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TIKAL (continued)

  • Guided tour of the park (in English) on 1st day

  • One lunch and one American breakfast

Not Included:

  • Domestic airport tax (Q20 each way)

  • Entrance fee to the park and museum on 1st day (Q150)

  • Entrance fee to park on 2nd day (Q150)

  • All other meals, drinks, tips

  • Additional transfers/guided tours

To Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Flashlight

  • Bathing suit

  • Towel

  • Rain jacket


Few places in the world can match the spectacular beauty of Lake Atitlán, one of Guatemala's most prized treasures. Located in the highlands at an altitude of 1,562 meters, the lake offers a great climate, with comfortably warm days and pleasantly cool evenings all year long. Occasionally a strong wind called "xocomil" (a Tzutujil name) causes fishermen to scurry to the shore.

Geologists believe the lake began to form after a volcanic caldera collapsed some 85,000 years ago. Three dormant volcanoes - San Pedro, Toliman & Atitlán - form the spectacular southern backdrop of the lake, mute reminders of its volcanic origin. The lake itself covers about 130 square kilometers and measures more than 17 kilometers across. Maya-Kakchiquel inhabitants occupy half of the villages around the lake, while the other half of the shore belongs to Maya-Tzutujil people.

Activities around Lake Atitlán include swimming, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, sailing, visits to museums, and a boat tour to the Mayan villages of San Pedro, Santiago, Santa Catarina Palopó and San Antonio Palopó. After a day of visiting these fascinating villages, most visitors are content to simply relax with a cup of cappuccino or glass of wine while watching the sunset over the world's most beautiful lake.


Market day in the Indian Highland town of Chichicastenango is a cacophony of sights, sounds and smells, which draws buyers and sellers from far and wide. Every Thursday and Sunday, the plaza of this Maya-Quiché is converted into this bustling market and packed with vendors selling traditional handicrafts, including hand-wove textiles, hand-carved masks, ceramics, jewelry and much more.

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