Welcome to the Guatemala Express, a 5-day, 4-night tour that will take you on a journey to the most iconic destinations in our beautiful country. This tour is all about exclusivity and privacy, as you’ll be accompanied by your own personal guide and driver, ensuring a truly immersive and hassle-free experience as you explore the incredible wonders of Guatemala.
We’ll start by picking you up from the airport and taking you on a scenic drive through the vibrant streets of Guatemala City, giving you a glimpse of its rich culture and history. Our first destination will be the colonial city of La Antigua, where we’ll spend the night. The following day, get ready to explore the city’s cobblestone streets and dive deep into its fascinating history during a captivating walking tour led by your knowledgeable guide. After a delicious lunch, we’ll embark on an adventure to the Pacaya Volcano, one of the country’s three active volcanoes. A moderate hike will lead us to the slopes of the volcano, where you’ll witness the incredible power of nature up close as you observe the flowing lava.
Next, we’ll venture to Lake Atitlán, known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the present-day Mayan culture as we visit indigenous communities living around the lake. Experience their vibrant traditions, witness their languages, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the lake surrounded by three majestic volcanoes during a boat excursion. It will be an unforgettable experience that will provide a deeper understanding of the living Mayan heritage.
We’ll return to La Antigua for a well-deserved rest, as the next day, we’ll embark on an early morning flight from La Aurora International Airport to Flores/Tikal. Prepare to be amazed as we explore the most emblematic archaeological site in the country, Tikal National Park. A private tour will lead us through this ancient Mayan city, showcasing its remarkable pyramids that continue to astonish humanity. We’ll spend the night in Flores before returning to Guatemala City the following day to conclude this incredible adventure, which, though brief, will provide you with a deeper appreciation and understanding of this beautiful Central American country.
Join us on the Guatemala Express, an adventure-filled journey that combines history, culture, and natural wonders in a truly immersive and personalized experience. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime and discover the true essence of Guatemala.
We will pick you up from La Aurora International Airport and take you on a scenic drive through Guatemala City, giving you a glimpse of our country’s capital from the comfort of the vehicle. Afterward, we will head towards La Antigua Guatemala, a journey that will take approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and begin your exploration of this historic City.
On the second day of our tour, we will start with a delightful breakfast before embarking on a captivating walking tour through the colonial city of Antigua. Prepare to be immersed in the rich history and charm of this incredible city as we visit its most significant historical sites. From ancient convents to the first Catholic churches in Guatemala and former government buildings that once housed the offices of Central America’s capital, there is so much to explore.
The beauty of this tour is its flexibility and adaptability to your interests. Our knowledgeable guide will cater to your preferences, whether you want to delve deeper into local markets and crafts, engage with the friendly locals, or even indulge in a rum tasting experience with the renowned Zacapa Centenario, a Guatemalan pride.
After lunch, we will venture towards the majestic Pacaya Volcano, one of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes. It will take us approximately an hour to reach the volcano from Antigua, and then we will embark on a thrilling 2-hour hike to its summit. Once atop, prepare to be mesmerized by unique panoramic views and feel the awe-inspiring power of nature as we witness the lava up close.
As the day comes to an end, we will return to Antigua.
On the third day of our tour, we will embark on a captivating journey to the stunning Lake Atitlan. We will pick you up from your hotel in Antigua at 6:00 am and start a scenic 2.5-hour drive westward, heading towards the department of Sololá, renowned for its rich Mayan traditions and culture.
Our destination is the picturesque town of Panajachel, situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Here, a waiting boat will be ready to take us on a mesmerizing excursion to two of the most beautiful Mayan villages: San Juan and Santiago. During our five-hour tour, we will have the opportunity to explore the hidden gems and marvel at the incredible sights in each village and of course see the incredible views of the lake.
San Juan is known for its vibrant traditional art, including vibrant textiles, unique paintings, and intricate crafts. We will visit local cooperatives and workshops, where talented artisans will share their ancient techniques and showcase their remarkable creations.
In Santiago, we will delve deeper into the Mayan culture as we visit the village’s sacred sites and learn about its spiritual beliefs. We will have the privilege of meeting a Maya shaman and gain insights into their rituals and ancient practices. The beauty of Lake Atitlan, framed by majestic volcanoes, will provide a breathtaking backdrop throughout our journey.
After our unforgettable experience, we will return to Panajachel, where you will have some free time to explore the town, immerse yourself in the local ambiance, and perhaps find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit. As the day draws to a close, we will begin our return journey to Antigua, arriving in time for a delightful dinner.
On the fourth day, which may be the longest but most captivating, we will embark on a remarkable journey to the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Tikal. We will pick you up from your hotel in Antigua at 3:00 am and transport you to La Aurora International Airport, where we will board a flight to Flores/Tikal.
Upon arrival in Flores, our team will be waiting to accompany you to the iconic Tikal National Park. In this exclusive private tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary Mayan structures that continue to astonish humanity. As you venture into the heart of this ancient civilization, you will be immersed in a pristine rainforest, teeming with a diverse array of wildlife thriving in their natural habitat.
Prepare to connect with nature in an unforgettable way as you marvel at the towering pyramids, intricate temples, and sprawling plazas that reveal the ingenuity and grandeur of the Maya. As you wander through the mystical ruins, feel the energy of this sacred place and contemplate the rich history and spiritual significance that once permeated these ancient grounds.
After an enriching day of exploration, we will accompany you to Flores, where you will spend the night. Take the evening to relax, reflect on your incredible experiences, and perhaps indulge in the local cuisine and vibrant atmosphere of this charming town.
We will accompany you to Mundo Maya Airport in Flores to catch your flight back to Guatemala City. This marks the conclusion of our tour across our beautiful country.
NOTE: The Guatemala Express Tour is a private tour and is 100% customizable. It is important that you provide us with your arrival and departure flight schedules to Guatemala. Based on that, we can modify the itinerary in the best possible way to maximize your time.
4 Stars Hotel:
Antigua Guatemala: Hotel Convento Santa Catalina, Hotel Casa del Parque, Hotel Meson del Valle.
Atitlan: Dos Mundos, Villa Santa Catarina, Posada de Don Rodrigo
Flores: Hotel Isla de Flores, Hotel Maya Internacional
5 Stars Hotel:
Antigua Guatemala: Camino Real Antigua, Hotel Los Pasos, Porta Hotel, Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
Atitlan: Hotel Atitlan, Porta Hotel
Flores: Camino Real Tikal, Hotel Isla de Flores, Maya Internacional
Antigua Guatemala: Villa Bokeh, Hotel Pensativo
Atitlan: Casa Palopó
Flores: Bolontiku, Las Lagunas
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* Children from 2 to 12 years old → US$ 650 * Infants from 0 to 2 years old → USD 125
Please note that our tour has a no refund policy. We recommend considering travel insurance for your peace of mind.