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Explore the Maya World in 3 Countries

8 days / 7 nights

Package Overview

You will visit three countries: Honduras, Guatemala and Belize and will see the most important Mayan archaeological sites, including Copan, Quirigua, Xunantunich, Yaxha, Caracol, Tikal and Ceibal.

This tour begins on the first and third Saturdays of each month all year long.

Agent Commission Starting At: $146.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1469.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Meet and greet at the Guatemala City International Airport. Transfer to the hotel in Guatemala City.

Day 2

In the morning, transfer to Copan in Honduras for a visit to the Copan Archaeological Site. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, Copan was the southernmost major center of lowland Mayan 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 Maya 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 Maya sculpture ever found. Dominating the center of the museum is a full-scale brightly colored 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.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 3

Transfer to Guatemala’s Caribbean coastal plains, visiting Quirigua en route. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site since 1981, 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 Maya World at 26 feet and 6 inches in height and weighing about 65 tons.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 4

Tikal is the third UNESCO’s World Heritage Site of the itinerary and the first one in the Maya World, since 1979. Intensive construction took place at Tikal from the late Pre-classic Period until the waning of Classic Maya 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 Maya lowlands. In 292 AD, 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.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 5

Transfer to the Central Peten area for the visit to the 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 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 Belizean side of the border, Xunantunich is an interesting small site with a tall pyramid offering a spectacular view of the San Ignacio valley.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 6

In the early morning, depart to visit Caracol, one of the largest political, religious, and economic centers of the Maya 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. Overnight accommodations in San Ignacio, Belize.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 7

Depart early in the morning to the Pasion River, the most important tributary of the Usumacinta River. After a boat ride, reach the strategic cliff where the Ceibal Archaeological Site is located. Ceibal provides the opportunity to see extraordinary stelaes that show foreign influences in the Mayan World during the Terminal Classic time. In the afternoon, transfer to the Flores Airport for a one-hour flight to Guatemala City.

Breakfast and lunch are included

Day 8

Transfer to the Guatemala City International Airport for departure.

Price based on a minimum of six passengers.

For 3 - 5 passengers, price is $1600 pp

A minimum of 2 passengers is required; $2135 pp

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, meals and tours as detailed in itinerary
  • English speaking guide on tours

 Package Does Not Include

  • International Air
  • Domestic Air
  • Meals not described in itinerary
  • Airport fees & Taxes
  • Gratuties

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change
  • Subject to availability and sequence change
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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8 days / 7 nights Honduras Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Tegucigalpa
  • Government: democratic constitutional repu
  • Currency: lempira (HNL)
  • Area: 112,090 sq km
  • Population: 7,326,496 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish, Amerindian dialects
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
  • Electricity: 110V/60Hz (two-prong North American plug)
  • Calling Code: +504
  • Time Zone: UTC -6

Points of Interest

  • Ruins in Copan - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Quirigua - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Guatemala
  • Tikal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Xunantunich in Belize
  • Yaxha in Guatemala
  • Visit to Caracol in Belize