Countries visited : Guatemala
TOTAL DAYS : 6 Days
STARTS IN : Guatemala City
ENDS IN : Guatemala City
Highlights : Antigua Guatemala , Boat Trip to Santiago Atitlan , Chichicastenango Market
TRANSPORT : Air-conditioned vehicle , Boat , Foot
A little more leisurely discovery of the highlands of Guatemala and its traditional Maya culture. Glance at the traditional highland Indian market of Chichicastenango and visit lake Atitlan. Overnight in Antigua, the former Spanish-colonial capital, founded in 1543 at the foot of Agua Volcano and a center of art and culture for all the Americas.
The Highlands region is an outstanding cultural universe. Its inhabitants, belonging to the Maya Kaqchiquel, Tzutujil, and Quiché groups, keep alive their cultures, the manifestations of which can be admired by the visitor. The greater part of the towns around lake Atitlan are of pre-Hispanic origin, such as Santiago Atitlán and its old settlement, Chuitinamit, but the layout now goes back to the Colonial period.
Today, few markets in the world are as famous as the Chichicastenango market where thousands of persons come together on Thursdays and Sundays in an impressive spectacle which goes beyond mere trading. The day before market day, peasants from all region travel long distances, bringing their products with them. They spend the night in the arcades which surround the plaza, waiting for the market to start. Vegetables, fruits, grains, lime and soap blend with the handicrafts, particularly huipiles and wooden masks.
Day 01: Wed Arrival in Guatemala City
Transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Thu Chichicastenango
Leave for Chichicastenango’s colorful open-air market and Church of Santo Tomas. Afternoon free for shopping or to see the town on your own.
Day 03: Fri Lake Atitlan
Breakfast. Continue to Solola to visit the Indian market. In the afternoon, continue to Lake Atitlan for overnight.(B)
Day 04: Sat Antigua
Launch excursion to the lake-side village of Santiago Atitilan. Continue to Antigua for overnight accommodation.(B)
Day 05: Sun Guatemala City
Morning city tour of Antigua. After lunch, return to Guatemala City.(B)
Day 06: Mon Return
Transfer to the airport for your International flight or extension to Tikal.(B)
Tourist Superior Class
|Guatemala City||Tourist||AUD$2141||AUD$1400||On request|
Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events. All prices are as a guide only, please check with us for the latest prices.
Tour name :
Guatemala Highlands Tour
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