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Day 1 UK/Antigua
Depart the UK for your flight to Guatemala City via Houston. Upon arrival you will be met by a member of the A&K team and driven to Antigua where you'll stay in a colonial mansion for the next four nights.
Day 2 Antigua
Founded in 1543, Antigua is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. This morning you can take a walking tour of this magnificent city, passing the Central Plaza overlooked by the Cathedral, before heading to La Merced and the San Francisco Church.
Day 3 Antigua
Today you'll enjoy a morning adventure in Pacaya National Park hiking to the shoulder of an active volcano.
Day 4 Antigua
This morning you'll visit to 'As Green as it Gets', a charity working to support small independent coffee producers, before taking an afternoon bike tour in the scenic Antigua valley, riding on back roads and trails through local villages' farms and fields.
Day 5 Antigua/Lake Atitlán
A scenic morning drive up into the highlands will take you via the markets at Solola or Comalapa, to beautiful Lake Atitlán Surrounded by three volcanoes and numerous Indian villages, many Mayas believe the lake is an entrance to the underworld. You'll stay at a lakeshore hotel of your choice.
Day 6 Lake Atitlán
You'll spend the morning in a kayak, exploring Lake Atitlán where you'll see local Maya people working in the fields and fishing from their unique wooden boats. You'll continue on foot to Cerro de Oro, a spectacular climb with rewarding views at the top, before returning to Atitlán on a local truck.
Day 7 Chichicastenango/Guatemala City
This morning you'll visit Chichicastenango, an important religious centre and one of Latin America's most colourful and lively markets. Here locals and visitors alike barter side by side for produce, textiles, masks and trinkets. You'll return to Guatemala City in the afternoon.
Day 8 Guatemala City/Uaxactun
Hop on a plane this morning for your flight to Flores where you'll be driven to Uaxactun, famous for the oldest complete Maya astronomical complex and also the community where the 'Chicleros' (gum collectors) have lived for over 100 years. Tonight you'll enjoy a candlelit dinner and overnight camping in the jungle site of these majestic ruins.
Day 9 Tikal
After breakfast you'll have a chance to explore the ruins of Tikal. Imposing in construction and awe inspiring in their splendour it is a small insight into the wonder of the ancient Mayan world. After enjoying you'll have a free afternoon. You'll stay overnight at a jungle lodge.
Day 10 Flores /Guatemala City
This morning you'll go on an adventure in Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Choose between a canopy walkway trail or an exciting zip line adventure to appreciate the local flora and fauna and hopefully see a variety of tropical wildlife. This afternoon you'll fly to Guatemala City.
Day 11 Guatemala City/UK
This morning you'll fly to Houston for your connecting flight to the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 11 day suggested luxury journey in Guatemala will cost from £2,765 per person based on two adults sharing.
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Meet the Latin America Team
Our Latin America team Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Kelly, Kerry and Elli – are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.
Best time to be there
Known as the country of eternal spring, Guatemala is good to visit all year round but the dry season is November to May. The climate also varies according to altitude. The low-lying jungle areas such as El Peten are generally hot and sticky, in contrast to the highlands which are pleasantly warm during the day but can be very cool at night.
Guatemala City - daily via Miami
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever if arriving from an infected area