Copan, Ceibal & Yaxha National Park
Copan is an archaeological site in Honduras, on the border with Guatemala. Set along the fertile Copán River valley, it is known for distinctive sculptural style of ancient Maya Civilization that dates from 5th to 9th centuries AD. The Copan Valley is also famous for bird watching opportunities, esp for a variety of native macaws, toucans and parrots.
Aguateca and El Ceibal lie hidden in the jungles of Central Guatemala. Aguateca, near Petexbatún Lagoon has ruins that date back to the 7th century. El Ceibal, incomparison has more than 600 structures, but famous for its magnificent stelae, the finest and best conserved from the late Classic period.
Tikal National Park, north Guatemala, was an ancient city dating to about 1st century A.D. With over 3,000 buildings, it is the largest and most well-known Mayan archaeologist site in Guatemala and the world. The place has temples, plazas and pyramids that rise to some 50 meters.
Travel with the ASIAN GEOGRAPHICAL ADVENTURES and explore the top Mayan archaeological sites of Copan, Aguateca & Tikal with our experts.
Copan, Ceibal & Yaxha National Park Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Flores, Copan, Quirigua, Petexbatun Lake, Tikal
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Antigua, Guatemala Meet and greet on arrival at Guatemala City airport and private transfer to Antigua.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: El Convento – Junior Suite (B)
Day 2 – City Tour & Surrounds
Antigua With your private guide enjoy a half-day walking tour of Antigua. This tour will cover the cultural, historical & social highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. This tour is flexible and if you have specific sites that you wish to see please notify your guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Day 3 – Culture Tour
Lake Atitlan Take a private transfer to Lake Atitlan and on arrival take a scenic boat ride to the village of Santiago for lunch. After lunch visit the house where the Maya God Maximon and also learn about the textiles, spiritualism & beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)
Day 4 – Chichi Market Tour
Flores Today you’ll be visiting the famous market at Chichi. This is the biggest and most colourful market of Mesoamerica with enough time for shopping. You will also have an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church. Transfer to Guatemala City for one-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, L)
Day 5 – Transfer
Copan (Honduras) Transfer across Guatemala through the central desert region to the Honduran Border and to the pretty town of Copan Ruinas. (5 hrs) Rest of the afternoon free to explore this pretty town.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B)
Day 6 – Copan Archaeological Site
Copan Take a private guide tour of Copan archaeological site, renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum. Later, transfer to the Bird Park that houses number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B, L)
Day 7 – UNESCO Heritage Site
Quirigua Transfer back into Guatemala to visit the UNESCO protected site of Quirigua in the humid Motagua River Valley (2hr). Enjoy the beautifully carved stelea of this small but fascinating site situated amongst banana plantations. Later, transfer on to Guatemala City.
Overnight Guate City (B, L)
Day 8 – El Ceibal Archaeological Site
Petexbatun Lake With your private wildlife guide and driver, transfer to Sayaxche (1.5hr). Board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion River (30min) to the site at Ceibal, once the largest archaeological site in the southwestern Maya Lowlands.
After a pretty steep climb up to the site through a Ceiba tree forest your guide will explain you about the latest findings in the area which contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae. En route enjoy many opportunities to see wildlife before we continue by boat to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun,(1hr)
Overnight Chiminos Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Aguateca Tour
Flores Transfer with your private guide by boat to the lesser visited yet unique site at Aguateca (30min). This site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in Maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line. There are many opportunities to see wildlife today both during the boat ride and whilst walking around the site. Later, transfer to Flores by boat & land.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B, L)
Day 10 – Canopy Adventure
Flores Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Ixpanpajul Nature Park in the rainforest near the town of Flores. At the park choose between a Canopy walk Way trail or an exciting zip line adventure through the canopy. Appreciate the local flora & fauna en route and hopefully you will see a rich variety of tropical wildlife.
Later, transfer to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B, L)
Day 11 – Transfer
Guatemala City Today you will be guided on an extraordinary tour to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest.
For centuries this city was completely covered under jungle. The most prominent surviving buildings include six very large Mesoamerican step pyramids, labelled Temples I - VI, each of which support a temple structure on their summits. Follow in the footsteps of Maya royalty and commoners to such sites as the majestic Temple of the Jaguar (44mtrs), Temple of the Masks (38mtrs), the Acropolis and much more.
Day 12 – Depart
Guatemala City Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Guatemala City.
Connect with your onward flight or extend your tour to Belize Beach locations.
Make this your holiday
When to go Guatemala has a very good weather all year round with only two seasons. November through April (Dry) has dazzling blue skies and warm sunshine. May through October (Wet) is the rainy season with a short break between July and August. During this time, you can often expect sunny mornings and showers falling predominantly in the afternoon, usually lasting no longer than a couple of hours, with the worst of the rain falling in September and October.
Getting There Most flights to Guatemala from the UK are routed via US hub cities: Atlanta, Houston, New York or Miami. Airfares always depend on the season, with the highest being from Christmas to February, around Easter and in July and August. Other options include flying via Madrid on Iberia, via Amsterdam and Panama with KLM, or via Mexico with a number of airlines and then on to Guatemala with a Mexican airline. Flores airport, near Tikal, has a few flights from Belize City and Cancún.