Mesoamerica Highlights - Nicaragua, Honduras & Guatemala
10 days / 9 nights from Managua to Guatemala City
Day 6: Cerro Azul Meambar - San Pedro Sula - Copán Ruinas
The national park works as a retreating area for a lot of species, because of increased human activities around the Lake. Jaguars, Ocelots, Coatis, Tapir and Howler Monkeys are only a few of the 50 mammal species that live in the park. On an early hiking tour we explore the magnificent tropical forest types before transferring to Honduras' second largest city and economic centre San Pedro Sula. We visit the small anthropological museum and the colourful Guamilito market where vegetables, fruits, meat, spices, and all kinds of regional handcraft like wooden, straw and leather goods are offered. Afterwards we continue to Copán Ruinas, where we check in our hotel, located in the centre of the village. The rest of the afternoon is left free to enjoy and explore the picturesque village. 2 overnights in Copan Ruinas.
Day 7: Copán Ruinas
After breakfast we walk to the nearby Archaeological Park of Copán Ruins, which consists of two main sites: the ruins and the sepulchres. At its height (from 200 to 900 A.D.) Copán had about 24,000 inhabitants. It wasn't one of the largest Mayan cities. However, it was the principal cultural centre of the Maya region due to its advanced development of sculpture, astronomy, and hieroglyphic writing. The sculptures and stelaes are among the most artistic of all Mayan sites. The main site is famous for the Hieroglyphic Stairway, which is 30 m long and 10 m high. The lengthy inscription on the Hieroglyphic Stairway is of considerable historical significance. Later we visit the sepulchres, a residential and burial site of the Mayan nobles located at about 2 km from the main group.
Day 8: Copán Ruinas - Antigua (Guatemala)
The Maya developed into the New World's most sophisticated ancient civilization, a society of scientists, skilled architects and sculptors, fierce warriors and a ruling class that raised enormous temples to honour the lives and achievements of their kings. Representing the southeast limit to the spread of the Maya world, the city-state of Copán became the Maya's crowning artistic achievement, the cultural apex of the Maya civilization. Leader among all Mayan cities in terms of quantity and quality of stone sculpture, it has been dubbed the Athens of the New World. Early in the morning we leave the small, picturesque town, cross the nearby border and transfer through the Motagua valley to Antigua Guatemala. 2 overnights in Antigua
Day 9: Antigua
Antigua lies nestled between three volcanoes that are clearly visible over the red tile roofs and church bell towers. Founded in the 16th century as Santiago de Guatemala, Antigua was the seat of the Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala. After a severe earthquake in 1773, which damaged great parts of the town, the capital was moved to Guatemala City. In 1979 Antigua was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list as an outstanding example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. Until today the principal monuments built before the earthquake are preserved as ruins. Much of the architecture today dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. During our tour we visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Capuchinas Convent, the churches San Francisco and La Merced as well as other buildings and colonial spots.
Day 10: Antigua - Guatemala City
In the morning we drive to Guatemala City. With 4.1 million people living in the metropolitan area, Guatemala City is the largest urban agglomeration in Central America. Although it is often describes as noisy and polluted (the same can be said of other big cities all over the world), it is at the same time a fascinating city with excellent dining and entertainment options as well as beautiful surroundings. Bordered by a lake, forested mountains, and four volcanoes, it has its own special charm. And it is the real cultural capital of Guatemala - the writers, the thinkers, the artists mostly live and work here. If there is time, we tour Guatemala's capital before we transfer to the airport in time for your international departure flight. End of program.
* For a small additional charge we transfer you back to San Pedro Sula.
* You can book this tour in the opposite direction without additional costs. You can also extend or shorten it or propose program changes.
* A great option to extend the tour is a stay at the beautiful Lake Atitlan or a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
9 nights lodging incl. breakfast
Mesoamerica bilingual guide
Entrances, excursions and local guides according to itinerary
Transfers in A/C vehicle according to itinerary
Prices valid until 16.12.2017
Price Per Person
2 persons U$ 2199.-
3 persons U$ 1699.--
4 persons U$ 1525.--
5 persons U$ 1359.-
6 persons U$ 1245.-
Wholesalers and Retailers please ask for special conditions.