This journey is a fascinating combination of the best that Guatemala has to offer. Discover the highlights of this incredible country; the archaeological site of La Democracia and the open-air markets and the 400 year old church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango. Explore the cobble stone streets of the colonial city of Antigua and visit Lake Atitlan, where highland villagers can be seen in traditional clothing.

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The archaeological site of La Democracia, its crude Olmer-influenced carved stone heads on display around the square.

The indigenous cultures and colourful markets of Chichicastenango, a magical town of cobble streets.

You have the chance to visit Lake Atitlan and its Mayan villages where you acn see locals in traditional clothing.

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Day 1

Guatemala City

On arrival transfer to your hotel for the night.

Day 2

Guatemala City - Chichicastenango

Today you will visit the archaeological site of La Democracia. The site is known for the crude Olmec-influenced carved stone heads from the Monte Alto culture that are on display around the town Square. Visit Las Ilusiones Museum on the southern Pacific coastal plain and travel by to road to Chichicastenango, a magical town of cobble stone streets and red tile roofs that make it appear isolated from the rest of the country. (B)

Day 3

Chichicastenango - Quetzaltenango

Visit the famous and colourful open-air Mayan market at Chichicastenango, which has been a trading centre since pre-Hispanic times. The markets draw not only the K’iche Maya of the surrounding region but vendors from all over Guatemala, representing many of the country’s indigenous groups. You will also visit the 400 year old Church of Santo Tomas, a glorious white-wash edifice which reflects the towns mix of Catholic and indigenous Mayan beliefs. Travel to Quetzaltenango. (B)

Day 4

Quetzaltenango - Lake Atitlan

While in Quetzaltenango see the market of San Francisco El Alto and the Almolonga Valley. Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlan, famous for its natural beauty and colourful Mayan villages. (B)

Day 5

Lake Atitlan - Antigua

This morning enjoy an excursion on Lake Atitlan where you will have the chance to visit some Mayan villages. Transfer to Antigua and your hotel, Casa Santo Domingo, formerly one of the grandest monasteries in the Americas. Antigua sits between three volcanoes and its streetscapes are full of pastel facades and crumbling ruins covered in bougainvillea. (B)

Day 6

Antigua - Guatemala City

Enjoy a morning visit of Antigua, the old capital and one of the world’s best conserved colonial cities in Guatemala. This afternoon, return Guatemala City for the night. (B)

Day 7

Guatemala City

Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

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