Mayan Footprints - El Salvador, Guatemala & Honduras
9 days / 8 nights from San Salvador to Guatemala City
Day 5: Copan Ruinas
After breakfast we visit the legendary archaeological park of Copan, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1980. It consists of two main sites: the ruins and the sepulchers, a residential and burial site of the Mayan nobles. One of the highlights of Copan is the hieroglyphic stairway, which forms with over 2,500 hieroglyphs the longest Maya text that has been discovered by now. The masterfully carved stelae also distinguish Copan from other Mayan sites. Appreciate to its full the significant number of ruins surrounded by giant trees that provide shades all over the site.
Day 6: Copan Ruinas - Quiriguá - Río Dulce (Guatemala)
Again we set out for Guatemala, this time in a northerly direction, until reaching Quiriguá. This medium-sized archaeological site has been named UNESCO World Heritage in 1981 and is famous for an impressive series of stelae and sculpted calendars. One of the stelae is the tallest stone monument ever erected in the New World. It stands 35 feet (10.6 m) tall, 5 feet (1.5 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) thick; and it weighs in at 130,000 pounds (about 59,000 kg). Afterwards we continue to Río Dulce, where we arrive at mid afternoon. The rest of the day you can relax in the hotel, have a cold drink and enjoy the amazing view overlooking the river. Overnight in Río Dulce.
Day 7: Río Dulce - Flores
Today we leave Río Dulce towards the Lake Peten Itza. On our way we pass the unsettled forest regions of Peten. In the early afternoon we arrive at Flores. This small town is above all starting point for tours to Tikal. However, the town itself with its colonial, red-roofed buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, the historic church and the Spanish plaza is also a charming destination. Discover the small island and enjoy the view overlooking the lake in one of the many restaurants. 2 overnights in Flores.
Day 8: Flores - Tikal - Flores
In the morning we drive to Tikal, located about one hour from Flores. The Mayan ruins of Tikal are situated in the middle of Tikal National Park, one of the oldest and best known national parks in Guatemala. Due to its historical importance both in terms of natural and human heritage it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The ruins of Tikal are among the most outstanding ones of the Mayan world. Scientists assume that the city covered an area of approximately 30 km² and was inhabited by a minimum of 100,000 people at its height. During the tour through the park you visit various temples, that tower over 70 m high, and many other structures. Visitors are frequently accompanied by the shouts of numerous parrots and howler monkeys. In the afternoon we return to Flores.
Day 9: Flores - Guatemala City
You will be transferred to the nearby airport. After a short domestic flight (*) you arrive at Guatemala City on time for your international departure flight.
* For a small additional charge we transfer you from Flores to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.
* You can book this tour in the opposite direction without additional costs. You can also extend or shorten it or propose program changes.
* We suggest extension stays at La Lancha Lodge at the Lake Petén Itzá, the Ambergris Cays (Belize) or the Bay Islands (Honduras). Don't hesitate to ask for the different options.
8 nights lodging including breakfast
Mesoamerica Travel Guide
Entrance fees & transfers according to itinerary
Prices valid until 15.12.2013
(*) Domestic flights not included
Price Per Person
2 persons U$ 1787.-
3 persons U$ 1411.-
4 persons U$ 1255.-
5 persons U$ 1149.-
6 persons U$ 1053.-
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