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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

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Overview

Experience Guatemala’s top attractions, marveling at its stunning natural beauty and exploring its fascinating ancient history, on this 8-day tour. Discover the colonial architecture of charming Antigua before chilling out along the stunning shores of Lake Atitlán and its idyllic villages. Then dive into ancient Mayan history at the ruins of Tikal and Yaxha before capping the trip off with a hike to the summit of the country’s Pacaya Volcano. This all-inclusive tour also includes 7 nights of accommodation, transport between all sites by private vehicle, entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary.
  • 8-day best of Guatemala sightseeing tour from Guatemala City
  • Visit the ancient Mayan ruin site of Tikal in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park
  • Learn about the history and culture of Guatemala from your expert English-speaking guide
  • Transportation, entrance fees and overnight accommodation included
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Private boat tour
Transport between sites
Professional English-speaking guide
7 nights of accommodation
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch)
Small group tour of 15 pax maximum
Breakfast (7)
Food and drinks, unless specified
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Get a taste for all that Guatemala has to offer on this 8-day trip spanning the country’s most picturesque natural wonders and its fascinating history spanning thousands of years of civilization. Along the way you’ll experience everything from handsome colonial cities to unspoiled mountain lakes and atmospheric Mayan ruins deep in the jungle.

Begin your Guatemala adventure with pickup at the airport in Guatemala city, continuing on an exploration of the country’s greatest hits, starting with a visit to the cobble-stoned streets of Antigua. After enjoying a sightseeing tour of this former colonial capital, continue from Antigua to Lake Atitlán, where you’ll experience a private boat ride on its majestic waters, the shores ringed by volcanoes and pleasant towns. You’ll also have the chance to experience incredible views from the heights of Pacaya Volcano during a 5-hour hike towards its impressive crater.

Your visit also includes time in Guatemala’s northern reaches, where you’ll investigate the amazing Mayan ruins at Yaxha, Iximché and Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your exploration of this ancient Mayan sites will provide an overview of the culture’s fascinating history and innovative building techniques

Seven nights of accommodation are included at 4- and 4.5-star hotels with amenities including room service, business centers and swimming pools. Please note the hotels are subject to change, though they will still be comparable 4- or 4.5-star hotels.

