Guatemala & Honduras - 9 days, 8 nights

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  • Arco de Santa Catalina at Antigua, Guatemala
  • Indigenous women at Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Tikal, Guatemala
  • Stelas at Qurigua, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Copan, Honduras
  • Pulhapanzak waterfall in Honduras
  • Basilica de Suyapa at Tegucigalpa, Honduras

itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Guatemala City, upon arrival you will be transferred to Antigua Guatemala, a city founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 meters above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. Overnight at Antigua.

Day 02
In the morning, we will discover the timeless colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time it became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style. While in Antigua you will explore both the restored colonial buildings as well as those left as ruins throughout the city. Among the intricate colonial buildings and interesting museums you will visit on our tour, you will explore the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral, Midafternoon you will be transferred to the community of Chichicastenango for overnight.

Day 03
Today, we will visit the Chichicastenango Indian market, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, which attracts buyers and sellers from near and far every Thursday and Sunday. Many great souvenirs can be found here, from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewelry and accessories. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Guatemala City for overnight.

Day 04
Today we will we will catch an early domestic flight to Flores. The tour continues with a one-hour drive until you reach Tikal. Tikal in its heyday 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala's premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travelers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers. Midafternoon we will head back to Flores for overnight.

Day 05
Early morning we will start our journey to Copan Ruins, in route we will visit Rio Dulce and Quirigua Ruins, a small Mayan site located in the Motagua River that was apparently ruled by an offshoot of Copan's ruling dynasty during most of its history and served to secure Copan's access to the Motagua river and the trade routes to the cities further north. Quirigua features the tallest stela in the entire Mayan world. We will be reaching Honduran territory in Copan Ruinas late afternoon for overnight.

Day 06
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of the main archaeological site that features the hieroglyphic staircase, the ball court and the famous stelas, in the afternoon, discover the various artifacts and art work carved in stone at the museum of Maya sculpture and the museum of archaeology, evening is at your disposal to stroll around the cobble stone streets of the town of Copan and visit its numerous restaurants, coffee and souvenir shops.

Day 07
Discover Honduras through mountainous scenery while we head to the capital city of Tegucigalpa, in route we will visit our famous Pulhapanzak waterfall, we will have lunch at beautiful Lake Yojoa and also visit colonial former capital city Comayagua, where we have the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. We will arrive in Tegucigalpa late afternoon.

Day 08
Tegucigalpa is not only the capital city of Honduras but further a colonial town of abundant history, we will enjoy a morning tour of both modern and colonial districts, the Basilica of Suyapa and a sweeping view of the metropolitan area at the foot of the giant figure of Christ located at Picacho hill. We will finish our Honduras mainland tour visiting two charming old mining colonial towns, Santa Lucia and Valle de Angeles that are home to the local artisans school and many souvenir shops, evening is free.

Day 09
At the appropriate time, we will take you to the airport for your international departure flight.

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Four lunches (Tikal, Rio Dulce, Lake Yojoa and Tegucigalpa)
- Domestic flight Guatemala City – Flores
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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Superior accommodations

Antigua, Guatemala – Camino Real Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Westin Camino Real
Flores, Guatemala – Camino Real Tikal
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (Premium)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Marriott

Moderate accommodations

Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Las Farolas
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Holiday Inn
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel Peten Esplendido
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (standard)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Plaza del General

Economy accommodations

Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Casa Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Howard Johnson Inn
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel del Patio
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Camino Maya
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Alameda

Budget accommodations

Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Meson del Valle
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Pan American Hotel
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel Peten
Copan, Honduras – Lauros Hotel
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Mac Arthur


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