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14-day Guatemala & Costa Rica

VIVA COSTA RICA

Included services:

  • 13 overnights in good country-typical 3* hotels or good standard 4* or 5* hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • all ground and boat transportation and entrance fees as indicated in tour itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide in Tikal for half-day tour to archeological site

Not included: Other meals, drinks, tips, additional transfers or extra guided tours, border fees, departure tax, flight GUA-SJO.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT AIRFARES AND ENTRANCE FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE ANYTIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. TRANSPORTATION BASED ON PRIVATE AND SEAT-IN TRANSFERS.

 

Program Itinerary:

 

Day 1 (Tuesday):

Reception at airport and transfer to hotel in Antigua. Depending on your arrival time, you can still enjoy a relaxed evening walk through the cobble stone streets of this colonial town. Overnight in colonial-style hotel.

 

Day 2 (Wednesday):

FREE DAY. Antigua Guatemala served as capital of all Central America from 1543 until 1773, when destroyed by an earthquake and the capital subsequently moved to its present location. The city was original known as La Muy Noble y La Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros, it is located just 45 km from Guatemala City, its splendid beauty consists in its colonial architecture, its houses painted in Mediterranean colors, and its ruins and numerous churches. Antigua has been declared UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Optional activities include: a) hike to Pacaya volcano; b) walking tour in Antigua – La Merced church, Santa Catalina arch, Central Plaza with cathedral and Palacio de Capitanes, University San Carlos, San Francisco church with the shrine of Guatemala’s only saint – Hermano Pedro; c) visit to coffee plantation; d) visit to Macadamia Nut Farm; e) visit to a Womens Weaving Cooperative in San Antonio Aguascalientes; f) visit to Don Filiberto, a farmer in San Miguel Escobar; g) Tour de Pueblos visiting surrounding villages. PLEASE COME TO MUNDO GUATEMALA HELPDESK FOR RESERVATIONS. Overnight.

 

Day 3 (Thurday):

Transfer from Antigua to Chichi, a Quiché highland town. Visit the indigenous market, observe Mayan rituals in Santo Tomás church, and alternatively hike to nearby ceremonial site Pascual Abaj. The colorful town of Chichicastenango located 20 miles north of this volcanic lake, hosts every Thursday and Sunday one of the biggest indigenous markets in Guatemala, attracting traders from the highlands offering beautiful traditional textiles & handicrafts. Chichi offers lots of shamanistic overtones with numerous religious brotherhoods & a mystic-spiritual combination of Mayan pagan rites and traditional Catholic devotion. Then continue to Panajachel and boat transfer to El Jaibalito. Overnight.

 

Day 4 (Friday):

FREE DAY. Optional boat tour of majestic Lake Atitlán visiting Santiago Atitlán with its great art galleries and the Maximón sanctuary, San Antonio Palopó and Santa Catarina Palopó, both offering a great selection of typical pottery and hand woven products. A natural treasure is the sapphire-blue Lake Atitlán, surrounded by 3 dormant volcanoes in the Western Highlands. Located around the lake’s shore are 14 picturesque indigenous villages which are home to Kakchiquel and Tzutuhil families and where Mayan dialects are first language. Or spend the day enjoying a spectacular lake view, swimming and relaxing in El Jaibalito. Overnight.

 

Day 5 (Saturday):

Breakfast. FREE morning. Stay at El Jaibalito and hike at lakeshore to nearby village San Marcos La Laguna, or just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in El Jaibalito. Kayaking available at extra cost, alternatively, return to Panajachel for extra shopping. Afternoon transfer to Antigua. Overnight.

 

Day 6 (Sunday):

Transfer to airport in Guatemala City and flight to Flores. You will be met by our representative and brought to Tikal National Park. Start guided tour of Tikal archeological site with bilingual local guide, visiting Complex Q, Main Plaza, North and Central Acropolis, Complex Lost World, Temple IV. Lunch (included). Once the ceremonial center of the ancient Maya, the ruins at Tikal were rediscovered in 1955 and comprise the largest collection of Mayan ruins ever excavated. Now, a National Park covering 358 square miles of prime rainforest, Tikal is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including spider and howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, and almost 250 bird species. UNESCO declared Tikal a World Heritage site in 1979 due to its exceptional natural and cultural value, which covers 550 square kilometers. Toucans, monkeys, coatis, turkeys, trogons, parrots, macaws and other birds and mammals are commonly sighted along the trails. FREE afternoon. Try to be in the park for sunset. Optional: Nightly Jaguar Walk in the jungle at extra cost. Overnight.

 

Day 7 (Monday):

FREE morning to visit onsite museums. Optional canopy tour or early morning bird-watching tour. Afternoon transfer to Flores airport and flight to Guatemala City. Transfer to hotel in Guatemala City. Overnight.

 

Day 8 (Tuesday):

Transfer to airport. Flight to San José (Costa Rica). Reception at airport and transfer to hotel in La Laguna near Arenal volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes worldwide and the most active volcano in Costa Rica with frequent volcanic eruptions, showing a natural spectacle. When the weather is clear you can see smoky clouds above the crater during day time accompanied by a rumbling. The Arenal volcano is even more impressive at night when it’s dark and you can see the yellow-orange glowing lava flowing down the mountain. Overnight.

 

Day 9 (Wednesday):

FREE DAY. Optional activities include, a) hike the impressive Arenal volcano, b) horseback riding to a nearby waterfall, c) canopy tour, d) visit to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, e) rafting at Sarapiquí River, f) evening visit to Arenal hot springs, and g) night walk to local ecological project. Overnight.

 

Day 10 (Thursday):

Transfer to the cloud forest of Monteverde National Park. This area has its name (“green mountain”) from American Quakers who settled there during the 1950s and started to produce cheese and other milk products. The tropical cloud forest of Monteverde is home to about 2500 species of plants, e.g. bromelias, orchids and ferns, and about 100 species of mammals, e.g. jaguars, pumas and monkeys, plus approx. 400 bird species, amongst them the world famous but rare Quetzal. Free afternoon. Optional visit to a) Serpentarion Monteverde where you can observe venom frogs and about 20 snake species, b) Orquídeas de Monteverde with its more than 500 species of orchids or c) Jardín de Mariposas that possesses about 40 butterfly species. Overnight.

 

Day 11 (Friday):

FREE DAY. Optional activities include: a) hike through the beautiful cloud forest of Monteverde, discovering its various species of animals and plants, b) canopy tour sliding through the forest on steel ropes, or c) explore the top of the giant trees while walking on suspension bridges that are 42 m above the ground. This day guarantees a quite different jungle experience!! Overnight.

 

Day 12 (Saturday):

Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s smallest National Park, with its size of only 682 km², facing the ocean on three sides. FREE TIME for sun & beach activities and/or to stroll through the small town on the Pacific side. Overnight.

 

Day 13 (Sunday):

FREE DAY. Manuel Antonio is especially known for its beautiful beaches but this park has a lot more to offer. Besides the numerous species of plants (about 350) you will also find a great number of different animals. There are living about 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Manuel Antonio is also famous for its ocean plants and animals; with some luck you will see dolphins and in some months even whales. Combine a hike through the park with breaks on the various beaches. You will have a gorgeous sea view and in between take some time to relax on the small bays of the National Park. Alternatively you can do sea kayaking or sport fishing. Overnight.

 

Day 14 (Monday):

Transfer to San José and drop-off at airport.

 

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21-Sep-2017

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