Note: pricing for each accommodation option is per group, not per person
Itinerary
The Plaza Central Park
Once you arrive at the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, enjoy convenient transportation to your hotel in Antigua to gear up for your exciting 8-day guided Guatemala tour.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Hotel Camino Real Antigua or Similar
Meals:
  Not Included
The Plaza Central Park
Explore the charming colonial city of Antigua on foot with your knowledgeable guide. Visit some of the city’s most beautiful churches, including the Baroque-style La Merced Church, San Francisco Church and Santo Domingo Monastery.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Iglesia de La Merced
Visit La Merced Church.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande
Visit San Francisco Church
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Camino Real Antigua or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Parque Nacional Volcan De Pacaya
Enjoy breakfast before spending the morning hiking up Pacaya Volcano, the most active volcano in Guatemala. Admire impressive views of the Calderas Lagoon and the three nearby volcanoes -- Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. As you take an easy hike up Pacaya, your guide will tell you about the history of the active volcano and point out unique volcano vegetation. After your 5-hour visit to Pacaya Volcano, the rest of the day is yours to explore Antigua on your own.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Hotel Camino Real Antigua or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Iglesia Parroquial Santiago Apostol
Enjoy a beautiful private sightseeing cruise across the lake to the Tzutujil village of Santiago de Atitlan. Hop ashore here to discover local village life of the Tzutujil Mayan people, and visit the main street filled with shops selling everything from oil paintings to woven baskets.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Lago de Atitlan
Visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the World: Atitlan.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Hotel Atitlan or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Mercado de Chichicastenango
Transfer to Chichicastenango, located approximately one hour and a half north of Panajachel. Admire the beautiful landscape as you are transported north by a comfortable car. Walk through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the main town plaza, visit the famous Chichicastenango open-air market, filled with locally made products, like ceramic pots, wood carvings and handmade goods, as well as fruits and vegetables.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Santo Tomas Church
Visit Santo Tomas Church.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Iximche
Visit the archaeological site of Iximché, which was once a Mayan city. With your guide, explore the ruins’ four ceremonial plazas, which are surrounded by tall temple structures and two ball courts. Learn about the history of this fascinating ancient site as you tour the area.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Barcelo Guatemala City or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Tikal
Visit the Mayan ruin site of Tikal in Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore everything from the Central Acropolis, a maze of courtyards and small temples, to Complex Q and R, where you'll see twin pyramid complexes with altars set in front of the temples. Visit the massive Temple I, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, and learn about its historical importance from your guide.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Camino Real Tikal or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Yaxha
Explore the scenic jungle landscape of this unique area overlooking the Yaxha and Sacnab lakes. As you follow your guide around Yaxha, learn about the history of this ceremonial Mayan site, which features more than 500 ancient structures. Spend time visiting various areas including pyramid temples, ball courts and elevated plazas.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at Barcelo Guatemala City or Similar
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Guatemala
After your amazing 8-day tour, relax on the drive back to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guatemalan Adventure
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Gustavo, our guide was fantastic! He...
mezameza
, Jul 2017
Gustavo, our guide was fantastic! He showed us great sights from Antigua to Tikal. He was always thoughtful about finding us decent restrooms during the driving. The hotels we staying in were absolutely beautiful with great included breakfasts. We saw so much of Guatemala. This tour was great!
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Wonderful complete secure and best...
Eber_z
, Jan 2017
Wonderful complete secure and best hotels guides and transport. Everything happen as they told before. An excellent tour operator.
star-5
I loved my visit to Guatemala...
Pamela S
, Nov 2016
I loved my visit to Guatemala. Guatemalan Adventures had everything planned and their tourguides - such as Michelangelo and drivers such as Henry were always prompt and very informative. They provided ample time to visit the mayan ruins and the accommodations were great!
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We just got back from our trip and...
Jamie H
, Nov 2014
We just got back from our trip and it was excellent, whoever organized and designed this trip did an excellent job, we got to see some of the most beautiful places in the country. When I first found this trip I was a little nervous because Viator doesn't have the best reviews so I did my research, called them a couple times to understand everything, and once I booked it I contacted the tour guides in Guatemala to be sure everything was arranged as planned and it was, everything went just as planned and we couldn't be happier. The hotels were way beyond what we expected, they were beautiful, romantic, had good food and great service. The tours were wonderful, we saw amazing things way beyond our imagination and it was nice not to have to worry about transportation. Our guides were wonderful, the one we had the most in Antigua was always on time, had a great personality, and was easy to work with. My only disappointment was the day in Tikal, it just wasn't enough time to explore and our guide talked way too much, he would stop us and give us a 5-10 minute lecture and then breeze by the structures when all I really wanted to do was see and explore as much as I could, I didn't want to feel like I was in school, so that was my only complaint. If you are interested in visiting Guatemala definitely book this trip, it was well worth it!!!
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The itinerary is well designed...
MeiLan_O
, Dec 2013
The itinerary is well designed. Every place is worth visiting. All the drivers and guilds always showed up on time. We didn't feel unsafe at all throughout the trip. Camino Real Antigua and Hotel Atitlan are very good accommodation choices. But there are some problems with their trip quality assurance: 1) Our guide didn't take us to Santo Domingo Monastery in Antigua. We spent more time in Azotea Coffee Farm watching video. 2) Our guide didn't take us to Santiago de Atitlan. He took us to Santa Catarina and Santa Antonio. 3) Our guide didn't take to Iximché. 4) Our local guide at Tikal explained a lot about other acropolis, temples...but didn't explain anything at the most seen Grand Plaza. 5) Hotel Peten Esplendido was not as nice as other accommodations. 6) Not agency's issue...it's a nice hike onto the top of Pacaya Volcano, but we didn't get to see any lava flowing. And I want to say our local guide at Yaxha did a great job. Too bad I forgot his name.
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This tour was a big disappointment...
Nancy S
, Aug 2013
This tour was a big disappointment. I have seen the ruins of Mexico including the Sun and Moon pyramids, Palenque, Uxma and Chitza-Itza. Those ruins are fairly well preserved and restored, many with some of the original colorings and reliefs intact. Tikal was ok, but had none of the original colors and reliefs. Our guide there spoke great English but he didn't tell us anything about the traditions and rituals of the Mayan people who lived there. Yaxha was not interesting and Ixhimche wasn't worth going to at all. The only thing I enjoyed was our hotel in Antigua, its proximity to the market place, the boat ride across the lake and the Pacaya Volcano. Our tour guide that we had for the first 4 days was only 50% intelligible. We had to work very hard to understand him, unfortunately. I have taken many trips and have never felt like I wasted my money until now. It just was not worth the cost.

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