph blocks listing dates and names of the city's Classic Period rulers. Because of its beautiful artwork, unsurpassed in any other Mayan city, Copan occupies a special place in the study of the ancient Maya. Visit Copan’s Museum of Maya Sculpture which contains some of the finest examples of Mayan sculptures ever found. Dominating the center of the museum is a full-scale brightly coloured replica of the Rosalila Temple which was completed in 571. The ball courts are the playing grounds of an extremely serious sport to the Mayans. These games are believed to have had religious significance: the captain of one team was sacrificed to the gods. Overnight in Copan Town.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3

Transfer to Guatemala’'s Caribbean coastal plains, visiting Quirigua en route. This strategically located river city of the Classic Period controlled the important Motagua Valley trade route linking the Caribbean coast with interior settlements. Remarkably preserved portraits and texts on sandstone stele chronicle a ruling dynasty in competition with nearby Copan. In 738 the ruler Kak Tiliw captured and beheaded Copan's 13th lord, 18 Rabbit. Quirigua is home to the largest stele in the Mayan World at 26 feet and 6 inches in height and weighting about 65 tons. Overnight in Flores.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4

The third UNESCO World Heritage Site of the itinerary and the first one in the Mayan World, since 1979. Intensive construction took place at Tikal from the late Pre-classic Period until the waning of Classic Mayan civilization around AD 900. At its peak, the city covered about 48 square miles and had a population estimated at 55,000. Tikal's Stelae 29 bears the earliest Long Count date known in the Mayan lowlands. In 292 A.D., Temple IV, one of the many pyramids erected to memorialize the dead rulers of Tikal's royal dynasty, and one of the tallest of Maya structures at 212 feet, was erected. Overnight in Flores.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5

Transfer to Central Peten area for the next visit, it is to Yaxha Archaeological Site, the only Maya Classic Site whose name is the same as its emblem glyph. Known for having a large concentration of massive buildings and with defined avenues and causeways. It was always an ally of Tikal. Its location, on the shore of a lake and within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, makes it unique. In the afternoon transfer to Palenque in the Mexican State of Chiapas. Overnight in Palenque.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6

Visit to Palenque Archaeological Site. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palenque is prized for its well-preserved buildings, carved stucco ornamentation, delicate bas-reliefs and lengthy hieroglyphic texts. Palenque reached its zenith during the reign of Pacal the Great (AD 615-683). His tomb in the Temple of the Inscriptions was opened in 1952 and stands as one of the greatest discoveries of Mayan archaeology. At the end of the visit, transfer to Bonampak for overnight accommodations.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7

Transfer to Bonampak Site with the main structures situated around a rectangular plaza. The "Templo de los Frescos" contains three rooms covered with paintings depicting ancient Mayan ceremonies and customs. Transfer to the Usumacinta River and after a brief boat ride on the river, visit Yaxchilan. Yaxchilan, set above the jungle banks of the river, was first inhabited around 200 A.D. and the central plaza holds statues of jaguars and crocodiles. Adventurous travellers will want to climb Yaxchilan's highest temple for a glimpse of the magnificent view of the Rio Usumacinta and surrounding jungle. Afternoon boat ride to Frontera Corozal Town to end this day with transfer back to Flores. Overnight accommodations in Flores.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8

Transfer to Belize. Transfer to San Ignacio for overnight accommodations.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9

Early morning departure to visit Caracol, one of the largest political, religious, and economic centres of the Mayan Classic Time. Caracol is connected through a network of sakbeob with several small sites. In the 7th Century, in an alliance with Calakmul, Caracol defeated mighty Tikal. Back to Flores on time to take the 8 P.M. flight to Guatemala City.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10

Transfer to Guatemala City International Airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours and described in itinerary
  • Meals as described in itinerary

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Domestic air
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Airport Taxes
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change
  • Price based on a minium of 6 Passengers
  • Minimum passengers required 2 - $3035 pp
  • 3 - 5 passengers - $2235 pp
  • Hotel in Guatemala City is the Biltmore
  • Hotel in Copan is the Marina Copan Hotel
  • Hotel in Tikal/Flores is the Peten Espendido
  • Hotel in Palenque is the Villas Kin-Ha
  • Hotel in Bonampak is the Yaxcan Lodge
  • Hotel in San Ignacio is the Cahal Pech Resort Village
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10 Days/ 9 Nights Guatemala Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Government: Constitutional democratic repu
  • Currency: quetzal (GTQ), US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 108,890 km2, water: 460 km2, land: 108,430 km2
  • Population: 12,293,545 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs and Atheist.
  • Electricity: 115-230V/60Hz (USA plug)
  • Calling Code: +502
  • Time Zone: UTC-6

Points of Interest

  • Ruins of Copan in Honduras
  • Tikal - UNESCO
  • Yaxha Archaelogical Site
  • Palenque Archaelogical
  • Xunantunich
  • Yaxchian & Monampak