Colors of Guatemala
5 days with Monograms Rating:
Day 1 ARRIVE IN GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA.
Welcome to Guatemala City. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 GUATEMALA CITY–ANTIGUA–CHICHICASTENANGO.
Depart for Antigua, Guatemala’s capital from 1543 until, after a devastating earthquake in 1776, it was moved to Guatemala City. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua is one of the Americas’ oldest and most beautiful cities, with pastel-colored buildings, wide cobblestone streets, and a beautiful natural setting ringed by three volcanoes. This morning, our PRIVATE TOUR of this magnificent highlands city, known for its 16th-century Spanish Colonial architecture, includes lively Plaza Mayor, flanked by the impressive Catedral de San José and Palace of the Capitanes Generales. We also see the ruins of churches and monasteries, some with hidden underground passages destroyed by the earthquake of 1776, and take a tour of a JADE FACTORY. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Chichicastenango for the night. (B)
Day 3 CHICHICASTENANGO–LAKE ATITLÁN–GUATEMALA CITY.
Today, with your Local Host, discover the whitewashed highland town of Chichicastenango to visit the colorful, open-air INDIAN MARKET, where hundreds of Indians from the surrounding countryside gather to barter their goods and products. Also, visit the Catholic CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÁS to witness ancient Mayan ceremonies that have long been practiced there. Continue to the shores of Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous villages. Lake Atitlán is the ideal place to come in contact with native Guatemalans. Twelve Indian villages surround the lake, and their inhabitants are descendants from the great Quiché, Cackchiquel, and Tzutuhil Nations. Head back to Guatemala City for the night. (B)
Day 4 GUATEMALA CITY.
Today is at your leisure to explore Guatemala City or perhaps take an optional day trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. (B)
Day 5 GUATEMALA CITY.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
All This Included
Guatemala: ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, mayan villages, and…chocolate. Chocolate, really? That’s right chocolate fans; cacao is endemic to Guatemala, and Guatemalans were the first to invent hot chocolate! While chocolate alone is enough reason to visit Guatemala, this vacation offers even more, and Monograms made it easy for you! On this 6-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and daily buffet breakfast. Plus, we’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host® in Guatemala City, Antigua, Chichicastenango, & Lake Atitlán. This is a one-of-a-kind service offered by Monograms to make sure you have someone in each city who can answer your questions, offer suggestions, help you navigate your vacation, and be there for you to make sure your vacation runs smoothly.
When you arrive in Guatemala City, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and transport you to your hotel. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for your private sightseeing with a local expert. Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Americas’ oldest cities. Among other places, we’ll show you the Catedral of San José and the ruins of churches and monasteries. Guatemala is the world’s leading producer of jade, and we’ll take you to a jade factory for a tour.
The next day, in Chichicastenango visit the Church of Santo Tomás, where you’ll witness ancient Mayan ceremonies, and the open-air Indian market, where you can barter with the locals for goods and souvenirs. Continue to Lake Atitlán, a beautiful lake surrounded by twelve Indian villages. After your Lake Atitlán adventure, we’ve arranged private transportation back to Guatemala City.
And did we mention we’ve arranged all your private transportation for you, so you can just sit back and relax as your guide takes you from place to place? Add the time saved and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a local there to assist you throughout your vacation, and you’re a lucky traveler!
Guatemala City: Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel
Chichicastenango: Mayan Inn Hotel
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